Custom Clipless Lhotse Bulb-filler Fountain Pen
in Clear (Demonstrator) Acrylic.
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About the Name:
The Lhotse (pronounced "loat---as in goat-- say") is named after Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain on earth. Lhotse is best known for its proximity to mount Everest and the fact that climbers ascending the "standard route" on that peak spend some time on its northwest face. And in fact Lhotse has the smallest topographical prominence value of any the other mountains in it's group.
The Lhotse shape is known as a "cigar", and is one of the most iconic and popular clipless fountain pen styles ever made. It has a gradual taper from the center (joint) out to either end, ending in a nice round-over. The clipless style and short length allows the pen to be very portable. It can easily fit in a pocket, purse, briefcase or knapsack. The standard length is about 5 1/2", but it can be ordered in any custom size between 5" and 6" (or even longer if desired). The pen uses a standard Cartridge/Converter inking system. It can be fitted with a #5 or #6 nib. Nib finishes available for STEEL nibs are: 2-tone, polished steel, Black Oxide (#6 only), or Ruthenium (#5 only). Current tip sizes are x-fine, fine, medium, broad, and two italics (1.1 both; 1.4 for #5 only, and 1.5 for #6 only). 14 & 18K Gold nibs are also available as a special order.
The Lhotse MAGNUM is a larger version of the Lhotse that is 18% larger. The MAGNUM has a capped length of 6 1/2" (165 mm) and a diameter of .71" (18 mm). The threads are also larger than the original to maintain the scale. The only part of the pen that isn't scaled up is the nib. The MAGNUM uses the same #6 nib as the original size. This is because a larger nib isn't available in steel. But if you would prefer a larger nib, PELIKAN offers a larger nib in their M1000, as does Bock in their type 380. But both are only available in 18k, so the upgrade cost would be much more expensive vs the standard #6 steel nib.
Lhotse Options and Upgrades:
The Lhotse is another pen style that allows for a few upgrades and options. You could add metal accent bands to the base of the cap, or add a HIDDEN RING clip (see the Tortoise Shell). The accent bands are available in several finishes (24k gold, nickel or Rhodium, and come in a variety of diameters with widths from 1 to 4mm (n 1mm increments). As stated above, you can also upgrade your pen with a 14k or 18k gold nib.
Inking system upgrades... Because of the style of the barrel, The Lhotse is not very conducive to adding a blind-cap for a piston or button filler. But it can be ordered as Lever-filler, Bulb-filler, or Eyedropper.
I also offer a variety of hand-made Pen Props and Pen Buttons. You can order a Pen Prop in a material to match your pen, or any one of the wooden styles made in a variety of stained or dyed colors. The Pen Buttons are available for any of the clipless pens.
About this Pen and Material:
As you can clearly see, this pen is made from clear acrylic. This type of pen is typically called a DEMONSTRATOR*. So called because it allow you to see (or as the name refers the maker to 'demonstrate') the internal parts and how they work. This pen uses a BULB-FILLER inking system that fills the pen using a flexible Bulb located under a Blind-cap at the end of the Barrel.
How to fill a Bulb-filler...
The first thing to understand when filling a Bulb-filler is that it requires a QUICK squeeze and release action of the Bulb in order to create the suction required to bring in the ink. If you don't squeeze enough of the bulb, or squeeze it fast enough, it will push out air, but not create enough suction to pull in more ink the air. As a result, you will get some ink, but when you squeeze the bulb again in the same slow manner, you'll push most of that ink back out again. So you must squeeze the bulb quickly, using the full pad of your finger and thumb so that it brings in more ink than air with every squeeze. Once you understand the proper cadence, it will become second nature.
So to fill... First remove the Blind-cap. Then insert the nib and part of the Section into a jar of ink. Then as noted above, quickly squeeze the bulb fully and release. As you squeeze the bulb air is forced out of the pen that will be visible as air bubbles coming up in the ink. Once you release the bulb, ink will begin to enter the reservoir. Repeat the process until you don't see any more bubbles, OR, if you have an Ink-view window, that you can see that the reservoir is full. Remove the nib from the ink, wipe it clean, then replace the Blind-cap.
*PLEASE NOTE: ANY pen can be ordered in clear acrylic or tinted transparent colors.
Contact me for currently available transparent tints.
This Pens Specifications:
Color / Material: Clear Cast Acrylic.
Length: Capped 5.31" / Uncapped 4.97".
Diameter: Max .60" / Min .51".
Weight (gms empty): Capped 18.0 / Uncapped 12.8.
Nib: #6 Polished Steel Meister.
Filling System: Bulb. Also available in C/C or Eyedropper.