Slim & Trim Tirich Custom Fountain Pen - in Black Acrylic & Bone Lucite.
Reminiscent of the 40's era styling that's become a timeless classic!

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Black-Bone Tirich (capped) Black-Bone Tirich (uncapped) Black-Bone Tirich (close-up) Black-Bone Tirich (uncapped-2) Black-Bone Tirich (close-up-2)

About the Name:
Pronounced "tîr' ïch", the pen is named after Tirich Mir, the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush region of Pakistan and is the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya-Karakoram range. It is believed the origin to the name Tirich Mir is "King of Tirich" as Tirich is the name of a side valley of the Mulkhow valley of Chitral which leads up to Tirich Mir. If you wish to read more about this mountain or any others, you can read them on my pen names page.

Tirich Style and Dimensions:
This pen is reminiscent of the 40's era when the new jet age was just arriving and everything modern was coming into vogue - fast trains, fast cars, Zoot suits and pencil skirts - all with sleek lines that has become an iconic design of the era and a timeless classic. The pen was loosely styled after a few pens I found online. One of those pens was the Montblanc "Garbo". The pens had the same color theme, but used Casein for the barrel instead of the Bone. The Garbo was slightly different though in that both the cap and barrel were "pinched" with a nice concave curve (reminicent of Garbo's curvy figure). One of the original pens had unique clip with a thick ring that fit around the outside of the very top of the cap, that kind of reminded me of a halo. The Garbo had a similar band, but was separate from the clip. Additionally the very top of the Garbo cap had a piece of black acrylic. i didn't have access to that style clip, but still wanted to try and mimic the effect. Since I would have to use a standard style clip with a thin ring that wouldn't have the same effect if left exposed, I had to try something else to get the HALO affect. And since I was using a standard ringed clip, it also meant I had to use a separate finial. So I decided to use a thin piece of material called "pick guard" at the top of the cap finial. The pick guard is made up of thin layers of acrylic sandwiched together, but is only about 3/32" thick (I added another piece of black to the top so I had enough thickness to create the finial point). In this case I use a piece that had a thin white layer sandwiched between solid black. I though the white layer would mimic the halo, and the black would match the same effect of the black on the top of the Garbo pen. I think it work pretty well as a substitute.

About the Clip... I originally used a teardrop style clip because I didn't have one that matched either of the original pens. The style looked OK, but after looking at it for a while, I thought it was too short. So I decided to swap it out for the clip shown in the photo's. I though it had a bit of a femine flair, so would fit in with the pens style.

About the Material:
The pen uses solid black Acrylic Acetate for the barrel and section. For the cap I elected to use Bone Lucite. At the time I couldn't get Casein, and had the bone on hand (Note: fast forward several years-- it's actually the exact opposite now-- the casein is readily available, and I haven't been able to find the Bone Lucite for quite a while). The bone isn't quite a solid color. It has very fine clear streaks running vertically. So although it's very subtle, it as a bit of the pinstripe affect as in the Casein used for the original pens. Eventually, I'd like to make one with the Casein. The style might also look nice with other light shaded colors that would continue the light & dark theme. But I think it would have to be either a solid color or have a similar pinstripe as the Casein. If something was used with a stand out pattern, I think it would distract from the intent of the pens original style.

This Pen's Specifications:
Color / Material: Cap: Bone Lucite.
Barrel & Section: Solid Black Acrylic Acetate.
Length: Capped 5.75" / Uncapped 5.25" / Cap only 2.50".
Diameter: Barrel .55" / Cap .625".
Clip: Gold plated steel.
Nib: #6 2-tone Steel Meister.
Filling System: C/C.