Nazca Lines Custom Fountain Pen - BUTTON-filler in Cranberry Red & Black Acrylic.
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About the Nazca:
The Nazca is named after the flat-top mountains of the Nazca Valley in Peru. Although Nazca is actually the name of the VALLEY rather than the mountains (the theme I usually use for naming my pens), I thought Nazca was an appropriate name for this "Flat-Top" style pen. Historical buffs and Sci-Fi fans will know of the famous Nazca 'Lines' found scattered across the tops of the flat mountains of Nazca, as well as the many odd shaped skulls found in the region with elongated craniums. So the exceptionally tall finial on this pen is a reference to the famous skulls, while the upgraded rings on the finial pays homage to the Nazca lines.
The full size Nazca has an overall length of about 6", but it can be ordered in a smaller size I call the Nazca JR that can be ordered in lengths as short as 5", and fitted with a smaller #5 nib. The most prominent feature of the Nazca is the tall finial. As with most other JEB's PENs, the Nazca can be ordered in any of the materials shown or you can choose your own material to make the pen unique. The pen can be ordered clipless or with your choice of clip finishes (nickel, chrome, 24k gold, or gunmetal). The standard Nazca has a Cartridge/Converter (C/C) inking system, or upgrade it to a button or piston filler. If you prefer eyedroppers, it could be ordered with a special rubber o-ring that would seal the section to the barrel so it can be filled directly with ink. It can be ordered with either a #5 or #6 nib. Nib finishes are 2-tone, polished steel, Black Oxide (#6 only), or Ruthenium (#5 only). Current tip sizes are fine, medium, broad, and italic and 1.1 and 1.4 (#5 only) or 1.5 (#6 only).
Nazca Options and Upgrades:
The Nazca can be ordered with one of two different types of threads. The more typical 3-start threads, or a more coarse looking single start. Both types of threads have their advantages. The advantage of the 3-start threads is that they allow the pen to be capped with less turns, while the single-start threads allow more turns in a shorter length of the threads, so they threads can be much shorter and give the same amount of turns. Upgrades to the pen include metal accent bands at various location. You can add just one to the rear of the section for just a little touch of flash, or add at the end of the barrel (using a threaded blind-cap). The cap posting shown on some pens is also an upgrade, so if you prefer to post your cap, please let me know so this can be added to your pen. The ultimate upgrade is to add a group of three bands to the finial for a pen I call the Nazca LINES.
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 and dyed colors. The Pen Buttons are available for any of the clipless pens.
About this Pen:
This pen includes the upgraded bands on the finial--creating the pen I call the "Nazca Lines". It also has smaller bands on the front and rear of the barrel The front band is on the section, the rear band is installed using a threaded "blind" cap.
About the Button-filler Feature:
When I first started making custom fountain pens, I wanted to make one with a more complex inking system. I thought a LEVER-filler would be the easiest one to make since it only required machining a notch in the barrel for the lever assembly. But when I started researching for parts, I found them somewhat hard to find. I eventually found some sacs and levers, so I decided to try and make a BUTTON-filler, since those were the only two parts I really needed-- I thought I could make the button. But I also had to add the BLIND-CAP on the end of the barrel--something i hadn't done yet. But after some test parts, I finally came up with a design I thought would work, and I eventually had a prototype. Before offering them for sale, I decided to sent out samples to a select few of my special customer and ask them to give the pen a test run. They gave me the green light and I started offering the feature to my pens. Eventually I was able to replace the acrylic buttons with BRASS buttons with the wider flat top like those used in vintage pens like the Button used on this pen.
About this Material:
Both materials are Acrylic Acetate. The red is called "Cranberry Red", and is one of the CRUSH patterns. The Crush is so named because of pattern. The pattern is called CRUSH because it's made up of small "crushed" pieces of acrylic. It's made by first making a batch of solid red acrylic, then it's crushed up before putting back into a mold. Once the crushed pieces are placed in the mold, it's filled again with the solid red. Once it cures, you have a solid piece of material with the crushed pattern. It creates a very vibrant color, so it's a very popular pattern. You'll see several other colors used on my pens (the Orange Crush, and Sapphire Blue are two others).
Cranberry Red Nazca Lines Button-filler Specifications:
Color / Material: Cranberry Red and Solid Black Acrylics.
Lengths: Capped: 6.375" / Uncapped: 5.25" / Posted: 7.6875".
Cap only: 3.145" / Barrel & blind cap (less threads): 3.25" / Section only: .75".
Diameters: Barrel: .545" / Cap: .595.
Weight (w/o ink): Capped: 27.8 gms / Uncapped: 14.8 gms / Cap: 13.0 gms.
Nib: 2-tone Steel #6 Edison Signature with 1.1 italic tip.
Clip: 24k Gold Tear Drop.
Filler Button: Solid Brass.
Filling System: Button-filler. Also available as C/C or Piston versions.