Nuptse Custom Fountain Pen
in Ivory & Tortoise Pinstripe Acrylic.
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About the Nuptse:
The Nuptse (pronounced "Nep' tuse") is named after the Nuptse mountain in the Jhumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, in the Nepalese Himalayas. It lies two kilometers WSW of Mount Everest. Nuts is Tibetan for "west peak", as it is the western segment of the Lactescent massif. The summit of Nuptse is extremely dangerous due to loose snow with a lot of hollows, and there are also weakly attached cornices of snow. This provides a barrier to climbing, yet is not sturdy enough for safe climbing. For more information about Nuptse mountain, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuptse
Nuptse Style and Dimensions:
This pen is similar in style to the NAZCA. It was first made as a special order and re-sized from the original NAZCA. But although the overall shape looked much like the Nazca, it's shorter (6") and it didn't have that hallmark TALL finial anymore. It was suppose to be a JR, but didn't have the Jr clip either. So after getting additional requests for the pen, I decided to break it out and give it it's own name. The most prominent feature of the Nuptse is the multiple accent bands placed throughout the pen. The pen has a overall length of 5.75" to 6" depending on the number and layout of the cap bands. The pen can be ordered with the bands in multiple configurations, and with your choice of standard clip finishes (24k gold, chrome, or Gunmetal (aka black chrome). It comes fitted with a#6 nib in your choice of finishes. 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.
Nuptse Options and Upgrades:
Since the Nuptse is already loaded with accent bands, it doesn't require any hardware upgrades. But you could upgrade it with a custom inking system such as a piston or button filler. While the standard Nuptse is made as a cartridge/converter, the blind cap made to install the band on the end of the barrel is threaded, and it can easily be drilled out and fitted with the parts for a Button-filler. You also may want to consider adding a 14k or 18k gold nib.
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 Material:
I usually start off with the information about the pen. But this time I'm going to give the details of the material first (it will make sense later)... The primary (solid) material used is called Alternate Ivory. So called because it's a substitute for real Ivory. It's hard to capture it in the photo's, but it has a very faint vertical pattern reminiscent of what you'll see in real Ivory or bone. The secondary (pinstripe) material is called Ivory & Tortoise Pinstripe. As the name suggests, it consists of both Alternate Ivory and Alternate Tortoise acrylic.
About this Pen:
Many of the pens shown on my website are customer ordered pens where the customer selected the material. But once in a while I'll make a pen from material that I like. This pen is one of those. When I first saw the pinstripe material, I knew I had to use it. The dilemma however was figuring out exactly HOW to use it. You see, when I found the pinstripe material, they also had the two matching solid colors (Ivory and Tortoise). The solid Tortoise was like the Ivory-- a (somewhat) solid color. So I purchased some of all three colors.
Next, I had to decide how to use the colors and which pen style to make. For anyone that's purchased a custom made pen made from the material that you hand picked, you know how hard it is to decide on what pen to use for your material. In my opinion, not all material works or is suited for every pen style. And I thought this pinstripe material was one of those, and the decision making was compounded with there being THREE different materials to use. I had to choose the right pen, AND how to use the colors.
Whenever I make a new pen, I make up a layout/drawing of all the parts. And on some projects, I also make a layout showing the intended material so I can get an idea of how it might look before I start making any of the parts. So I did the same on this project, and made up several color combinations. I hadn't intended on using ALL THREE in the same pen. The pinstripe was to be the feature material, I just wasn't sure which of the other two colors to use with it and how to use it. After I had the drawing made, I stared at them for several weeks. Eventually I decided to go with the Ivory. On paper, I didn't think the solid tortoise looked quite right with the pinstripe. I also only intended to use the pinstripe sparingly, and eventually decided to only use it for the main part of the barrel only. But then at the last minute, I made a quick change. The all ivory cap looked too plain, so I decided to use the pinstripe for the band spacer on the cap. Now what to do with that tortoise... hum...
This Pens Specifications:
Color / Material: Primary: Alternative Ivory Polyester Acrylic /
Secondary: Ivory & Tortoise Pinstripe Polyester Acrylic.
Length: Capped 6.0" / Uncapped 5.21".
Diameter (max): Barrel .54" / Cap .59".
Clip & Bands: 24k Gold.
Nib: #6 Smooth All-Gold Steel Jowo.
Filling System: C/C or Button-filler
(Button-filler button shown).