Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen in Ripple Ebonite



I wouldn't have ever guessed that I'd be shooting a video about a $40 piston-fill, flex nib, ripple ebonite fountain pen with a clear ink window, but here I am! Nathan Tardif of Noodler's Ink has blown me away again, and I'm here to share with you his latest unbelievable creation. It's the Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen in Ripple Ebonite. This material is one that's typically only available on particularly rare limited editions or vintage pens, but never anywhere near the price of this pen. Leave it to Nathan to do something that's never been done before.

The initial shipment of mottled and ripple ebonite Konrads that we received at GouletPens.com are long gone, and I was initially told that it would be a while before we would get more. But as it turns out we'll have more today, and the turnaround will be shorter than I was thinking, a few weeks instead of a few months for the pens to be available with some regularity. I think back to the initial days in early 2011 where Noodler's flex pens (the Nib Creaper, before the Ahab or Konrad was even around) would sell out in a matter of hours and have a 6 month wait to restock. And that was only 3 colors of them! Check out this post I did back in June 2011 about the flex pen release and how much of a rigamarole it was. Thank goodness we're not there anymore! I can handle a few weeks ;)

Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen in Sahara Ripple Ebonite

Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen in Rebellion Ripple Ebonite

Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen in Sahara Ripple Ebonite, with (very) clear ink window, posts very securely

Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen in Rebellion Ripple Ebonite, piston knob revealed after removing blind cap

Noodler's Konrad Flex Pens fully disassemble for ease of maintenance

Each pen's pattern is unique, but all of them are stunning!

A bed of smooth rocks makes a great place to set your pen, clearly. 

More colors of ebonite are expected, but this is all I've seen so far. 

These two pens happen to match patterns pretty closely, but others vary wildly from these. 

MACRO!!!

This would be an example of a differing pattern...

Here are some nice pics and a video preview of the pens for you. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me in the comments.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Edison Nouveau Encore LE's, Completed!

The wait is almost over! The Edison Nouveau Encore Flecked Tortoise LE's are finally complete, and they are an impressive display. They are on the way to our shop now, and we will ship them out just as soon as we get back from our Christmas break. Thanks to everyone who supported us and the Gray's with this limited edition pen, we're so thrilled to have been able to make this pen happen. To see pictures of the whole project as it progressed, be sure to check out Brian's gallery.






 











Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mailbox Monday #35


My email inbox gets a plethora of interesting pen related questions, and I spend a good deal of time crafting thoughtful responses to each person who writes to me. A lot of times, the questions I get are good ones that I feel are worth sharing with you! I'll be posting highlights of some of my more interesting email questions every Mailbox Monday. These are some emails of mine from the past week or so:

I currently own the Pilot Metropolitan with a 1.1mm italic nib from the Pilot Plumix. I absolutely love writing with the italic nib, but it tends to skip a lot and does not write nearly as smoothly as the original M nib that came with the Metro. Is this typical of italic nibs, or would I find this to be less of a problem in nicer pens (the next pen I expect to get is a TWSBI 580 or Mini)? Are TWSBIs italic nibs good, or do you have any other suggestions for a good italic-nibbed pen for under $60?
I'm sorry the Plumix nib is skipping in your Metropolitan, one thing you may want to try is pressing down on the nib to 'flex the tines' a bit, to try to open them up. Don't overdo it, it's hard to bend back, but if you flex it out a bit it can open up that flow and help it write better. Skipping isn't unheard of with inexpensive italic nibs, it's less common with more expensive ones. Keep in mind, the Plumix is only a $9 whole pen, so that nib doesn't get all that much attention at the factory when they make it, not like a nib on an $800 Pelikan, y'know what I mean? Still, you don't have to spend THAT much to get a pretty good writing experience with an italic.
These are all the italics we currently have. A quick rundown: TWSBI's are good, but rare to find right now since they're in the process of switching over their nib manufacturers. Lamy italics are pretty good, and fit on all the Lamy pens except the Lamy 2000. Monteverde italics are good, I can definitely recommend those. And actually, the Pilot Parallel and Pelikan Scripts, though they both look pretty funny, write pretty well for the price (usually better than the Plumix, I find).  

Brian, have you ever considered getting display boxes for the pens? Even simple ones that can hold 20 or so pens?
I have looked into display boxes before, but have found little interest in them from our customers, in all honesty. The problem I run into is that anything that's "good" is very expensive, and by the time I have it shipped to me and sell it with more shipping cost, it gets really expensive. The one case company I know about that actually makes really good stuff is Venlo, but boy are they expensive. $550 for a 20-pen case, wow! Nice cases though...and with real wood construction like that I understand why they're that expensive. I was an avid woodworker before retailing fountain pens, so I know the time involved in making these types of cases. There are less expensive ones that come from China/Taiwan like these, and I could probably sell them at a fairly reasonable price. Still though, when I've talk to customers about it before, interest was minimal, most of our pen folks want to spend their money on inks and pens, not fancy cases, I've found!

I have another question about the Lamy 2000 pens offered on your site. After reading a few reviews concerning the quality of the 2000s I have seen that in select cases some have reported scratchiness in the pens that is inconsistent with what one would typically expect with an instrument of the 2000's caliber. Usually the complaints are resolved after them sending the pens in for repair/smoothing. To limit the possibility of this happening to a pen I might order I was curious if an in-house test or trial of the pen could be performed by you all to make sure the quality/performance was consistent with your experience in dealing with these pens. I understand the holiday season is upon us but something like this would really give me confidence in purchasing an instrument like this from your store.
The Lamy 2000 is a great pen, but it does have a reputation for having a scratchy nib. We're aware of this, and we actually inspect every Lamy 2000 as it comes in to our shop before we list it for sale, just to make sure' it's good :) There aren't a huge number of problems, but when there are, it's usually a very simple nib tine alignment issue that we can resolve in a matter of minutes. If you'd like though, we can always test the pen further (ink it up) for you when you buy it, just let us know to do so in your order comments when you place your order. It may hold us up from shipping for a day or so to do that, but we're happy to do it at no charge. 

I'm looking for a 'bulletproof' green & the only one I'm aware of that is permanent is Noodler's Hunter Green. The thing is, some of the comments say that this ink feathers badly and suffers bleed-through, even on Clairefontaine paper! I use mostly the Leuchtturm Master notebooks and Clairefontaine, and may also purchase some Rhodia. I'd be very interested in whether you feel that this ink feathers and bleeds through. With me ordering from the UK, I'd be making a bulk purchase, to save on shipping costs. Also, following your review of 54th Massachusetts, I'm thinking of replacing my BB Kingfisher with 54th. In your experience, does this ink feather, or bleed through on the above paper? The pens I use are TWSBI Minis, 540s (EF in each) and Pilot Capless (fine nibs).
Yup, there are not a lot of permanent greens, that's for sure. Here's everything we have, a whopping 4 colors. All Noodler's. Hunter and Polar Green act pretty much the same in terms of feathering (but Polar Green is lubricated, so may be worse in a wet pen), and Bad Green Gator is even worse than they are (but is more permanent, that's the tradeoff). If you want truly "bulletproof", meaning tamper-resistant, then these three inks are your only choice, and feathering is a foregone conclusion. The only other green that's at least water resistant is Noodler's Zhivago, and if water resistance is all you need, that ink may be worth a look. You may have better luck than others with these inks on different papers, but you're pretty much going to have some tough luck looking for a no-compromise permanent green ink, for whatever reason they just don't exist (that I know). I would recommend you try some samples of each before making a bulk purchase. 54th is a great ink, and I do think it will perform better than your BBK. It may feather a little bit on your Leuchtturm, but probably not much if at all, especially in those fine nibs. If your BBK is working well with this pen/ink combo, then certainly 54th will, too. 

I notice a "chat" window appears on the website. Is this a chat facility with a member of the Goulet team, or just with other people browsing the web site?
The 'chat' that pops up is one of us that you can talk to (usually Alex), it's never just a random person. It only appears when we're actually there and available to talk, which is why you'll notice it's not there all the time. 

I have some Old Crown Mill paper and I'm not sure what it is or of it is even either of the two variants you carry. I'm needing to buy some paper and envelopes and wonder if you could relay the difference between the laid and cotton with fountain pens of course - response to inks, feather, bleed, feel, etc. In fact, it would be great choice for a video if you are short on topics to do soon (need it before Xmas). Anyway any info you can provide to help me choose between the two would be great. My everyday paper is CF 90# smooth.
We started carrying it about a year ago and I intended to do a review of the two different papers....well, I don't know where the last year has gone! Here's what I did as a quick review of the Pure Cotton. The Laid is very different, slicker paper (more heavily sized), but with horizontal raised lines, about 2mm apart. The Pure Cotton is a little more absorbent so it makes your line appear a little thicker, and it takes some of the shading away, like any absorbent paper would do. It feels great in the hand though. It's going to feel really different than the CF paper will, both papers will, actually. You basically just want to decide if you want slicker paper (like CF) with physical bumps going across the page (Laid), or a more uniform texture that has more tooth/resistance/absorbency to it (Cotton).

I was just reading on Ink Nouveau about the Caran d'Ache inks being discontinued, and it reminded me of your post a couple months ago about how Noodler's Army Green changed. I haven't seen the "new" color in person, but I have a bottle that I'm assuming is the old version, because it's most definitely olive. I'm a very heavy green ink user, this is one of my favorite colors, and I wasn't happy at all when I read that it got changed. Have you heard anything since then about whether it will ever be changed back, that you could maybe give everyone an update in the next Mailbox Monday and/or FPN?
Nathan has said that he's going to change the formula back to the original Army Green. The reason I haven't made a big public statement about it yet is because I haven't seen the new color come in yet, we're still working through the 'old' stock (of the new color, that is). I can definitely look to clarify this in my next Mailbox Monday, and I'll likely make a new video when I see the new color coming in. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my emails! I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. I'll be compiling this coming week's emails into next week's Mailbox Monday post!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Work Hard, Play Hard



This is a video to thank everyone who supports the Goulet Pen Co. and Ink Nouveau…Rachel and I get to enjoy moments like these because of you.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

TWSBI Vac-700 Nib Swap



TWSBI is changing the nibs in their Vac-700 from Bock to Jowo, and in the interim there will be one of each shipped with the pen. If you want to swap the Bock (on the pen) with the Jowo (which comes in a separate nib unit), then you'll want to see this video. It's a little different than when you purchase a TWSBI nib unit by itself (not yet available for the Vac-700), which comes with the grip section of the pen. This nib unit only comes with the nib, feed, and housing, and you'll need to pull the nib out of the housing in order to swap it. It's not hard to do, but there are a couple of little things I needed to point out.

All TWSBI Vac-700's should be coming with the additional Jowo nib now, but you'll want to check with your retailer of choice to make sure they have the Jowo nibs if you're buying a smoke, amber, or blue one. Clear pens already come with the Jowo nib on it, so you will not need to do this swap if you're buying a Clear Vac-700. If you have already purchased a Vac-700 and are having trouble with your nib, send an email to TWSBI at twsbiinc@gmail.com and they will help you out with that and get you a new Jowo nib unit if needed.

TWSBI Vac-700's

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Write Time 12/12/12



To download a transcript of the chat that was going during this broadcast, click here

12/12/12 is fun to type! Anyway, here's a posting of our Write Time broadcast from last night. We talked about:
  • Discontinued TWSBI 540 to be replaced by 580 (3:18)
  • Timeline for the release of TWSBI Mini stub nib units and Vac-700 nib units (12:20)
  • Clear TWSBI Vac-700 release (today!) (13:55)
  • TWSBI Vac-700 inkwells (18:45)
  • TWSBI Eco, 850 (20:20)
  • TWSBI journals (26:50)
  • Gauging interest in TWSBI ballpoints/pencils (29:30)
  • Art Contests for 2013 (41:05)
  • Goulet "Ink Diet" (52:40)
  • Noodler's 54th Massachusetts and Konrad Brush Pens (59:37)
  • Chat questions, Q&A (1:09:20)
Thanks to everyone who joined us live! There were a lot of really good questions for us, you keep us on our toes ;) We're going to take off the next couple of weeks off, mainly because the Wednesdays happen to fall right near a lot of work and family gatherings we're going to be hosting. We know most of you will be busy with family things as well, so we'll see you at 9pm EST on Jan. 2nd, 2013!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Encore LE Pics (Part 3)

As a continuation of the Encore LE pictures I showed initially here and updated here, I have some more that Brian Gray has shared with me. They're coming along nicely! To keep up to date with pictures, be sure to check out Brian's gallery that he has for this project.


Caps are coming together, now with clips!

Andrea Gray working hard while Brian is goofing off taking pictures ;) 

Drilling!

Overall progress, so far.
Write On,
Brian Goulet

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Noodler's 54th Massachusetts



There are some inks that just aren't that great, let's be honest. Most inks are pretty good, and there are a few that are really exciting. Then there are some that just stand out and have no equals. I would argue that Noodler's 54th Massachusetts is one of those inks. It's a bold statement, and I'm a retailer who sells the ink so take what I say with that in mind, but I really think this ink is that good. And I know I'm not alone in that thinking.

There are a lot of blue black inks out there, and for good reason. They're popular mainly because they're usually acceptable on work documents, but they are more exciting than just plain black. Most blue blacks aren't permanent though, or at least water resistant. Some of the most popular ones that are include Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher, Bad Blue Heron, Sailor Sei-Boku (Nano) Blue Black, and Rohrer and Klingner Salix. These inks all have their tradeoffs, though. BBK and BBH tend to feather, the Sailor ink is pigmented and can have trouble in some pens, and the Rohrer and Klingner is iron gall so it takes a little more consideration than your typical ink (especially with certain vintage pens). It's been hard to find a 'hassle free' waterproof blue black, until 54th.

Nathan Tardif (the ink's creator and the man behind Noodler's inks and pens) made a video of 54th, explaining the background and history behind the label and his own family ties to its meaning. The ink is named after the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and was portrayed on the big screen in 1989 in the movie "Glory" by notable actors like Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, and Matthew Broderick. The 54th was the first all African-American regiment in the Civil War, and they were upset because they were promised equal pay with white soldiers and short-changed (by the time the war was ending, they did get their equal pay). It's significant for Nathan because he has deep ties in Massachusetts history, specifically the abolitionist Quakers that helped to recruit these soldiers during the Civil War.



I did a full review of the ink here, and I explain it in more detail in the video. The most outstanding feature of this ink is the water resistance, you can hardly tell I even did my drip test!



There are some comparable colors, but nothing really dead-on. 54th is a pretty dark, saturated blue black that leans very gray.



It darkens in a wetter pen. Its strengths are water resistance and cost effectiveness, and it's not too bad to clean out of the pen considering the ink's permanence. Dry time is a bit long on ink resistant paper like Rhodia, but on more absorbent paper it dries incredibly fast. The type of paper you use will make a huge difference in the dry time. This ink, like all other Noodler's bulletproof inks, attains its permanence through cellulose reaction, when the ink chemicals bond to the cellulose fibers of the paper. It's an incredibly permanent bond, but one that requires the ink to soak into the paper to achieve it. For that reason, most Noodler's inks (this one included) don't bond so well to heavily sized paper like watercolor paper.

I don't think I'm going out on too much of a limb here by saying that this is one of the best blue black inks currently made. If you've used it, I'd love for your feedback in the comments below. If you have any questions about anything I didn't cover here, then you can also post in the comments and I'm happy to reply :)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Write Time Topics 12/12/12



We're back again tonight for another live Write Time broadcast at 9pm EST! Tonight we'd like to chat about:
  • Updated TWSBI timelines (we have a lot of good info)
    • Clear VAC-700's
    • VAC-700 nib units
    • Mini nib units
    • VAC-700 inkwells
    • Eco pen
    • 580 replacing the 540
    • 850 (metal)
    • TWSBI journals
  • Discussion of future art contests and giveaways, we'd love to bounce some ideas off you
  • Recent 'thinning' of our ink line (mainly De Atramentis) and why
  • More info about the use of the Noodler's Konrad Brush Pens
  • Other Q&A

 So if you have an hour tonight, we'd love to have you hang out with us!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Encore LE Pics (Part 2)

As a continuation of the Encore LE pictures I showed a couple of days ago, here are some more that Brian Gray has shared with me. They're coming along nicely! To keep up to date with pictures, be sure to check out Brian's gallery that he has for this project.

Barrels, in the making

Caps, minus finial and center band

Gold-plated medallions and center bands, the first of their kind!

The parts are starting to come together! Not done yet, but getting there...

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Monday, December 10, 2012

Discontinued: Caran d'Ache Blue Night, Carbon, and Caribbean Sea

As it happens sometimes in the ink world, we go to reorder our regular stock when we find out a color has been discontinued. It happened back in May of 2011 with Pelikan Blue Black, and it's just happened to us today with Caran d'Ache Carbon, Caribbean Sea, and Blue Night! Apparently, the US distributor went to order some from Switzerland, and they were surprised to find it had been discontinued, as there was no heads up about it. So since the distributor has none, that means no US retailer will be restocking, and whatever is on retailers' shelves now (including my own) is all that there will be. 

Caran d'Ache is set to release an unknown number of new ink colors this Spring, so these colors are probably are in preparation for that. Still though, it's surprising to me to see such popular colors get axed. What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Mailbox Monday #34


My email inbox gets a plethora of interesting pen related questions, and I spend a good deal of time crafting thoughtful responses to each person who writes to me. A lot of times, the questions I get are good ones that I feel are worth sharing with you! I'll be posting highlights of some of my more interesting email questions every Mailbox Monday. These are some emails of mine from the past week or so:

I recently found your site mentioned in one of the forums on FPN. Wow!! I haven't actually counted, but I suspect you have the biggest selection of bottled inks on the Web. At least every one that I have ever used or would want to order!! A tiny bit of back story and then a question: Recently, as I was agonizing over the medium Pelle vs. large Pelle vs. large Midori traveler's notebooks, I looked on FPN for info about the paper in their respective refills. All of them got pretty feeble endorsements, to say the least, but one person commented that the Classic Clairefontaine side-staple cahier was a perfect fit for the medium Pelle, which is 4.25"x6.75". So I now have a medium Pelle on order and was poised to order a couple of the Clairefontaine cahiers from you, until I watched your podcast video…. On the website, you indicate that this notebook is 4.25in x 6.75in, yet in the video you said the width was "four and three-quarters inches." That sent me looking elsewhere to confirm (or not). A European website also says 4.75, so I'm puzzled at best. Do both of these sizes exist? (And you just don't sell the 4.75" wide one?…) Or is one of the webpages (plus maybe your podcast) in error?
Yeah, I'm pretty sure we have the largest selection of inks in the world. We're hovering around 670 at the moment.
Clairefontaine's a little weird with their sizes, because they sometimes approximate with their standard measurements...their metric measurements are always right, though. The Clairefontaine C3606 is indeed 11cm x 17cm, which is right around 4.3" x 6.7". I misspoke in my video by saying it is "4 and 3/4", and I made an annotation to correct that in the video. That particular video is almost 3 years old, and you're the first to point that out to me! Thank you : ) There is no 4.75" version of this notebook, the C3606 is the only notebook in this size. Sorry for all the confusion!

I have a platinum 3776 Shoji...I like the new blue color they just came out with but wish they made the clip Rhodium plated...But it's still very nice. Their pens have some of the best QC I have ever used in my life in a pen. Will the pigmented blue that comes with the pen clog it if I use it as my EDC (every day carry) pen all the time? Maybe we can do a test and see how long it takes to mess up a cheaper pen? I just don't want to ruin an expensive pen but like the idea the thing seals itself. I am experiencing ink cognitive dissonance Brian! lol The Forbidden pigmented fruit is calling me!
Platinum makes some really nice pens, there's no doubt about that! I do like the new Chartres Blue...it would look nice with Rhodium plating but I think they're reserving that for the limited edition models (Shoji, Motosu, and the 3 others they plan to release). Platinum loves their gold trim! If Pigmented Blue was going to cause a problem in the pen, I don't think Platinum would include it with the pen! The cap seal they have designed is supposed to be the best, and that will keep the ink from drying out. If you'd still rather test it on a cheaper pen first, then you could always try a Platinum Preppy or Plaisir first, it'll fit those Pigmented Blue cartridges as well. It is a pretty neat ink!

I just recently purchased a Lamy Safari (Red) with a Medium nib and Converter. The Safari has alot of Nib Creep with various inks that I have used in it. Also, The converter has ink above the o-ring. I was just wondering if there are any quick fixes for these problems.
Nib creep is something that can be a pen or an ink issue, or a combination of the two. It's mainly a cosmetic issue, and it happens with quite a few pens and inks. There isn't really a 'fix' for it, other than to use a different pen or ink. Noodler's inks in particular tend to creep more than other brands, but they're not the only one by any means. Part of the reason for it is because inks that are more saturated with color can sometimes have a harder time flowing...so ink makers compensate for that with lubricants to keep the ink flowing well. A side effect of this though is nib creep. And ink makers don't usually advertise which of their inks are lubricated or anything like that, so it's all trial and error to see which inks will creep or not.

The ink behind the converter isn't anything too unusual as well, it happens. Some converters can be disassembled to remove ink behind the piston seal, but the Lamy converters are really hard to take apart. It can be done, but it's not easy to do without cosmetically damaging the converter. One trick that I've heard folks use is to immerse the entire converter in water, and screw and unscrew the piston over and over. This draws ink from the back of the converter (the red end) to flush out the ink behind the seal. If that's too big of a hassle, then you can just leave the ink behind that seal, it's not really going to hurt anything. 

Do you sell just pen bodies? For example, i have a pilot VP and i am interested in getting a new body, but i do not need the nib section, would you be able to sell me just the body?
The only pen where we sell just the body is the Vanishing Point and the Fermo. Go to any of the product pages, and you'll notice there's a 'body only' option above the 'add to cart' button: http://www.gouletpens.com/Pilot_Vanishing_Point_Fountain_Pens_s/950.htm

I'd like to ask a question for a pen project that I have in mind. Would a CON-70 Converter fit into a Vanishing Point nib unit and if yes, does it work drawing ink? I know that that combo wouldn't fit into a regular vanishing point barrel.
Unfortunately, the Con-70 won't fit into the Vanishing Point because it's too long. The only pens that will take that converter are the Pilot Custom 74's and the Pilot Metal Falcons. If I understand correctly, you're asking about using drawing inks in these pens? That would not be a good idea at all. Drawing inks are typically shellac-based, and fountain pens require water-based fountain pen inks (we have about 700 of them on our site). If you use shellac-based inks in a fountain pen, they will seize up the pen and ruin them, which would be an expensive mistake in a Vanishing Point!

I am wanting to convert my Ahab to an eyedropper. Is the silicon grease necessary for the conversion, or is the O ring enough?
The o-ring alone should do the trick, but the silicone grease is an extra layer of protection against a leak. I'd just be careful how you carry it about, maybe keep it in a plastic ziplock bag or something like that of it's going to be transported on a regular basis.

I've been waiting to get an orange Lamy Nexx, but I don't see them on your site anymore. Have you decided not to carry them or what?
Strangely enough, they're discontinued, which is why we removed them from our site. It's a pretty new model of pen and we never got any orange Nexx's in, so why they're discontinued I have no idea!

Thanks for taking the time to read my emails! I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. I'll be compiling this coming week's emails into next week's Mailbox Monday post!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Edison Nouveau Encore Flecked Tortoise LE, progress

We've done two limited edition Edison Nouveau pens before (both Premieres) and we always made them before releasing them for sale. This is the first time we've done an Edison Nouveau LE with a pre-order, so it lends itself to the opportunity to show the pens in progress as they're being made! 

I know at least 70 of you are very excited to see these pens come to life. Brian Gray has sent me the first round of pictures and I wanted to share. He says progress is going well, and everything is coming out nicely! The pictures are a few days old, I believe he's a little further along now but this is the first of what Brian has sent me. The color of the pens in the image may not be completely accurate, Brian just snapped these quickly as his top priority right now is getting the pens made :) To keep up to date with pictures, be sure to check out Brian's gallery that he has for this project.

Raw rod stock, not too impressive as it is, but it's what's inside that matters....

Raw rod stock, an impressive display if you know what can come of this material!

Encore grip sections

Lower piece of the cap, beneath the center band

Pen bodies! The light makes the color look really drastic from different angles, as you can see here where the taper of the body on the end isn't catching the light like the rest of the body is. 

I'll keep you up to date as I have more pictures!

Write On,
Brian Goulet