Custom Ergonomic Oblique Pen Holder
Custom Ergonomic Oblique Pen Holder
This purchase is for a custom order pen to be made specifically for you. All of my pens are entirely handmade and I work through orders on a first come, first serve basis.
My turnaround time is currently around 2-4 weeks between when you place your order and when I begin carving your pen.
If you have any questions about how I make my pens, what options you have to select from, or what to expect, please contact me prior to placing an order.
PLEASE NOTE: Bois de Rose, Cocobolo, Lignum Vitae, Indian Rosewood, Madagascar Rosewood, and Tulipwood can NOT be shipped outside the United States and are not available to International buyers. These are all threatened species included on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and I am prohibited from exporting them or products made from them. Thank you for understanding.
Turnaround and Manufacturing Time
All of my pens are made by hand in small weekly batches that I balance with my other freelance and commission work. I complete all custom orders on a first come, first serve basis, and always prioritize them over general sale pens. For most custom orders there is a wait time while I complete prior orders and then a one week manufacturing time.
I ship through USPS unless you request a different carrier or shipping option. The price will be calculated based on the shipping address you enter when confirming your order. It's usually less than $10 anywhere in the US, and under $20 for most other countries. Delivery in the US is typically within 3 business days of the ship date. Delivery outside the US is quite a bit longer and generally averages 2 weeks from the ship date. I try to always ship within 3 business day of your order being completed and paid in full. If you would like to combine shipping with another order, please contact me before placing your order and I'll create a custom listing for you.
I base my pricing on a combination of material costs and the time it takes to make a holder. Typically smaller holders from softer woods are the least expensive with the prices increasing progressively for larger pens and harder woods that are more difficult and time consuming to carve.
The photos of the different kinds of wood available are typical of the stock I have on hand, but do not show the exact piece of wood your pen will be made from. The stock in the photos has been sanded smooth and wetted to approximate how it will appear once finished. However, there can still be difference in coloration once an actual finish is applied.
Since wood is a natural product, variation should be expected and ranges in color and grain may occur. The unique characteristics of certain varieties of wood may be caused by natural processes like mold and insect stress. As such, some species may have indicators of these processes (like pinholes) present. I have attempted to include these kinds of things in the stock photos for woods where they are common. If you have any questions about what to expect with the kind of wood you are interested in, please contact me prior to ordering.
Lignum Vitae is worth an individual mention because the coloration can change pretty drastically over time. Darker heartwood will tend to further darken and will often develop green tones. The lighter yellow sapwood can also darken and often has fleck patterning through it that will darken and green.
You can see examples of finished pens from the various options in my gallery of past orders.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the different types of wood, or would like help making a selection.
Please note: If you have larger hands, some of the stock may be too small to make a pen suitably proportioned for you. I recommend contacting me before purchasing a pen from a type of wood with a maximum length less than 6".
Flange Selection and Fitting
I offer standard flanges in brass, nickel silver or copper. If you have no preference I will choose either brass or nickel silver.
Your flange can be fitted for a nib of your choosing as long as I have the same nib in my collection. If you request a nib I don't own, I'll work with you to try to match it with something I do have, or you can send me a nib to work from. If you have no preference, you flange will be fitted for a Leonardt Principal EF nib.
Bullock flanges are available as a separate upgrade option and can be added to your pen by purchasing a "Bullock Flange Upgrade" from my store when you place your order. Bullock flanges can accept a wide variety of nibs and are available in either brass or nickel silver.
I seal all my pens with a full coverage coating of cyanoacrylate (CA). This is one of the most durable finishing options available for pens and it creates a hard, high gloss surface that is essentially impervious to ink and water. With proper care, your pen will last many many years without needing to be refinished. The only downside to CA is that it is not flexible so it can sometimes develop micro-cracks over time when applied over more flexible woods. I've found that even in the occasional instances where these cracks do develop, they remain largely waterproof and the life of the finish is still longer than found with other common options like polyurethane, shellac or friction polishes.
All custom orders are made specifically for each customer and are proportioned according to the size of your hand and your grip. In order to determine the correct size and unique variation of my design needed to fit your pen for you, you will need to provide me with:
At least one photo of your hand gripping an oblique holder like you do when you are writing
A measurement of the distance from the middle of the pad of your index finger to where the tail of the pen rests against the web of your hand between your palm and thumb (see Measurement 1 in the photo below)
A measurement of the distance from the middle of the pad of your thumb to where the holder sits against your hand (see Measurement 2 in the photo below)
You can provide your photo/s and measurements any time between when you place your order and when I begin carving your pen. Photos should approximate the example below and need to show the angle at which you hold your pen as well as where you place your finger and thumb in relation to the flange.
You can also request a general grip diameter if you have a preference for a thicker or a thinner pen. Since my pens aren't perfectly round, requested diameters are approximate and I base them of the diameter of the thinnest part of the grip when seen from above with the pen turned so you're looking directly down at the top of the flange.
As mentioned above, my pens are all made by hand in small weekly batches. I employ no power tools with the exception of a small rotary tool to assist in cutting the slots and drilling the holes required to mount the flanges. The merits of hand vs machine made can be debated (probably endlessly), but regardless, the fact that mine are each fully hand made makes each one unique. I am constantly trying to tweak my core design and find ways to improve fit and comfort.