Making Fine Writing Instruments by hand in California Since 1991
Here are some frequently asked questions about my pens. Who makes your pens? I make all of them. Handmade in the USA. Where are the pens made? In my custom built workshop near Sebastopol in Sonoma county, California. How long does it take to make a pen? Somewhere between 25 minutes and 2 hours for each one. Is the Silver going to fade? No.My pen parts are coated with either Chrome or Rhodium. The final result is that the metal parts will virtually never wear. I don’t use any type of gold plating because it will wear off. Where does one get refills? Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, any stationery store, or Amazon. Do you have any pens that write in blue or in fine point? When you buy a refill at the stationery store, you can get black, blue, or red, with fine, medium or broad tips. You can ask me with your order, I usually have blue ink or fine refills handy. How strong are your clips? The clips are very strong. I have heard of about 1 in 500 breaking. It usually happens when a person clips the pen on his shirt, not in the pocket. I will replace any broken clip at no charge. Where is Sebastopol? Sebastopol is 8 miles west of Santa Rosa, which is 55 miles north of San Francisco. Can you make a pen from an exotic wood that I give you? I prefer to work with our high quality stabilized woods. If you have a special wood, email me for more info.. Do the pens come in a gift box? Yes, they come in a beautiful gold-foil gift box with a card that explains how to refill the pen and includes the warranty information. I don’t have a PayPal account. You don’t need a PayPal account to order. If you don’t have PayPal you simply use your credit card at the PayPal site without joining PayPal, and you will have a secure transaction. What does “Post” mean? If the cap or top of a rollerball or fountain pen screws to the bottom of the pen to make the pen longer when using it, it is said to “post.’ If the cap doesn’t firmly attach to the bottom when writing, it doesn’t post. About 30 percent of my fountain pen customers post the pen. They say it keeps them from losing the cap or makes the pens balance better. Fountain pen users that don’t post say their reason for not posting is that it makes the pen top heavy or scratches the top.
Here are some well-known people who enjoy my pens and pencils:
Al and Tipper Gore
Art Rooney Jr.
Above is an example of the free engraving available on the clip of most of our pens.
I can do three initials or a name up to 8 letters.