Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 499

Here's a review of another one of my favourite handmade fountain pens--my Confetti bespoke fountain pen by Robert of RJ Custom Pens of Canberra, Australia!

(All photos by Maja ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Robert sells his handmade pens under the name "CustompensandgiftsCo" via his etsy store and I paid $176 CAD (with free shipping) for mine in late 2022.

As with previous pricier etsy purchases, I paid for the pen via Klarna in four equal, interest-free installments. The pen was shipped very quickly --with tracking-- and arrived safe and sound (it came with a presentation box--not pictured).

The pen was described as "A lovely bright pen for any fountain pen enthusiast" in the etsy listing ...and it is both lovely and bright --I can't think of a colour that *isn't* in the material!

The pen's beautiful resin was made in-house by RJ Custom Pens from "(their) own alumilite resin recipe using eyecandy micas polished to high gloss with diamond paste." It's a very attractive material, and it was expertly polished by Robert.

I ordered the pen with a Medium steel JoWo #6 nib, but it came with an Extra-Fine... which I wound up loving :)(Isn't the section beautiful??... and look at the depth of the resin!!)

The pen was fitted with a Schmidt K5 international ink converter, and came with two ink samples of Pelikan Edelstein ink, which was a nice touch.

Here are some photos of the other side of the pen, against a light background:

The pen is cylindrical but widens a bit in the middle---it's very subtle, though. The fit and finish of the pen are excellent. It's a fairly light fountain pen -- 21 grams total weight with its converter in place, and 16 grams without its cap on.

As for dimensions....Well, I didn't see any in the etsy listing, but the pen was so gorgeous, I didn't care lol, so I ordered it anyway (actually, when I saw the length of the nib, I had some idea of its dimensions). According to my own measurements, it's about 15cm capped and 14cm uncapped (nib tip to barrel end). The pen doesn't post, but it's long enough to use comfortably unposted. The maximum barrel width is approximately 15mm, while the section width is about 11.5mm closest to the barrel threads and 11mm at its narrowest.  

Many thanks to Robert of RJ Custom Pens for this wonderful handmade fountain pen; I absolutely love using it, and I'm sure it won't be my last purchase from him :)

(~Blog post by Maja~)

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