When it comes to choosing a quality handcrafted pen, consider pens offered by local pen makers. They handcraft ball point pens, roller ball pens, pencils and other desk accessories from turned wood. Also, they have been hand turning pens for several years now and offer several different types of pens, pencils and accessories.
Many of the first pens were the slim line styles which have always been popular. Crafters selected the finest and most exotic hardwoods from around the world and the USA to produce excellent handcrafted writing instruments. In addition to hardwoods, they also crafted pens in acrylics, poly resins, antler and laminates. Many pen makers offer their pens in a variety of finishes from a fine Cobalt Gold to a beautiful chrome and nickel finish as well as the higher end finishes of Platinum and Black Titanium. Many hand turned pencils have a nice click mechanism which is smooth to operate. Other accessories available that also are produced are letter openers usually in either a gold or chrome finish.
The next type of handcrafted pen produced is a Classic line which is composed mostly of ball point pens and one version of roller ball pen. Consumers can check out the entire line of pens produced by wood workers and to determine which of the Classic pens suit your taste by checking their respective websites. Most are relatively slim in feel and utilize a twist mechanism. Also offered is a click cap version as well as a twist and click pencil version. Few also handcraft a ‘Retro’ type pen that reminisces the writing heyday of the mid 20th century. A truly fine pen I’ve only seen available in gold or chrome finishes.
The handcrafted European line of pens fit somewhere between slim pens and larger barreled pens. Many pen makers offers a mini European style which is a smaller version of the regular twist European pen. The European pens that are handcrafted are sleek in design and operate smoothly. All are offered in a variety of finishes from Gold through the higher end Platinum and Black Titanium finishes. All are ball point pens and crafters generally do not offer any of the European line in pencils. I’ve come across letter openers that are hand turned and come in gold or chrome finish.
Several handcrafters offer an excellent two piece roller ball which has been called the Navigator. It comes in all finishes and is very easy to write with and is well balanced. Like any other pens, it can be produced in acrylics, poly resins and antler in addition to our large supply of exotic hardwoods. At many websites I’ve visited, you can view the line and see how beautiful these pens truly are.
One of the more interesting line is the Cigar line of fine handcrafted pens. They are large barreled pens and hold well on their own. They are produced as ball points with one exception. The Premium Cigar pen is the classic cigar pen style with a large barrel, great grip and fine craftsmanship. A step above, some pen handcrafters offer the Hybrid cigar pen which is slightly more detailed than the Premium but takes a finish and brings it to life. Similar to the Premium cigar pen is the Bowtie pen and Oxford Pen. Both are available in gold or chrome finishes. The Bowtie gets its name from the bowtie shaped clip and is handcrafted by few crafters. The Oxford than is hand turned at wood working shops sports an engraved center band to set is apart. Compare at various websites to check out these styles. The largest Cigar style pen I’ve seen handcrafted is the El Grande, and it is just that. It is produced as a roller ball and is available in all standard and high end finishes. It is generally the more expensive handcrafted pen, but well worth the cost due to the amount of work to craft this fine pen.
Many Pen crafters handcraft a line of ball point pens I would label the Executive and Sr. Executives. With one of the widest availability of finishes available, these are crafted with care and use only the best hardwoods with the right finish to bring out the beauty of the wood, acrylic or antler. To see this line, check out the variety of websites in cyberspace. In addition to standard hardwoods, acrylics, etc., the Executive line is the basic frame for a line on Inlay pens. Laser cut pieces of differing hardwoods are pieced together to form simple to complicated scenes around the pen barrel. As these are produced from kits, they tend to be very expensive as compared to a crafters own handcrafted pens. Many pen crafters hand turn their own hardwoods and handcraft everything they make. Also included in the executive line are letter openers and magnifying glasses for the discriminating consumer.
Wood workers also offers for the consumer pen boxes, pen sleeves and refills at very reasonable prices and in a variety of hardwoods for our pen boxes and leather designs for our pen sleeves. Be sure to check them out while you’re visiting our website.