Hi Pen Fans.
When I went to the DC pen show, I had two special pens that I brought with me. One was a Pearl Bulb Filler, and one was a #76 Bulb Filler. They were both custom commissions. One was for a customer, and one was for the Cherished Creations Charity Auction (which was a smashing success, by the way).
I’ve made bulb fillers before. What made these pens unique was the fact that the barrels were made from a translucent material, in the spirit of the old Postal Pens.
Well, they were such a hot item, that I’m just now finishing up the orders from the DC show. 90% of the orders that were placed were for these bulb fillers.
Unless I’m mistaken, I’m the only modern pen manufacturer who is creating a bulb filler. There are a couple of things that make these pens unique. The mechanism has no moving parts to break down. Long term, this will be a very reliable filling mechanism. The only part that could fail would be the bulb sac, which is easily replaced. The ink capacity is a whopping 2.5 to 3 mL. The ink window will obviously tell you when it’s time to refill. And lastly, seeing the pen fill is just plain cool!
Here is a video of a bulb filler pen being filled.
You will notice that some of the translucent barrels are tinted. I have tinted barrel material in a myriad of colors, so matching a translucent barrel to any material type or color is possible.
Any of my pens can be made into a bulb filler, which the exception of the Herald. I don’t think that the taper of the Herald’s barrel will accommodate the bulb mechanism (but I haven’t tried yet). I have not made a Huron into a bulb filler yet, but I can’t wait to.
After putting together a decent collection of these, I thought that I would present photos of them.
Pearl Bulb Fillers…
Hunter Green Acrylic
Black Rose Acrylic
And #76 bulb fillers…
Black Rose Acrylic
And here is a complete slideshow of the recent pens (press play to start the slideshow).
The price of making any pen into a bulb filler adds $75 for an opaque barrel, and $100 for a translucent barrel.
Email me if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading!