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A Blow Filler? A Blow Filler!

Hi Pen Fans!

I always love it when a customer approaches me with new ideas, designs, filling systems, and challenges to consider.

I had a customer speak to me about a blow filler.

This is a filling system that was used very early in the history of pens.  I’m not sure that it was a real lucrative filling system, as I’ve never seen one live, but it turned out to be very interesting and certainly fun.

With a blow filler, there is a sac attached to the section or housing which holds the ink.  This is just like any other typical pen incorporating a sac as the reservoir, such as a lever filler, button filler, crescent filler, etc.

Each of these sac filled pens incorporate some way of compressing the sac.  When you dip the pen in ink, compress the sac and then release, the result of the sac returning to it’s shape will cause a vacuum resulting in ink being drawn into the sac.

In the case of a lever filler, there is a pressure bar that compresses the sac, activated by a lever.  With a button filler, there is a pressure bar activated by a button on the bottom of the pen, with a crescent filler, the same applies, and you can guess what activates the pressure bar. 

So this pen fills the same way, but with an incredibly simple method of compressing the sac.

How does this pen fill?

There is a very small hole drilled into the bottom of the barrel, which is visible in the photos below. 

The section threads are made very precise, to the point of where they are airtight.

This seals the barrel internally.

So to fill the pen, you insert the nib into an ink reservoir, and blow into this hole on the back of the barrel.

Since the interior of the barrel is sealed, blowing into the barrel increases pressure, causing the sac to compress.

When you stop blowing, the sac decompresses, drawing ink into the sac. 

Two or three cycles of blowing into the back of the barrel will fill the pen completely.

The blowfillers of the past would typically not have an ink window.  The customer who ordered this pen wanted some kind of way of knowing where the ink level was.  We went with an ink window, and also a clear sac.  This makes it easy to determine when it’s time to refill.

This pen was also made from original Sheaffer Crimson stock.  Very hard to find.

This was a seriously fun pen to make.  It was really nice to revive a design from a very long time ago!

Brian at Edison

 

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Introducing The Morgan…

 Hi Pen Fans!

I’m proud to introduce my newest model, The Morgan.

 

(if you cannot see the slide show above, click here)

I’d like to discuss a little about its design.

I have a lot of clients who love the Pearl, but prefer a pen that is longer, and posts more secure.  This has been made evident by the number of custom Pearls that I’ve made to be extended in length.

This pen is one of my longer offerings, at 6" capped.  The extra length allows me to create a very elegant profile that allows for secure posting.

This pen is offered standard as a cartridge/converter, but can be made into a bulb filler, and also a rollerball.

Obviously, the pen is available in the materials shown on the Morgan Main Page, but any custom material that you and I can dream up is available.

Please go here for more details.

Thanks,

Brian at Edison

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Attack of the Bulb Fillers!

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

Tortoise Lucite


 

And #76 bulb fillers…

Tortoise Lucite

Granite Acrylic

Mandarin Yellow

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!

Brian at Edison

 

 

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Introducing the Huron….

Hi Pen Fans!

I’m proud to introduce my newest model, The Huron.

I’d like to discuss a little about its design.

On most of my pens, the design calls for a step from the barrel to the barrel threads.  A good example of this is the Pearl.  The Pearl has a dramatic step from barrel to barrel threads.  It is an integral part of the design.

Some customers have told me that they would prefer that this step was not present on their pens.  With this in mind, I have designed the Huron.

The transition from the barrel, to the barrel threads, to the section is smooth and seamless.  The section is also longer and less dramatic in it’s curve.  The clip sits a little lower with a larger finial.  All of this leads to a pretty slender and elegant design, similar to early American pens.

When prototyping this pen, I was seriously torn between two clips. 

I did some market research by sending pictures to friends, collecting opinions on the webcam, and posing this clip dilemma to people whose opinion I trusted.

The opinions were so extremely polarized, that I was only further perplexed.

I started thinking…"I’m a custom penmaker, right?  Why not offer them both?"

So with this pen, the customer will have a choice of two clips.  There is a segmented clip, as well as a straight clip, as show below.

                           

Both of these clips are available as rhodium or gold plated, however…the straight clip with gold plating will not be here for another couple of weeks, as they need to be plated.

Obviously, the pen is available in the materials shown on the Huron Main Page, but any custom material that you and I can dream up is available.

Please go here for more details.

Thanks,

Brian at Edison

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Sneak Peek at a New Prototype…

Hi Pen Fans!

This is a quick look at a new prototype.

Most of my pens have a step going from the barrel to section threads. 

Some people have told me that they would prefer a smooth transition from barrel, to threads, to section.

This pen has accomplished this, along with a thinner barrel than my typical pens, making for a pretty elegant design.

I am still making some clip decisions, but this is a a good idea as to how this pen will look.

Email me if interested in this pen, but I anticipate an official launch in the next couple of weeks.

Also, since this is a prototype, I’ll be happy to hear critiques!  Nothing is finalized yet.

Brian at Edison

 

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The New #76 in Three Versions, The Tuxedo Series, and More…

Hi Pen Fans!

I’ve been awfully busy lately.  There are many new items to announce, so I’ll get right to it.

 

The #76 is my newest model.

This will be available in three versions.

The Premier Edition, which is a limited edition of six….

Next up is a bulb filler version of the same pen….

 

And then the standard version…

Please click here to learn more about the #76.

 

Next up is the Tuxedo Series.

Bruce Boone is an independent artisan ring maker.  He’s been a good friend of mine for quite a while, and we decided to collaborate our talents to offer a pen/ring set.  Click here to see more of his work.  His line of rings are quite impressive.

What we came up with is an ebonite Herald Pen with a matching ring made of titanium with an ebonite inlay.

This set will be a limited edition of Twenty.


 

 

Next up….with some tutulage from David Broadwell, I’ve begun to add releif carvings to my pens.

Here is a Pearl with an Oak Leaf carved into the body.  All done by hand.

The leaf is infilled with an antique bronze enamel.  Expect to see more carvings.  Some will not be infilled, and some will be with an antique silver enamel.

Click here to see more regarding the carved Pearl.

 

And lastly….(phew!)…

There are some new materials on the Pearl and Herald pages.

Philly was a successful show.  It was great to meet more clients live.  I hope to see more of you in LA!

Brian at Edison

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Heading to Philly, and New Designs Coming Very Soon…

Hi Pen Fans.

First off, I’m heading to Philly on Thursday for the pen show. 

I’ll be at the show all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I hope to meet some of you live.

Also…at the show, I will have some new things with me.

There will be two new models.  The #76 and the Tuxedo Series Limited Edition.

The #76 will be in three editions.  The Standard Edition, the Premier Limited Edition, and a Bulb Filler Edition.

The Tuxedo Series will be a limited edition ring/pen combo.  This will consist of a Herald pen in black ebonite with a matching titanium ring that will have an ebonite inlay.

As soon as I get back from the Philly Show, I’ll officially announce these new models.

Stay tuned!

Brian at Edison

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The New Glenmont is Here…

Hi Pen Fans.

I have received comments on how to improve the Glenmont, and have taken them seriously.

As you can see, the pen has gone through some changes.

The barrel trim ring has been eliminated. 

The black cap centerband has been eliminated.

The cap will now post.

The pen can now be filled as an eyedropper or cartridge/converter.

The pen has also become much lighter.

Lastly, I found a new clip for the pen.


 

Fow now, the pen is only available in the solid acrylic colors shown above.

I will have inventory of this pen in various ebonites, and other acrylics in January.

Click here for more information.

Thanks.

Brian at Edison 

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The Pearl…

The Pearl is the newest pen from Edison.

It is a cartridge/converter filler, but it could be made into an eyedropper.

There are options to choose from with this pen….

Ink window, blind cap with an ink window, and there will be a clip option very soon.

The pricing structure breaks down like this….

$225 – baseline pen with standard steel nib
$50 – add ink window
$30 – add blind cap with ink window
$30 – add clip

Click Here to learn more about this pen.

Brian at Edison


 

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The New Herald Is Here…

A lot of you are aware that I’ve been working on redesigning the Herald.

Feedback that I received was that the pen could use the centerband eliminated, as well as the trim ring on the barrel.  Most people also wanted the ability to post the cap.

The other comment that I received is that it would be very nice to have an eyedropper filling system.

Well, I’ve paid attention to my customers requests, and all four of the above changes have been made.

 

As you can see, the black centerband has been eliminated…

 

In the photo below, you will notice that I have eliminated the barrel trim ring.

 

And lastly, you will see that the cap can post…

 

As far as the filling system goes, the pen is now available as an eyedropper, or as a cartridge/converter.

The new version is also a bit shorter and lighter than the original.  It is 18 grams capped and 10 grams uncapped, wheras the original was 29 grams and 14 grams, respectively.

The only parts of this pen that is not made of ebonite would be the nib, feed, and clip.

My previous version of this pen was $175, and then if you wanted an ebonite section, you would add $30, for a total of $205.

This new version comes standard with an ebonite section, and starts at $190.  So this pen is actually a better pen, at a lesser price.

And good news…anyone who has purchased the original Herald from me will receive 10% off the purchase of the updated Herald.

All that I presently have in inventory is ebonite pens.  Acrylics will be available in about a week or two.

Click here for the Herald Pen Main Page.

Thanks for reading….

Brian at Edison