Saturday, February 19, 2011

How To Make A Fountain Pen

I thought this clip was really fascinating--never could figure out how the makers got an iridium tip on a gold nib. Beryllium copper? And watching the machine press the nib and feed into the section made my eyes pop, I would have thought the pressure would crush everything but all the pens survived.

The pens are Aurora, the official pen of Italy's sesquicentennial and featured in the latest Goldspot Pens post.

And yes, it's "it's" not "its" but life is short so its okay. :)


10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention! As a fountain pen fanatic, I love watching this video as it is fascinating and informative to show you the intricate process of building a fountain pen.

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  2. Yes, I loved watching the sterling silver caps being punched out as if they were ordinary bottle tops. This made me appreciate how much a fine art pen making was at the turn of the 20th century.

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  3. Thanks for the link! This video was awesome.

    You seem to be having some problems with the embedded video, the size is too big for the width of your blog.

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  4. Loved the video. I'd always wondered how they make the parts.

    But I have to tell you, "its" makes my skin crawl. :-)

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  5. Nice video, Diane. Sometimes I take our modern brain-frazzling manufacturing tolerances and product reliability for granted. As in: "Why isn't this cheapie product working perfectly?" My understanding is that decorative celluloid ("precious resin"?) in small quantities is pretty costly. Jack/Youngstown

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  6. Peninkcillin, that could be a problem with either Firefox or your browser. Thanks for telling me, I'll have to ask a few friends if there's anything I can do. It's annoying, but not much I can do about it as I'm just cutting and pasting the embed.

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