Rob van Nigtevecht

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Writing Equipment from Consett for specialist and bespoke designs of fountains pens, and soon also calligraphy pens.

They are mostly made from very high quality materials and handmade the old traditional way, no automated processes! I only make one or two and after this only on demand a repeat. This way I can make many different designs and work as ecological as possible. For that reason I use old existing stock from mainly an old British factory called Conway Stewart and avoid new materials where I can. The raw materials have to be prepared before it can be used, the best parts of it chosen for a nice design which I have to match in the pattern as best as possible. I make the metal parts also myself from high grade brass and aluminium (marine grade). They are not just decorations, they are part of the strength of the pen. Much is based on phi ratio's and a few other base numbers in the design (I still use a slide rule for this).

I explore different skills and processes to refine the art of making them, borrowing design styles from Japan but creating my own British design trying to go a bit away from the old traditional shapes. Gilding and stone or enamel inlays is one of my goals but this will take me many years to achieve. A Japanese maker/painter needs a good 10 years to become a master... and much of what they do is a family secret so hard to emulate. It is their wonderful work which attacked me into exploring the real art of pen making. This has nothing to do with assembling parts sourced from many places. I have to design my own tools, as the original pen makers did, to figure out what works best, but I get also invaluable help from an industrial tool maker. A lot of knowledge has been lost so I have to explore myself to find solutions. It took me about 2 years to get to the latest level where I do not use any glues, they are held together by compression or threading depending on the design. For this you need an incredible high precision and understand how materials react while you work in it. They are made to last and as an expression of appreciation for wonderful landscapes and industrial heritage in the UK.

The main design is based on functional minimalist art known as "desk pens". These are usually kept in a tray and not worn in pockets being too expensive, that is why they do not have clips. The only exception is the nibs and ink holders which are too complex to make them as small business and which have to be universal. I sell online and on fairs and selling currently to the America's, Spain, Belgium and the UK.


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