Fountain Pen - Engraving

I thought that after initial fascination, the enthusiasm on ink pens would wane. I was wrong. After 2 years, the Alan d'louis started leaking and it was time for my crazy other half VJ, to scout for another fountain pen. This time he fell for a Sheaffer. At the shop they offered to engrave the pen for FREE!.

At first, VJ thought that engraving was old fashioned, but he was excited when he realized that they were engraving with a lathe machine. And, I was given a long lecture on this process:(

Fixing the letters to be engraved

This engraving machine is table mounted and has 2 levers with pointers.

Step 1 - Fix pen and lathe plate in the mountings.

Step 2 - Assemble the characters to be engraved on the lathe plate. See the above shot.

(They have a wide range of alphabets and characters in brass lathe blocks.)

Step 3 - Switch on the machine, hold the levers firmly.

Step 4 - Start moving the lever on the lathe block like how you would use a stencil! Now, simultaneously the other lever on the pen plate moves and engraves the characters!

Inlaid pic is the assembled lathe block characters

Here is the end product.

I must admit that it is beautiful!


Gemma Wiseman said...

What an amazing sight this engraving machine is! I have never seen one before! And to find someone skilled to use it right on your "purchase" premises is incredible!

chubskulit said...

Personalized pens are beautiful.

Any advise and tips you could give to my shadow shot entry would be so much appreciated. Have a blessed Sunday.

Gary said...

I've always wondered how that was done. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Joyful said...

The pen looks beautiful. I remember when I used to write letters, a beautiful pen really was a wonderful thing to have. Sadly now I don't write letters much.

Indrani said...

Ideal for gifting too. :)

Anonymous said...

How lovely.

Beyond Wandering said...

Wow..that's amazing, and such delicate work of art!

Fun60 said...

And there was me thinking that the skill of engraving was one of the few things still done by hand!

NatureFootstep said...

yes it looks very nice. :)

Sallie ( said...

Fun just to learn about this process. And fun for me to learn that there are still people who use fountain pens! I think long-hand writing is a dying art for most of us. (Not that it was ever an "art" for me -- more like something I had to do.)

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