Selecting a Holder Size
One of the hardest things to choose without actually holding a pen is what diameter of holder is most comfortable for an individual. The comfort is the most important aspect of the pen holder. Just as every person's hand is a different size, we try to make a large selection of diameters available for purchase. Here is how we suggest to find a comfortable size.
Take a standard pencil. You can wrap it in string, tape, cloth, modeling clay or anything else and create a size and shape that is comfortable to you. Once you have the size worked out to your comfort, measure the dimension on it from the image below. Dimension B & C are the most important and the dimensions we show in our descriptions.
Another option is to go to a local hardware store, craft store or lumberyard that carries wooden dowels. You can pick up and hold different diameters of wood in your hands. You should try to find a diameter that allows your thumb and two fingers which hold the holder to have a small space, about 1/16" to 1/8" in between each finger. Next would be to try each size that is one size above and below that size dowel. Whichever one is most comfortable would be the size the finger rest area dimension would be in our descriptions.
If for some reason we don't have that exact size in stock, feel free to contact us and we can custom turn a holder based on your size requirement, wood choice and decorative end choices.
You can also send us the dowel or pencil wrapped in tape, string or cloth and we can duplicate that exact shape!
Custom Ordering a Nib Holder
To begin a custom order, the process is as simple as emailing us at email@example.com. We love doing custom designs and will work to help create your perfect holder.
Steps in the Custom Order Process
It is often helpful to look at our GALLERY to see holders we have done in the past and get ideas from them. You can also download and view our Custom Order Price List. This may give you a rough idea of what upgrades and options cost for our pens. Please keep in mind that the price list is a not exact, your pen may be less or more that what the price list reflects. We will work to make it as affordable as possible once we confirm the details of the pen and the total price.
Before emailing, please review and try to decide the following items before-hand. It will save us both time in designing and pricing your custom holder. If you are unsure of any of the items on the below checklist, we are more than happy to discuss it with you. Don't feel overwhelmed as you can have as much or as little of this information as you would like.
The Parts of a Nib Holder
When discussing a custom holder with you, these are the terms we use to describe the parts of the holder. Please reference this photo when putting together a custom design for us to turn, It will eliminate any confusion.
We offer three finish types, Gloss, Semi-Gloss and Matte. If you order a segmented holder (more than one wood glued together) it has to be Gloss Finish. Single wood holders can be done in a Semi-Gloss or Matte finish.
Sample of Foot Shapes
Below is the two typical shapes we turn on the foot of our holders. The choice is purely cosmetic and has no affect on the function. The angled foot also keeps the end of the wood from accidentally being dipped into the ink.
Classic Foot Angled Foot