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Copper Dip Pen

Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

Dip pens generally provide more contrast than a ballpoint, and allows for variable line thickness depending on pressure and stroke. If you have never used a dip pen for any type of sketching, you should give it a try. Although there are many types of pens like this available, I decided to design and manufacture my own around an existing nib. The design incorporates a standard available component (the nib) and the re-implementation of waste material (copper tubing) in its assembly. 

The nib was manufactured in England and purchased locally (in South Africa) from a stationary supplier. The bodies of the pens are made from copper tubing which are waste pieces of tubing from the refrigeration industry. The design is straight forward - the nib fits into the copper tube, and gets bonded in place with a suitable thermoplastic adhesive. The copper is then polished to a lustre, to remove any edge burrs.  

A test prototype has been in use for several months and proves successful. The brass will tarnish, which can be brought back to lustre if desired, with a suitable brass/copper polishing compound.

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

The copper tubing, prior to any straightening, cutting or finishing.

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

The copper tubing, cut into sutably sized pieces.

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

Standard nibs to be bonded into the tubes.

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

Nibs bonded into the tubes.

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

The body was hand polished.

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Dip Pen designed by Martin Bolton

Complete and ready to be used... stored in the pencil block when not in use.

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Dip pen in use.

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Dip pen dipped and used

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