- I’ve finished the design and pre-production of feeds and housings for JoWo #6 and will ship these off to my beta testers next week. If feedback is universally positive, then I will begin sales of these shortly thereafter. These will be available in both black and red Nikko ebonite as well as clear acrylic.
- Pelikan M2xx/M4xx/M6xx/M7xx feeds and collars will go on sale at the same time as the JoWo #6 feeds and housings. These will be available in both black and red Nikko ebonite as well as clear acrylic.
- Design of my own flexible nibs proceeds, though more slowly than I’d hoped. I want to have a prototype nib for Pelikan M400 pens by the time of the Dallas Pen Show in September, but there is some risk in this schedule. JoWo #6 flexible nib will follow Pelikan, then I’ll accept custom designs. I won’t have a table at the Dallas Pen Show this year.
- I have a pretty sizable backlog of custom feed requests to service. I’ll begin these designs once the JoWo #6 and Pelikan M2xx/4xx/6xx/7xx feeds/collars/housings are in production and on my website for sale.
- I am still working on the Zebra G dip pen nib in a JoWo #6 housing. I’m still not happy with the performance across inks, so I’m not yet able to offer these for purchase. I don’t have a firm date for completion of this product.
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This is the first prototype of a Zebra G dip pen nib in a JoWo #6 housing. I’ll test it thoroughly over the next week or two then send out a few to beta testers.
Now I really have to figure out how to build a storefront…
These JoWo #6 feed prototypes in clear acrylic are dimensionally correct but still need some surface finish work. Working now on housings for these feeds.
I’ve been very busy of late debugging g-code to make feeds. Here are a few samples, among them JoWo #6, Pelikan M200, Pelikan 400 and a few oddballs just to test the g-code generation. Materials are black Nikko ebonite and clear cast acrylic.
My new Mazak QTU-200MSY is now nearly fully tooled and ready to make parts. The ATS bar feeder installation is now functional, though I’m waiting for a correctly fitting spindle liner. In this photo, I’m using the tool eye to touch off (find tool offsets) for a Becker CCMT polycrystalline diamond insert.
Here’s the very first part (other than test cuts during installation) that I’ve made, a JoWo #6 nib housing. This part was turned from a Mazatrol program, below.
Though my Mazak QTU-200MSY turning center won’t be here until mid-February, I’ve been working hard on writing a C program on my MacBook Pro to generate g-code for turning collars, feeds and housings. This is the program NC Plot that I use for debugging the g-code before I put it on the machine to make parts.
These four JoWo #6 feeds and housings are probably the final parts I’ll make on my little Roland 4-axis mill. I’m transferring all my effort going forward to making these parts on the Mazak QTU-200MSY. Once that transfer is done, I’ll be able to offer parts in volume to pen makers worldwide.
Some of the final feeds and housings I’ll make on my Roland 4-axis mill. These will be made much more quickly and economically on the Mazak QTU-200MSY that will arrive early in 2017. These are for JoWo #6 nibs, widely used in cartridge converter fountain pens.