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Custom Fountain Pen

Custom Fountain Pen

Turkish Walnut Custom Fountain PenThose of you who know me, know that I’m a bit old school. I still prefer paper books and I enjoy writing with a fountain pen. It will be no surprise that I’m now using a custom fountain pen as my main writing instrument.

For a couple of years now I’ve written with a Sheaffer Intensity. It’s a good pen, slender, but a bit heavy, especially if you cap it when writing (which I don’t because of the weight).

This year, as my birthday and Father’s Day present, I got a new pen. This one is custom-made from Turkish Walnut with an extra-fine iridium nib.

The pen was made by a former band mate of mine. Being made of wood, it’s much lighter than my Sheaffer, which is a good thing. The lighter weight of the wood allows your hand to relax when writing, which improves penmanship and reduces muscle strain. Speaking of wood, the Turkish Walnut is beautiful, as you can see. It has a nice deep color in the marbled grain, along with a few highlights.

This pen hasĀ a magnetic cap, rather than the standard screw on cap you normally find on fountain pens. It’s unique and fun, but not as secure as the screw on type cap. I’d be reluctant to carry this pen in my bag on a daily basis, but since I plan to use it at my desk, that’s not a problem.

After a tune-up at my favorite pen shop, the pen writes smoothly with just the right amount of ink flow, and produces a beautiful line. The nib has just the right amount of flex to produce a beautiful script, at least as beautiful as my handwriting can be.

Mark has set up an Etsy store where you can pick up one of his pens or contact him to have one custom-made from the material of your choice.

If you’re already a fountain pen user and looking to add a custom fountainĀ pen to your collection, then I suggest you check out Mark’s work.

If you’re not a yet a fountain pen user, I urge you to do yourself, and your penmanship, a favor and pick up the ultimate writing instrument. What better place to start than with a custom fountain pen?


Coffee Cup Theology

Coffee Cup Theology

I’m now blogging daily over at

The blog is a collaboration between myself and my lovely and talented wife, Lauren. The content is generally brief, as we’re each simply sharing thoughts and reflections from our morning conversations with God and each other over a cup of coffee.

So if you want a daily dose of what we’re drinking in from the Word, that’s the place to get it.

New Home

New Home

We are so excited and grateful that God has seen fit to provide us with a home in South Boston. We closed on the house on Friday, January 13, 2012.

The house is one of the typical single family homes in Southie. It’s a tri-level house built circa 1900. It was foreclosed on almost three years ago and has been sitting empty ever since. Needless to say, we’ve got a lot of work to do before we can move in.

The house is less than a block from Thomas Park, which Haddie loves. Frankly, so do I. The view of the city from the park is awesome, and I look forward to spending regular time there in prayer for our city.

Below are some pictures of the interior of the house that should give you an idea of just what we’ve got ourselves into…