| There are several
factors that enter into the pricing of a quality writing
instrument. Material that is used is one such variable:
wood, acrylics, the scarcity of the material, and the difficulty
in turning and finishing the material. Some materials
require more time to finish than others. The one single
item that will affect cost the most is the plating used on the
metal components. A explanation of the various types of
plating can be found below. Considering all the
variables, the cost of my quality hand-crafted writing
instruments will fall within one of the following categories:
||$ 40 - 60
||$ 55 - 75
||$ 75 - 90
||$ 90 - 125
||$ 175 - 225
"Blue Jeans" Pen
Double twist Classic American pen hand-crafted
from real blue denim material which has been laminated with high
temperature resins and tons of pressure.
Parker style refill, chrome plated accents.
|GOLD PLATING: Gold plating is commonly
used for quality writing instruments due to its beauty and desirability.
As with any gold plate, it does need to be protected from
abrasion. Gold plating can be made more durable depending
on the method used to plate, additives to the gold, and
techniques employed. Following is an explanation of the
types of gold plating used with my writing instruments:
| 24kt. GOLD:
This is a heavy gold plating that has an epoxy coating applied
after the plating process to enhance its durability.
Description included with the pens with this type of plating
will indicate "24kt. Gold Plating". Normally
pricing will be Category A.
UPGRADE GOLD: Upgrade indicates that small amounts of cobalt
or palladium are added to the plating chemicals to enhance the
durability of the gold plating. Pricing will generally
fall within the Category B range.
GOLD: This plating method produces an extremely
durable plating. The process is called PVD (particle
vapor deposition). Titanium nitride, matched to the color
of gold, is molecularly bonded to the part and then 24kt. gold
is applied. The parts are then again re-plated. The
final result is that the parts will virtually never show
wear. Pricing will usually fall within the Category C
| 18kt. SWISS
ROSE GOLD: A truly beautiful, rich, sumptuous
plating. The color of the gold is a striking light rose
color. The plating method used is unique and only done in
three places in the world. The Rose Gold plating on my
pens is done in the U.S.A. by a premier exotic plating company,
and each part is done one at a time. The color is achieved
by mixing copper and gold; then, using an extremely unusual
process, the 18kt. Rose Gold can be deposited in a very thick
layer with extremely strong bonding to the sub-plating.
Durability is very good and way beyond most any other kind of
gold plating. Pricing will usually be within the Category
C range. At the present time, only the Classic American
ball pen and fountain pen are available with Rose Gold plating.
|CHROME: This is an extremely
durable plating. Under normal use, this plating will last
for many years. Category B pricing is usual.
|PLATINUM: Esteemed in the jewelry
industry as the premium precious metal, platinum plating is both
beautiful and very durable. Normal pricing is Category C.
|SOLID STERLING SILVER: The parts
that would normally be plated are made from solid sterling
silver (0.925), except for the clip which is done in an
extremely thick silver plate to preserve clip flexibility.
A special treatment has been applied over the sterling silver to
prevent tarnishing. At the present time, only my
Presentation Series, American style ball pen is available in
sterling silver. This is a truly classic writing
instrument that has high quality, time tested
components. Price Category D.
||Classic American style fountain pen crafted
from natural buckeye burl wood with 24kt. gold plating.