It’s Alive!

Behold the Tuckenstein!

Behold the Tuckenstein!

The new pen I’ve been building is finished. Last post you saw the parts and now you can see it all together. By agreement with its owner the pen will be called “Tuckenstein” to represent it being both a frankenpen and a Sheaffer Tuckaway model. The only change I made from when I laid out the parts earlier was to switch the blind cap from blue to green. The blue one was too tight and so I replaced it with a better fitting one. I don’t think it changes the overall look of the pen a great deal.

It wasn’t too hard to do final assembly on this pen except for finding the correct screw to attach the blind cap. I stole a synthetic rubber o-ring from a Sheaffer Imperial which fit well enough to allow the touchdown tube to achieve a good seal when moving up and down inside the barrel. It’s important to have this good seal since in this system of filling a sudden compression of air is achieved by pushing that tube downwards which deflates the sac. That sac will then inflate and in that way draw ink up. Lastly the old spare nib used needed a good amount of smoothing to make it write well.

It may not be something a mere mortal should attempt but another pen has been brought to life!

Tuckenstein writing sample.

Tuckenstein writing sample.

  1. Raphael
    April 21, 2009, 11:34 pm

    Heehee! It’s so adorable:)
    Penguin Tuckenstein, Spawn of Thinenstein with one eye, maroon clothes and green shoes:)

  2. April 22, 2009, 2:44 am

    huwow! what a pen, tom! i’m in awe…

  3. TAO
    April 22, 2009, 9:08 am

    Raffy: Glad you like it!
    Clem: It’s a pen made of parts which does lend it a bit of character. I’ve always loved the little clip that the Tuckaways have. Sheaffer pens can never be called “cute” except, I think, in the case of these little guys.

  4. JennyO
    April 25, 2009, 8:26 pm

    Yay for the Tuckenstein! A terrific addition to the Frankenpen family! 🙂

  5. TAO
    April 26, 2009, 11:49 pm

    Jenny: It’s certainly a motley family!