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Caring for pens, pencils or watches

Wood breaths and moves. As relative  humidity rises, wood absorbs moisture and grows. As the humidity drops the wood dries and shrinks. These sudden movements can cause wood to crack or split.

All the pens, pencils and watches I make are finished in a water-proof, alcohol-proof and child safe lacquer. Where the wood used in an item is particularly prone to movement I stabilise it, reducing it's capacity to absorb moisture. Nonetheless, I do not advise you to drop a pen or pencil in a puddle or wear your watch in the shower.
If you do get your pen, pencil or watch wet, dry it thoroughly with a soft, clean cloth and leave it away from direct heat to air dry.
It is very important that you do not attempt to force the wood to dry too quickly by placing it near a direct source of heat or in the sun.

Over time and with use, the timber finish may become dulled. Simply buff the wood parts with a soft clean cloth dabbed in a good quality (hydrocarbon free) furniture wax. Non-wood parts can be wiped with a damp, soft clean cloth.

Avoid any hydrocarbon- or acetone-based cleaning products or solvents because they dissolve the lacquer.

Changing refills, ink and leads

Each of the pens is different. Please choose from bellow:

Franklin
Changing the refill: Rollerball: unscrew either end of the pen from the barrel. Note that there is a loose spring parked in the top cap which provides a soft writing feel. Retaining the spring replace the refill and reassemble.
Fountain: As our premier pen the fountain come as standard with a gold plated ink pump. To refill the pen twist the end cap of the reservoir whilst holding the pen nib in the ink well, this will draw ink into the reservoir.
Arthur

Changing the refill:
Ballpoint/gel: Pull the pen cap from the pen body. Unscrew the exposed mechanism from the pen barrel. Replace refill and reassemble.
Pencil: Pull the cap from the main body to access the eraser. Pull the black eraser holder from the mechanism to access spare leads. Keep twisting the pencil until the previous lead is removed. Twist the pen in the opposite direction a few times and insert new lead. Continue to twist until only a few mm of lead are exposed. Press down firmly to seat the lead.
 

 Esperance

Changing the refill:
Ballpoint/gel: Unscrew the wooden body from the metal tip section. Replace refill and reassemble. When screwing the two halves back together turn until tight and then turn some more until you feel the mechanism twist in the wood section – this seats the two sections firmly.
 

Derwent

Changing the refill:
Ballpoint: Your pen comes with a ‘Parker’ style ballpoint pen refill. This can be changed at any time for a ballpoint or gel refill in a variety of colours. To change or replace a refill simply separate the wooden barrel from the tip by unscrewing them in an anticlockwise direction, replace the refill and reassemble.
Pencil: Remove the pencil mechanism as for the ballpoint above. Pull the end cap off to access the lead reservoir and fill with leads. Click the pen repeatedly to load lead.
 

Clark

Changing the refill:
Rollerball: unscrew the pen tip from the barrel. Note that there is a loose spring parked in the top cap which provides a soft writing feel. Retaining the spring replace the refill and reassemble.
Fountain: If you have an ink pump: To refill the pen twist the end cap of the reservoir whilst holding the pen nib in the ink well, this will draw ink into the reservoir
If your pen uses cartridges carefully pull off the old cartridge and press on a new one.
 

Pieman

Changing the refill:
Ballpoint: Your pen comes with a ‘Parker’ style ballpoint pen refill. This can be changed at any time for a ballpoint or gel refill in a variety of colours. To change or replace a refill simply separate the top and bottom halves by unscrewing them in an anticlockwise direction, replace the refill and reassemble.
Pencil: Pull the gold plated cap from the end of the pencil to access the eraser. Pull the eraser cap from the end of the pencil to access the lead reservoir and fill with leads. Click the pen repeatedly to load lead.
 

Changing refills & leads:
Franklin
Arthur
Esperance
Derwent
Clark
Pieman

 

 

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