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I want to offer students custom fountain pens. For every pen that somebody orders, it's twin will be given to a deserving student.
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I've been an artist my entire life - mostly pen and ink and printmaking - and in the last couple of years I have really gotten absorbed into the hobby ( -cough- addiction ) of fountain pens. The way they feel on paper is second to none. I'm a high school art teacher, and my students have noticed the pens I use at school. I've been lucky enough to be able to give several pens to students, but I can't give away more pens purchased at retail prices on a teacher's salary. I've learned that wood turners can make fountain pens on their wood lathes, and as an artist this idea seemed incredible to me. I could make my own fountain pens!

I knew I had to try it, so I've sold the majority of my fountain pen collection to fund my very own pen making studio. Even with the money I earned selling off my collection, I still need more items: taps and dies, holders for the lathe, tool rests, nibs, clips, converters, and blanks. My goal is to be able to fashion and sell full custom, kitless fountain pens within the next 6 months - and with each pen ordered, a twin and a bottle of ink will be given to a deserving high school student. Anything that will encourage students to write more will be of huge benefit to them for college and the professional world that awaits them.

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    A hand drawn thank you note, a custom pen rest, and a custom grind to any of your existing nibs.

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    A hand drawn thank you note and a custom fountain pen - with a custom grind if you like.

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    UPDATE: This covers the previous $125 pledges. A hand drawn thank you note, and a custom fountain pen - it's twin going to a deserving student - with a grind if you like.

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    A custom fountain pen - with a custom grind if you like - with it's twin to be given to a deserving student - with a thank you note penned by that student.

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    UPDATE: This covers the previous $175 pledges. A custom fountain pen - with a custom grind if you like - with it's twins to be given to two deserving students - with a thank you note penned by that student.

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    Two custom pens for you - with a custom grind if you'd like- and their twins going to two deserving students - with a thank you note penned by those students.

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    UPDATE: This covers the previous $250 pledges. Two custom pens for you - with a custom grind if you'd like- and their twins going to four deserving students - with a thank you note penned by those students.

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    A custom made pen a year, for 10 years. Each twin going to a deserving student- with a thank you note penned by each student.

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