Andy’s custom JN Woodworks fountain pen!

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JN Woodworks Nib

The JN Woodworks giveaway pen

JN Woodworks fountain pen
The finished product

One of the best feelings is to see an idea all the way through until its tangible fruition. This is how we felt when we saw Andy Le’s photos of his newly won ‘Graduate’ from Jason at JN Woodworks. Andy won this pen through a giveaway we conducted to celebrate 2000 Instagram followers.

For those of you new to Nibspotter, or who don’t remember, the giveaway was for a custom made wooden fountain pen. The winner of the giveaway was able to speak to Jason directly and come up with a design to suit his or her own needs and taste.

The conclusion of this giveaway is a major hallmark for us here at Nibspotter. Not only does it symbolise our first 2000 followers but it was also our first opportunity to tangibly give back to our growing community. We have a lot in the works now as far as tangible goes (our email subscribers know a little something about this). We love to help you all out so remember, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, from ‘what should my first fountain pen be?’ to ‘what fountain pen should I buy for my 65-year-old uncle?’ (a real question we got!), we are always willing to help.  And if we don’t know the answer, I’m sure someone in our community will.

JN Woodworks Cocobolo
From start to finish

A review of the JN Woodworks Graduate fountain pen

We asked Andy to give us a quick review of his new pen!

We will attach his full comments down below, however here are some key takeaways.

One of the major aspects that Andy enjoys with a wooden pen is the satisfying weight and balance, commenting that “the weight and size are the significant factors of why the pen feels pretty sturdy”.

Andy also admired the “unique” body of his customised Graduate. He noted that the “polishing and colour of the material makes the pen seem almost like a dark amber”. The unparalleled shape of the body also seemed to impress our fellow pen nerd. He noted that the well-turned body “gives an effortless grip when writing.”

JN Woodworks pen making
Polishing the Cocobolo wood

 The Jowo nib

Andy’s Graduate is boasting an ever-reliable #5 Jowo nib that as you would expect, writes well. To further describe the nib he commented that it “is smooth with a bit of feedback, has a moderate wetness and flow, and is quite rigid,” noting that this is to be “expected from a Jowo nib.” However, Andy also commented that the small nib looked somewhat disproportionate to the weighted and oversized body of the pen, likening it to a “big and a bulky person with a tiny head.” Although, this minuscule detail does not detract from the writing of the pen Andy mentioned that it is a “design” flaw.

JN Woodworks Nib

The design of the JN Woodworks Graduate

Andy also noted some improvements and shortcoming that could be altered on the JN Woodworks pen. He outlined that there is no strict area designated to holding the pen itself and, while posted, felt slightly top-heavy and prone to tipping. However, he stated that “if I hold directly above the metal section (where the wood starts), it fits comfortably.”

Overall Andy concluded that “despite the design complaints, I really like the pen so far. It’s a reliable writer. The magnetic cap makes it fast and easy to take out and write with, while the nib keeps up to my writing every time”. This is a testament to the wonderful work done by Jason in his Texas-based workshop.

Once again, we’d like to say a big congratulation to Andy on his new pen!

We would also like to thank Jason for his generosity in partnering up with us for this giveaway. I encourage you all to go and have a look at some of the pens he has on offer at his website, and also get a great behind the scenes look at his processes through his insightful Instagram account.

Additionally, Andy tells us that is planning on starting a pen blog soon so be sure to follow him on Instagram to keep up to date!

JN Woodworks Graduate

Andy’s full comments:

“The pen feels pretty sturdy. The weight and size are the significant factors of it. The material looks stunning. The polishing and colour of the material make the pen seem almost like a dark amber. One unique feature about this pen is the shape. It has a convex cap and a convex body. There is also a magnetic cap with a metal section and a metal section at the end of the pen to post. However, when posted, the pen feels extremely back-heavy.

The weight feels great. The pen is made of primarily wood and metal so this is definitely not a light pen. The most disappointing aspect of the pen is the #5 Jowo nib. Nothing wrong with the nib by any means, it writes well as expected. The main reason is the physical size of the nib. It looks disproportionate to the oversized body of the pen. (Picture a big and a bulky person with a tiny head.)

A disappointing part about the pen is the lack of a distinguishable section to hold the pen. Despite this, the pen is really comfortable. If I hold directly above the metal section (where the wood starts), it fits comfortably. The combination of weight, size, and even the short #5 nib gives an effortless grip when writing. It writes well, as I said earlier. It’s what you can expect from a Jowo nib. The nib is smooth with a bit of feedback, has a moderate wetness and flow, and is quite rigid. Overall, despite the design complaints, I really like the pen so far. It’s a reliable writer. The magnetic cap makes fast and easy to take out and write and the nib keeps up to my writing every time.”

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