Local Fare: More Pens by Bob

Now that the holidays are approaching and we’re entering the hardcore craft show season, Fred and I are making the rounds of the area shows. A few weekends ago we stopped at a nearby firehouse in hopes that my favorite local pen people would be there— Bob and Virginia Lenhart of RJL Enterprises. You may recall that I happily stumbled upon Bob’s handmade pens back in April at the same firehouse. Those pens remain favorites—the magnetic caps are STILL fascinating to me—so I was hoping that they’d be there for the fall show. AND THEY WERE! (Were you in suspense?)

Magnetic pens
My April purchases

Why I didn’t take pictures of their table is beyond me. (Next time, I swear!) I guess I get so flustered by the pens! What’s cool is that Bob displays acrylic blanks next to some of his finished pens so that you really get to see how much the acrylic is transformed by the talents of the penmaker. While we were chatting, a woman stopped by the table and marveled at all of the choices and colors and styles. She ultimately walked away with a magnetic capped rollerball pen, much like the one I purchased last time. Good choice, wise lady!

Even though I love the magnetic pens, I wanted to pick something different this time, so a pen decision had to be made. Trying to pick out one of Bob’s pens is like going to an animal shelter and trying to pick out ONE kitten. YOU JUST WANT TO TAKE THEM ALL HOME. They’re all so colorful and polished and obviously made with great care and  love. (The pens, I mean, not the kittens.) Did I want wood? Or a colorful acrylic? Something with a stylus? Ballpoint? Rollerball Fountain pen? Hmmmmmm.

What to choose. What to choose.

Honduran Mahogany pens

I eventually settled on a rollerball and fountain pen pair made from Honduran Mahogany. The pens are identical twins when capped, and are highly polished and coated so that they look and feel like fine furniture. SMOOTH.

Chrome accents

Honduran Mahogany Rollerball and Fountain Pen

Trimmed with chrome and black accents, the look is simple but eye-catching. The grooved grip area makes the section much grippier than a plain metal section, and the clip is great-looking and wonderfully springy. The rollerball takes a Schneider Topball 850, or a Staples brand Avant gel refill, while the fountain pen takes a standard cartridge or converter. Both write like champs. Bob obviously loves what he does, and wants to share his handiwork and love of pens, so his prices are more than fair. I paid $44.95 for this pair, which is a super deal.

Acrylic ballpoint

I also walked away with a gorgeous acrylic ballpoint that takes Parker-style refills and has been to and from work with me every day since. The acrylic is a summery swirl of yellow/orange and green and is a real mood booster. As the days get colder and darker, it’s nice to have some things that bring warmth and sunshine to mind, and this pen does just that. With a Private Reserve EasyFlow 9000 refill (my favorite—thanks, Mike Dudek) installed, it lays down a smooth dark line that’s pure ballpoint joy.

Shimmery acrylic
Shimmery acrylic— even better in person

We saw a lot of really cool crafts that day—from wooden jewelry boxes to soft fleece pillows to leather belts—but my heart will always go with the pen guy. Maybe that’s because Bob puts so much heart into his pens.

The new trio
Still life with pens and Nock Co. case

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Though you may not be lucky enough to have a “Bob” in your backyard, Bob’s pens can come to you. Check out his website at pens4youonline.com. There’s free shipping within the USA!

This is not a sponsored post. I’m just a happy repeat customer.

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8 thoughts on “Local Fare: More Pens by Bob

  1. Those are gorgeous pens. They don’t have any fountain pens on their website. I wish they had a schedule of the shows where they will be, I’d love to find them around here one day.

    • Bob’s quick to reply so feel free to use his Contact form to get the low down on his fountain pens and show schedule. You’re right…that’d be great info on the site!

  2. What’s the difference between the normal EasyFlow and the Private Reserve? I thought the ink in the EasyFlow was the attraction, but is the Private Reserve ink even better?

    • No difference. The ones I ordered just happen to be branded Private Reserve, though I suspect they’re made by Schmidt. Very nice!

  3. Delighted to find your blog. I’ve been searching for spare parts/repairs for a (cheap) pen that appears very similar to the acrylic Parker EasyFlow-style pen you mention here. It is a twist action pen (with no apparent brand mark) but missing the bit that engages the twist action. I’d love to get the pen working again (because it is a lovely sunny thing that used to write beautifully) but two specialist pen shops in Ireland have been unable to help with the missing bit and the refill. Any recommendations, and is there a better way to describe the “bit that engages the twist action”? Much thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for reading! I DO know what you mean about the “bit that engages the twist action” but I’m afraid I don’t have a solution at hand. I will certainly keep your dilemma in mind when I’m around knowledgable pen folk. Will report back should I find an answer. (There’s a professor at work who makes pens so I’ll run the problem by him to see what he may suggest.) Best to you! (I was in Ireland back in the 80′s and had the time of my life. Great memories.)

      • Thanks Mary, I’ll give it a try. Much appreciated and glad you enjoyed Ireland of the 80s tho I think you’d find it a different country if you visit now – some bits changed for the worse, and some for the better :)

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