The Spark - A Fountain Pen, made for everyday creativity
Everyday Creativity - The Spark's compact and portable design means you can be creative whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.
Ultimate flexibility - Choose between 6 incredible interchangeable nibs; Pro-Flex, Extra Fine Semi-Flex, Fine, Medium, Italic Stub and Architect.
Colour and Character - Express yourself and your creativity with one of the Spark's five beautiful hand dip-dyed colours.
- Balance - Just like all calligraphy pens, the Spark has a lovely reassuring weight and its clever cap design makes for a lighter, more comfortable writing experience.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have”
Please make sure to read my FAQs (below) to help you make the best choice when choosing your Spark's nibs and accessories.
Tom's Studio gold plated fountain pen nibs:
Made exclusively for the Spark, all of my nibs are tipped with incredibly hard-wearing iridium for super smooth writing, and are plated in a 14k gold for a classically stunning look. As a bonus all nibs can be interchanged so you can easily write in different styles whenever it suits you.
Extra Fine Semi-Flex - A beautiful extra fine fountain pen nib with flex! This is a great middle-ground between the Pro Flex and our classic fountain pen nib, with it's smooth writing experience and minimal maintenance. By applying a little pressure the nib will flex from 0.5mm to 1.5mm.
Extra Fine Semi-Flex - Extra Inky Prototype
I've applied the same 3D printed feed design to the Semi-Flex nib for improved ink flow. Because this is fitted with a flexible fountain pen nib, this option is for the casual calligrapher who likes the flexible fun this nib provides without the faff of changing a professional calligraphy nib when it corrodes. This is a prototype but so far it's performing incredibly well!
Fine - A springy and smooth nib perfect for delicate thin strokes, with a smidge of flex if you're feeling creative.
Medium - The go-to nib for the author, journaller or note-taker. This is a firm and consistent nib for everyday writing.
Italic Stub - An italic stub nib, which has slightly rounded edges to minimise the snag & scratchiness that a classic Italic nib can sometimes create, making it great for beginners. It produces a thin cross stroke and broad down stroke. It's fun for general writing and gives you the opportunity to practice italic calligraphy anytime.
Architect - This is the opposite of the Italic nib, with a broad cross stroke and a thin down stroke. It's my personal favourite - the effortless big juicy lines make it my go-to for sketching and everyday use.
Pro Flex - The Holy Grail - a fountain pen with a calligraphy nib! Just like a calligraphy pen, the thickness of line can be varied with a little pressure, so you can create beautiful thick and thin strokes without the need to dip. The Pro-Flex is a titanium Zebra G nib installed in a Japanese ebonite housing and feed (the best way of getting consistently great ink flow). Please read my FAQs to fully understand this nib. (In a nutshell this is a super soft calligraphy nib so will need replacing over time and use).
Pro-Flex - Prototype
I've designed the prototype Pro-Flex with an innovative leaf spring which moves with the nib. It's a 3D printed white feed (which by happy accident changes colour depending on the ink used in the pen). It's early days but we've had rave reviews from customers and calligraphers alike and it seems to be performing as well as the original Pro-Flex for consistent ink flow when fully flexed. All feedback welcome to further improve the design! Please read my FAQs to fully understand this nib. (In a nutshell this is a super soft calligraphy nib so will need replacing over time and use)
The Spark can be used a couple of ways with different benefits. The cap can be posted (popped on the back of the pen). This changes the centre of gravity to the back of the pen, making the nib feel lighter on the page and allowing you to relax your grip and have more control on upstrokes when using the flex nib. When the cap isn't posted the pen balance shifts forward and the nib feels more 'connected' with the page, this is perfect for detail illustration or general writing.
The Colours & Finish
Based on customer favourites, each pen is dip dyed by hand to create vivid and beautiful colours including my signature gradient. The finish is bead blasted, giving it a good level of grip and beautiful satin sheen. The cap is crowned with a beautiful 14k gold plated tip which acts as a counter weight and is a stunning feature of your Spark (it can also be personalised with a semi-precious stone inlay).
Sustainability & Manufacture
Designed to last a lifetime each pen is made from solid aluminium and brass using precision CNC lathes.
• Each pen is beautifully presented in a gold foiled gift box.
• Measures 145 mm with the cap on, 160mm with the cap posted (put on the back of the pen), 127mm unposted.
• Weighs 33g with cap, 16g without.
• The Spark pen works beautifully with all Diamine Inks (including shimmer!) You can find them here).
• Be sure not to use calligraphy specific ink as this can clog the pen.
*I've designed the prototype Pro-Flex with an innovative leaf spring which moves with the nib. It's a 3D printed white feed (which changes colour depending on the ink used in the pen.) It's early days but it seems to be performing incredibly well. All feedback welcome to further improve the design.
Standard Shipping Costs:
EU: £29.00 (charged in local currency)
USA: from £15.00 (charged in local currency)
Rest of the world:
We Ship Internationally. We take care of VAT and customs duty for European customers.Your order will be shipped within 48 hours when in stock, please refer to lead times of the product you are buying, as some handmade / hand dipped products may take longer until we send them. Delivery is calculated from dispatch. All UK orders are shipped using Royal Mail Tracked 48. If you need your order by a specific date there is a next-day Special Delivery option.
If your order contains a pre-order item, your whole order will be shipped together in order to minimise our carbon footprint. So please refer to pre-order delivery times in this instance. Alternatively, you can ask us to split the order. In this case additional delivery costs will apply. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
The Spark's compact and portable design means you can be creative whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.
Colour and Character-
Express yourself and your creativity with one of the Spark's five beautiful hand dip-dyed colours.
no limit to your creativity
Choose between 6 incredible interchangeable nibs; Pro-Flex, Extra Fine Semi-Flex, Fine, Medium, Italic Stub and Architect.
a little bit of luxury
Precious & Personal
Choose from my collection of semi-precious stones to personalise your pen. There will never be a Spark pen that's quite like yours!
If you like using traditional pen holder for achieving precise stokes, you won’t be disappointed and the convenience of carrying it around is a fantastic bonus compare to dip pen. I recommended Tom’s studio’s pen to my calligraphy friend for a thousand times already and everyone is happy with the quality as well.
I purchased this as I marked a milestone at work and I get to choose what I buy. This seemed an obvious choice as something that was both functional and beautiful. The weight feels perfect and suitably solid for a considered purchase. It was very hard choosing a colour but I’m very happy with my choice and the flexible nibs just makes this a wonderful purchase.
Received on time with lovely personal message. The pen is beautiful although the nib is for writing I am also using it for urban sketching. Many thanks.
I bought the Spark fountain pen for a birthday present. The pen itself is stunning and of excellent quality. I hope to be able to buy one for myself in the future.
The customer service was excellent and overall I highly recommend.
I received the Spark in black several months ago and I have been using it ever since.
It's a nice looking pen and feels well weighted and comfortable to hold.
There are a few things that I feel detract from it a little however:
- It feels a touch too short for my hands, the butt of the pen only just reaches my hand. I'm not a fan of posting normally, and I feel doing so on this pen would damage the finish over time.
- Threads for screwing the cap on bind occasionally when the cap isn't totally straight. It only takes reversing the direction and trying again, and it feels secure generally.
- With no clip or flat area, the cap rolls away easily. It does arc slightly, but it will happily roll off the table if you are unwary.
All in all, it's a nice pen that's obviously been created with love.