Schofield is a brand known for its luxury watches. Founded in 2011 and operating out of the rural village of Henfield in West Sussex. Owner and designer Giles Ellis launched his company out of his own desire to find the perfect watch.
This year he has continued his love of fountain pens with the Schofield-P-2. Giles talks about the new pen and why it retails for the not insignificant sum of £426.
“This is what happens in chronological order; we commission the custom acrylic, the black version contains diamond dust to give a 3D nebulous effect (read expensive). These little rods are then turned to size and shape with threads added, the thread for uncapping is not ordinary because it stops precisely at 90 degrees to the logo and unscrews in two turns. From the lathe the two components, cap and barrel go into 5 axis CNC mill to machine the flutes, fin (roll stop) and the logo.
Next stop is the polishers, the same firm that does our polished watch cases. We are not just talking a big old dusty mop, this is specialist polishers that can keep the angles without softening all the edges. The shiny cases come back to us and we fit the metal grip (black chrome-plated brass and the entire Bock (German made super high quality) lacquered nibs. We also fit the badge to the end.
Now the pen case. It is not a simple leather sleeve, or a fancy and on the most part useless box but a super lightweight carbon fibre tube, marginally bigger than the pen itself. It is capped at one end in colour-coded Delrin and at the other in aluminium which is also badged and o-ringed.
And because we are not Montblanc we only make 10-20 at a time which means everything listed costs even more. Finally, all of these processes are done in the UK, specifically on the south coast in Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset.”
The P-2 comes in a light, slimline tube with colour coded ends. It is a total of 137mm long, which is quite short, deliberately so – “it is a travel pen after all!” says Giles. It also appears smaller than conventional serious ‘man’ pens because the cap is the same diameter as the barrel. At 28 grams or so it is quite light or as
Giles likes to say – “just right.”
Schofield is a web-only business. To see a watch or pen before you buy they are happy to meet you at their Sussex showroom. Call 01273 494 878 or visit: www.schofieldwatchcompany.com