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Sunday, January 16, 2011

What Inspired The Aspley Fountain Pen Name?

When I began making handmade fountain and rollerball pens, I had to come up with individual names for the separate designs that I decided to make.
As I live in a rural area of Bedfordshire in England, I thought I would name the pens after Villages and Hamlets from around the County.
The Aspley was inspired by the Village of Aspley Guise in the Heart of Bedfordshire situated only a few miles from where I live.
Situated amongst sandy hills on the edge of the pinewoods of Aspley Heath, Aspley Guise has been lucky to have survived the ravage of time and has three historic houses still remaining that are worthy of note.
Aspley House surrounded by beautiful grounds was built in 1695 having been designed by Christopher Wren and was refitted again in about 1750.
Guise House and its grounds were home to The Aspley Classical Academy in the eighteenth century, which was a school said to rival Eton and Harrow in it’s day.
The Old House is a beautiful  timbered building and dates from 1575; however later succumbed to some Georgian alterations.
The village benefits from many charming examples of early Georgian architecture, and is proud of the 15th Century Parish Church named St Botolph which was largely rebuilt in early Victorian times; however retains a medieval screen and 15th Century brasses.
The Aspley Gentleman’s Fountain Pen has been designed especially to stand out amongst others just like the Village of Aspley Guise itself, and to Grace any Gentleman's desk top with its elegant design, but remains Robust with superb balance, and is coupled with all the tradition of fine desk pens, and is complimented using 22k Gold cobalt accents on a Rhodium finish.
The Aspley Fountain Pen features a Very High Quality German two tone nib with an iridium point affording dependable smooth writing and ink flow, and is delivered by either cartridge or an ink reservoir.
The Aspley Classic Fountain Pen is in support of The Aspley Gentleman’s Fountain Pen and uses the exact same materials with a slightly altered nib holder design in a slightly slimmer and shorter version, and is very versatile due to it’s more discrete size; but looses none of the punch of it’s bigger stable partner!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this short blog, and that you continue to follow us.
Kind regards,
Ken McLeod © 2011

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