MAKING THE PEN
An illustrated story of how we create The Pen
MINING & ReFINING
BRASS • Brass is a copper alloy composed primarily of copper and zinc. The color of brass varies from a dark reddish brown to a light silvery yellow depending on the amount of zinc present; the more zinc, the lighter the color. Another benefit of brass is that it has antimicrobial properties, making it great for use in sanitary environments.In making the brass Pen we use a special lead-free alloy called cz109 which is made from a 60-40% mix of copper and zinc.
ALUMINIUM • We also produce Pens in aluminium; to read more about who aluminium you can read the introduction to how we make the aluminium Pen boxes. to read more click here.
STAINLESS STEEL •
USA, AUSTRALIA, EUROPE
AEROSPACE PRECISION MACHINING
All of our Pens are made in a state of the art factory in the heart of Lancashire. Utilising the same machines usually reserved for the production of high precision components used in aerospace, medical, Formula 1 and automotive manufacturing. We use their years of knowledge, skills and processes only accessible to industry professionals enables us to create components with unparalleled accuracy.
Using computer controlled lathes, each component of the Pen is carved from a solid bar of metal with microscopic precision. The parts pass through a series of test to ensure quality and accuracy before finally being shipped for finishing and assembly.
For our raw Pens we work with a metal polishing company called Midland Polishing who expertly apply a spun finish to the body of the Pen using a combination of buffing wheels and abrasive cloths.
The anodised Aluminium Pens are given their protective finish by Alpha Anodising. The Pens are first shot blasted with ceramic pellets then anodised black, giving the Pens their distinctive stealthy look.
For our premium collection we plate the Pens with various precious metals. This specialist process is carried out by hand to ensure a world class finish, by our platers FHLamberts in Watford, London.
MIDLANDS, LONDON & BEDFORDSHIRE, UK
Each component of the Pen and packaging arrives at our Manchester studio where we sort and quality check every part. After we assemble the Pens we polish them by hand, and run our final checks to ensure each tool is fit for the shop shelf.
Our final step is to add our unique epoch stamp to the packaging of each Pen. This stamp is a unique 9 digit number equating to the number seconds that have passed since AJOTO began. This is significant as it marks the moment the Pen ends it journey with us and begins a new journey with you.