PRECISION TURNING THE PEN

An illustrated story of how we source, machine and finish each Pen

 

MINING & RECYCLING

All of the metal we use in the production of our Pens are sourced from highly certified sources. The chain of custody and provenance are not only important to ensure that the metal has been extracted and produced responsibly but that the elements and grade of alloy is correct. 

 

PRECISION MACHINING

All of our Pens are made in a state of the art factory used to manufacture components for leading companies within aerospace, medical, and Formula 1 engineering. Using skills and processes only accessible to industry professionals enables us to create components with unparalleled accuracy. 

Each Pen starts it’s life as a solid bar of either aerospace grade aluminium or specialist Lead-Free brass. Using computer controlled lathes, each component of the Pen is carved from a solid bar of metal with microscopic precision.

 

FINISHING

For our raw material finishing we work with a metal polishing company called Midland Polishing who expertly apply a spun finish to the body of the Pen, adding a subtle texture. 

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.

 

ASSEMBLEY

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 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.