Meet your Maker – Swarf Pens

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Swarf Pens

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Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.

I’m from Guildford in Surrey, 34 years old married with a son called Stanley (little s), I’m a cycle mechanic & a keen cyclist not that you would know that at the moment lol, I love exploring the outdoors on foot or by bike & have a few other hobbies other than cycling, my dad was a tool maker by trade so I’ve grown up around lathes at home & had a play when I needed the odd spacer or something for a project, I’ve pretty much always carried a knife & a few other bits but it was recently that I discovered EDC & was like OK there are groups of people who have the same things in their pockets as me & I want more of this stuff!, this was when I started seeing some nice pens in people’s carrys & I was keen to get 1, then a good friend of mine made me a brass bolt action pen as a gift (I use this at work most days), i decided I would have a go at making my own version with a few changes to make it fit my needs & then the little s bolt action pen was born I posted a few pics on social media on some EDC groups it got a lot more interest than I had expected people wanted to buy the pen I had just made for myself, I decided to make a few more & see how its goes………….

I enjoy making the pens as it reminds me of time spent in the workshop with my dad when I was young & for the interesting people I have met fellow makers or just people looking for pens often there is more conversation about EDC & all sorts

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What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?

I would like to produce some different types of grips on my pens & maybe add some mechanical pencils to the range, I would very much like to get a laser to offer engraving on the pens & put my mark on them

What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?

The friendships that have been made from me making pens for people

What is the best thing you have made and why?

Ti pens I just didn’t think I would be able to do it I’ve heard so many stories about it being a nightmare (and yes I’ve had a Ti fire)

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What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?

Swarf Ti little s bolt action pen, barefoothumble brass pry, Ti Olight i5t, fox baby core, lorimerleather caddy to keep it all in

What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?

It’s a tough 1 but I would say my leather caddy by Ricky Lorimer @lorimerleather

What EDC item would you love to own and why?

Grimsmo knife, I absolutely love the attention to detail in his knives & they look absolutely stunning

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If you are on social media or have a website please include the links here so people can find out more about you

And finally, just for fun, tell the readers a random fact about yourself that they won’t learn anywhere else

I have a secret Irn Bru habit

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