He now has more than 500 designs for sale on his website. Regardless of the material, Kimery first creates a “blank”—a rectangular section that will become the barrel. For wooden pens, that means trimming boards to size. For nearly everything else? He mixes loose materials like shredded money with a polyester resin, pours the mixture into a silicone mold, and allows the resin to cure. (For a splash of color, Kimery sometimes adds automotive paints, too.)
Making blanks from hard components such as watch parts takes extra effort. Using a jeweler’s tools, Kimery carefully affixes each tiny gear around a tube that will house the pen’s ink. Then he places this blank-to-be in resin in a pressurized pot. After the blank has cured, he uses a lathe to smooth the blank into a pen. The whole process can take a week, which is why the pens cost up to $200. But we assure you, these ballpoints are worth writing home about.