The New Guy
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Down south, where the food is good.
I've made a few pens, but never thought about signing them. I make pens to show off the natural beauty of the wood, or sometimes acrylic, that I used. It's like me saying "Hey, look how great this wood looks." instead of "Hey, look how awesome I can make a pen look." Signing it anywhere on the wood would detract from the purpose of the pen. My only option for signing would be engraving it into the nib, or the clip, or a center band. I'm happy if the person receiving one of my pens is happy with it. I've always thought that signing something you make is bit arrogant and pompous.
Those items linked above are status symbols, they're not pens. $1,500 or more for a pen is no different than $250,000 for some car. They're status symbols at that point, nothing more.