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These are 7mm twist pens with black titanium hardware, made of Lacewood and Paduk, Finish is CA. Thanks for looking!
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#1 posted 03-17-2010 04:57 AM
Neat pens with cool woods
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#2 posted 03-17-2010 05:09 AM
What do you think of that Titanium hardware? We ordered some of that for the school shop and I accidentially put the wrong item number and got the titanium gold instead of black. Just a darker shade of gold to anyone that doesn’t know. How does it compare to the black? The reason I am asking is the TN kits are a couple of bucks more, wanted to see if it was worth the extra cost.
By the way, nice job on the pens. Like the wood choices.
#3 posted 03-17-2010 05:34 AM
Tooldad – I really like the color of the woodcraft black titanium kits, I cannot picture the kit that you are speaking of, so far the only black titanium kit I have been dissapointed with is a click mechanism from penn state. otherwise I am a big fan of penn states stuff. Where did you get titanium gold?
#4 posted 03-17-2010 05:51 AM
We order from Penn State too. They take PO’s and Rockler is a little on the high side as far as cost. We have had a few of the twist mechanisms not turn.
I got around to turning the pro pen slimlines and I love it. I have always enjoyed making pens, but am not a big fan of the twist pen in general, whether shop made or not. I have almost ran a refill out on the pro pen that I am using. I bought a sampler pack of pro pens. On the first one I turned, the ink refill leaks. good thing I had it in a plastic tube and not in my shirt pocket. It seems to leak only after using it. Love the way the gel writers glide on paper compared to a ball point. I am going to order some red refills to be able to grade tests with them too. Just wish they made a .9mm pro pencil instead of just a .7mm. I like the thicker leads when using a pencil.
I wrote a review on their pen vise, not too impressed, but my kids can beat the crap out of something without even knowing they are doing it.
We have spent approx, $1500 this year on pen kits and supplies. The kids love the acrylics. I even have some that like the exotic woods, bocote, purpleheart, bloodwood, cocobola. The last third just use our shop wood scraps, cherry, walnut, and maple. They just think it’s cool to make their own pen. That helps keep the cost down when they don’t have to buy a blank.
I charge the same $10 for all the slimlines to make in class. This includes an extra brass tube it they blow it out while turning. So this way they all go home with a pen for sure. I warn them, if they blow out a purchased blank, they better have a backup or they will have a mismatched pen. A few have heeded the warning and ordered extra to make a pen/pencil set, or just have a backup.
One last thing. I bought the carbide tipped small cutter from Craft Supplies, love it for pen turning. It makes it a whole lot easier on me. I don’t have to keep sharpening the tools, only the skew. We did about 50-75 pens, I finally turned the carbide cutter a quarter turn. The guy at the wood show was having people use it and that’s what sold me on it (my son got to use one before I did – no fair). He said he gets about 200-300 pens from one cutter. I can see that. At 16.95 a cutter, a little on the steep side, but if that’s all I have to do to sharpen a tool each year, not each hour, I’ll take it. Try the tool if you love pen turning. I only use that cutter and a skew for pens. And I only use the skew on the acrylics to get a true flat smooth surface.
#5 posted 03-17-2010 06:30 AM
Great, thanks for the info, I will check out the carbide cutter
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