|Project by MarkWilk||posted 12-23-2010 06:08 PM||876 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I’m burning through some time off from work, and spent a bit of time at the lathe this week making a few pens. I love the Vertex pen from Penn State Industries and had made one in Corian a few months ago. It’s a good kit, fits the hand really well, and has a great finish in gun metal.
The newest catalog from PSI has two new Vertex kits, the magnetic cap in fountain or roller, and a click pencil with 2mm lead. I’m a fan of fountain pens and had been looking for an excuse to build one for a while, and at work I nearly always use pencil, so these kits gave me a perfect reason to do some turning. I had a cut off from the Woodcraft bin that looked long enough to make three pens, so I put some work into this Vertex trio.
In the center, you can see the fountain pen with the magnetic cap. It writes pretty well with the standard ink, but comes with a piston ink cartridge for people using bottled ink. That’s a really nice touch for a relatively inexpensive pen kit.
On the right is the Vertex click pen, and on the left you can see the pencil. I like the heft of these kits for writing, and the pencil comes with a very effective sharpener to keep a great point on the 2mm lead.
This is a kit that I’ll keep for myself, since I can’t identify the wood. It looked like Satina on the saw, but quickly turned much lighter on the lathe. Beautiful and mysterious.
-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/