|Project by Keith Fenton||posted 01-15-2012 11:17 PM||2499 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
This is my first try at a new kit recently made available from http://timberbits.com called “Spring Blossom”. Unfortunately it’s only available as a rollerball as of yet and due to the small inside diameter of the body, I doubt they ever plan to make a fountain pen version… Too bad.
It’s a very nice kit for the price. Seems like a very good value since the platings are platinum and gold titanium. The platinum isn’t as smooth and the kit seems to be not quite as good as more expensive kits such as the Statesman from Craft Supplies USA ( http://woodturnerscatalog.com ) but at well under half the price of a statesman it’s an awesome deal! The kit is only $14 but they list that as an introductory price.
The only downside to this kit is the huge difference in wood thickness between the cap and the body. This means that this kit is ill-suited for most acrylics (maybe all) since you will definitely see a color difference between both pieces. Even though the outer diameter of this pen is massive, the inner brass tube on the body is under 9mm in diameter.
The wood is a very highly figured piece of stabilized buckeye burl. It was sanded to 1000 grit and finished with 1 coat of thin CA glue followed by about 10 to 12 coats of medium CA. After letting the CA set for a couple days, I sanded with 400 grit, then wet sanded to up to 2000, polished with HUT plastic polish and buffed with an ultra-fine buffing compound.
I recently made the switch to wet sanding with regular wet/dry sandpaper instead of using Micro-Mesh sanding pads and found that I can get the same quality finish in less time.
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