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Forum topic by Dustin posted 06-17-2016 01:03 PM 474 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dustin

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06-17-2016 01:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: turning lathe question tip

Back again today with another question.

I’m gearing up to start pen-turning (done a lot of reading re what I’ll need), and think I’ve got a decent handle on getting started. My problem is this: I can’t find fountain pen kits on woodcraft or rockler that actually tell you the nib tip size. They tell you the nib size number (usually #5 or #6), but this is the measurement of length, not the size of the tip. My wife is pretty particular, and her favorite setup is a rounded broad tip pen.

Any of the more experienced pen turners here have any suggestions, or even just a good place to order from that provides that info?

Thanks,
Dustin

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."


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#1 posted 06-17-2016 05:00 PM

You did not say kit name so went looking at Berea Hardwoods for instructions and got little confused myself. Apparently have the option to make most of their kits either fountain or roller ball. Hard to see the nib in instructions at kits looked at. At one time Berea supplied Wood Craft & Rocker exclusively but might not be true today. But they also offer different nibs too! They have the least expensive shipping and can always call or e-mail them with questions. Had no problem following their instruction of the kits looked at.

Berea Hardwoods fountain pens.
http://www.bereahardwoods.com/pen-kit/supplies/Fountain.html

Nibs
http://www.bereahardwoods.com/pen-kit/supplies/sac-nibs.html

You might take a look at Penn State Industry (PSI) too.

Good luck with it.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 06-17-2016 05:16 PM

Thanks, wildwood, this is exactly what I was looking for! I’ve heard great things about their customer service, so I’ll be giving them a shout when I’m ready to order.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#3 posted 06-17-2016 08:19 PM

Never made a fountain pen but plenty of dip pens most expensive part was supply of nips. Ended up selling my entire stock to a gal artist at an art society belonged too.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-standard-point-dip-pen-nibs/

Could not sell kit pens there but members love free ball point pens. Back then my twist lamps a big seller.

-- Bill

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