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Forum topic by mahdee posted 06-12-2018 12:49 AM 1194 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mahdee

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06-12-2018 12:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: milling finishing veneering joining sanding turning

This person I know is a pen freak and as such, he has a huge collection of pens he has accumulated throughout his life for various events such as birthdays, anniversaries, contributions to society and so on. He is in his 70’s and I want to give him a pen that would serve as the last piece that would complete his lifelong collection of pens. I appreciate any input and suggestions. I’ve already paid a LJ member for a pen I envisioned would be the one but frankly, I was disappointed to see holes and dents in the finished product.
Thanks

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Ripper70

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 01:28 AM

If all else fails, there is a pen turners forum where you’re bound to find someone who could fulfill such an order. Many of the members there (some of whom are members here) are incredibly talented in the artistry of pen making. Fountain pens seem to command the most attention for their craftsmanship and their high end status.

Here’s where you can find examples of their work.

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 01:59 AM

Do you have a particular pen kit in mind? As Ripper70 posted Fountain Pens are more sought after for collectors.

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 02:38 AM

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mahdee

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#4 posted 06-12-2018 11:25 AM

Vince,
Thanks a lot for the links. Lot of talent there and I am sure I can find what I am looking for once I go through the thousands of pictures posted there.
woodbutcherbynight,
I am pretty ignorant when it comes to kit styles and names. I assume fountain pen are more traditional but they sure can make a mess if they start leaking.
JADobson,
Thanks you.

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#5 posted 06-12-2018 01:59 PM

Fellow LJ Dave Kelley (KelleyCrafts) makes nice pens and sells them on his site. He’ll do custom projects and makes his own cast blanks so the possibilities are vast.

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Ripper70

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#6 posted 06-12-2018 05:10 PM

Moke is a forum member here and at Pen Turners. Maybe touch base with him.

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Lazyman

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#7 posted 06-12-2018 10:09 PM

If the lack of a lathe is the issue, you could buy a pen kit and then hand carve it yourself.
Here is an example by James Wright

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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