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Old 03-08-2019, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A chrome Atrax fountain in marbled Simstone

This blank has lived in my Jr. something bin as other blanks passed it by. Today I took a patience pill and four Motrin and got to work. I used a 2” radius carbide cutter on an angle from start to finish. After the cap was turned I rotated the cutter so I had another sharp surface. Though it may not show, the Simstone is smooth and very glossy. I just buffed and polished the sanded blank.

I guess those other six Simstone blanks in storage will get their chance at the lathe.
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Exceptional pen and photograph Mark well recovered.

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Old 03-08-2019, 04:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome pen.
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Your patience paid off, the pen is beautiful. I’ve made 2 pens from the similar TruStone but I doubt I’ll be going there again anytime soon. It’s a different animal altogether from wood or resin blanks.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very nice! They're a lot of work, but the result is worth it.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All around beauty. That is just about the only material I gave up on. I am glad you stuck with it; awesome results.
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