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Old 03-23-2019, 03:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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This is a piece of Dead Finish I milled last week, on a bit of a FrankenPen.
Its got a Slimline chassis, with a homemade 316 stainless centerband and finial cap, and a Cigar clip.
I think it needs the proportions refined a bit, but I think it has got potential.
The upper barrel is too long I think, maybe 5 or 6mm shorter would make a difference to the overall look.

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Old 03-23-2019, 07:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I really like your "Frankenpen". I think you're right that the upper barrel is too long. But you might also use a euro tube for the lower barrel to add some length.

My only criticism (and a small criticism) is the slimline nosecone. Maybe a funline nosecone would be a better fit with a smoother taper. Or do a custom nosecone out of the same 316 stainless that compliments the centerband.

But overall, I do like the pen. I think the centerband is outstanding.
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Thanks for your thoughts Bob.
This one was a bit of a rush job, as I wanted to finish it before I locked the shed up for the night. The next one will have the benefit of this ones experience. I do have some longer tubes, will look at them as well.
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Really like the center band and finial along with the cigar clip. A cigar nose may be the right answer, also, as the slimline seems to skinny/ abrupt for the rest of the Pen. I would guess about a 1/4 inch shorter on the upper half (about 6mm) or maybe shorter by the width of the center band you used.


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The top and bottom barrels do not seem to fit together. The top looks to be a cap that is removable to cap the nib end. I would adjust the diameter of the top and bottom so they are equal. Then I believe the lengths of the 2 parts would not be an issue. That center band is a real keeper, simple and effective, makes the pen look like a classic vintage ballpoint.
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Really like the center band and finial along with the cigar clip. A cigar nose may be the right answer, also, as the slimline seems to skinny/ abrupt for the rest of the Pen. I would guess about a 1/4 inch shorter on the upper half (about 6mm) or maybe shorter by the width of the center band you used.


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Cheers MrD. Probably a bit too much trouble to adapt a cigar nosecone to the 7mm tube, would be easier to manufacture a new one . I like your suggestions though, I think they would go a long way towards solving the issues.
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The top and bottom barrels do not seem to fit together. The top looks to be a cap that is removable to cap the nib end. I would adjust the diameter of the top and bottom so they are equal. Then I believe the lengths of the 2 parts would not be an issue. That center band is a real keeper, simple and effective, makes the pen look like a classic vintage ballpoint.
It was my intention for the pen to give the impression that it had a cap. The whole design is a bit off the mark, but is was just a bit of an experiment to try while I had a bit of spare time.

I made one with equal diameter tubes just recently , a similar design centerband, but smaller diameter
http://www.penturners.org/forum/atta...s-dsc_9219.jpg
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It was my intention for the pen to give the impression that it had a cap. The whole design is a bit off the mark, but is was just a bit of an experiment to try while I had a bit of spare time.

I made one with equal diameter tubes just recently , a similar design centerband, but smaller diameter
http://www.penturners.org/forum/atta...s-dsc_9219.jpg
I think your design, with the larger diameter "cap" is extremely good ... NOT off the mark at all ... except the "cap" just might look a little bit better if shortened slightly ... and a custom nosecone would be nice ... you could then enter it in the BASH kitless contest !

I also very much like the previous design to which you refer ... it's a brilliant rejuvenation of the tired old slimline, for sure !!!

I don't get the meaning of "Dead Finish" ... have not met that term before ... does it mean "matte" or "unfinished" ? ... or does it refer to the use of wood from a particular source ?
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The other one is a keeper, I like it. The look of the removable cap idea had not crossed my mind, for some I think it would work, but old people like myself would continuously keep trying to pull it off to cap the nib nd,
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I think your design, with the larger diameter "cap" is extremely good ... NOT off the mark at all ... except the "cap" just might look a little bit better if shortened slightly ... and a custom nosecone would be nice ... you could then enter it in the BASH kitless contest !

I also very much like the previous design to which you refer ... it's a brilliant rejuvenation of the tired old slimline, for sure !!!

I don't get the meaning of "Dead Finish" ... have not met that term before ... does it mean "matte" or "unfinished" ? ... or does it refer to the use of wood from a particular source ?
Thanks Mal. I really think if I was to go to much more trouble, I would be designing it to take a Parker refill. Will have a think about my next move.

Dead Finish is one of our scarcer timbers, very hard and very beautiful. I just finished cutting up some more blanks, I will take a pic and post it here later.

Here is some info about the tree
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