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Old 01-29-2019, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I turned my first CSUSA cigarillo pen today. The wood is African Ironwood. Overall I like the size of the pen. I believe it will appeal to ladies who find the regular cigar pen too large. I could see a his and her cigar set made easily. The mechanism seems to work well. I do have a little question on the gun metal finish. When I was pushing in the nib there was a spray like coating that was scraping up into the joint. I was cleaning it out before the joint came together and managed to nick the nib with out much effort. It seems almost to be sprayed on. Consequently, this pen will most likely end up in my shop pen assortment.
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Nice and sleek. I like it!
Nicely done!
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That's frustrating. Did you call them yet? They are very good at making things right.

Was it the plating coming off, or was it a coating over the plating?
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I like the look of this style pen--assume yours are the Parker style version? I seem to recall that they were originally made in Cross style. I do a few pen styles in Gun Metal--it's a great look with certain blanks. I got a pen sent back in December (PSI Revolver in Gun Metal), that was sold around Christmas of '17. The issue wasn't related to the finish, but I could tell this pen was well used by the amount of finish that was gone. I'm rethinking Gun Metal entirely.

Honestly, this is another reason I'm partial to chrome--it works with just about any blank, is generally less expensive, and from what I've seen, holds up well.

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I have turned a few of them and have had no problems with plating or quality of parts at all. I think its a good addition.
You did a nice job on this one.
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I believe there are two types of Cigarillos. Woodcraft has one that uses the Parker style refill and requires cutting a tenon. CSUSA has another design Cigarillo that uses a Cross refill and no tenon. Personally, I did not care for either. Wish someone would come up with a real Cigar scaled down.

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I believe there are two types of Cigarillos. Woodcraft has one that uses the Parker style refill and requires cutting a tenon. CSUSA has another design Cigarillo that uses a Cross refill and no tenon. Personally, I did not care for either. Wish someone would come up with a real Cigar scaled down.

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You are correct that there are two types of Cigarillo. And I can tell you for a fact that the bushings do not cross match. I actually thought that the CSUSA was a fairly good slimmed down version of the regular cigar and I like the overall look of it better than the woodcraft version. I was not overly thrilled with the center band setup as it is "free spinning".

It has a nice feel in the hand.

One thing I wish that CSUSA would do is to drop the stylized A on the clip of all of their artisan pens. I understand their marketing concept, but it does not necessarily fit into mine.

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