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Old 08-13-2017, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello,

I've had the goal to turn pens for a while now (I'm not entirely sure why or how I got that into my head though!).
I didn't really like any FP or ballpoint kits much and only really tried one (and messed it up ) so continued turning razor kits, which I've been doing from time to time for about 1.5 years.

A few weeks ago I finally managed to get a kitless pen right, just in time to take on holidays.
Took me 6-7 tries but I'm quite happy with them!

Here's two:





Brass roll stop waiting to accumulate some patina :)






The blue pen has an aluminium roll stop sealed with clear coat until I can get my hands on some stainless.


I'd say the next thing to improve is the polish of the threads.. Haven't experimented a lot yet with that aspect!

Also, many, many thanks to both Renee from Scriptorium Pens, Shawn from Newton Pens on instagram for answering any questions I had and to the Kitless Pen Makers group on Facebook!

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Those are beautiful! I can't believe you started with kitless -- madman!
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Those look great.
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Nice work - they look good.
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Very lovely pens !!!!!

What material did you use for the bodies, caps, and sections ?

Also, what thread size for cap-to-body ? Thanks.
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Excellent work. Well done.

Thank you for sharing.
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Very nice.
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Those are beautiful! I can't believe you started with kitless -- madman!
Thanks! Not the first time I've heard that I tend to do some.. interesting things from time to time.

Funnily enough the first thing I got the hang of were sections for some reason, though everywhere I read people said that they're the most confusing part.
Barrel was probably the hardest due to the inside and outside thread and lathe size limitations.

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Very nice.
Thanks a lot for the kind words guys, very encouraging! :)


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What material did you use for the bodies, caps, and sections ?

Also, what thread size for cap-to-body ? Thanks.
Thank you!

The black one is black european acrylic, cap, body and section.
cap/body thread is 13x.75mm.

Overall length is 140mm closed and 158mm posted.

The blue pen is "Erinoid Topaz", cap/body thread 12x.75mm.
Overall length is also 140mm, however due to me using a 12mm thread it can't be posted as well as the black one.

Section/body thread is 10x.75mm on both of them.

Nibs are Bock #5

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Those beauties are your first?? So when you first learned to play chess did you beat Fischer or Spassky?
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Thanks for the info, Geoffrey !!
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