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Old 12-22-2017, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The fountain pen making journey continues. I like that there seems to be endless ideas for making pens. That's why I like this hobby, I can start slow and easy and feel like I accomplished something.
Here is my first piston filler, first ink window, first homemade clip, first time turning madreperlato, first Schmidt nib.
This pen was a challenge it seemed like I had to fix mistakes on every part, but I think it turned out OK.
The blank is Coffee with Cream that I think I bought from an IAP member. If so, thanks it is a great looking blank.
I bought the piston filler and the nib from Richard Greenwald.The piston is well made with a brass screw. It comes with instructions for drilling the holes and assembling.
The clip is just some K&S brass bent around pins. I just wanted to see if I could bend the material to shape. In the future I have to give clips some shape. I'm hooked on making clips now too.
Thanks for looking. C & C appreciated.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is another first you forgot to mention. First rate.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, First Rate !! . That is an outstandingly beautiful pen !! . Congratulations !!!

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Old 12-22-2017, 12:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Great job! That looks really nice. I like the clip.
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm getting ready to make my first piston filler and ink window as well. Very nice job!
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Your pen looks great as does the clip. I never could understand a clip-less fountain pen.
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I love it! Very sharp pen!

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Old 12-23-2017, 08:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all nice comments. Happy Holidays.

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Old 12-23-2017, 08:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I enjoy reading about those "first pens" beyond the initial stages of pen turning. This is where I learn - from those who have the beginning experience under their belts and then step out of the box. I have not yet done a kitless pen, but will soon. Reading the mistakes and recovery gives great insight.

Thanks. Great looking pen and clip!
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Old 12-23-2017, 09:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Glorious Firsts in a Stunning Pen Mike.
Beautiful Choice of Materials, Profile and Proportions,
Superb Fitting and Finishes.
Your Subtle Clip is Magnificent.
Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
Why leave it for others to enjoy without you?

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