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Old 03-04-2017, 01:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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First things first: A huge shout out to MRedburn! I messaged him with several questions and he was incredibly helpful. Thanks again!

This is my first attempt at a kitless pen. I made the blank using alumilite and pearl ex powders. The nib is a #6 Jowo stub from Meisternibs. I used a 9MM X 0.75 die for the section/body threads. I used a 12MM X 0.75 for the body/cap threads. I didn't have all the exact drill bits so I used the next closest thing I had.

I'm not exactly happy with the way my first attempt turned out. It is more aesthetic than functional. The section feels a little weak and it isn't completely round. One of the biggest struggles I had was finding something to hold the parts while I turned them. I have since purchased a few really nice custom kitless mandrels from Rherrell.
The proportions of the pen also feel off. The cap is much larger than I feel like it should be. It needed to be this long though to accommodate the nib and section.
I used George Butcher's tutorial found in the library called "Making a Fountain Pen Section" as a guide to make the section. The front section was BY FAR the hardest part of the pen. It seems like I made it too long and it threw off the dimensions of the rest of the pen. It's a work in progress I guess!

Comments and criticism are always welcome. Let me know what you think and ideas to improve. I enjoy the challenge and I look forward to making many more of these.
That is amazing because I just made my real first one too today and you responded to it! I think your lines are classy. I would have been pleased to have made one of those... :-)
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