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Old 10-28-2011, 10:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Since I'm a hippy I have nothing to lose!! Looks like some bushing tolerances need a look see. The knuckle slimline could be hard to hold. Nice job on the diagonal cut colorwood, those are tough! You didn't say what the finish was so they could wear out in an hour or two years. If I wasn't a hippy, well...who knows!
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Good looking pens, although I think you'll find that the busier shapes and blanks are more interesting to your fellow penmakers than to the "general public".

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I dont care for busy pens at all. As Mathew pointed out loose the center bands, I would add stick to clean lines in your designs. They are more pleasing to the eye and MUCH more comfortable to use. You have a fine set of firsts but spend some time in the library looking over the finishing articles. I love CA finishes, thank you IAP members, but there are many folks who dont like to work with it. Play and experiment, see what works for you. There are no set rules in turning or design.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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well done...................
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They're fine. The price they might sell at ... who knows. That is a BIG variable and there really is no right answer. Lowest I've seen them offered is about $12.00, I've sold them from $1.00 (eBay no reserve auctions) to the highest for that style of about $25.00 for one turned from a customers blank that had sentimental value to him..
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Since I'm a hippy I have nothing to lose!! Looks like some bushing tolerances need a look see. The knuckle slimline could be hard to hold. Nice job on the diagonal cut colorwood, those are tough! You didn't say what the finish was so they could wear out in an hour or two years. If I wasn't a hippy, well...who knows!
If by "knuckle" you mean the pen with the grooves, most people and me have found it really comfortable to hold. I used PSI's shellawax, which you already know is a friction polish
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Sharp stuff. Welcome aboard.
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Since I'm a hippy I have nothing to lose!! Looks like some bushing tolerances need a look see. The knuckle slimline could be hard to hold. Nice job on the diagonal cut colorwood, those are tough! You didn't say what the finish was so they could wear out in an hour or two years. If I wasn't a hippy, well...who knows!
If by "knuckle" you mean the pen with the grooves, most people and me have found it really comfortable to hold. I used PSI's shellawax, which you already know is a friction polish
Great start. The shellawax will QUICKLY wear off, especially on the "high spots". The "knuckles" will get the most contact and will become dull and dirty quickly when used. There are many other finishes that are better, you would be best to graduate to one soon if selling is a goal.(you do not want to sell something that does not have its best chance and holding up to use. Pricing is as Smitty said, too many variables to really tell you without considerably more info. This is of course my opinion, yours and others may differ.

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Great looking pens. The slimlines are supposed to be the most difficult of pens to turn. You seem to have them well mastered. Your not far from moving onto the cigar, sierra and other pen kits.
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The diamondwood slims really don't need much of a finish, that "wood" is pretty "plasticky" so it will hold a shine.

I sold LOTS of them between $18 and $28---YMMV!

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Nice looking batch but I only see 10 pens. A CA finish will just about hold up forever. I found when doing a shelawax finish it is best to do several coats and let it sit overnight to harden some. Shape wise they look pretty good. I'm glad you avoided the fat pen being squeezed at the waist by the centerband look. If you don't know what I mean by that you will know it when you see it. Also definitely keep your first pen.
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