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Old 11-03-2017, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Best $10 to $20 Pen Kit

I'm pretty new at this and have made several of the PSI Majestic Squire and Broadwell Nouveau Sceptre pens and have been impressed with the pen you get for the cost of the kit. I was curious if others could recommend some kits in the $10 to $20 or so range that give a great bang for the buck. Thanks in advance for the assistance. David
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I'm a fan of the Majestic series, so that's fine. I use the Jr Gent II series (i.e., Jr Gent, Jr Anthony, Jr Harold, etc). I also have had good experience with the Baron. JMO.
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I like the Art Deco pen kits ... nicer design than the Nouveau Sceptre.

I don't like the Majestic Squire because the clip is so stiff, apart from that it is good.

I don't buy a lot of stuff from PSI because I generally prefer other styles. . I am not a fan of their themed styles.

But I do like their 30 Caliber Bolt Action kits, and I also like the Vertex Click.

The Diva Charm is also nice .... young schoolgirls love them, if you have any in your family.

Apart from those kits I prefer to buy Berea kits and Dayacom kits which I usually get from Exotic Blanks.
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I am coming to like the Triton from exotic blanks. It shows in the league of the Jr statesman but a little less investment. Good feel, nice hardware.
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I'm a fan of the Majestic series, so that's fine. I use the Jr Gent II series (i.e., Jr Gent, Jr Anthony, Jr Harold, etc). I also have had good experience with the Baron. JMO.
For a single barrel pen I would add to Mark's list the Artisan Aero/Elegant Beauty (Aero).

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I'm pretty new at this and have made several of the PSI Majestic Squire and Broadwell Nouveau Sceptre pens and have been impressed with the pen you get for the cost of the kit. I was curious if others could recommend some kits in the $10 to $20 or so range that give a great bang for the buck. Thanks in advance for the assistance. David
Your two choices are excellent. Consider Knights Armor, Celtic, 30 cal bolt action, Princess, Bling. Gear Shift pen.
The Civil War, Knurl GT for less than 10 are quite nice kits. All from PSI. WELCOME ABOARD.
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Knurl GT is a good ballpoint kit, along with the Elegant Beauty Sierra. Since they haven't been mentioned yet, I also like the Churchill and Virage rollerball kits.
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I like the Wall Street II from Woodcraft. They range from just under $10 to over $20. You can also find them listed as the Gatsby, Sierra, Sienna, and Sahara just to name a few. Also, you can get two pens from a single 5 inch blank.

Also, the PSI Executive is a really nice pen for around $10.
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Be aware that the Aero (Elegant Beauty) is not the same as the Sierra Elegant Beauty.
For one thing, they have different brass tube diameters. . I do like both, and the Aero is the ultimate "ladies pen", IMHO.

The Virage, mentioned above, is a winner for simple elegance and CLASS !!

Since you are relatively new to pen turning, I would avoid the Executive, especially if you are using "acrylic" pen blanks. When turned down to size, the blank wall thickness at the ends meeting the metal hardware are VERY thin (the thinnest of all kits I have used) and the brass tube color, as well as the irregularities in the glue layer, show through. . Painting the inside of the hole can reduce this effect as long as you like the color of the paint that shows through and as long as the paint color complements the blank color and the hardware color.

You always have to keep the potential for this "show through" in mind when using "acrylic" on any pen kit. . It can ruin the appearance of an otherwise very attractive pen.
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For around $20 (or just a hair less) the Triton rollerball is tough to beat IMO.
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