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Old 12-02-2017, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I tired my first buffalo horn and something is wrong. I turned to pen and had a grey shaded area on the pen in addition to being more brown. Not the deep black I was expecting. I was seeing primarily ribbons (1 inch long) without any chatter when turning.

I tried sanding it down but did not have any luck. I then took it all the way up the micro mesh to really see the blemishes for this post.

Any thoughts? I am new to pen making and this this my first attempt at a non wood pen.
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those kinds of colors are common in horn.

Routine run blanks will commonly have streaks with different shades and tones.

Water buffalo also has a habit of cracking so give it time to cure and balance stresses before assembly.
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You are tackling one of the most challenging materials for pen turning, in my opinion.

I know that my statement is not offering you any help.

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Old 12-02-2017, 05:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I did 5 Buffalo Horn pens .within a 3 Month period every one came back with cracks on either end of the blank.Experimented with the remaining blanks I had and gave up on Buffalo horn
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have had water buffalo work without cracking, but it needs to set between each phase. It takes time to lose moisture and relieve stresses. Letting it set for a month or more between operations makes a difference.

Want a fast pen, turn acrylics.
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I read the title and thought you should take the horn off the buffalo first. lol
Interesting thread and food for thought for anyone wanting to use this material for a pen.
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Some previous threads:

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Buffalo Horn to M3

Buffalo Horn

I have no experience with this material Just trying to be helpful.
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