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Old 08-12-2010, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cartridge Bullet Pen Woods

Many of you make cartridge bullet pens... what type of wood is the best looking for the pen? I was thinking Kingwood or Bloodwood, but would like to know what is the best looking. Thanks for any help.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have made quiet a few altler is my #1 choice. cocobolo and bocote look good as well, just my thinking
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like them best with antler, but any dark wood looks nice.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I sell about 10 antler for every one made of wood. But if I'm doing a show near a military base I always take along several wood and casing pens. Law enforcement types also like wood tops on the antler pens. I try to make them out of the kind of wood that they would find on gun stocks and scales; cocobolo, walnut (stain it darker), kingwood, rosewood burl, etc.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well I prefer Antler myself, but if I had to choose a wood, it would like be a burl of some sort.

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Osage Orange or Lignum Vitae,
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If not antler, then osage orange, sort like the safety orange them hunyer wear while hunting.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Antler (we call it Ozark Ivory) sells best followed by Camouflage PR. In our area any of the native woods go well: Oak, Hickory Mulberry, Sassafras, Maple, Red Cedar, Walnut
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Antler is always nice (especially for "my first buck" pens), but as far as wood goes, cocobolo and walnut burl are reminiscent of gun stocks and are very popular. Lignum vitae has a camoflage look and is good for a military theme. Other than that, anything pretty works.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Check out my photos, I have several different ones you can compare.
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