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Old 10-13-2018, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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It usually goes like this. Wow those are really cool pens . How do you make them. I say, I buy a hardware kit,choose the blank material, turn it on a lathe and assemble it. They say Oh itís just a kit. That just irks me to no end. Just a kit, to my mind means they assume thereís no skill or craftsmanship involved. Far from the truth. I always hold my tongue, but itís getting harder. Does anyone else deal with this?


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Old 10-13-2018, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I buy the metal parts and make the rest
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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You're not alone !! ...Yeah ... irks me to ... "Oh, so all you do is assemble !" ... !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have not yet figured out an appropriate reply ... just bite my tongue and let it go !
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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You source the the materials and components.....don't mention kits period.
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Keep a couple blanks on hand to show them what you start with. It is easier to show what turning is all about than to try to describe it to them.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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You source the the materials and components.....don't mention kits period.
This is the answer. IMHO, the word "kit" should never leave our mouths (or keyboards), unless it is directed to another pen maker. I prefer "hardware" or "components", which is the truth w/o the negative connotation of "kit".
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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I never mentioned a kit or the name that is used in the industry. Every style of pen had it's own name, in front of the public, there was no such thing as a Slimline. Too easy for people to Google "Slimline pens" and know exactly what are doing.
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Honestly, I don't understand all of the secrecy. If anyone cared enough to Google anything about pens, the information is readily available, about kits, components, where to purchase, styles, prices, etc., etc.

In fact, many of the members here, found this place during a search.

The distinction is, that most people that are looking at pens, that are made by someone else, most likely don't have the necessary equipment to make the pens. If they did have the equipment, they would most likely know about making pens.

If I were to see something I'm not familiar with, I may purchase one to have, but I would do research on the subject to get the information. That information would be utilized to determine if I'm able to produce said item, and where to source the materials. Not everyone would care to do research on a pen, but if they did, they will get the information in minutes.

Only the opinion of an old f@^t.
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Same here. Never mention the word kit and never tell them a name of the pen. It is a twist pen or cap pen or click pen. Case closed. I do have some blanks to show what the body looks like unturned.
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Irked me too. So I went kitless, and now I say I also buy components to keep the price low, which I think is the raison d'Ítre of a kit.

Most people understand.
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