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Old 04-07-2019, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Looking for a kit that simply shows a lot of wood. It looks like a Graduate Magnetic RB uses 4.5 inches of blank. Not sure how comfortable it is to write with.

Looks like most single tube pens go up to a little over 3 inches. What would the best options be? Have 4 very nice blanks ready and want to show as much wood as possible.


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Sounds like a closed end pen might be in order.
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The Zen has a body similar to the Graduate but with a metal cap. For a single tube there is the Artisan Deco (Jr Harold Twist) has a 3” body.


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How long and wide are your blanks, and are you interested only in single barrel pens?
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The CSUSA Artisan Clicker has a single barrel which is over 4" long ... lovely for showing your wood !!!

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p...long%20clicker

I have made a lot of these. . The click mechanism is a little noisy/rough but it seems to be reliable. . Also, I am not a big fan of the "nail head" style of push button, but you get used to it
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+1 for the long clicker. One word of warning, however, is that the fit where the tip meets the blank is critical. Since the blank meets the tip at a pretty sharp angle, any "out of round" or more than about 0.001" deviation is noticeable.

Another kit that shows a lot of blank is the Panache - but it is a 2-piece. You do need an oversized blank - anything less than about 1" square would be tough (my memory is that the max diameter of the pen is 0.780).
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Have done quite a few Mag Graduates for that reason, but have moved to the Zen. It has a better feel in the hand and being one tube is better for my application.

Also, if you choose the Grad, be careful when you press in the clip end of the cap. I made a spacer for my press so that I don't press on the top of the clip. It scars the wood.

Agree on the Artisan/Long Clicker. Looks great, but the click mechanism/style is lacking.
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How long and wide are your blanks, and are you interested only in single barrel pens?


I am open for either a single barrel, which I think I would prefer, or a two piece, since that opens the field a little. One of these will become my EDC since I have never made a pen specifically for myself.


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+1 for the long clicker. One word of warning, however, is that the fit where the tip meets the blank is critical. Since the blank meets the tip at a pretty sharp angle, any "out of round" or more than about 0.001" deviation is noticeable.

Another kit that shows a lot of blank is the Panache - but it is a 2-piece. You do need an oversized blank - anything less than about 1" square would be tough (my memory is that the max diameter of the pen is 0.780).


I have done some beautiful walnut Panache, but one of these four will be an EDC Pen for myself, so Panache wouldn’t work well in that application.


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Sounds like a closed end pen might be in order.


Not out of the question, but it would be a first for me.


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