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Old 03-02-2018, 03:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the tip MRDucks2. I will keep that in mind.

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I got the starter three pack from PSI. Good deal with the bushings and didn't happen to have the drill bits, either.
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Thanks for the help guys. I just ordered the starter kit from PSI which includes bushings and drill bit.
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Thanks for the help guys. I just ordered the starter kit from PSI which includes bushings and drill bit.
You will like the final product.
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Just did a FHL pen and I did have problems. I disassembled the pen and chucked the center in the lathe and trued up the edge of the casting with a file. Went back together without a hitch.
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Just did a FHL pen and I did have problems. I disassembled the pen and chucked the center in the lathe and trued up the edge of the casting with a file. Went back together without a hitch.
I guess itís pretty much hit or miss with this kit. The reviews are also on both sides of the fence, but it seems most have problems with it. Iím still going to give it a shot though. 👍🏼
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I believe this is one of the kits that the threaded portion of the center adapter is pretty thin (not uncommon) and you want to make sure you do not press it in directly on the threads but by placing a strip of solid wood or plastic with a hole in it over the threads and pressing on the shoulders. You bend or break the threaded stub sticking up.


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I believe this is one of the kits that the threaded portion of the center adapter is pretty thin (not uncommon) and you want to make sure you do not press it in directly on the threads but by placing a strip of solid wood or plastic with a hole in it over the threads and pressing on the shoulders. You bend or break the threaded stub sticking up.


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I have had problems with the center band of the FHL ballpoint pen - the casting was not uniform (on each of 3 different finishes) so it did not match up well with squared pen tube. But that was about a year ago, and from what I recall they (PSI) said they had a known supplier issue on that and were working to resolve.

I've also made several FHL rollerball pens, and those have turned out great. One thing I will say on that kit though is to make sure to measure your components with a pair of calipers and turn to the measured diameter; the bushings weren't quite the same size as the cap required, but it was an easy fix and the end result was quite nice.
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