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Old 03-13-2018, 10:06 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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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.


Tim, as mentioned previously I have noticed with some of the shapes I use for my pen bodies, the FHL ballpoint can quickly seem top heavy in the hand. I have been wondering if this would be less of an issue on the Rollerball version since we will have the extra metal on the bottom and the weight shifting down some. Any insight?


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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.


Tim, as mentioned previously I have noticed with some of the shapes I use for my pen bodies, the FHL ballpoint can quickly seem top heavy in the hand. I have been wondering if this would be less of an issue on the Rollerball version since we will have the extra metal on the bottom and the weight shifting down some. Any insight?


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When posted, you're still likely going to notice it being top heavy if you did with the ballpoint. It may actually be moreso with a bigger, thicker piece of wood on the top cap. I suspect the main contributor is the cast metal cap piece, which looks to be the same in the ballpoint and rollerball. But if you write with the cap unposted it shouldn't be a problem.
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Years ago, when I was just learning to turn pens, I wanted to make a pen for the Priest and Assistant Priest at our Anglican church. I special ordered three blanks in royal purple with a gold cross cast in the blank. The blanks were expensive, but truly beautiful. It was my first time turning acrylic. I was almost finished with the first pen. Just a FEW more passes with the skew. Then a little catch and the blank exploded....totally vanished from the lathe! That's when I realized I probably should have glued a tube into it first.....Senior moment. Thank goodness I ordered that extra blank.
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I bought 6 when they first debuted, I made 3 with little trouble and I still have another 3 that I can't get to work. A PSI rep admitted to me that I was not the only one with the issue and that the Cowboy kit and those based on the same design suffered from the same issue. Remember, however, that was a long time ago, and it may have one lot. I hope your experience is better than mine. Happy turning!
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We made several of the cowboy pens at the blind center, and they didn't have a problem, but that was over a year ago.
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