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Old 02-07-2019, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Im looking for real Diamond dust/powder to make pen blanks with. Ive seen them around. Does anyone know what kind to look for? Also does anyone know any good places to buy it?
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This is what I use.
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=black+dia...b_sb_ss_i_3_16
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Thanks Don. I noticed it will work with epoxy resin. Will it work with all resins? Alumilite and P.R.?
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Im not looking for a mica/ pigment powder. But real diamond dust. The link was for blank diamond Mica powder.

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You might be best off asking around your local diamond cutters. If a diamond is not up to standard they put it through a chemical process to turn it into dust, which is repurposed as a super abrasive on tools and what not.
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Try this link:

https://www.kingsleynorth.com/skshop...6681&catID=188
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This is just a guess, but I think real diamond dust would be very abrasive to any turning tools. Someone posted here (years ago) that he tried casting colored sand into banks, and it basically turned the turning blank into a grinder & ruined the edge on his tools.
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Well, I can tell you that the use of it in pen blanks is currently patent pending. My patent application is awaiting the USPTO to review. I created the original DiamondCast blanks which a few folks have attempted to copy but have fallen short... a lot of time, money, and testing went into ensuring tool safety and I know the copy cat did NOT do any testing. Use the wrong size and you’ll likely wear tools down.

There are other ways to get close to the same sparkle...
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Well, I can tell you that the use of it in pen blanks is currently patent pending. My patent application is awaiting the USPTO to review. I created the original DiamondCast blanks which a few folks have attempted to copy but have fallen short... a lot of time, money, and testing went into ensuring tool safety and I know the copy cat did NOT do any testing. Use the wrong size and youíll likely wear tools down.

There are other ways to get close to the same sparkle...
In using Tim's blanks, i notice no difference in tool wear--just like any other Alumilite turning. I find that cocobolo, ironwood and even mesquite are much harder on my tools. Even stabilized spalts are noticeably tougher on tooling in my experience. Admittedly a small sampling, i've only done 50 or so pens with DiamondCast blanks.
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Well, I can tell you that the use of it in pen blanks is currently patent pending. My patent application is awaiting the USPTO to review. I created the original DiamondCast blanks which a few folks have attempted to copy but have fallen short... a lot of time, money, and testing went into ensuring tool safety and I know the copy cat did NOT do any testing. Use the wrong size and youíll likely wear tools down.

There are other ways to get close to the same sparkle...

Good luck with that.
A simple change in language and marketing will make that patent useless.
Not to mention someone manufacturing outside the US.

Also, selling any diamond pen blanks before your patent is approved, will also prevent infringement by date stamping.
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