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Old 10-11-2018, 01:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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You are all welcome. I remember after posting that Ed sellls the Raffir. I would love to know how opaque the material is. I always reverse paint, but I don't want to see the rifling marks left by the drill bit. I found another guy who sells ivory, but he can only ship within GA. None of these guys are inexpensive. Stewmac sells nice stuff too as JT said.
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Another source for unusual rods, found it looking for black ebonite, ended up ordering a few other things and everything went smoothly.

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Thanks for the reminder Fred. I have had these guys bookmarked for 4 years!
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I just placed an order for the imitation ivory and the black pen blanks.

We will see...

This is the blackest of the black phenolics available in today's marketplace. It has been formulated for artisan applications where the following properties are required:

• Blackness
• Machinability
• Ability to take a finish
• Adherence to glues common to the pen trade
• Strength
"Once sanded and finished this material is jet black with no visible grain or patterning"

I do not agree. I can clearly see a pattern in the material. (Hard to see in the picture) It reminds me of fine carbon fiber. I actually like the pattern.

I sanded this piece starting with 320 to 12000 micro mesh and buffed on the wheel. I don't believe sanding is the issue.

At any rate, i do like the final result.
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This picture shows it better. BTW, it is 20 degrees in Buffalo and I am outside taking pen pictures. LOL
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It does look both neat and nice. Description does say it is a phenolic and it has the typical phenolic texture to it.


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Nice work on that Carbara pen !!

Do you know how well that material takes to being threaded (both external and internal) ?
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Nice work on that Carbara pen !!

Do you know how well that material takes to being threaded (both external and internal) ?
I have no idea. It is tough stuff though, I would think it would take threads nicely.
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The pattern is linen embedded in the phenolic. The linen adds strength otherwise the phenolic is brittle. I worked for a gear motor company that used linen phenolic for gears.

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