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Old 08-12-2018, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I tried several new things with this pen and despite a lot of effort, I am pretty disappointed. I tried making my own clip. That turned out OK. I tried using metal effects paint on a pen tube, meh. Finally I tried to combine wood and aluminum to make a kitless pen. That resulted in the diameter of the cap being disproportionate to the lower section. It will write when all is said and done. Beyond that well....

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Old 08-12-2018, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I'll disagree. I like the industrial "been sittin on the musty dusty rusty workbench since grampaw left it there 50 years ago" look.

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I also like it, hey you got to start somewhere..
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OK, my "Brutal Critique."

The overall profile is nice - I like it. I would prefer a narrower edge between the upper section and the lower.

The colors are awesome - don't change a thing.

The clip and the rustic "feel" I also love. This is not an element seen often, and may not be preferred... but I like it.

The clip is great, the colors are also great. Refine the transition between the upper and lower barrels... That's all I can suggest - great pen in my opinion.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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I'd say you did remarkably well overall, but I agree things can be improved :) I've been struggling with the same area of my feeble kitless attempts, the transition between the cap and the barrel... I wonder if it's the main problem area overall
One of my problems could be that I don't take the time to think things through before
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I love the color and the clip fits the color. But the band look seems to throw off the continuity between the top and bottom. I would like to know more about the color and how you achieved it.
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Good pen. I agree with the others. Thinking outside of the box is a great way to go. I have a book that tells how to modify plain ol' Slimline pens. One variation is the larger diameter of the top section. Got it on the list.
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I love the color and the clip fits the color. But the band look seems to throw off the continuity between the top and bottom. I would like to know more about the color and how you achieved it.
I used modern masters metal effects paint. I used the copper with blue patina.
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I love the color and the clip fits the color. But the band look seems to throw off the continuity between the top and bottom. I would like to know more about the color and how you achieved it.
I used modern masters metal effects paint. I used the copper with blue patina.
Thanks, I have been looking for something like that to match the paint on a replica 1911 Indian motorcycle I acquired. The Modern Masters Rust looks like it is a match.
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I think you're being harder on yourself than you should be. To my eye, there are a lot of things about this pen that are attractive - I like the look of it. I hope you didn't lose faith in the ideas you were trying just because they didn't rise to your expectations. I would recommend trying the concepts again and refine the things you don't like about this one. Looks like a fine pen from here.
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