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Old 11-12-2017, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default NEED HELP! - trying to pick a high end rollerball kit

Let me say thanks in advance to all those who respond.

This forum is amazingly helpful. I always get great advice here.

So here it goes.
I have had a request for high end rollerball pens for an executive board of directors for a school. I'm getting lost in all the options. I have made a couple of cheaper fountain kits but HATE the threads on the caps. The caps fall off and feel loose all the time, especially when posting.

Can you recommend high end kits in the $20-40 price range that will feel tight and post the cap when writing.

What are the pros and cons of magnetic, threaded, or snap caps? I want these to be the highest end pens I have made to date. They truly have to impress.

Let's hear those responses. Thanks.
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Jr. Statesman, Jr. Aaron, Jr. Anthony - top quality and solid pens.

Magnetic caps are fun, but the pen can come loose from the cap if it is rattling around in a pocket - then the disaster of leaking ink. I don't trust snap caps to hold up over the long run. With press fit components, the stress of the snap cap seems like it would loosen the parts holding in the centerbands.
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Contrary to popular opinion, I believe a high end pen is more about the blank than the kit. A Caballero is to me the equal of any Baron, Anthony or any pen with no girly frilly bands. It's top quality metal parts fit well and the threads are precision. Exotic Blanks is the only outlet I know.
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I like the Kojent rollerball kit from Woodcraft. The pen screws on both sides, writes really nice and is at the bottom of your price range. $20. I usually buy form PSI but sometimes if I'm in Woodcraft I'll just have to stroll through the pen isle. I've made 5 of these so far and everyone I've given them to loves them. Worth the $20 for a good Rollerball IMO.

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Mistral, you can't go wrong there.
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Here is the advice you want !!!

Forget the magnetics and forget the snap caps !

What you need is a postable Jr. Emperor in Rhodium and Gold. . No other kit compares. . Top of your price range, though.

Hang on .... I better check that the threads are OK.
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Give this a try - the Mistral is a magnificent pen...parts are perfect and the final product is just a class act. Good luck!

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Mistral, you can't go wrong there.
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Ooops ! - More expensive than I thought ... haven't bought one for a long time ....

https://www.exoticblanks.com/Jr-Empe...-22K-Gold.html

The Jr. Antony is also very nice:

https://www.exoticblanks.com/Jr.-Aar...and-Gold1.html
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Default thanks for all the help everyone - one more question though

any of you try the majestic jr from PSI?
They have a deal where drills, bushing, trimmer are included in the kit one time at the same price as the pen kit alone.

Is that one worth the 28 bucks to experiment with?
Or should I just go with a jr aaron or jr anthony?

thoughts?
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