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Old 02-01-2018, 05:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Difficult to Write with Contest Rules/Entries

Here we go again! Back by popular demand is the super creative, seriously silly, always fun

DIFFICULT TO WRITE WITH CONTEST

This is not a serious contest, although in many ways it may resemble one. It is a contest for serious penturners to make a not so serious pen. Don't be posting any masterpieces here. There are other, more boring contests for those. This is a fun contest that encourages a little out of the box or lose touch with reality thinking. This contest involves showing really strange looking things that are functional, yet difficult to actually use. And with that, the rules:

Please review the Universal Contest Rules.

1) Your entry must be a functional pen, i.e. if you were able to actually hold it, it would write.

2) You may submit up to two entries, although I can't imagine why you would want to admit being responsible for even one of these things, yet alone two!

3) Entries are submitted by email to DifficultToWriteWith@penturners.org If you submit an entry and it is not posted within 24 hours please PM me.

A name for the pen and a story about how your wretched piece of uselessness came to be and at least one (1), but no more than three (3) photo(S) is required. Your entry must include your screen name, your real name and your mailing address. This is only for the purpose of awarding prizes. I will not post any identifying information here besides your screen name so everyone will know that YOU are responsible for a specific pen. Personally I really could not care less where you live but we need to know so we can ship you a prize if you win. We do not want to hunt for you if you win a prize!

4) Entries will be accepted from Thursday the 1st of February until Midnight Eastern time, on Friday the 16th of February. Winners will determined by member vote.

5) A poll will be posted on Saturday the 17th of February. All of the entered monstrosities will be listed. The polls will remain open for 72 Hours.

6) All entry images and comments become the property of the IAP, to use, or dispose of, as they wish.

7) All entries will be posted by me in this forum. You may notice that this forum is locked, and only I can post entries here. Have patience! I am not that fast.

8) Universal Contest Rules.

Need some inspiration? Look at last year's entries.

Difficult To Write With Pen Prizes!

First- 10 Pen Kits from Anthony at the Golden Nib. $80
Second- A gift certificate from Craft Supplies USA $50
Third- A subscription to Pen World $45
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Default This pen IS mightier than the sword

Entered by Ottotroll:

"I love machined parts, and came upon the de-milled M-1 Garand in pieces. Realizing the calibre was close to the .375” of this pen kit, I decided to drill it out on a metal lathe and make a pen - leaving the gas tube longer than the barrel."

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Default Hillbilly Fencepost Pen

Submitted by Talltim:

Fer folks that don’t git yur point.

The purfect pen fer folks that kannot git yur point. The dee-lux Hillbilly fencepost pen is kenstucted frum a pertiful 2x4 and covered in four point barb wire.**Dee kind fer keeping em kows in the barn. Even if thur dumb as durt, It won’t take em long.**They wil git yur point.**The refill is de best Bic at wallymart.**Fer eazy changing de refull sticks out de top.**Just hit hur hard on de table top.***She’ll pop right out like a piglet out of a sow.**Now if they still ain’t able to git yur point, de rest of de 2x 4 kan be had fer just one dolar more.

PS. Grate pen when yur cusstomers need to fil out dem complaint forms as wel.**Two bandaids inclooded at no exter charge.


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Default Eyes on You - Sweet Cherry Burl

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What we have here is a sweet Cherry Burl* with some of the best eyes I have seen on any burl in all the*years*I have been*turning. So I just had to make a pen* and show it to the world of*pen turners . The pen uses a cross type refill and I just keep it simple (KISS) with a natural finish (I did not have a gal. of CA)

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Default Check-Mate

Submitted by Noot17:

The perfect pen for those who don't have the patience for chess! Made from an oversized slimline, this King is in a perpetual state of being check-mated due to his inability to stand on his own. You can be done with your game of chess as soon as it starts, and then you can avoid writing home about your failing chess career. His wide base makes for a difficult grip, and obscures the nib. Useless as a pen, useless as a chess piece, there's not much hope for this King.

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Default A Nail in the Hand*

Submitted by Burlman:

The Maple Burl of this hideous piece of craftsmanship was my first and last attempt at making an eccentric turned vase. *It's been hanging around in my shop for about 20 years. *I finally figured out what it may be good for. *The pen is a Long Clicker, with the clip reversed on the finial. * I started off using the indexing function on my lathe to drill the holes for the nails, but quickly decided to heck with that. *I did have to grind the heads off of the finishing nails. *Roughly 50 nails used for your gripping pleasure. * Submitting this bilious piece of art to the Pen Makers Guild for consideration for membership in that organization. *I'm sure it will be a shoe in.

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Default Convertible Post Driver / Ball Point Pen

Submitted by Edgar:

I never seem to have a pen with me when I’m building fences in the back 40 and need to jot down some notes. For some strange reason, my wife, kids or co-workers confiscate my pens as fast as I can make them. Well, I finally figured out a way to kill two birds with one stone - I’ve had this he-man’s steel post driver for a while, so I decided to make a convertible Post Driver / Ball Point Pen. This way I’ll always have a pen with me when I’m building fences and I’m pretty sure that no one will want to walk off with this one.

This post driver really separates the men from the boys. It’s made from a 40-inch long piece of pipe welded to a 1-inch thick steel plate. It weighs over 40 pounds and will sink a steel post into just about any kind of soil with a single blow (if you’re able to hoist it up over the post in the first place). It is possible to write with it when converted to pen mode, but few would want to.
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Default Fountain of Bowlage

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Tuesday*League Night at “Split and Spare Lanes” was the talk of town lately.* Seems that Olaf Rollandson, team captain and principal kvetcher of team “Ole Rollers” had a bit of a meltdown.* Ole spotted a misalignment in the pin setting, so he pushed the “rerack” button.* Well, that caused the electronic scoring system to think he guttered out, and tagged him with a “0” in the 9th frame, after 8 straight “Xes”.* “That unravels my lefse!” he thundered.* “I’m fixin’ to pitch a fit if we can’t get this settled,” he shouted.* “Now Ole,” cautioned Lars “Three Finger” Henderanderswanson, “settle a bit. . we is bowlin’, not horse shoein’, so there’s no need to be pitchin’ nothin’.”* That caused Sven Oobles to muse, “these new fangled scorin’ systems just ain’t the same.* Folks now just rack ‘em and crack ‘em, don’t even have to know how to score a line or add ‘em up for a series score.* Probably have to use their fancy phones to do that.”* “Got that right,” Ole harped.* “Try to tell them somethin’ and they just cast aspersions in your general direction.”* “Now Ole,” Three Fingers interjected, “we ain’t fishin’ so no sense wastin’ time castin’ nothin’ what can’t be cast.”* Sven regaled the group with how, in his day, they used to use pencils and paper sheets to keep score.* Of course, Ole couldn’t let that pass and one-upped with the remark that real scorers used a pen and not a pencil.* That got the boys to thinking that to show up the modern crowd, they’d come up with a pen that only the heartiest of bowlers could use.* Sven donated an old ball of his (“twern’t no good no how, has a split right down the middle and keeps leavin’ 7 and 10 huggin’ the corners”). Lars dug deep into the abyss of his desk and found a fountain pen section, and Ole commenced to drilling and tapping hole.* “Three Fingers” volunteered to be permanent scorer, on account of his “Popeye” like forearms and manual dexterity of his rolling hand.* “RACK ‘EM and CRACK ‘EM Boys!” he shouted, “we’re back in business.”
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Default Electrifying Experience

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Fiendishly evil and diabolical. Picking up the pen and moving it into position to write, completes a circuit from the enclosed capacitor, causing the arm and fingers to spasm, colorful language to ensue, and the pen to fly across the room. Provides for hours of amusement. The pen comes with a solar panel to charge the capacitor, making it environmentally friendly. It can likely also be used as a defibrillator, although that has not been confirmed by the FDA.
The design hearkens back to science and electronics classes, where, one would fold back the legs of a charged capacitor and throw it to an unsuspecting victim. Do these things still happen?
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Default Lucille

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Well it turns out that the main reason Negan is the way that he is, is because he lost his favorite pen.* One day while traveling between the hilltop colony and the sanctuary, Negan stumbled across a wood working shop and created this beauty.* Obviously it's been used for more than just signing paychecks for his loyal staff.
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