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Old 10-26-2016, 12:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First official design!!!

Alright, so I posted a few days ago about some prep I was doing on fountain pens, and I am finally satisfied, and have myself an official design.

I call this the SC Barrel (company name is Smith Crafters)
It appears to be one solid "rod" of high polished material(currently casting my own alumilite blanks but would like to use some metal later) Approximate measurements are 0.6" outside diameter and 5.75" length.

I turn the cap and body together as one solid piece after thread it, so that it will look as if it's one solid piece when the cap is on. I also sand it together for a flawless transition between cap and body.

I am currently using some cheap nibs and feeders I found online to get the I tial process over with. I will be using nibs and feeders and converters from Meister Nib.

Currently using coarse threads, and I think I'll keep it that way. I kind of like them. Maybe a future pen design will have some fine threads.

Well enough talking about it. Here it is.

Tell me what y'all think please. Down to the tiniest details. I want to hear what the rest of you have to say.
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well being your first try it is a good start. It does nothing for me though but this is just an opinion. I am not into the plain basic look. I do not like the course threads and would like to see some character to the shape. I believe with time you too will get to see this after the initial excitement of doing your very first one. It needs to be more inviting and comfortable to use. Good luck as you move along in the kitless field of pen turning. Keep this pen to compare with as you progress and the designs improve. Happy turning.
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like it, the color is nice, and I think the shape looks good to me. I agree that the coarse threads are unappealing. Also, it doesn't look like the cap lines up with the pattern on the body of the the pen when screwed on. I'd be very happy if my first kitless pen came out this nicely.

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Old 10-26-2016, 06:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As a daily fountain pen user I always wonder about the hard edge left where the barrel ends and the grip part starts, whose name escapes me for the moment. Whilst I can see the attraction of the smooth transition twixt cap and barrel, personally I put useability first. When I subscribed to the UK Woodturning magazine, there was a series on pen turning where the author also had a smooth exterior and this hard edge however, so maybe I'm the odd man out.

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Old 10-26-2016, 07:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I like it !!!! . Congratulations !!!!

What thread size did you use, cap to body ?
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Old 10-26-2016, 07:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like it. Nice job. I bet the finish and pattern are awesome in person.
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Old 10-26-2016, 08:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Love it. Right up my alley...
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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OK, I'll say it. Is this really the design? looks like a round pen blank to me. I have to wonder, how long it took to design that? It's a great start, and if you're happy with it, then that's all that matters.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I prefer fine threads on pens, I understand that's personal taste. Either way, it's essential to me that the threads be smooth and polished.

If your target is to give the appearance of a single, unbroken rod of material, you have to (a) choose material that doesn't have a pattern where the break shows, and (b) clean up that edge better by polishing the end of the cap and the mating surface (after ensuring they are perfectly square and don't have any chip-out).

Try using some plastic polish on a clean piece of t-shirt cloth, polishing along the length of the barrel, I think it will shine up well (or, if you have a buffer, use some of the very fine compounds -- blue or finer, not tripoli or white diamond.)
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I like the course on course look. It's like an FP for those that like overalls!
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