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Old 10-26-2016, 01:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I think it is a great start and kudos for going kitless! I have yet to try it but am itching to do so! I would agree with others on here about not being a huge fan of the coarse threads but it's your pen and your design and if you like it then that is what counts!

The only two things I would mention (and these are personal preferences) would be to buff a little more to give the pen some more gloss (but I am a high gloss shine kind of person) and I would give the pen just a bit of shape to break up the long straight lines.

Great start though! Keep refining and going kitless!
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My only comment is that is way too large in diameter.

As a point of reference: the barrel bushing diameter for the Churchill/El Grande, itself a large pen, is .536. In fact, even the cap bushing diameter is only .590.

I just did a quick survey of Exotic Blanks bushing size chart. Of 51 fountain pens in the chart, only 7 had barrel bushings larger than .55 (about 14mm).

I think I would look at getting the diameter down to the 13-14mm range.

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Old 10-27-2016, 09:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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The coarse threads are not a problem for me. MY complaint about triple start is ghat the pattern matches sabotage 1/3 the time. SINGLE start is my preference. I also like a simple shape, but have begun to round the ends of my modified kits.
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I like it !!!! . Congratulations !!!!

What thread size did you use, cap to body ?
I used a 1/2" by 13 tpi die. I've thought about thryinf some fiber threads, but that means you sit there and untwist the cap forever. Not my style.
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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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No the pattern does not transition... I've been working on that part. Kind of a pain. Have to get the threads exactly right.
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OK, I'll say it. Is this really the design? JMO...it 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.
You are right. It really didn't take any time to "design". But that my point. I want it to be this round rod, that just looks like a shiny polished rod of material. Weather it be wood, metal, or plastic. And then if you look very closely you will see a line. Unscrew the cap and discover this rod or "Barrel" of material is a pen.
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My only comment is that is way too large in diameter.

As a point of reference: the barrel bushing diameter for the Churchill/El Grande, itself a large pen, is .536. In fact, even the cap bushing diameter is only .590.

I just did a quick survey of Exotic Blanks bushing size chart. Of 51 fountain pens in the chart, only 7 had barrel bushings larger than .55 (about 14mm).

I think I would look at getting the diameter down to the 13-14mm range.

As always, FWIW

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Hmm... I never thought about that... the only problem I see is that my section is already fairly slim, and I'm afraid to take off much more material, in fear of going clean through. The same thing with the cap. I have some material but if I go much thinner than 0.600" you can see the threads through the plastic as it gets thinner and that really bothers me.
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I've been doing a lot more work lately. Sorry I've been inactive. I honestly completely forgot about the post.

Anyways here is the link to the folder of pictures.
https://goo.gl/photos/nBrJQTxEgdJm2s7DA

I'm going to discuss a couple of the real quick.

The sloped black and green body. Yes the threads are shorter than normal. I messed up.
The red body and mixed white black green cape. Yes it has fine threads. It was made before I bout my own tap and die set. I'm still considering using fine threads.

The hybrid... what was supposed to be a beauty turned out to be a nightmare. I snapped threads, cracked the body, made the cap too short in turn making the section to short... ugh. Nothing to sell. Just something to look at.

The wooden one (Spalted Tamarind for anyone wondering). Again the pattern does not line up, despite trying. Damn thing. Need to do some more playing with that. From now on I think I'm going to use 1" long pieces of aluminum to make the threads on the body with to avoid breakage. Plus I think it looks great. A nice relief cut too.
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I actually like the coarse thread especially when it plays along with the patterns on the material like on this one:

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