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Old 04-14-2017, 10:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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A word of caution: If you think pen turning/making is addictive, then you'll find Fountain Pens just as addictive. But it is a lot of fun!!!
Yes beware of the rabbit hole that is fountain pens. I started this addiction making a fountain pen for my fountain pen nerd son.
Here is a good place to start your jouney.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...in+pen+masters
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All of the advice given here is really great. I would start with Duncan's recommendation, but refine it a little bit for you and have you start here:

RichardsPens.com • Pens That Write Right!

If you read bullet points 1 and 4 you will have a pretty good idea of how nibs and feeds work together.

In addition to all the links above take a look under the Resources tab at:

Edison Pen Co

One suggestion that I found worthwhile starting out: Buy a Churchill or El Grande kit. Before you even start building the kit take a good hard look at the grip section, feed and nib. Install the converter and fill it with some ink or colored water. You now have a fountain pen.
Wiggle--DON'T TWIST-- the nib and feed out of the section to get an idea of how this thing works. It all seems pretty simple, but historically it took a long time to get it right.

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Watch this guys videos on adjusting the nib. It is amazing the difference it can make in the performance and feel of your pen and it simple enough even I can do it. You will need a 10x loupe. I've made a cheap nib write correctly and smooth and a JOWO and Bock nib write like a dream. My Bock nibs have required more tuning than any I've worked with. I've had problems with the last 2 not consistently flowing ink to the tip. This guy's videos set me in the right direction to correct them.

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Thanks for the video recommendation. I watched all 3 parts. Great stuff and I learned a lot. Thanks
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A great place to start is the Reference Pages section of Richard Binder's website:

RichardsPens.com • Pens That Write Right!
This reference section is awesome. Thank you.
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I guess you planning on making high end pens and selling them?

So yes, you will need to know all about this*, but making them is no different.

* see you in a few years.
I am planning on making higher end pens and selling them. Feeling a little better about it after spending a few hours on RichardsPens.com
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Here is a good place to start your jouney.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...in+pen+masters
Cliff: I think you're trying to scare me by sending me to the masters videos!
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All of the advice given here is really great. I would start with Duncan's recommendation, but refine it a little bit for you and have you start here:

RichardsPens.com • Pens That Write Right!

If you read bullet points 1 and 4 you will have a pretty good idea of how nibs and feeds work together.

In addition to all the links above take a look under the Resources tab at:

Edison Pen Co

One suggestion that I found worthwhile starting out: Buy a Churchill or El Grande kit. Before you even start building the kit take a good hard look at the grip section, feed and nib. Install the converter and fill it with some ink or colored water. You now have a fountain pen.
Wiggle--DON'T TWIST-- the nib and feed out of the section to get an idea of how this thing works. It all seems pretty simple, but historically it took a long time to get it right.

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thanks. where can i find the Churchill or El Grande kits? I do most of my ordering thru PSI.
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You can find the Churchill or El Grande at www.beartoothwoods.com Great folks ther and you can also get them through Woodcraft. They are both Berea kits and you could also order direct from them. They are low cost and large pens.
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Here is a good place to start your jouney.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...in+pen+masters
Cliff: I think you're trying to scare me by sending me to the masters videos!
Gives you something to aspire to but I found them very entertaining.

But these kinds of videos and metal machining videos give me a lot of little tips. Metal machining helps me with things like odd and out of the box ways to hold things.
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You can find the Churchill or El Grande at www.beartoothwoods.com Great folks ther and you can also get them through Woodcraft. They are both Berea kits and you could also order direct from them. They are low cost and large pens.
Thanks. I ordered a couple of each! Can wait.
I noticed that I don't see any fountain pens made with nice woods. Is that because of the risk of staining them with ink? If so, would a CA finish eliminate that risk?
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