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Old 08-08-2017, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Kitless, Facets, and a Tired Old Pen Maker

Hello, all.

I am just starting to make kitless pens, and I am regularly running into roadblocks. That's good. It is requiring a lot more planning and thinking -the very things I am looking for in my pen-making.

Two problems:
First, I am looking for some good tips on making pen clips. I'll swallow the reality of buying my Bock nibs and reservoirs - let those experts do their thing, but I am not afraid of metalworking. Any ideas you might offer regarding clips would be appreciated.
Second - I really am looking for some tips on making facets on barrels and caps. I am hoping to one day reproduce an old pen I have - my own first fountain pen that belonged to my great-grandmother - and I am going to have to be able to cut facets in order to do so. Any tips you are willing to share would be appreciated.

We are creeping through August already. Winter shop time is coming!

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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What kind of machine tools do you have available to make them?
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I can see two ways :
- Use a powered - precise - expensive tool. Pen Wizzard is not that precise but not so expensive...
- Turn, draw, file, sand, polish.

You may have a look here.
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It would be useful if you could post a pic of your great-grandmother's pen.

I think you would do well to invest in a small metal-working lathe (see Little Machine Shop for probably the best of these).

For doing facets, a small milling machine may be what you want (again, Little Machine Shop).
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Mill, lathes, various grinders, welders of various sorts. I also have a jewelry maker nearby who does high-end casting...
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It would be useful if you could post a pic of your great-grandmother's pen.

I think you would do well to invest in a small metal-working lathe (see Little Machine Shop for probably the best of these).

For doing facets, a small milling machine may be what you want (again, Little Machine Shop).
I have a 9x42 South Bend and a Craftsman 109. I have access to a mill - but I am thinking that designing an attachment to my bigger lathe (Pen Wizard-ish sort of thing) may be the trick. Thanks for the reply!
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I can see two ways :
- Use a powered - precise - expensive tool. Pen Wizzard is not that precise but not so expensive...
- Turn, draw, file, sand, polish.

You may have a look here.
Great link - thank you!
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Greetings
I made a hex faceted pen with my mini mill and a hex collet block.


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Pierre,
That link to the article has expired. I will format a copy and send it to the library here on IAP.
Do a good turn daily!
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- Use a powered - precise - expensive tool. Pen Wizzard is not that precise but not so expensive...
- Turn, draw, file, sand, polish.

You may have a look here.
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