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General Information[edit]

This pen is sold by almost every supplier of pen hardware kits. Traditionally the pen has had a black enamel center coupler that presses into the upper barrel with a trim ring of the plating of the kit between the couple and the barrel, however, recently Berea Hardwoods had introduce an alternative version where the center couple is plated with black titanium.

Alternative Names[edit]

Wood Pen Pro calls their version of the cigar the Big Samoan. They offer this pen in an alternative color scheme to the common black center coupler.

Penn State Industries calls this the Big Ben Cigar pen.

Bushing Sizes[edit]

Lower Barrel

  • Nib End - 0.459 inch
  • Transmission end - 0.530 inch

Upper Barrel

  • Transmission end - 0.575 inch
  • Clip end - 0.475 inch

Tube Lengths[edit]

Upper tube: 1.91

Lower tube: 2.09

Tube Diameter[edit]

Drill Diameter[edit]

10 MM

Letter size "X" will work for this pen

Nib Thread[edit]

The threaded portion is the nib is M8 x .75


Almost every pen supplier that carries hardware kits carries the cigar.

  • Arizona Silhouette
  • Bear Tooth Woods
  • Berea Hardwoods
  • Penn State Industries
  • Woodturningz
  • Wood N Whimsies
  • Wood Pen Pro

Assembly tips[edit]


The nib trim ring on the Cigar styles can be replaced by a short cut-off piece from the blank.  The trim ring is threaded with a M8 x .75 tap.  This is an unusual tap size.  Drill using a 9/32" or "L" letter bit.  Tap the piece.

See Library Article for photos and more details.

Credit for this section goes to Dennis aka Soligen

Other Tips

A common mistake with this pen is to use the wrong combination of bushings on the upper (shorter, larger diameter) and the lower (longer, smaller diameter) barrels.  Also, the nib end and the clip end bushings can be difficult to tell apart.  This is one area where calipers can be handy.

From the forum[edit]

Q. I'm sure other pens do this as well, but how do you get that little click to go away on the Cigar? It's enough to drive a guy nuts! Especially in a very quite setting. I think it is caused by the pen ink tip hitting the inside of the nib, but I don't know if there is a "fix-it" solution. Please help!

A1. I asked this same question when I first started turning cigars. Didn't really get a good answer. I think that is just the way these kits are. Stretching the spring does help a little but doesn't completely fix it. I do turn a lot of them and they sell well so I stopped worrying about it.

A2. I twist the spring, slightly against the turn. It stretches the spring, without elongating it. It increases the diameter of the spring in the assembly.