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eteska

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Experimenting with different style pens and finishes. I Picked up a couple of pin mandrels and made my first closed end pens. Three different finishes.

First is a slimline in birds eye maple. Finished with three coats of tru oil.
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Second is a comfort kit in cherry. Finished with OB shine juice.
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Third is a jr gent closed end pen kit. Dressed in bocote. And finished with glu boost. I struggled a bit with the finish on and near the ends. Sanded through and had to strip it and re finish.
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Any idea on how the different finishes "wear"?

My first few pens ever made were OB shine juice. I didn’t feel like the finished as long as I wanted. But it is quick and easy and I do really like the feel in my hand. Plus I have always liked the smell of shellac.

I switched to ca after only a few pens as it seemed to be the gold standard for the wood pens that I admired here in the IAP forums. Pens that I have kept around with ca finish look much the same as the day I finished them.

After reading a thread here about others experimentation with pen finishes and also having it recommended as a finish to try on some duck calls I made. I bought a bottle of tru oil. So far this is the first and only pen that I have finished with tru oil so I can not speak to how it will wear. But I love the feel of the pen in my hand. I plan to make a few Bic sticks and finish them with the tru oil. This way I can give a bunch away and ask for feedback.


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