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KenB259

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This is my everyday carry and I have used it daily at work for probably close to two years. Even though the wood is beautiful, I decided to change it up. I disassembled it and turned a new barrel. The brass gears and brass pen components match perfectly. I'm pretty happy with this one. The wood is walnut burl that I stabilized. The resin is liquid diamonds. Since the wood is stabilized, I just polished it out with micro mesh. No CA, we'll see how it wears.
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Kenny Durrant

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Looks nice. Good job on casting and wood combination as well. If your will to share I'd be interested in the order you put it together. Thanks for sharing
 

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Looks nice. Good job on casting and wood combination as well. If your will to share I'd be interested in the order you put it together. Thanks for sharing
I take a small piece of burl, for this pen, drilled the 3/8 hole through it. Wrapped the tube with vinyl, all but the part that would be glued into the wood. After I have the vinyl on I had to re drill just a short depth with a drill bit just few thousandths bigger so so vinyl would slide into the wood. Epoxied the tube into the wood. After that I bent the gears and glued them on. From there just put it in tube in mold and cast it with liquid diamonds. I tried a few with Alumilite clear, but it didn't adhere very well to the vinyl. I did use a pressure pot even they say you don't need to with liquid diamonds, left it under pressure for 24 hours.
 

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Cool. So you cast the tube with the wood already attached. I made a pen a few years ago and it was a pain to set up. Looked good when finished but I didn't rush back to make another one. Thanks
 

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Cool. So you cast the tube with the wood already attached. I made a pen a few years ago and it was a pain to set up. Looked good when finished but I didn't rush back to make another one. Thanks
Yes, the tube was glued into the wood before casting.
 

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Very Cool, but youre killing me! - I haven't jumped into casting yet, but I sure have the itch and you posts keep pushing me closer and closer to spending money! - That's a really cool hybrid/segmented design. - Dave
 

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Very Cool, but youre killing me! - I haven't jumped into casting yet, but I sure have the itch and you posts keep pushing me closer and closer to spending money! - That's a really cool hybrid/segmented design. - Dave
Try it, you'll like itšŸ˜œ
 

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The original pen was nice as your daily carry, but now you have a new great looking pen Ken.

You're right, the gears match the pen metal components perfectly. Thanks for explaining your process.
 

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Very Cool, but youre killing me! - I haven't jumped into casting yet, but I sure have the itch and you posts keep pushing me closer and closer to spending money! - That's a really cool hybrid/segmented design. - Dave
Yes, I've been feeling the same way. I'm trying to save up for a new lathe, but...

That did come out beautifully, Ken. That was a nice piece of cocobolo you had to start with, but this definitely shows off those new casting skills.
 
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