Bocote Letter Opener

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mark james

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I made this a few weeks ago after getting another paper cut opening a letter.

The blank has been calling out to me for a few years.
(I also wanted to practice posting full-size images again for the Segmented Pen Contest - OK, they last one is a bit big :)).





 

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jttheclockman

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That is funny I am making one for myself today. I never made these but they are the only kit that looks nice and it matches the majestic pen series. That came out real nice. Photos look good.too .:):)
 

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Lance, the overall length is 7 1/8". The blank/tube is 2 3/8".

But, it is a a simple plug on each end, so you can use additional appropriate diameter tubing and make the turned section longer or shorter.

It's a very attractive kit, available from PSI and their related vendors. And as JT mentioned it makes for a beautiful set with a matching Majestic pen. Yes, a bit pricey, but the quality is good in my opinion.
 

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Nice work! I'm always wishing I could put a razor edge on one of those cuz I like to slice open my envelopes, not rip them...
 

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Nice work! I'm always wishing I could put a razor edge on one of those cuz I like to slice open my envelopes, not rip them...
Now you know why they do not do that right???? If they did than your sign-on name would be appropriate to the dingbats that that use them :eek::eek::eek::eek:

You own a lathe and they make things round. Use it to make your own style. Use some stainless steel and have at it. Your wish will come true.:):):) Think outside the box is my motto I live by and stress here all the time.
 
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I like it. Just curious is the image of the letter opener that is reflected in components from using a mirror to reflect lighting?

I have been trying to work on photography.


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I like it. Just curious is the image of the letter opener that is reflected in components from using a mirror to reflect lighting?

I have been trying to work on photography.


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Nah - just a quick photo, I really didn't set it up carefully. It was in a light tent with some overhead bulbs on a white fabric. They came out OK, but could have been better if I wasn't rushed - life has been calling.
 

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I'm glad you decided to use this blank. It matches well with the hardware. Very nice fit and Non-CA finish! :wink::biggrin:
I agree that it matches well, but sheesh folks... its just a letter opener!

Finish: My typical, Wipe on polyurethane, 3-4 coats. I did experiment and use spar urethane for this one. Still used the slow turning and heat lamp. 4 finishes in 8-10 hrs. Let set for 3-4 days while I got bored. Then assembled. A bit of the grain is still felt, but a pretty thick finish.

Ya got me on the finish Obi Wan! :rolleyes: Can't fool an old sh-t!
 
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