What happened to the section, did you turn the horn too far and find some different coloration there?
And where did the 'horn' get the label of "It'll crack soon or later"?
I keep hearing it, but have yet to see but one do it(and you never really know why that happened unless the user came 'clean'). Sounds like a 'bum-rap' to me??
Great looking and when you change the section even better. Scott buffalo horn is hair and as such will take moisture and expel moisture, therefore when we turn it thin as we do when making a pen it will have the tendency to crack. I have had some that cracked and some that have not over the years, like snakewood it makes a beautiful pen but comes with a price.
Nice one Shawn, and don't let the crack prone materials scare you as much with tubeless pens. Its always been my feeling that cracks are more likely to develop when parts are pressed into the tubes. The brass tubes stretch and put considerable stress on the material. Not saying that it never happens with kitless, just a whole lot less. When making kit pens, you can accomplish the same by making the parts a slide and glue fit rather than a press fit.
That's a great looking pen! I don't mind the coloration at the top; I think it gives it character, especially since you're at the mercy of a natural material.
I've got a buffalo horn blank I've been itching to turn, but I've read many horror stories, or maybe more accurately, discouraging urban legends surrounding it. Once I figure out the kit I want to use, it will be on.
It turned super nice - almost like ebonite - you can feel the vein though - it's a lot harder than the rest of it - and it drilled kinda funny due to the grain of the material - but not really too difficult at all.
I think that the section gives it a very 20's vibe and looks great!
Nice job on the material and making it work for you,a crack might be the worst case
scenario but would only add to the vintage look.