I have been using both Dr's Woodshop Pens Plus and CA to finish pens. I saw ad from PSI about the use of Aussie Oil. Has anyone compared Aussie Oil and Dr's Woodshop Pens Plus (appearance and durability)
I tried and still use both, though I can't remember using them on not on the same blank, so not a true direct comparison. In my hands, I get a far shinier and glossier finish with Aussie oil, and it is easier to get the friction polish action to reach the final look. I have used Aussie oil on larger items than pens, like turned boxes and it gives a glossy finish as well. Dr's woodshop pen plus finish isn't as glossy in my hands (even when adding the microcrystal wax). So for me they are not interchangeable and I use one or the other depending on the final look I want. As far as durability, I don't have enough data for a final conclusion but that's not a concern of mine so far. Last comparison, a finish with Dr's pen plus is comparable in my hands to a finish Hampshire sheen high gloss, a finish with Aussie oil is glossier than these two.
My 2 cents
i have used both and it is easlier to get a shine with auusie oil over pen plus I did some last year at at show using both and they have stood up not like a reg friction polish would do but they have not been handled a great deal. but the ones that I have sold have not come back because the finsh has dulled
Just remember you do not get a build up of finish with friction finishes like do with film finishes like CA, lacquer, poly, and varnish. While do get a build up of finish with shellac, may not be as durable as those other film finishes.