Wow, as a new turner, seeing the number of folks who find the skew their most important tool for pens amazes me. Like many I find the skew a challenge and tend to look for alternatives but to see so many using the skew as their primary, if not only, tool makes me want to understand more about why that is.
Boy I remember the tool of choice back in the day was the Spindlemaster for turning pens. This tool was touted alot when I first broke in and have a couple but have not used them much. It was a scrapper toolI use a scraper that is not round, but slightly angled, which was not included in the list above. Not all scrapers are round nosed.
I made my own scrapers, which are like a radiused insert but canted at a slight angle so that presentation is not straight on - not perpendicular to the blank, but presented at an angle that is natural to my grip and wrist. Much less fatigue that way.
From The House of Mammoth, he joined here a few months ago. https://www.penturners.org/members/the-house-of-mammoth.41336/ try contacting him here or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/www.thehouseofmammoth.ca/Where did you get that mammoth beauty?