First Kitless RB: Good from far; far from good.

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RKB

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Thank You Tony for sharing. What a Great Pen, I really like it. I look forward to reading your postings, and especially your recent entry into kitless. Your questions and the answers from the great folks here on IAP, make a great combo. Bravo.

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Looking good Tony. For a first one you should be well pleased.
I am about to have a go at something very similar, so your thread has come at the right time to give me a bit of inspiration. My ultimate goal is to make wooden bodied pens, with resin, ebonite, or metal sections and threads. But will probably start with a few using all resin blanks to get the process in order first.
I have been reading your other posts/questions, they have been helpful as well.
 
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I am about to have a go at something very similar, so your thread has come at the right time to give me a bit of inspiration. My ultimate goal is to make wooden bodied pens, with resin, ebonite, or metal sections and threads. But will probably start with a few using all resin blanks to get the process in order first.
I have been reading your other posts/questions, they have been helpful as well.

Take a look here for more inspiration: www.fountainpenstudios.com
The owner/artist happens to be a great guy too.
 
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Congrats on your first kitless, it turned out very nice. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if I ever take the plunge I’ll be thrilled if mine turns out that good.
 

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Thanks again. I actually love it and became quite skilled and making threads correctly and incorrectly. I also made myself a few tools. One of the best things about the experience was personally connecting with our wonderful membership. I am surprised that a few folks haven't blocked my number :). I have also commissioned Rick H to make me some custom tools.

We all know where to find the flaws (and now my wife knows!); it is a blessing and a curse. I actually plan on making a kitless pen with one of the blanks that you generously gave me.
 

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@mmayo here is a link to a post I made a while ago with the link to the articles in the library (easier than finding again!)
 

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Excellent work Tony. Kitless is not on my list of chores, but it sure is fun reading and seeing how you and other turners get caught in the vortex; I guess like my interest in segmenting. Very nice - enjoy the journey.
 

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Glad I was able to offer a few pointers, Tony - doesn't it feel great to have the first one done?

I just bought a bagfull of "wheel brushes" that fit a rotary tool, going to see if I can use them with buffing compounds and/or Novus polishes to get the threads as shiny as the rest of the pen barrel.

Have fun on this journey - great start :)
 

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Glad I was able to offer a few pointers, Tony - doesn't it feel great to have the first one done?

I just bought a bagfull of "wheel brushes" that fit a rotary tool, going to see if I can use them with buffing compounds and/or Novus polishes to get the threads as shiny as the rest of the pen barrel.

Have fun on this journey - great start :)
More than a few pointers..very grateful for the help.
 

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@mmayo here is a link to a post I made a while ago with the link to the articles in the library (easier than finding again!)
Thanks, at first glance it looks overwhelming, but I like a challenge. I must say each kitless pen is amazing.
 

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Compared to your skills and creations, this is like stepping off a curb for you. If you want to start with single start threads, I can give you a parts list as well as all of the additional tools that I bought.
I only gave it a try because of the tap and dies holders that are more readily available. There is also a tenon cutter that I am waiting for.
 

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As the titles says...plenty of visible flaws. but I am pleased with it. I always liked this blank (speed racer or nice racer).
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Tony, You are being Too hard on yourself[.
I would have been Proud and Inwardly Smiling, if I had produced that Pen as my First Kitless, When and If I get to do one.
I love the Profile, and Proportions,
Nicely Turned and Finished.
Congratulations my Friend, on taking that Large Step.
Brian.
 
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