First Pen Off the New Lathe

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Chief TomaToe

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I recently purchased a MicroLux 7x16 mini lathe from MicroMark and was excited to put it to good use. We had unseasonably warm weather during the week of Christmas, so it was the perfect time to get out and do some work! It took a while to get acquainted with using the new lathe, as it is with any new tool, but overall I really enjoyed using it. I was amazed about how less nerve wracking it is to use the metal lathe for this sort of work than trying it all by hand on the wood lathe. I did, however, do a minimal amount of final shaping on the wood lathe along with all sanding, micromesh polish, and buffing.

Below is a kitless fountain pen with the body and cap in a blue swirl acrylic, the section in Japanese ebonite. It is fitted with a #6 Jowo nib. Compared to my first one, this pen is a lot less "chunky" as I was comfortable taking off more material. Also, I made a slightly longer section which resulted in a longer cap and shorter body. I am more pleased with the proportions with this pen than the last.
 

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Dalecamino

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You did very well on this one Ronnie! Nice looking pen. I learned to shape my pens on my MicroLux using the etch-a-scetch method, which is very easy to do with these lathes. Try it out sometime.
 

Chief TomaToe

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Thank you all for the compliments!

You did very well on this one Ronnie! Nice looking pen. I learned to shape my pens on my MicroLux using the etch-a-scetch method, which is very easy to do with these lathes. Try it out sometime.
I have some extra material from a pen that didn't work out a while back. I will give this a try.

Nice and the blue is striking. Source for the blank????
I got this material here: https://vermontfreehand.com/product/acrylic-rods/
I believe they call it "cobalt". It is a great source for ebonite, too.
 

NT_2112

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Very nice looking pen. Well done.

I have to agree. I find working with a quality metal lathe much easier than a wood lathe. Where did you get the ebonite from?
 
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PenHog

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Nice pen! Vermont Freehand is an excellent source for ebonite (colored and plain black) and some really nice acrylic rods.
 
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