Ironwoods First Kitless RB

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Ironwood

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Here is my first attempt at a kitless Rollerball. I bought some taps and dies in one of the group buys a few years ago, finally got to use them.
It took me about 10 hours total, a fair bit of that time was taken up making the mandrels, and die holders. And then I wasted some time because I cut my first blanks the wrong length, they were a nice dark green crush blank, 2nd choice was this green chip blank.
I broke the first section and had to start again on that. Getting the steps in the right order helps greatly, otherwise things like this happens.
The next one should go a bit quicker hopefully.
The clip is stainless steel. The cap threads are 12x0.8mm 2 starts, the section into the pen body is 10x0.75mm 2 starts. The finial that holds the clip on is 9x0.75mm single start.
The diameter of the pen is 15mm, the pen body tapers to 12mm.

CC and questions welcome.
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Ironwood

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Thanks Rod and Alan.
I have been making custom/kitless bullet pens for a while now, and also modifying kit pens, so not completely new to this sort of stuff. And have been making this one in my head for about a month now, just had the chance over the last couple of days to put it all together.
I want to move into making wooden bodied kitless pens, but I am starting with resin for my first ones, as I think it will be a bit more forgiving for a newbie.
 

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Extremely well done. I especially like the outer profile and the pairing of materials - visually appealing. I also like the matte finish.

I appreciate the comment about "making it in my head for about a month now" as that is frequently also my process.
 

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Very, very nice work !!! . I really like how you have shaped it ... both the general shape and the ends ! . I also love the colours and clip. . Magnificent !!!

Thanks for all the threading and size details !

Your positioning of the refill is perfect, in my opinion !! . Isn't it fun getting the lengths just right so as to make the refill fit so well !!!
 
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Ironwood

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Very, very nice work !!! . I really like how you have shaped it ... both the general shape and the ends ! . I also love the colours and clip. . Magnificent !!!

Thanks for all the threading and size details !

Your positioning of the refill is perfect, in my opinion !! . Isn't it fun getting the lengths just right so as to make the refill fit so well !!!
Thanks All.

Mal, I was holding my breath while running that drill in to sneak up on the perfect fit, theres no turning back if you go too far.
 

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The pen looks incredible! Love the pairing of the green crush material and the black. Did you make the clip yourself? Compliments the pen quite nicely. Also curious if the threads for the cap are epoxied into the body, or threaded?
 

Ironwood

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The pen looks incredible! Love the pairing of the green crush material and the black. Did you make the clip yourself? Compliments the pen quite nicely. Also curious if the threads for the cap are epoxied into the body, or threaded?
Thanks Jason. Yes, I made the clip out of an old stainless hose clamp. Everything is threaded, no epoxy used.
 
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