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Which is the Best Kitless Pen

  • Pen 1

    Votes: 44 31.4%
  • Pen 2

    Votes: 16 11.4%
  • Pen 3

    Votes: 5 3.6%
  • Pen 5

    Votes: 26 18.6%
  • Pen 6

    Votes: 11 7.9%
  • Pen 7

    Votes: 38 27.1%

  • Total voters
    140
  • Poll closed .

mredburn

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We have 7 entries and 6 of them are really great works. The 7th,,,,,,,Well I will let you decide! Because of the number of entrees there will be only one poll.
You will need to look them over and decide which is the best Kitless pen. Good luck to all the members who entered a pen.

Pen 1

The cap and barrel were turned from polyester resin. The 3 trim bands are black alumilite. The section is matte black ebonite. The nib is a 6mm 1.5 mm Italic Jowo. It will accept cartridge/convertor or eyedropper fill.

The cap to barrel threads are 14mm triple start. The pen is 18mm at the center band. It is 145 mm capped and 183mm posted.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to show off some of my work!
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Pen 2

Materials: Alloy 954 aluminum bronze, blue-black ebonite, pick guard

Length: 12 cm

Length closed: 15.5 cm

Cap width: 16.04 mm

Barrel width (at widest): 13.98 mm

Weight: 59.56 gm

Bock #5 fine nib, powder coated clip, all joints and inserts threaded, non-posting

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Pen 3

It has a steel Bock number 5 medium nib. The material is an acrylic called "iced cube crush honey". Length capped about 6inches, uncapped about 5.5 inches. 12mm single start cap thread and 9mm section thread.

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Pen 4

This is my entry into the kitless contest. I used a commercial refill, but everything else you see was made by me. It's a minimalist design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Waldo (from Where's Waldo) and a mime (I asked but he wouldn't give me his name). It is smaller than most pens, very sleek and has a pressure fit postable cap. The first photo shows the pen with the cap on. The second shows the pen with the cap off and as you can see in the third photo it writes beautifully. Measurements are 9.8 cm long and .6 cm wide with a weight of 3 grams. Oh and it takes a Parker refill. For my first attempt at a kitless pen I"m very pleased.

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Pen 5

It's stabilized buckeye burl with maple and brass, clipless.

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Pen 6

Its a bulb filler with a ruthenium nib and black titanium clip. I used an alumilite blank with faux ivory accents.

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Pen 7

Stainless steel and copper rollerball. All custom made components.

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mredburn

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What are you trying to see the pictures on? Are you getting red x's? I hate that when it happens.
 

mbroberg

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I can see three pictures of Pen #1, but just large white spaces under the descriptions of the remaining pens.
 

mredburn

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I copied the thread from the planning forum. I can see all the pictures but evidently Im the only one. I am deleting and reloading the pictures now.
 

GaryMGg

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For non-visible images, trying to open the box produces an error:

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Cwalker935

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I could see all the pictures but could not vote. D'oh, I was not logged in. Maybe my vote should count half a vote.

Fantastic, bunch of pens!
 

lyonsacc

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North Dakota?!!! North Dakota?!!! Why I outta.........Move North, take up Knitting and apologize to Mike for all the mean rotten things I have done![/quote]

Nice edit!

Derek - Mike was a ninja in his previous occupation. Very sneaky.
 

southernclay

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I'm thinking there needs to be a Congressional hearing and perhaps an asterisk for the winner here. :biggrin:

Seriously though, beautiful pens!
 

mredburn

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I wish I could ask questions of the artists to help me decide.

"How much will you pay me for my vote?" :biggrin:
You could post your questions and I guess they could pm me their answers. I could post them as long as the answers did not disclose the identities, if it makes a difference. Or you could filp a coin.:biggrin:
 

InvisibleMan

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I wish I could ask questions of the artists to help me decide.

"How much will you pay me for my vote?" :biggrin:
You could post your questions and I guess they could pm me their answers. I could post them as long as the answers did not disclose the identities, if it makes a difference. Or you could filp a coin.:biggrin:

I know the level of difficulty in making all of these pens, so my questions are more along the lines of "did you segment/make the blank/clip yourself, or buy it" types of questions. In any case, I'm pretty sure I know the answers to my questions, but I may be wrong:). I'll just vote based on what I think I know.
 
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Ed McDonnell

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I think it may have to do with opening 2 attachment windows.

I think it was the virus embedded in those pictures for entry #4!! The symptoms were similar to the Faithless strain of Snobola which originated in one of those rectangular states that ends with "ota".

Ed
 
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