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Pian

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Looking for a nice pen and pencil kit for for a segmented set. Preferably on the thicker side (majestic/executive/gatsby size) single barrel. But with a larger section for the wood to go than the gatsby (less of the black). Any recommendations or some of your favorites?
 
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@Pian
It's tough to get a suitable kit which has a single barrel with a fairly long barrel ... especially when you want matching pen and pencil.

One of the problems is that as the barrel becomes longer it becomes harder to drill the hole straight.
Drilling on the lathe helps in this regard, and a metal-working lathe is better than a wood-working lathe ... espec. as the length increases beyond about 3 inches. . But not everyone has a metal-working lathe.

Quite frankly, there aren't a lot of suitable kit styles that offer both pen and pencil.

The PSI Executive is one that offers both pen and pencil but you don't like that style, as you said.

The PSI Slimline Pro is another, but it is a two-barrel design.

You can make the Slimline Pro as a single barrel (rather long at 4.22") and you need an appropriate lathe, tools, and know-how to do it.
I have done this quite often. . I've just made the Pro pen kits but doing the pencil kit should not be any different.

Considering the Sierra (basically same as Gatsby) you can buy pencil inserts for that kit, but you don't like that style of pen either.

There are tables of data for just about every available pen kit from every manufacturer here on the IAP website in the Resources section.

I would recommend that you scan those tables for what you want ... it's a bit of a chore but I don't know of any easier method .......
...... unless one of our members has done what you want to do and luckily happens along to give you the data that you need.

Good luck in your quest. . I hope you will report back if you find what you are looking for.

Here is a link that I just saw and it might be of interest to you to read through it (I have not yet done that) :-

 
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Pian

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Drilling on the lathe helps in this regard, but a metal-working lathe is better than a wood-working lathe ... espec. as the length increases beyond about 3 inches. . And not everyone has a metal-working lathe.

I drill all my pens on the lathe got tired of the drift from the drill press. It's also easier imo.

You can make the Slimline Pro as a single barrel (rather long at 4.22") and you need an appropriate lathe, tools, and know-how to do it.
I have done this quite often. . I've just made the Pro pen kits but doing the pencil kit should not be any different.

I didn't even think of turning the double barrel kits into a single barrel kit. That is a wonderful idea and opens up a ton more options. I'll search the forums for guides on how to do this.

Thank you for the advice!
 

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There are articles here on IAP (see Resource Library) detailing how to do single barrel Slimline pens and single barrel Cigar pens (maybe others).

The methods described are not particularly great and there are alternative methods. . Give me a shout if you want some help.

I have shown some single-barrel Cigars in the "Show off your pens" forum but I haven't produced a how-to article for the Library.
I think my method is an improvement on the existing article for the Cigar which is in the Library.

One of the "issues" with the existing Library article methods for single-barrel modifications is that your pen ends up with very thin material thickness at the nib end.
 
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