Red Mallee Burl Kitless Fountain Pen

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hokie

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What did you finish it with? It looks amazing. I have had trouble with ca on red mallee.
First, thank you to everyone who has commented so far!

Funny you should ask about the red (or brown(in my estimation)) mallee. I first finished this pen months ago. And to my disappointment, it turned into an orange peel of sorts. Lots of pits and irregularities. I bought the GluBoost system from Exoticblanks.com, re-sanded, and re-applied the finish to get a muuuuch better end result. So far so good! I think for future versions of Australian mallee, I will turn close to the final dimensions and let it sit for a while before finishing.
 

mark james

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That is a stunning pen. Well done, and interesting comments about the finish.

Thanks for sharing. Nice photography also.
 

PenPal

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Following your description I marvel at your skill cutting such careful threads,your choice of combinations to make this pen a superior one.

Red Mallee can be harder than,contrary in finishing,difficult to thread. Your photographs are superb.

The necessity of a clip is debatable it sure stops the pen from rolling. You could cut a groove in a slice of Burl Cap and make it your prime desk pen.

Sometimes experimenting with clips is best left to a less important pen,I see a very important example in penmaking,especially as I choose not to post the top in use.I presume it does not post the top.

Respect your skill and application.Especially with Red Mallee.

Peter.
 

leehljp

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Beautiful work, great design, flawless finish and superb presentation (photo). One of the best of the best I have seen here in a while.

I don't have glue boost, but I will have to give it a try now.
 

hokie

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Thank you to all for the kind words. I really appreciate them coming from fellow pen makers who know a thing or two and have seen countless pens!
 

hokie

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Following your description I marvel at your skill cutting such careful threads,your choice of combinations to make this pen a superior one.

Red Mallee can be harder than,contrary in finishing,difficult to thread. Your photographs are superb.

The necessity of a clip is debatable it sure stops the pen from rolling. You could cut a groove in a slice of Burl Cap and make it your prime desk pen.

Sometimes experimenting with clips is best left to a less important pen,I see a very important example in penmaking,especially as I choose not to post the top in use.I presume it does not post the top.

Respect your skill and application.Especially with Red Mallee.

Peter.
Thank you! Good points about the clip. This pen will definitely not be having a clip added to it. I sure would hate to have finished such a great pen, only to ruin it by messing up in the process of incorporating a clip. I will probably go the roll-stop route on future pens if I find the rolling around to be an issue.
 
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