The price of basic Cigar pen kits ... quite reasonable

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I have been aware of this for a long time, but in view of some newbies asking about the variety and prices of pen kits, perhaps a comment is appropriate.
This comment should just be taken in general terms and not as a recommendation.

Comparing a couple of basic Cigar kits in the 24 kt plating ...

The Berea kit price is $6.05, while the Woodturningz kit is $5.25, at the present time. . Strikes me as quite reasonable for what you get compared to other style kits.
But don't tell "anybody" that I said that, or the prices might go up !!! . LOL !!!

Of course, with more classy plating options, the prices do go up quite a bit. . So the plating you choose definitely affects the price significantly.

There are a fair number of pieces to a Cigar kit, compared to a slimline, for example, so I think the prices of the Cigars is noteworthy.

I should also say that the making of a Cigar pen requires more skill and experience than the making of many other kits (at least, that is my opinion),
..... so I am certainly not suggesting that the Cigar is a good pen kit for a beginning pen turner.
The required bushing set, which consists of 4 different-sized bushings, is one factor in my saying this.
 
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I agree Mal, Cigar pens are value priced for a big, impressive pen. Yes, there is a learning curve, but once you gain the necessary skills, the results are well worth it. I prefer bigger pens, and Cigars are comfortable for me to use. Although heavy, they may be easier to hold for some people. There are a myriad of finishes, including the so-called "Ultra", so there should be a Cigar for just about everyone. My first "bigger" pens were round top European and flat top American, which are nice too. Cigars are bigger, and in some ways easier, in that they don't require a tenon. And they're still coming out with new ones. I like the blue finish, and the "oil slick" style finish.
 

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Early on in my turning career, I made quite a few of the Cigar pens - at that time there weren't many different kits from which to choose. Never sold that many at shows thought. Don't think it was price, as I made them priced lower than most every thing else - which was selling.

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I have been aware of this for a long time, but in view of some newbies asking about the variety and prices of pen kits, perhaps a comment is appropriate.
This comment should just be taken in general terms and not as a recommendation.

Comparing a couple of basic Cigar kits in the 24 kt plating ...

The Berea kit price is $6.05, while the Woodturningz kit is $5.25, at the present time. . Strikes me as quite reasonable for what you get compared to other style kits.
But don't tell "anybody" that I said that, or the prices might go up !!! . LOL !!!

Of course, with more classy plating options, the prices do go up quite a bit. . So the plating you choose definitely affects the price significantly.

There are a fair number of pieces to a Cigar kit, compared to a slimline, for example, so I think the prices of the Cigars is noteworthy.

I should also say that the making of a Cigar pen requires more skill and experience than the making of many other kits (at least, that is my opinion),
..... so I am certainly not suggesting that the Cigar is a good pen kit for a beginning pen turner.
The required bushing set, which consists of 4 different-sized bushings, is one factor in my saying this.
I absolutely love cigar pens. In particular, the upgrade version referred to as ultra cigar. For a few more bucks it really is worth it. My pretty wood competition winner was an ultra cigar,
 

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I make and sell a lot of cigar pens or in my case I've rebrand them as the Perfecto.
If you use only the best platings such as gold and black titanium and chrome they will sell well. Lately I've be using the newer version which replaces the"black" parts with black Ti. I've had the opportunity to see several of mine over the years and they are still looking good. I said all this to say this, if you sell pens and if you have return customers get the best platings you can afford. You and your customers will appreciate it.

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I agree completely. I've sold 2 pens recently and both were cigars. They make great gifts, too. They have a nice solid feel without breaking the bank. Thinking of trying out the cigarillo kits.
 
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