Tortoise shell and bronze fountain pen

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jalbert

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Here’s a little number I finished up this afternoon. This was a commission I’d been working on for a couple weeks: a fountain pen in tortoise shell acetate and bronze. The prospective owner wanted to me to make him a pen with the base being this lovely tortoise shell acetate, with a bronze skeleton overlay, bronze cap, and clip that somehow tied into the overlay. The pen is about 5.5” long capped, with 1/2” diameter cap threads, which are 1mm triple lead. I used Rio Grande’s pink bronze casting grain to rough cast the parts to keep the weight down, and fine tuned/formed them over my custom made mandrels. Overall it’s a reasonably light pen (considering all the metal elements), weighing in under 50 grams. No adhesives were used in this pen, and all parts thread together. The nib is a jowo 6, and is filled via converter.
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jalbert

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Wow, talking about "raising the bar"...!

I'm afraid to ask how many hours you put into this pen, you better say "plenty" before someone gives-up of trying...!

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George
Thanks! I would estimate somewhere in the12-15 hour range. I keep meaning to keep track of time for curiosity’s sake, but always forget!
 

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Thanks for your reply, I was really expecting a lot more hours, you've done very well, congrats.

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George
I’ve done it long enough now where I can get the actual machining operations completed relatively quickly. I have a good process down for the turning, boring and threading operations. Having two lathes set up for different operations helps as well ;)
Also creating mandrels to help me form the metal parts and keep them true on the lathe for clean up, threading, and finishing cuts a lot of time off as well
 

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I’ve done it long enough now where I can get the actual machining operations completed relatively quickly. I have a good process down for the turning, boring and threading operations. Having two lathes set up for different operations helps as well ;)
Also creating mandrels to help me form the metal parts and keep them true on the lathe for clean up, threading, and finishing cuts a lot of time off as well
Yeah, that may explain it, thanks.

George
 
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