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KenB259

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My last original Apollo , the new ones have triple threads, and my first embedded quarter. I’ll tell you what, if you want a challenge, do an Apollo with a hybrid blank. This one had to be put back together twice. Definitely worth the trouble though. Apollo is stabilized cottonwood burl made into a hybrid, resin is Alumilite clear. Knurl GT was cast with liquid diamonds resin.
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sorcerertd

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Nice work! I get the impression that those Apollos take a little getting used to. Is that a textured vinyl on the tube with the cast quarter?

Also, the mention of cottonwood made me think... I had forgotten that cottonwood branches have a star shape in the cross section slices of the branches. I wonder how casting a few into a hybrid would work out? I really need to just take the dive into casting.
 

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Nice work! I get the impression that those Apollos take a little getting used to. Is that a textured vinyl on the tube with the cast quarter?

Also, the mention of cottonwood made me think... I had forgotten that cottonwood branches have a star shape in the cross section slices of the branches. I wonder how casting a few into a hybrid would work out? I really need to just take the dive into casting.
The Apollos are fun to make, once you get them glued up and turned there is no pressing of parts, basically screw in the nib end and you’re done. You have to drill them in steps and measure each depth or you can get a special stepped drill from Rick Herell. The ones today only gave me fits because I used hybrid blanks, which can be finicky and unforgiving. Using a hybrid without a brass tube wasn’t helpful. The Knurl will probably get disassembled because I overturned it in the top, that one definitely wasn’t fun, and not all that impressive when done.
 

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Just got my Rev 2 step drill from Rick & works well. The rev2 cap insert OD is larger than the recommended drill sizes, so Rick made a new bit for me to compensate for the larger OD.
 

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The original Was a little tight too, I use a letter bit, which ever one is .377 instead of 3/8. I don’t make fountain pens so I also skip the 5/16 bit for the body, not needed for rollerballs.
 

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Looks great. I find the ca finish to be the hardest part about a hybrid apollo. I always sand through it at the corners! you did a great job here on both pens
 

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Nice pens!

Did you just hammer the quarter round and glue it to the tube? Did you thin the quarter by sanding off the backside first? I don’t think I’m necessarily going to try it anytime soon but still have curiosity about how you did it.
 

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Nice pens!

Did you just hammer the quarter round and glue it to the tube? Did you thin the quarter by sanding off the backside first? I don’t think I’m necessarily going to try it anytime soon but still have curiosity about how you did it.
I thinned the quarter, not fun at all l, and the just bent it like a watch dial. There are many suggested ways to thin a quarter here in various threads, none of them worked for me. Any method you see, that requires you to glue the quarter down will fail in a hurry. The quarter gets hot in a hurry and the adhesive just fails. This will probably be a one of for me. I’m sure if I kept trying I could come up with an easier and better way to thin the coin, but the result is just not that impressive, no wow factor. This one I have to disassemble and build up the one end with CA and refinish.
 
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