As a newer pen turner, I really like the Vertex kit. It's a single tube design, so it's a quick turn. Also, the tube sits below the end caps by design, so as long as you get down to the bushings it's virtually impossible to mess up. It's a very high quality kit that a beginner can complete. But the best part is the magnetic cap - it's very satisfying!
Hard to say. I try to match the wood, light or dark, with the kit finish. I am looking at building a bunch of Slim Line pens and, with the wife's help, try to get away from the plain vanilla with no whipped cream and cherry on top. To answer your question/poll, I do like the looks of the lever action pen.
I forgot to answer myself. I like the Gatsby /Sierra / Mesa type pens.
Even though they are basically the same pen kit, it takes a keen eye to turn & sand the blank down to meet the bushings just right.
Favorites to make, Knurl GT and Vertex Magnetic as far as just being absolutely solid pens. The feel and the weight, they just feel solid to me.
Favorites to make, then sell, Caballero and Bolt actions. They sell almost as fast as I can make them. There are many more that are just as fun to make.
Too many to cites here but have a love for Click pen kits so I like the Sierra click but found the Tempest from Beaufort ink from England to have the best click mechanism , this is strictly my personal opinion
30 cal lever bolt from PSI is still my all time fave.
Majestic Squire, Broadwell Nouveau..... I love these 2 pens.
Almost every single barrel novelty pen from PSI...
Surely I'm a minority of one, but my favorite is the much disrespected eurostyle. But I only like it in the rhodium plating with the improved band. This isn't a particularly good picture, just a quick iphone shot of the pen that randomly happens to be in my pocket...