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tv68

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Hi all - just as the title says, curious which pen(s) you have in regular rotation for daily use? Kit (if applicable) and blank info would be much appreciated.
 
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mark james

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I'm away from the shop, so my/our travel pens are: Bog oak/stainless steel components - 5 yr old pen. Royal Poinciana/Coconut Palm for my last pen (very nice). I have done a bunch of the last combinations - very nice. All else will get posted as finished.
 

WarEagle90

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Let’s see, my primary daily pen is a Sierra Vista gold/gunmetal wearing a bourbon white oak barrel blank, I also keep a Jr Statesman RB in maple burl in my pocket. Both blanks come from IAP members. I sign or initial close to a hundred documents a day so they both get plenty of work and have held up well with a Pen’s Plus finish.
 

tv68

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Some really nice pens so far! Any kit recommendations for a modern look?
 

Kenny Durrant

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I carry a modified slimline I built as a prototype to a contest .I wanted to make sure I was going to be able to do what I wanted and to see if I'd get the look as well.
 

qquake

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My daily carry pens change a lot. If I make a new pen I like, I'll carry it, at least for a while. One of my all time favorites is a PSI Knurl GT in antique brass. The blank is from Exotic Blanks, called "Elusive Blue". I've used this pen for several years. I seem to always come back to it.

My current daily carries are two PSI Clip Bolt Action, one in anodized green (discontinued) and one in stainless. The blank on the green one is Cosmic Dark Bronze. The stainless is Knights Armor.

My daily use pen at work is another Knurl GT, in Thailand rosewood. I've also used this pen for several years.
 

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RicklesssS

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I'm REALLY digging the utility of the EDC Duraclick in stainless. Made several for myself, each in the pen pocket of a different vest.
Rose woods, for the most part.
One big improvement to me, as I live in a sometimes wet or muddy Oregon, and work outdoors, is I uprgraded the ink to the Parker style "Space Pen" refill.
Now I can, (and do!), write where ever I want. Even upside down! ;>)
 

tv68

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My daily carry pens change a lot. If I make a new pen I like, I'll carry it, at least for a while. One of my all time favorites is a PSI Knurl GT in antique brass. The blank is from Exotic Blanks, called "Elusive Blue". I've used this pen for several years. I seem to always come back to it.

My current daily carries are two PSI Clip Bolt Action, one in anodized green (discontinued) and one in stainless. The blank on the green one is Cosmic Dark Bronze. The stainless is Knights Armor.

My daily use pen at work is another Knurl GT, in Thailand rosewood. I've also used this pen for several years.
Those look fantastic. I recently received the anodized green Bolt Action as well and was going to use a camo blank but I’m really liking the Cosmic Dark Bronze. If it looks half as good in person as it does in the pictures I think it’s worth ordering.
 

tv68

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I'm REALLY digging the utility of the EDC Duraclick in stainless. Made several for myself, each in the pen pocket of a different vest.
Rose woods, for the most part.
One big improvement to me, as I live in a sometimes wet or muddy Oregon, and work outdoors, is I uprgraded the ink to the Parker style "Space Pen" refill.
Now I can, (and do!), write where ever I want. Even upside down! ;>)
Just turned the stainless EDC yesterday in olive wood, for some reason I’m not loving it. Are you using a flat profile? I think I might have preferred that with this pen.
 

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Those look fantastic. I recently received the anodized green Bolt Action as well and was going to use a camo blank but I’m really liking the Cosmic Dark Bronze. If it looks half as good in person as it does in the pictures I think it’s worth ordering.
The figure in the bronze blank is definitely subtle. But I like it. It shows up better in the sun.

 

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Roly

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I carry an executive twist pen from psi with a Australian cedar blank. For a pencil i use a stratus clicker with a pencil converter usinf a silky oak blank from robutuson
 

Dehn0045

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Mine is a Raven (Lazerlinez) in Osage Orange that I received in a PITH with @keithbyrd . I've been using this one just short of a year and am really impressed with how the components have held up -- looks as good as day one. Obviously the wood and finish are fantastic, I get a lot of comments. One thing about the kit is the threads on the cap are plastic and the the fit is pretty tight, almost felt like I was cross-threading it when I first used it. But everything has held up, and the tight fit is nice because the pen never falls apart in my top pocket (a problem that I have had with other threaded cap rollerballs)

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tv68

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Thanks to everyone who’s posted. Some very nice pens - keep them coming!
 

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I keep several at my desk. When I am on a plane I have the Blade with Lignum Vitea and the Cigar with mun ebony in my pocket.
I’m really liking the Blade kit right now. I swap the click mechanism with one from the PSI EDC Click kit, take .020 off the barrel length and a Pilot G2 refill drops right in. As a bonus with a minor adjustment in length the click that came with the Blade when put into the PSI EDC eliminates the need for the plastic extension.
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I like thin, straight pens for personal use.

I buy most pen kits off the shelf from the local Rockler store, but sometimes order from Penn State. I would like to try other brands of kits (perhaps better than the ones I buy), but I have enough kits on hand and don't want to buy even more bushings. I don't like to pay shipping costs when I can buy what I need locally.

At my desk, this is my favorite set, I use it often:
* Slimline Pro 24kt gold pen and pencil set in Kryptonite Glow Stonez.
They have spots that glow in the dark, and the gold glitter flakes in the blank complement the gold tones of the metal parts.

Also at the desk, used less often. These are the pens I carry to other rooms or hand to others to borrow when they need one:
* Duraclick EDC aluminum in rosewood
* Manhattan gold twist in shedua
* Gatsby gold titanium nitride twist in holographic black inlace acrylester

In the shop:
* Longwood 10k gold click pen and pencil set in zebrawood

Carried in my zipper clipboard. It is like a small, portable office:
* Slimline 24k gold twist pen and pencil set in cocobolo

Links to kits:
https://www.rockler.com/slimline-pro-gel-click-pen-hardware-kit-24k-gold
or
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/PK-PENXX.html
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKEDCDAL.html
https://www.rockler.com/manhattan-ballpoint-pen-hardware-kit-gold
https://www.rockler.com/gatsby-twist-pen-hardware-kit-gold-titanium-nitride
https://www.rockler.com/long-wood-click-pen-hardware-kit-gold
https://www.rockler.com/longwood-click-pencil-hardware-kit
https://www.rockler.com/slimline-pen-hardware-kit-24k-gold
https://www.rockler.com/slimline-click-pencil-hardware-kit-24k-gold

Links to the non-wood blanks:
https://www.rockler.com/kryptonite-glow-stonez-pen-blank
https://www.rockler.com/inlace-acrylester-pen-blank-holographic-black

Photos:
* Desk Favorites: Slimline Pro 24kt gold pen and pencil set in Kryptonite Glow Stonez.
* Shop Favorites: Long Wood 10k gold pen and pencil set in zebrawood.

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Grampy

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My Everyday carry pen;

Was my 1st experiment using CA to "finish", I learned plenty and my CA application is better and significantly easier now.
The kit was from Woodcraft, :WoodRiver - Wrench Click Pen Kit Gun Metal

It works for me as I like the gunmetal, the grain of the cocobolo turned out great the feel and weight fits me well. And being a part time motorhead the "wrench" theme appeals to me.
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tv68

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The figure in the bronze blank is definitely subtle. But I like it. It shows up better in the sun.

I have this blank arriving today. Did you do any painting of the tube or inside of the hole, or just use the brass tube as-is?
 
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