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Solid Brass Rollerball Pen with Exhibition Grade Cocobolo wood

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Project by MJR posted 04-14-2020 03:25 PM 861 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was not a pen kit from China, I machined the brass parts on the metal lathe and turned the Cocobolo blanks on the wood lathe…





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#1 posted 04-14-2020 03:28 PM

Beautiful!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#2 posted 04-14-2020 03:42 PM

Beautiful pen Michael and building from scratch has taken on a new meaning

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-14-2020 04:12 PM

Very nice job on that pen, Michael. what kid of metal lathe do you have/

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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MJR

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#4 posted 04-14-2020 04:31 PM

Thankx, A bench top 10×22 Grizzly


Very nice job on that pen, Michael. what kid of metal lathe do you have/

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Very nice job on that pen, Michael. what kid of metal lathe do you have/

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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MJR

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#5 posted 04-14-2020 04:31 PM

Thankx, A bench top 10×22 Grizzly


Very nice job on that pen, Michael. what kid of metal lathe do you have/

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Very nice job on that pen, Michael. what kid of metal lathe do you have/

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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#6 posted 04-14-2020 04:57 PM

now that is impressive,and beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 04-14-2020 07:07 PM

I love the look of cocobolo, you done well!

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#8 posted 04-14-2020 07:18 PM

Beautiful work on all aspects of it.

I bet you could have bought a bunch for the amounto of work in it!

Hopefully it bnecomes the heirloom that it deserves to be!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 04-14-2020 07:34 PM

Beautifully done! I have often wondered about making my own pen from scratch instead of using a kit. This might push me closer to actually doing something about it one day :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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MJR

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#10 posted 04-14-2020 07:39 PM

Thankx.. I do advertise them as Heirloom pens. It only took a couple hours start to finish… I sell them for $250 so… LOL


Beautiful work on all aspects of it.

I bet you could have bought a bunch for the amounto of work in it!

Hopefully it bnecomes the heirloom that it deserves to be!

- ralbuck


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#11 posted 04-15-2020 12:13 AM

Beautiful work. I have some arbors and other parts and tools to start on pens using my Taig lathe. Haven’t yet but it’s on the list. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Darrel

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#12 posted 04-15-2020 12:20 AM

Fantastic MJR.

I make pens ranging from pissant Credit card to the majestic Emperor... though snobishly frown upon slimlines encrusted in $30 fancy blanks (what a waste)...

However, you’ve taken pen making to the next level... Absolutely Love it..

I love bras and with that added ”S” you get me green with envy to be able to make your own kits.

I would love to own a metal lathe, however, I freak out with potential contamination of metal and wood, and scrub up more than with the C-19 after I process metal or aluminium in the workshop. Have been tempted to spray with 3 x Industrial grade acid to dissolve all the metal swarf left lurking around… UGH!.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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MJR

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#13 posted 04-15-2020 12:29 AM

HAHA Thankx, I sell a lot of slimlines cheap to the Looky Loos, They freak when they look down the table and see the $250 & up prices on these… I don’t put any expensive blanks on slimlines just run of the mill wood or epoxy blanks I cast myself that cost me like 80 cents LOL


Fantastic MJR.

I make pens ranging from pissant Credit card to the majestic Emperor... though snobishly frown upon slimlines encrusted in $30 fancy blanks (what a waste)...

However, you ve taken pen making to the next level... Absolutely Love it..

I love bras and with that added ”S” you get me green with envy to be able to make your own kits.

I would love to own a metal lathe, however, I freak out with potential contamination of metal and wood, and scrub up more than with the C-19 after I process metal or aluminium in the workshop. Have been tempted to spray with 3 x Industrial grade acid to dissolve all the metal swarf left lurking around… UGH!.

- LittleBlackDuck


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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 04-16-2020 11:45 AM

Hi Michael. Can you chase English and metric thread on that lathe?

Cheers. Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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MJR

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#15 posted 04-16-2020 05:35 PM

With the right tooling and adjusting the gears for the self feeding speed you should be able to create any thread..


Hi Michael. Can you chase English and metric thread on that lathe?

Cheers. Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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