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My first "high end" pen

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Project by RichBolduc posted 07-20-2020 01:06 AM 784 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my first “High End” pen. I’ve been doing a bunch lately and enjoying them. A lot have been from blanks that I poured, or hybrids. I was lucky enough to get a piece of Cocobolo Burl though, so I wanted to get in a few practice pen first. The kit that will end up on the Cocobolo Burl is an Imperal Fountain from Dayacom, so that will get shown once I get the drill bits in for this kit.

This is a Redwood Lace Burl that I stabilized. the kit is a Nouveau Sceptre Fountain Pen Kit in Black Titanium & 22KT. Sanded to 600 grit before doing 10 coats of CA. 5 coats were Mercury Flex thin, the other 5 were Mercury Flex medium. After this dried, it got a complete micromesh treatment and then polished with some Maguires #7.

Next for practice, will be a Black Ash Burl on a Statesman roller ball, another somewhat medium/high end kit. Maybe a few more Virage fountains too.

I can in all honesty say, writing with a $30 kit like this one and a $6-$10 kit like the ones I was making previously is like night and day.

Rich

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pottz

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#1 posted 07-20-2020 01:58 AM

truely a work of art that makes a statement,this is a fine writing instrument,not some common pen.the problem is getting people that appreciate the work and art of fine pens and will pay you what it’s worth,i always had a problem with that and would sell mine and barely break even.hey at least the fun paid for itself-lol. i look forward for the next beauty,

-- 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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#2 posted 07-20-2020 03:34 AM

Beautiful looking pen and the grain is outstanding. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 07-20-2020 03:49 AM

Woo-woo… not another bleeding slimline... Love it RB... That is a pen...

You ain’t kidding about night and day… I have been an Imperial and Emperor pen fanatic for years, but, unfortunately as pottzy said, it’s hard to find a worthy recipient who’ll pay “what’s worth” and you can only afford to give a few away to friends…. luckily I don’t have many friends and I refuse to surrender to my dark side and make bloody slimlines.

If you plan to sell, do you have a “block of toffy professionals”... Here in Melbourne, Bourke Street was renowned for offices of high end solicitors, dentists and bankers… top wig execs that loved the status symbol… though a lot had to be educated between a fountain and a (rollerball* (allbeit high class as opposed to a “ball point”). My daughter did a door to door pass one day and sold over 30 in a few hours (which included Emperor, Imperial, Majestic, Statesman, Cambridge and a shitload of new orders)... Unfortunately she went AWOL and me not being a tactful salesman, have a swag still in my display cabinet after 10 years… people just want cheap… quality went out the window when China plagiarised their first patent and weren’t sued.

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

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#4 posted 07-20-2020 03:52 AM



Woo-woo… not another bleeding slimline... Love it RB... That is a pen...

You ain t kidding about night and day… I have been an Imperial and Emperor pen fanatic for years, but, unfortunately as pottzy said, it s hard to find a worthy recipient who ll pay “what s worth” and you can only afford to give a few away to friends…. luckily I don t have many friends and I refuse to surrender to my dark side and make bloody slimlines.

If you plan to sell, do you have a “block of toffy professionals”... Here in Melbourne, Bourke Street was renowned for offices of high end solicitors, dentists and bankers… top wig execs that loved the status symbol… though a lot had to be educated between a fountain and a (rollerball (allbeit high class as opposed to a “ball point”). My daughter did a door to door pass one day and sold over 30 in a few hours (which included Emperor, Imperial, Majestic, Statesman, Cambridge and a shitload of new orders)... Unfortunately she went AWOL and me not being a tactful salesman, have a swag still in my display cabinet after 10 years… people just want cheap… quality went out the window when China plagiarised their first patent and weren t sued.

- LittleBlackDuck


Woo-woo… not another bleeding
slimline... Love it RB... That is a pen...

You ain t kidding about night and day… I have been an Imperial and Emperor pen fanatic for years, but, unfortunately as pottzy said, it s hard to find a worthy recipient who ll pay “what s worth” and you can only afford to give a few away to friends…. luckily I don t have many friends and I refuse to surrender to my dark side and make bloody slimlines.

If you plan to sell, do you have a “block of toffy professionals”... Here in Melbourne, Bourke Street was renowned for offices of high end solicitors, dentists and bankers… top wig execs that loved the status symbol… though a lot had to be educated between a fountain and a (rollerball (allbeit high class as opposed to a “ball point”). My daughter did a door to door pass one day and sold over 30 in a few hours (which included Emperor, Imperial, Majestic, Statesman, Cambridge and a shitload of new orders)... Unfortunately she went AWOL and me not being a tactful salesman, have a swag still in my display cabinet after 10 years… people just want cheap… quality went out the window when China plagiarised their first patent and weren t sued.

- LittleBlackDuck

well stated my friend,we aint gonna get rich and retire making high end pens….shighhhhhhhhh.

-- 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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#5 posted 07-20-2020 01:54 PM

Well done Rich! The quality of the hardware does make a difference for sure. Looking forward to seeing that Cocobolo :-)

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

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#6 posted 07-20-2020 11:41 PM

Beautiful pen Rich. Seeing a nice pen like this makes me think I could use my lathe in my shop. Instead of taking it outside.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 07-21-2020 12:15 AM

Thx for the extra happy-snaps RB.

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

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#8 posted 07-21-2020 01:01 AM

Rich, Looks great. I bet that finish just shines. I’ll have to try it one day but right now just can’t get myself investing in that high end a kit.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 07-21-2020 08:39 PM

That is really beautiful Rich. I haven’t used one of those in probably 50+ years. Now, my penmanship would not do one justice.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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