Some new pens that I have been working on

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Project by Indiana_Parrothead posted 08-28-2013 03:43 PM 1536 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been awhile since I have been able to do any work in my shop and even longer since I have posted. Here are a few pens that I have been able to get completed in the last few weeks.

The first is a Majestic JR done in Tulip wood. The finish is about 8 coats of Tru oil.

The second is a JR Statesman done in a feather blank. These blanks are made by a woman in Canada and sold through a couple of websites specific to pen turing. This specific one is pheasant and duck feathers.

The third is another Jr Statesman done in M3 Patterend Metal, the color is Lapis & Gold Mokume

The forth is an Imperial done in Black with White web Tru-Stone

The fifth is another Imperial done in Wild Horse Jasper Tru-Stone

The last is an Emperor done in a Black with Gold Matrix Tru-Stone.

All of the finishes execpt theTulip wood is just sanded to 12,000 grit with Micromesh and then polished with an acrylic pen polish.

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking, Mike

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 04:08 PM

They look great. I’ve been thinking of doing a few of the higher end pens…thanks for the inspiration.

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 09:50 PM

Those look great. Tell me, do the high end pens fetch a high enough price to justify them? The feather pen is very unique, I’ll google search these to find out more. Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony, Colorado, [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 10:46 PM

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 10:56 PM

Hi Tony, the cost of the pen parts is a factor in how much you can charge for the pen, but the biggest factor in what you can get is what the body of the pen looks like. You can have a $30-40 pen kit and just a plain piece of walnut or maple and be lucky to get your money back out of it. Or have a $10 pen kit and and something like a feather blank ($25-$45 depending on where you buy it from) and sell it quickly for $80-$100.

Usually fountain pens sell for more than a rollerball even though they are only a few dollars more per kit unless you are getting a real highend pen kit. This is unless the person buying it is fountain pen collector.

I can generally sell my pens quickly if I just double my material costs and make sure the blank is a real eye catcher. If I am willing to wait longer I can double my material costs and add in expendables, (sandpaper, finishes, pro-rated carbide cutter inserts, etc).

If you can find some of the watchparts blanks (what are also called Steampunk) you can command a lot more but these are very hard to come by unless you make them yourself. There are also severial places to buy Polymer Clay blanks that look pretty good.

One big caution with these higher end blanks is you really need to have experience before you attempt them. Most are poured or cast acrylic that are done by people that do them as a side business. They are very good at it but there can be slight differences from one batch to another, making some very brittle. Once you buy them they are yours, so if you have a catch while turning and chip the blank out, you just blow $25-$80, a chip out is not fixable.

Here is a good site with some of the nicest blanks (and most expensive) that I have found at a single site. As you will see by looking at the different blanks many are sold out, and they sell out very quickly, you almost have to check daily to catch a new shipment.

Good luck, Mike

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 12:14 AM

Nice pens Mike. Happy to see you are back in the shop.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 01:50 PM

They all look fantastic and classy. Great design and colors of the blanks, very attractive. Great job!

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