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Keith Fenton

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 01:55 PM

I think a round nose scraper is very useful for pen turning and you should have one.

IMO for about the $60 hero mention for a spindle gouge, you can get a decent set, which would be good if you plan to turn other stuff. (M2 High Speed Steel) :

I have a higher end chisel set (Nanotools) and actually haven’t been using them much because I find the rouging gouge and round nose scraper in the Benjamin’s Best set is all I need most of the time. I do use this 1/8” cutter to get in a small touch up sometimes where I can’t really get into to get the shape I want with the larger tools. I wouldn’t say you really need this … just showing what I use:
the page I linked here just has the shaft with no handle just to show you what I meant.

I only use medium CA (crazy glue) for a finish on my wood pens and get micro mesh sanding pads up to 12000 grit followed by plastic polish to get a mirror shine. The micro mesh will also be good for acrylic materials, some of which don’t need any finish applied over them.

here’s the micro mesh pads that I use:,250,43243,43245

here’s the plastic polish that I use:

I also use an acrylic buffing wheel with ultra fine plastic compound after the plastic polish. This is something you can wait on or skip altogether as the finish will be very nice with the micro mesh and plastic polish. The wheel and compound that I got can be found on this page:

The starter kits usually come with 24k gold plating which is one of the least durable finishes. For the lower priced pens, if you want durable, chrome will last much longer. I think you save a couple dollars with the starter pack if you need the drill bit and, of course, if you want the gold pens. As hero said you will need your sharpening equipment right away I use a Wolverine jig myself but you can definitely replicate it out of wood.

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