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#1 posted 06-02-2011 09:30 PM

No bad advice above at all, but I’ll throw my 2 cents in. Check out the Benjamin Bests carbide pen turning chisel set from Penn State. They are sharp and stay sharp a long, long time and are less that $55 for the set. The set comes with a parting tool, spindle gauge and a skew. I’ve used these for over 50 pens both wood and acrylic and they still sharp. I use Aabranet for sanding my wood pens. A 3/4” strip off the end of 4 or 5 different grits will sand 20 to 30 pens or more. That stuff lasts a long time and is head and shoulders above sandpaper. Check out my reviews on Lumberjocks. As mentioned by others, pen turning is addictive. Above all, HAVE FUN!

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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