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becikeja

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07-13-2019 11:11 AM

I have been resisting the Pen making fad for years. It doesn’t seem to be going away, and now I have been given a pen mandrel with the expectation of a gift in return. hmmmmmm I guess I need to make a pen.

Im sure there is a lot to know that I don’t know. Ive watched a few videos, bought a kit and now plan to dive in.

Any hidden secrets I should know? Any advise??

By the way, I’ hate pens. Had one explode in my pocket years ago and since then I’ve only used pencils. I had a hard time finding a pencil kit. Lots of pen kits available, but mechanical pencil kits seem to be scarce. Anyone know a good source?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense


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Underdog

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#1 posted 07-13-2019 12:13 PM

Go over to International Association of Penturners and ask them. If you find a good kit, let me know. I’d like a good pencil kit myself.

I’ve made one of these Liberty kits in both a pen and pencil. I can’t seem to find the pencil kit anymore though. The nice thing is that all of this guy’s stuff is made right here in Georgia, so you’d be supporting a US local company.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 07-13-2019 01:45 PM

Woodcraft and Craft Supply both have pencil kits that I have used. One of the two even has a double ended pencil kits.

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#3 posted 07-13-2019 04:11 PM

L.V. has good quality kits, even a few pencils. They have a sketching pencil that a buddy made/gave me that is well used in the shop. I took a 1 day course at Lee Valley that got me hooked and saved a lot on the learning curve!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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hairy

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#4 posted 07-13-2019 04:36 PM

I’m still holding out. I’m a Bic pen kinda guy, but some of those big , fat pencil kits look interesting.

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/4/729/artisan-Artists-Sketch-Pencil-Kit?term=pencil+kit&term=pencil%20kit#ReviewsPanel

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#5 posted 07-13-2019 05:49 PM

Just go for it, you will get tired of making them after a couple hundred!!:) I did.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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ibewjon

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#6 posted 07-13-2019 08:26 PM

They do make nice gifts, especially if the wood comes from a family tree, barn, ect. I made a couple for a neighbor to give to her kids from a tree her late husband had planted. Seeing them brought her to tears. Never made a dime on pens, but a load of good feelings.

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TungOil

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#7 posted 07-13-2019 10:24 PM

Good way to use up interesting scraps, too.

I bought a few pencil kits from Penn State Industries but you are right, they are hard to find. PSI has some conversion kits as well, where you replace the tip and ink cartridge with a mechanical pencil mechanism.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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becikeja

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#8 posted 07-14-2019 12:22 AM

I went ahead and bought a Wall Street Pencil Kit and Click Ball Point Pencil kit from Woodcraft. Much easier to turn and finish off than I anticipated. I have to admit it’s kinda of addicting. I can see why so many people are making these. The kits were ok, they assembled fine, but the mechanical mechanism itself is not that great. Would prefer a better mechanism if I can find one. Appreciate the references mentioned I will try to hit a couple of these sites.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Underdog

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#9 posted 07-14-2019 01:32 AM



... but the mechanical mechanism itself is not that great. Would prefer a better mechanism if I can find one.

That was always my impression too. I wish someone would come up with a heavy duty pencil mechanism for turners.

Something like the Pica:

https://www.pica-marker.com/

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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becikeja

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#10 posted 08-04-2019 12:12 AM

I have been using the Wall Street Pencil Kit and Click Ball Point Pencil kit from Woodcraft for 2 weeks now. The Wall Street pencil mech is ok not great. The Click Ball Point Pencil is a piece of junk…...... Stay away.

So I see many pen and pencil makers at craft fairs selling these things for $25 and up. I would not feel comfortable selling either of these for that much. Those of you that sell these, what do you use for pencils?.

I’m going to try something else…

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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