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Forum topic by Scootles posted 06-16-2014 09:46 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2014 09:46 PM

I had a question about pens that people turn. Is there a reason they’re always left ‘fat’? I prefer slender pens, and none of the pens that I see turned are thin enough. are they too brittle when turned thin or something?

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 10:00 PM

There are “slimline” pens but they don’t bring much money. About the smallest pen you can make uses a 7mm tube and you can leave maybe 1/32” of wood or whatever material you are using. There is also just a lot more you can do design wise on a larger pen.

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 10:12 PM

Pen kit vendors have a large selection of 7 & 8mm pen that might meet your needs. If you talk to a penturner pretty sure they can make make you a pen that works for you.

I stopped making Slimeline pen because they take a cross refill. I prefer to make kits that take parker style refills. Cannot buy a cross refill in my town unless special order them.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 10:47 PM

I prefer a thinner pen also.
I’m using 7mm Funline – Slimline kits from Penn State Industries.

The first picture is of two “Pen & Pencil” sets.
They are the same shape, just in different orientations.

The second pick is a nearly straight pen.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 02:16 AM

Some turners make the thicker body pens with a thinner section in the gripping area to retain strength and yet provide a thin grip. The thin guts must be used.

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 11:06 AM

Here is a slim click pen bought from CSUSA when sold for less than $3.00 made with cherry wood. It’s a desk pen would not give or sell to anyone. The red acrylic is more recent kit costing more from Berea Hardwoods.

Recommend staying away from vendors economy line kits whether you give as presents or sell pens.

-- Bill

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