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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Pens

Pens are usually turned on a wood or metal-turning lathe, but sometimes they are made without such tools. Being a bit of a pen collector, I decided I'd enter the realm of pen making. For a start I decided to try making pens without a lathe.

The result isn't too bad at all:


To do this I cut the wood using a Japanese crosscut saw, then hand filed it using a japanese carvers file. These files are really good at cutting wood neatly and controllably.

The rest of the pen is from a pen kit that I got on the internet. I didn't use it as intended as it was designed to have the cap post on to the body when writing and that left an ugly threaded part exposed when closed, so I omitted that part.

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