On Wed, 10 Jun 1998 16:13:48 -0700, "Rodney Jacobs"
>I started making pens right before Christmas last year. I thought that I
>had bought the best quality parts for the slim line pens that I could get,
>but here it is six months later, and I am finding that the nice bright gold
>finish on the pens that I made is dulling, and on the one that I use
>everyday, the finish is totally shot.
> Where can order parts for pens and pencils that have a finish that will
>last a lifetime?
Lots of luck! I've turned about 400 pens, and am using what I
consider higher quality kits. If they are the "standard" kits, the
gold is going to wear off.
Some manufacturer's also supply "premium gold" kits that incorporate
titanium underneath the gold plating. As the gold wears off, it
simply exposes gold titanium, so you don't really see the wear.
Unless you have a jeweler, or machinist, or someone who can custom
make the metal fittings to your specifications, you are probably going
to be stuck with what is commercially available (and by the way, don't
always trust the "premium" kits. I've seen some defective plating on
these as well)
Another alternative is to become more sophisticated in your pen
making, and perhaps experiment with WOODEN fittings & centerbands. As
an example, the Parker style pens have a black (painted) finial/cap.
It doesn't take long for the black paint to get all scratched up
showing silver steel underneath. You can get the threaded studs and
turn your own finial out of Ebony.