Finish on pen parts

Finish on pen parts

Post by Rodney Jacob » Thu, 11 Jun 1998 04:00:00



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?

Rodney


 
 
 

Finish on pen parts

Post by Joe Re » Fri, 12 Jun 1998 04:00:00


: 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?

I have had the same problem with the 24K 7mm pens.  The most frequently
cited answer is to use other than 24K gold, either a gold-cobalt or the
gold-titanium plate.  I've started using the gold-cobalt kits from
Woodcraft.  Still too soon to tell how they will wear.

Joe

 
 
 

Finish on pen parts

Post by Phil Ro » Mon, 15 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> 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?

> Rodney



Rodney,

First, how about sharing with us _your_ source for unsatisfactory pen parts?

Phil Rose

 
 
 

Finish on pen parts

Post by View » Sun, 16 Aug 1998 04:00:00


On Wed, 10 Jun 1998 16:13:48 -0700, "Rodney Jacobs"

Quote:

>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?

>Rodney



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.

 
 
 

Finish on pen parts

Post by Weirdnes » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>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.
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Great idea!! I too have been trying differentthings with and instead of the
manufactured kits Finials both matching and contrasting  even something as
subtle as leaving off the center ring on the Parker dbl twist and embellishing
the pen with some small beads But I am very interested in hearing any other
ideas people might have Lets think about using the kits as a jumping off point
and see what happens Thanks again   Jeff