NOTHING SCREAMS SUCCESS LIKE A QUALITY WRITING INSTRUMENT
Pen making process:
- Creating a classic pen begins with careful selection of the pen body or "blank". These are available in wood, polyester resins, antler, horns and hybrids. Almost any material can be used to make a pen.
- Each pen blank is ordered for its beauty and uniqueness. No two pens are exactly alike. Even acrylic pens that were poured in the same mold, will have obvious differences when turned on the lathe and finished.
- The pen blank is then drilled with a drill press and the barrel tube is inserted and glued with two part epoxy.
- The blank with tube insert is then mounted on a lathe and turned to exact dimensions.
- Sanding is completed with 5 grades of sandpaper from 150 to 600 grit.
- Unless otherwise specified, a minimum of 4-8 coats cyanoacrylate is applied. Cyanoacrylate is what is typically known as "Super Glue" This is essentially liquid acrylic, and when finished, creates the most durable and high gloss finish available.
- The blank is again sanded and finished with 9 grades of Micro Mesh Cloth from 1500 to 12000.
- The blank is then polished with Bluestone buffing compound and buffed on buffing wheel.
- The blank is now inspected under magnification and final assembly is done ONLY if the finished blank is determined to be nearly flawless.
- Following assembly, the completed pen is waxed prior to shipment.
- ****the important part of all this is the finishing process. All my pens (unless otherwise specified)are finished to a glass-like finish with cyanoacrylate to provide a lifetime coating. This is the time consuming part, and it makes the difference between just a good pen and a high quality distinctive pen.
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