Making a pen

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  1. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    I had some time this week and decided I wanted to make a pen. I wanted to be retractable. So I opted for the easiest way. A bolt type action. I scrounged the cartridge and spring from a uniball gel pen. Then proceeded to go to town. The pen will take a Parker style P900 from what I gather this is a very popular sized cartridge. So replacement will be easy.

    As I like to design for functionality first. My designs tend to be very simplistic. Having an abundance of aluminum rod. This became my material. If I had some brass I would have incorporated that also.

    I am just waiting on the small 0-80 machine screws to assemble the piston to the bolt/clip.

    Mind you I am not into pens in the least. After making this one. I can see how making pens could be addictive.

    Here are a few cat hair filled pictures of the work in progress.

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  2. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Very cool! ..... Worthy of James Bond!

  3. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

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  4. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    Very nice.
  5. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Nicely done. I look forward to seeing it completed. What tools did you use?
    BTW, I love pens!
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  6. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    80% was done on a metal lathe. The only other machine I used was a mill to make the clip and drill and tap the 2 holes in the piston to secure the clip to.

    I now need to make 3 more as my wife and 2 kids want one.
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  7. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Looks good!

    Please, for the love of baby penguins, do not start making fountain pens:scared011:
    ('Cuz I'd be all over that.)
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  8. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Name your price if you want to make a second one.
  9. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Very nice Tom, you have determination to make things better or different.
  10. hins2jw0

    hins2jw0 Well-Known Member

    Indeed... sounds like a side hustle developing

    Everyone is going to want one of your handmade pens Tom.

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  11. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Fantastic PIF, Tom! I'm in. ;)
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  12. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    Now that is funny. I will see if I have the motivation to make even more.

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  13. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Although I'm still wondering where you attach the blade. :D
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  14. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    Move along silly penguin. Nothing for you to see here.
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  15. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

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  16. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

    Article Team
    Lay off the Viagra, or remember to add an "it."

    Seriously, nice pen.
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  17. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    That's pretty cool, Tom!
  18. riverrun

    riverrun Well-Known Member

  19. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Give @9nein9 a pen, a blade, duct tape, and stand clear... :D
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  20. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

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