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Today I paid another visit to the store that I recently found sold pen kits heaps cheaper than I had been paying. I got talking to the owner, as one does, and it seems that he is Australia's biggest importer of items for wood-turners and supplies most retailers in the country. As shot 1 shows, I got quite a few pen kits of assorted types and some Acrylic blanks about 3/4" square and over 5" long, suitable for handles as well as pens, these cost only $2.67 each. Also see the wood pen cases at $4.63, complete with barrel hinges, when I last bought a pair of these they cost $3.50 a pair, so, for an extra $1.13, is it really worth my while making my own? Also note the bushing sets consisting of four bushings, cost per set $2.20, again, hardly worth my while making them. So guys, you can see why I'm excited.
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Harry, that looks awesome! It's nice when you find a good supplier of materials that you KNOW you're going to use.

Hey I have to ask. First of all, what got you into making pens? And what do you do with them? Sell? Where and how?

It looks like fun.

Oh... also... when the ink runs out, do they take "standard" refills of some type?
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Hi Harry,

That's awesome. The only reasons I can see you doing cases for your pens now is for a personal touch (not that people wouldn't get that anyway in the pen) or your own enjoyment. I suppose doing the barrel hinges might also have a satifaction of sorts.

Good to see you've got a great supplier for something you seem to really love doing.

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Hey Harry! Good on you! It looks like you hit the mother lode. Sure wish I could find something like that... I would be excited too.

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Harry, that looks awesome! It's nice when you find a good supplier of materials that you KNOW you're going to use.

Hey I have to ask. First of all, what got you into making pens? And what do you do with them? Sell? Where and how?

It looks like fun.

Oh... also... when the ink runs out, do they take "standard" refills of some type?
I put the blame for talking me into buying a lathe squarely on the shoulders of GLENMORE, but, I'm so happy that he was persistent! So far I have given away all but what I call my samples, which I show to future recipients so they can choose a style and material. What I will do with them after I run out of relatives and friends I'm not at all sure!
There are two types of re-fill that I have come across so far, the most common having a screw thread and the other is a PARKER copy, the former cost me 45cents and the latter 48cents both available in blue and black, I recently bought a Parker refill at the newsagents and I paid $9.00!!!!!!
I find pen making to be very relaxing and enjoyable to the point that I can be in the middle of doing something and suddenly get the urge to go into the shed and make a pen.

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Your doing well at it buddy, that is for sure. the 2 different styles are Cross (Slimline) and Parker style. I really like the parker style cartridge myself. Harry that is an awesome price on the boxes. When you get an order and you get a good price for the pen throw in a case at that price. For the guys that want something custom... charge a custom price I hope to be able to burn initials and names on these in the not to far future. Hey have fun Harry, your doing very well at it.

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Thanks Corey but at this stage I haven't considered selling my pens, I'm starting to scratch my head trying to remember all my friends that I can give them to, yes, I'm certainly getting a lot of enjoyment from pen making and giving them away still makes it a cheap hobby compared to some hobbies like smoking, drinking and loose women, of these I only have one large whiskey each evening!

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Hi Harry

This not true for me but ▼

" I cut out drinking, I cut out smoking, I cut out women, now I cut out paper dolls out (wooden things) with my round ended scissors " once I have my nap and snack at 3:00 P.M.



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One of these days Bj., someone is going to discover you and you will become a highly paid comedian, I'm serious, I tend to pick out you're daily posts as much for the giggles as for the well presented information, do try to keep it up.

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Hi Harry

Thanks,, and I will

It's funny the more things change the more they stay the same,,,

When I was 5 ,it was nap time at 3:00 P.M. and with a glass of warm milk and a cookie,,, now it's cookies all the time from the Net but no milk,,,

My brother now eats dinner at 3:00 o'clock, he is 76 now ,,,and he is in bed at 9:00 and up at 4:00 ,,,, I still eat at 7:00 or 8:00 P.M. but I sure when I hit 75 or so it will be the same for me,, the more things change the more they stay the same LOL LOL LOL..


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