This one has been on the bench a long time. I think I have built almost 3 pens with all the problems I have had with this one.
I had the pen body turned down to size and sat it aside and started the cap. Had the cap all turned to size and when I was starting to sand and polish under a magnifying glass I notices all sorts of bubbles as well as a stress crack in the blind cap on the body. Even when I was sanding and working with this ebonite it felt like it was not cured enough. The smell was way stronger than any ebonite I have ever got from Germany or even India for that matter. The sanding residue was pure black and stained my hands like the soot from a lamp shade. So we had to get more material and it to had bubbles but they were more to the surface so as I cut deeper I was able to get past them. The smell and soot properties are still there so I am not sure if this was all just a bad batch or what but not a lot of fun.
Any way I was able to finally get a pen made up.