Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tamer"s new pencil

Tamer seen the pictures of a 2mm lead holder I made a bit ago and asked me to make one up for him.
The material is from the vintage stock I got a while ago and the only thing I changed on this one was that I added a grip section just above the nose cone.  It is a bit hard to see but if you look close you can see it.

Cap Repair

I got this pen in the mail on Friday.  The threads had cracked off the part that holds the clip on.
The problem is that I was not able to match the ebonite to make a new cap so after sleeping on it this was the solution I came up with.  I used Delrin as I had 5 feet of it in the shop and it is very strong.

As good an new

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Pens Have A New Home

My wife bought this for me for Christmas and as I was off last week I was able to get it refinished and into the house today.

The only problem I had was living in an old home nothing is level so I had to install 4 leveling feet on it to get it sitting good.
Still 7 more drawers to fill.

Green Lizard Click Pen

This was more of the vintage material I got from England.
This material was made by the material being wrapped around a rod so there is a hole through the center of it.  It is great if it is the right size but in this case it was not.  So I had to make up acrylic bushings for each end to get to the size I needed.
It takes a Parker style refill.

2mm Lead holder

This was a 2mm lead holder I made up for a friend of mine.
The material is some blue lizard skin I got from a place in England.
I was told that it was over 80 years old.

Not to sure of the gold but all in all a nice looking pencil

Big Red

This will be as close as I will be getting to a Paker Big Red.
I think these were produced in the early 80's but I am not 100% sure on the date but I do remember having then as advertising for my business when I opened up in 1983.

I was able to get a section that worked with the inner cap liner and all I had to do was drill out the black cap a bit for the nib.
It takes a converter as well as a Waterman long cart.
So now I have a retro looking work pen that did not set me back to much.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Celluloid and open flame not a good idea

We have all heard that you never use open flame around old pen as they might be celluloid.  Here is why.  No pens were harmed in this.  Only one little piece of celluloid I had left over from a pen I made today.

20 seconds from solid to ash

Vintage Styled Celluloid Keep away from open flames

I have been looking at this little piece of orange material in my parts bin and wondering what sort of pen that it might make.  I was in the shop for most of the weekend so I thought I would see what I could come up with.  The first hint of trouble was when I sliced off a hunk large enough to make into the body.  It smelt like Vicks 44.  So those of us old enough to remember the face cloth pinned to out pj"s and reeking like hell, your eyes watering all in the guise of helping us get better will know what I am talking about. 
The first thing I did was slow all the machines down so the heat produced was at a minimum.  Once I had some shavings I put them on the floor and touched a match to them and poof.  I had celluloid on the lathe.  I do love working with this material as it has a life of its own.  It moves and changes size so you have to make your joints a bit tight as they will shrink back a bit.  The piece was not long enough to do a complete pen so I went with a black blind cap and a flat top on the cap.  I am not sure if this material is vintage or not but I went with a vintage style on it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ballpoint Using Vintage Parker Clip

My daughter plated this old clip for me so after making a pen for Janine I thought I needed one for myself.  As I was digging around my clip drawer I found this old Parker clip and made a pen around it.

I think the clip has seen better days but it still holds into my pocket with no problem

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Janine's New Pen

Janine is not as crazy about fountain pens as myself and Phil are so I thought I would play around a bit with a old clip I found.  The clip ring outside was 13mm and the inside was 9mm so I thought I would make a thinner pen than I normally do because it was for a woman the 13mm would work out better with her smaller hands.

This Is the first time that I have made a pen with the clip ring exposed so it was a bit of fun.
It takes Parker style refills so she should have no problem getting refills for herself.