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You will want something great for pen turning, but also capable of turning candle sticks, bottle openers, and other awesome items that can be created with a versatile Mini/Midi Lathe.
Best Selling Starter Set
A good way to start making pens is with a pen making starter set which includes our best selling lathe as well as the the tools, pen kits and all the accessories you'll need to get started making beautiful projects.
Imagine the fun you'll have creating projects on this highly regarded lathe. Packed with features, this Turncrafter Commander midi lathe is the most advanced, powerful and easy to use lathe in its class. So you can easily, effectively and affordably tackle tons of turning projects.
"Cool pen design, easy to make and assemble. Pen is heavily weighted toward the top, probably not you every day writing tool, but good for signing those donation checks to your local FD :)
Thinking this would be a good item for local departments to raffle based on the daily 3 digit lottery draw. $2.00 a ticket count net ~$1700 in the 'petty cash' fund.
Not a fan of the pen while retracted, the exposed coupler just looks a little 'off' not a deal breaker though. The nozzle could look more like a traditional design rather than the current. It would give it a sleek look and be a bit more recognizable."
"It mounts well on my 1 inch by 8 tpi. So I didn't need the insert.This chuck is straight walled so it doesn't use a tapered or dovetailed gripping surface like other chucks.I haven't tried all of the attachments yet but it seems sturdy and well made. I turned a cedar bowl on it with no major issues and it did a great job."
"I have a special fondness for the steampunk pens, available in combinations of copper, brass and pewter. I have bought around 120 over the years, and given or sold most of them to delighted recipients."
"First time with this kit. I have started away assuming it was like the Dragon or the Faith Hope and Love kits with poor fit. This one was a special request and really surprised me. Great fit, quality parts and looks great. I would have put the shark vertebrae on a different kit but that's what the customer wanted."
"Love this pen kit, priced for everyone to buy, elegant looking, smooth operation and great kit to learn on due to simplicity of assembly. Highly recommend starting out with this kit. Shown is my latest ebony with 24 k trim."