After accumulating all the odds and ends to do pens, I finally gave one a shot. My girlfriend picked the blank and the pen kit, and I turned it tonight. Just sanded it smooth and did a light oiling. Now that I get the jist of it, I think I could make a better one and do without the 2 hours and a small hand injury that this one took.
It was just a cheapy to try it out. I think all and all it was about a $9 pen. I've got some gabon ebony coming my way, and would like to make a nice fountain pen out of it. Is a fountain much more difficult?