Thanks for answering -- of course, every answer creates a dozen more questions ...
I sharpen my turning tools quit often while making pens.
What's your definition of "often"? (Every minute? Every half-hour?)
I have a slow speed grinder with the wolverine jig
I just built a home-made version of the Wolverine jig yesterday: a piece of T-track that slides in-and-out under the base my grinder stands on, in line with the wheel, and a cross-piece with scoop-outs at each end and middle.
My grinder is a Craftsman adjustable (2000-3750rpm), I run it at 2000rpm. I changed the wheel out for one of the white ones.
You want to keep your edges sharp.
How sharp? I can see the scratch lines from the grinding wheel -- do I have to hone it to a mirror finish after grinding? (and would that require buying a special wheel for the other end of the grinder?)
Were your blanks glued fully to the pen tubes?
I believe so. I scratched up the brass with 100 grit paper, then trickled thin CA down the tubes to coat the inside. I used medium CA to glue the tubes in, making sure to get both ends of the hole in the blank coated first.
I used to use CA glue for wood blanks. Now I mostly use 5 min apoxy. Glue up in the evening then turn the next day.
I used epoxy for the previous pen I did at home; I could just go back to that if it makes a difference. I guess there's no way to really determine whether using epoxy instead of CA would have made a difference in this instance.
Again -- thanks!