I'm not sure if anyone remembers that I was learning how to make pens from a old timer (Joe). When I went by Joe he had a nice Carbide cutter that he made similar to this
one that I really liked but at $139.00 each, that was pretty hard to swallow.
Anyway like I said he made his and being the nice guy that he is he offered to order the parts and make mine for $40 and I would have to make my own handle. Oh the profits from these types of things is put into the Freedom Pens that he does for the local turning club. All in all a good price and for a good cause.
Here's my almost finished tool, I have to put a finish on the handle and it will be complete. My handle is made from scrap salvaged Lyptus which I have a good bit of laying around. The actual cutter came from here
I think and he cut and tapped a piece of steel bar, attached the cutter and I made the handle. I plan on making a few more, one each of the square and diamond possibly more if I find different shaped cutters.
Joe says he can make 1500-2000 pens before it gets dull. So I figured maybe some of you might be interested in the idea of making a cutter and saving money.
Cost of cutters $14.00 - $18.00
Steel bar $2.00 - $4.00
Total cost of like $25.00 and all you need is a tap set and grinder