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Thanks to the George (Texatdurango) for posting his guide to making a fountain pen section in the library at the IAP website.

It took me two attempts to make one that allowed the nib feed housing to screw in correctly -- it seems I had a concentricity problem, drilling the holes from opposite ends allowed a tiny error which was just enough to prevent the feed housing from mating.

For the second one I adjusted the order of the steps -- drilling all the holes for the nib/feed unit from the same end and tapping the threads, then turning it around the cut the threads to mate with the barrel and drilling out to receive the cartridge converter.

Success! The barrel and cap were easy in comparison.

In retrospect, putting the cap screwthreads so far back from the end of the barrel wasn't a wise decision, as it forced the cap to be unnaturally long. (It posts, but is unwieldy.) On the positive side -- the pen is very comfortable and well balanced without the cap posted, and the Bock #5 nib writes smoothly (I loaded it with Noodler's Polar Blue.)
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Very nice. Turning the threads feels to be a delicate operation. Well done.
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Nice!! Quick question. Ive always wondered how you "kitless" guys polish the threads?

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Very nice. Turning the threads feels to be a delicate operation. Well done.
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Nice!! Quick question. Ive always wondered how you "kitless" guys polish the threads?
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I've no idea how others do it, but I just polished the male threads with micromesh at the same time as polishing the rest of the part. Guess that means I only did the peaks, since I couldn't get to the valleys.

I didn't do anything to the female threads either (or the insides of the tubes) other than rinse out with a little DNA and a shot of DustAir to get rid of any swarf that might be hiding down there.

When drilling and cutting the threads, I used plenty of spray-can cooking oil as lube, refreshing it often.

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