Nice pens! They do get easier as you go along! We do use CA but have learned that if you do two coats of CA and then polish with micro-mesh and stop you get the protection of the CA in that the oils from your hands won't discolor the wood and you still feel the wood and it has more of a satin finish.
Several coats of CA
Two coats polished after to a satin finish.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17