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Pen kits refillable / Good starter set?

I'll be purchasing a pen turning starter kit this week. I've never turned a pen in my life and don't know the first thing about it (except what I've read here and seen in YouTube videos), but am looking forward to giving it a go.

I'm curious if pens turned from pen kits bought online are refillable? If a pen is given to someone as a gift, or sold to someone, can they replace the ink cartridge(?) when it runs out or are they stuck with a pretty paper-clip.


Also, I'm wondering if any of you are familiar with this starter kit from Penn State?

I've tried to find info on the chisels that are included but haven't had any luck.

Does it look like this will get me off to a good start? Are there any other suggestions for a starter kit? I have nothing but the lathe at this point.

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This is a good starter kit if you already have your lathe. The blanks are pre-drilled so you will not get the experience of drilling your own blanks, but it is a good start. Best of luck on you first try and be sure and upload some photos of you work.
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BTW most of the pen kits are refillable Cross, Parker and Hauser refills.
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The PSI beginning pen turning kit is what got me started in turning. It becomes quite addictive, so be careful . The starter set is (or at least was) all Slimline pens (think traditional Cross style pen). These are easy to turn and as Penman said, refills are readily available. The gouges that come with the set will get you going, but aren't really suited to turning much other than pens and small items. Make sure you have a good sharpening system too, you'll need it.

Other easy to turn kits from PSI include the Gatsby and Vertex (both one tube kits) and the Cigar pens are a nice hefty 2 tube kit. These all sell very well for me.

Good luck, have fun and post some pics when done.

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