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post #1 of 7 Old 03-25-2009, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of pen/pencil kits do you use?

Hey all. I was looking for some decent quality but inexpensive pen/pencil kits and was wondering where you all buy yours.

Yeah, I have looked at PSI, Woodcraft, Rockler and Craft Supplies USA. Price varies greately so I was wondering does the price at these places really reflect the quality?

For instance, at PSI they have a Funline Slimline kits. They are really cheap. My concern is the finish will not withstand use. The other kits they have are of higher quality but are about 5-6 times more expensive.

Does anyone have experience with the Funline kits from PSI?

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I got the fun lines when I first tried, I had a gold one that the finish wore off within a month. They are ok if you are learning on them, but I wouldn't even want to give them as gifts.

I've never had issues with the 24kt gold slimline, but I know alot of people won't use anything other then the TN gold ones.

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I bought a slew of the gold slimline kits from woodcraft to learn on. I bought a few different kinds after I was more comfortable with what I was doing. The black titanium slim kits look great, but cost a little more.

I have a pile of click style pen kits and the American style ball point kits in the shop. I didn't notice that they required a different size bushing, so I had to order the right bushings.

I haven't ventured into any kits that cost more than $10, though. We'll see how it goes selling what I've got!
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Check out Berea Hardwoods, also. They are a major suppier of the pen kits. I am not sure how their prices compares to the others, but they should be less.
http://www.bereahardwoods.com/
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When I turn pen and pencil sets I use designer pen kits, 7mm on pens 8mm on pencils. 2 bushing sets.

my wife is a draftswomen she use her pencils 8hrs a day with in 3 weeks her slim line lead mechanism broke, in 6 months she went thew 5 mechanisms. with the designer mechanism 1 in 3 years and going.

Ryan from Woodtruningz has good prices from time to time. sign up for his bi weekly sale email. same kits as PSI
http://www.woodturningz.com/Pen_Kits.aspx

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Generally, I use blue ink, but I do also carry with me black inked pens. It is rare that I use any other color though.
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Options on pens?

Here is a sort of related question about pen kits. Most kits I see just describe it as a pen and then the body shape. Are there kits that allow you to choose say the width of the tip? I am actually fairly picky wrt the pen I use and the width of the tip. pentel rsvp fine anyone? Or perhaps I can find a pen kit that will just take the plastic cartridge from the pens i use?

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