A present for Jen
Majestic with Maple Burl and Bloodwood BoxMajestic with Maple Burl and Bloodwood BoxMajestic with Maple Burl and Bloodwood BoxI have turned lots of pens in the past few years, some of which are promptly confiscated by my wife for her collection. It's all good though, I'm always delighted that I can make something that she will like and get some use out of. This year I decided to try a high end kit for her birthday. The kit I went with was a Majestic Black Titanium rollerball dressed in a stabilized non-dyed buckeye burl. The buckeye burl was 7/8 inches square and that did not leave a whole lot of room for errors. Being a stabilized blank, it turned a lot like a typical acrylic, which also meant I could finish it using micro-mesh. Some of the features of the pen are: A rhodium-plated clip that includes a sparkling Swarovski clear crystal; All exposed accent rings, bands and caps include elegant custom hand-carved 3 dimensional designs; Components are cast, polished then plated with extremely durable Black Titanium plating. The rollerball assembly includes a rhodium-plated pen nib with a premium Schmidt steel cartridge refill with a ceramic point. This is a massive pen. The overall length with cap is 6 inches, 5 inches with the cap removed. The width of the pen itself is about 5/8 inch with the cap at a very large 3/4 inch. The cap is non-postable, but that works out pretty well given the total weight of the pen. With the cap removed, the pen is fairly well balanced and is quite comfortable to hold. After finishing the pen, I realized that the local Woodcraft store did not have a case big enough to fit it. I remembered I had a plank of 1/4 in bloodwood at home and decided to make a slide top pencil case. The bottom of the case and the is 1/8 inch birch. The fretwork design on the lid is allegedly Kanji for "Virgo", but that's if you can trust google image search. Either way, it adds a bit of elegance to the overall presentation of the pen. There are about ten pictures in this album