Mpingo Slimline Ballpoint Pen

This pen is made from Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) commonly known as African Blackwood. Turning this particular pen was fun because it was the first time I’d made anything from it. I was pleased to learn how easy it was to work, and how nice a finish it took. Although the pen looks like it’s all black, there are reddish undertones that just don’t seem to photograph well, but take it into the sun and you’ll be surprised to see that it’s not actually black.

Mechanism: Cross style Slimline pen kit. Refills are readily available in most office supply stores.

Finish: Sanded to 0000 steel wool, then finished with bee’s, carnauba & paraffin wax with mineral oil.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: MSP0012
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Photo by
Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Nicole Barclay on July 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I recently purchased one of Dave’s pens. I will tell you that when it comes to pens I am extremely picky. I am left handed and write contracts for a living as well as lots of hand-written cards. I have yet to find a pen that does not give me the “left-handed smudge”. You lefties know what I mean. I have finally found one that doesn’t! Not only that but the pen is gorgeous. Sleek in design and very comfortable to hold. I had a hard time choosing my favorite from the wide variety Dave had to offer. Thank you Dave for making a quality product that looks great and makes my life easier!

    – Nicole Barclay


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