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Ifil Slimline and Cigar Ballpoint Pens

I made these two pens for my brother and his wife. He has supported and encouraged my efforts getting Unique Treen up off the ground, plus he gave me the Ifil that they’re made from. Making pens from Ifil is always an interesting challenge because it’s so finicky. A normal pen takes around an hour to make, an Ifil pen takes more like two or three depending on how grumpy it’s going to be. The cigar style pen (top) takes even longer because they’re more complicated to make. The results though, are striking, don’t you think?
Mechanism: The mechanism in the slimline pen takes a Cross style insert, and a Parker style insert for the cigar pen.  Refills are readily available for both in most office supply stores.

 

Finish: The pen was sanded up to 400 grit, then burnished with 0000 steel wool to bring up a smooth surface. It was then finished with mineral oil, bee’s & carnauba wax and a final polish with hard candle wax.

Price: US$58 for Cigar Pen, US$35 for Slimline
Item Ref Nos: ICP0006, ISP0005
Status: Gifted but similar pens may be available. Click here to inquire.

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Osage Orange Slimline Ballpoint Pens

These pens were made from Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) wood that was harvested by my brother from the Yreka area in Northern California. The wood is difficult to work with, splintery and splits easily but is a rich golden color when finished.


Osage Orange wood darkens with exposure to light and elements in the environment as shown in the bottom photo. I made the pen at the top for my wife more than five years ago and its original orange color was similar to the newer pens. It now boasts of an exotic golden brown.


Mechanism: Cross style, and refills are available in most office supply stores.


Finish: The pens were sanded up to 400 grit, then burnished with 0000 steel wool to bring up a smooth surface. They were then finished with mineral oil, bee’s & carnauba wax and a final polish with paraffin wax.



Price: US$35 per pen
Item Ref No: OOSP0001-4
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.