Archive for the ‘Pens – Ballpoint’ Category

Mpingo Slimline Ballpoint Pens

This pen is made from Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) commonly known as African Blackwood. Some folks like a thicker barrel on their pens, so I turned this one to a larger diameter than I usually do. The extra wood gives the pen a bit more heft, so it feels nice in your hand.



Mechanism:
The mechanism is Cross style and refills are readily available 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 paraffin wax.



Price:
US$35
Item Ref No: MSP0036
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.


This pen I turned to a slimmer profile than the one listed above, but it still has the lovely subtle red undertones in the grain. I’m quite pleased with this particular pen, and I think you will be too.

Price:
$35
Item Ref No: MSP0037
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.
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Mpingo .50 Caliber BMG Pen

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I made another pen from a once-fired .50 caliber BMG (Browning Machine Gun) shell casing, this time with Mpingo (African Blackwood). It is the pen in the right in the above photo. Making these pens is kind of fun. There’s only one barrel to be turned and there are only a couple of tricky spots. I made the barrel on this pen a bit longer to give it more weight at the tip for counter balancing the heft of the shell casing at the other end. Mpingo is one of the heavier woods I work with, so the extra weight helps. The photo collage below shows the dramatic variations of the sap & heart wood grain as well as the striking differences in colors from dark black with some subtle reds of the heart wood to the creamy yellowish white of the sap wood.

54M-50BMGPcollageMechanism: Cross style twist ballpoint mechanism.

Finish: The wood was sanded to 400 grit then polished up to 0000 steel wool. A wax & oil finish was then applied. The brass shell casing was sanded to 800 wet & dry, then up through 0000 steel wool, and finally polished with silver polish to a soft luster, then given three coats of gloss lacquer to preserve the shine. Since these are once-fired brass, there are dings & scuffs from the firing, extraction and collecting processes.

Price: US$40
Item Ref No: M-50BMGP0054
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Black & White Ebony Slimline Ballpoint Pens

These pens are made from Black & White Ebony (Diospyros embryopteris) which is also known as Pale Moon Ebony or White Ebony. There are so many species of Ebony in the world that it’s sometimes difficult to classify what you’re working with, but I’m pretty sure this is correct. I bought the wood from a woodcraft store that offers off-cuts from custom shops.

Mechanism:
The mechanisms are all Cross style and refills are readily available 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 paraffin wax.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: BWESP0021
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Photo above by Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

Another pen from Black and White Ebony with gun metal gray mechanism.


Price:
US$35
Item Ref No: BWESP0025
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

A third Black and White Ebony pen in black livery.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: BWESP0026
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Alder Slimline Ballpoint Pens

These two pens are made from Alder (Alnus rubr) harvested from a friend’s swamp he was trying to reclaim. I probably pulled close to three cords of it out of the mud and blackberries on his back forty. Although it’s technically a hardwood, Alder is very soft and surprisingly difficult to turn at the pen scale. However, it’s pleasant wood to work with, it smells nice and you can use the sawdust to smoke meat on your grill.


Mechanism: Cross style, and refills are readily 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. It was then finished with mineral oil, bee’s & carnauba wax and a final polish with paraffin wax.

Price: US$35 per pen
Item Ref No: ASP0023 (right) and ASP0024
Status: Gifted but similar pens may be available. Click here to inquire.

Peruvian Walnut & Osage Orange .50 Caliber BMG Pens

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49OO-50PW-50BMGP

These pens are made from once-fired .50 caliber BMG (Browning Machine Gun) shell casings.  The turning of the pens is relatively straight forward but the assembly was less so and took some figuring out.


The Peruvian Walnut (dark brown, left in top photo) has some nice grain to it and I’ve always liked turning this particular species. The Osage Orange has some nice cathedral grain and I cut a faux cannelure groove into it to simulate a real bullet using an AP round that was given to me as a gift.


Mechanism: Cross style twist ballpoint mechanism.

Finish: The wood was sanded to 400 grit then polished up to 0000 steel wool.  A wax & oil finish was then applied.  The brass shell casing was sanded to 800 wet & dry, then up through 0000 steel wool, and finally polished with silver polish to a soft luster.  Since these are once-fired brass, there are dings & scuffs from the firing, extraction and collecting processes.

Price: US$40
Item Ref No: OO-50BMGP0049 (Osage Orange) and PW-50BMGP0050 (Peruvian Walnut)
Status: Sold but similar pens may be available. Click here to inquire.

Mpingo Slimline Ballpoint Pens

Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is commonly known as African Blackwood and frequently used in the manufacture of musical instruments due to it’s high density and ability to take a fine finish. While this pen looks like it’s all black, there is actually some swirling grain that shows up as reddish undertones that’s difficult to photograph. You’ll really like the weight of this pen because the wood is very dense, so the pen is heavier than you expect and feels nice in the hand.

Mechanism: Cross style in gold with black accents.

Finish: Bee’s, carnauba and paraffin wax with mineral oil. Sanded to 0000 steel wool.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: MSP0029
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

While this pen looks like it’s been cut from two different blanks, there really was that sharp of a demarcation in the wood. Mpingo is a joy to work with. It’s hard and tools almost like a plastic, and takes a wonderful finish. The nicest parts are the red undertones that you simply can’t see in the photo, especially on the lower barrel where it appears black, but if you bring it out into the sun, you’ll see the red beneath the surface. Beautiful!

Mechanism: A Cross style mechanism in gun metal gray.

Finish: Bee’s, carnauba and paraffin wax with mineral oil. Sanded to 0000 steel wool.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: MSP0022
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Photo above by Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

Ipé Slimline Ballpoint Pen

Ipé (Tabebuia chrysantha) is an incredibly dense wood, so dense it sinks in water, and won’t sustain a flame. It’s most common use in the US is for making decks. It’s naturally insect & rot resistant, and a number of famous boardwalks are made from it, like the one in Ocean City New Jersey. It’s density makes it difficult to work, and it quickly dulls your tools. I acquired this particular lot of Ipé from a guy who started building a deck from it and discovered he was allergic to it. He sold me all his decking and was glad to see it gone. Although the wood is a dark brown in color, the saw dust is actually green for some reason. It’s also a pretty good irritant, so, if you don’t wear a mask, you’ll probably be coughing for a couple of days afterwards. The wood takes a lustrous finish and you’ll like the heaviness of the pen.



Mechanism:
The mechanism is Cross style and refills are readily available 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 paraffin wax.



Price:
US$35
Item Ref No:
IpéSP0028
Status:
Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Photo by Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry