What do you think is this my best pen yet? I think for its class and price point it is, yes I have lots of beautiful pens and could pick one for every occasion whether it be a high-class fountain pen for fine writing or a rollerball for ease of use, a wooden pen to show off exotic wood there are lots to choose from.
Segmented pens come in lots of different patterns just have a look in the gallery or try a search for "segmented pens" but this one is based on a herringbone pattern. The pattern is normally made of wood, the colour and how they are arranged all affect the pattern such as this pin on Pinterest or the pattern I am arranging in the picture below.
there are lots of different patterns but this one uses maple and purpleheart wood for contrast against the aluminium angle. The wood is arranged and glued to the aluminium in sections with epoxy glue. I have tried using metal in some of my pen designs before and it can be difficult, the glue heats up and softens when drilling for the pen tube so a sharp drill bit and drilling slowly to avoid heat build up is essential. Here is another blank I made at the same time because I wasn't sure if one would fail.
Never having made this design before I didn't spot all the pitfalls, next time I think I will extend the wood out past the aluminium or try to reduce the blank on the bandsaw.
Turning the blank on the lathe was a big challenge because of the hardness of the metal and the different density between that and the wood. Yes you can use traditional HSS tools but it is slow with lots of trips to the grinder for sharpening so I switched over to the carbide tools above, one is shop bought and the other is homemade. I wouldn't normally use these but I am glad I did have them, on the lathe was still slow work but carbide being so hard no more trips to the grinder :) finishing cuts were made with a traditional gouge.
The finished executive rhodium ballpoint pen with gift box, so what do you think is it a beautiful pen? the best I have made at this price and class or just the best yet