What do you think is this my best pen yet? 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-quality fountain pen for fine writing or a wooden rollerball pen for ease of use, or a wooden pen to show off exotic wood with many more to choose from in our pen shop.
Wooden Herringbone Pen
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.
Lots of different patterns have been made 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 just in case one failed.
Never having made this design before I did not spot all the pitfalls, next time It would be better to 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 traditional HSS tools can be used but are 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 would not normally use these but I am glad I did have them, working on the lathe was still slow work but carbide being so hard eliminated any 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 or maybe the other herringbone pen with a slightly different design
would be your prefered pen. Here are both wooden herringbone pens side by side for comparison the wooden rollerball pen has
a slightly different design. These segmented pens can be bought along with my other wooden crafts from our pen shop.