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    Pen blank drills

    Hi guys, I'm new to pen turning and wan,t to buy a selection of pen blank drills, should I buy hss or cobalt also brad point or normal.
    I know you can buy colt or fisch drills but find they are really expensive and do you have to buy expensive drill bits to drill blanks also a selection of sizes would be great.
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    My preference
    DeWalt type 2 drill point drills.Infinitely cheaper in sets.

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    Just ordinary good quality drills for me. Easy to sharpen and cheap to replace. Just keep sharp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penpal View Post
    My preference
    DeWalt type 2 drill point drills.Infinitely cheaper in sets.

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    Agree with Peter and Mark, de Walt extreme 2 metric drill bits for me, but dissapointly not available in metric in the uk, so use standard HSS jobber drill bits from engineering supplies or on line at ukdrills. Avoid colt, particularly the 7mm, itís far too long and wobbles as if p****d as a f**t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    Agree with Peter and Mark, de Walt extreme 2 metric drill bits for me, but dissapointly not available in metric in the uk, so use standard HSS jobber drill bits from engineering supplies or on line at ukdrills. Avoid colt, particularly the 7mm, it’s far too long and wobbles as if p****d as a f**t.
    Surely you mean Imperial?
    I can't decide whether to be a good example, or a horrible warning!

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    I have sets but I also have bought individual bits. Some pens are huge and require a bit larger than 1/2". When I buy singles I get the best quality available.
    To reinforce Kelvin's advice keep your bits sharp.
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    Another one for Brad point drills here for me.

    However they aren't always available in the size you require, so use standard HSS drills.

    I use this company as they have all the selection one would ever need for standard HSS.

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    When using the standard HSS drills I use a centre drill, make a great star to making sure the drill can be centered in the blank. very good if you drill on the lathe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Lawton View Post
    Surely you mean Imperial?
    Of course, not my fault I’m a cretin.
    There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

     
     
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