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    Pen assembly

    Hi all,
    I was asked by a fellow member how I assemble my fountains. Sorry if this is old hat to some, it may be of use to others... Or I could be completely wrong and someone has a better idea!!
    Well here goes!
    I turn my blanks separately and store on a rack to aid orientation (this time a pencil). When everything is done I use a flue brush to clear the tubes of any polish/ dust and use the snail countersink to debur the endsIMG_20220124_132037.jpg
    Next attach the nib to the coupler to find the best orientation (what you want to see with the pen in the hand) IMG_20220124_132247.jpgthen press home, on this I am using an arbour press. I have a leather washer on the end of the press and a large nut to avoid crushing the thread( it happened on some early Omegas and I have just continued) IMG_20220124_132314.jpg
    Next I line the cap grain and body up, so I have a reference, IMG_20220124_132527.jpgthen carefully screw the connecter on to the body and locate the black bush, unscrew and push homeIMG_20220124_132543.jpg
    There are two school's of thought for the next part, the clip. Personally I put this on the blandest part of the blank, I use the possition of the screw on the body to align the clip uppermost when it's posted. Others will say it should align with the grain, but as its reversed I can't see how you can

    Well feel free to comment

    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Thanks for posting this, Mark. It's always good to see other people's process and to pick up tips.
    I like your arbor press. I'm still using the bench vice.

    Alan

     
     
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    Thanks Alan, I also have an Axi pen press.... Might help if I took it out the box
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    I follow your reasoning and execution,so many ways to do this,like your methods and result.
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