Turned Pens and Pencils
A retractable ballpoint
Synopsis: After one too many pen collapses, Richard Elderton decided to clothe his naked Parker pen refill with a suit of wood. It’s just a wooden cap and barrel, shaped on the lathe and bored out for the refill and the trigger mechanism. After he rips blanks for the barrels, triggers, and pins, he crosscuts the cap and barrel blanks. Last, he cuts off the trigger and pin blanks after they’ve been shaped. He explains the turning techniques he uses, how he calculates part sizes, and how he routs grooves. Detailed drawings show all the parts involved. A side article by Eric C. Kimball and Cynthia A. Kimball explains how to make a mechanical pencil.
After my second ballpoint pen broke in half, I noticed the flimsy plastic joint between the metal top and the plastic bottom. The thin plastic joint doomed the pen to a short life.…