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The Pen Turner's Corner: Buffing your Pens for a Better Finish
By Don Ward

Introduction

I really like the high gloss, shiny wet looking finish on the pens I make. No, not everyone likes that look. Some like a more satin natural look and even like pens with no finish at all. Others want the pen to darken and develop a patina as the pen is used and handled. For those pen makers, friction polish is the finish to use. I’ve been told, “I have a pen finished with friction polish and it looks as nice today as it did when I made it 4 yrs ago.” That has not been my experience with friction polish. Friction polish, in my opinion, is a good finish for items that are not handled and used daily. I used friction polish on my first pens and quickly decided the finish was not what I wanted for my pens.

 

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The project above was published in the March 2015 edition of the magazine. You may purchase the entire magazine edition by clicking on the "Purchase this edition" tab below. Here is a partial list of this edition's contents:

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by Brian McEvoy

Finishing the Candle Sticks
by Brian McEvoy

How to Make and Use a Safety Driver
by Paul Rohrbacher

Seeking Help in Locating the Manufacturer of This Tool
by Fred Holder

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