Assembling the Pen
The blanks are finished. They look great and all that is left is the assembly of the kit. There are several components to each pen kit and the assembly order can be different. https://www.cashofferalabama.com
The first part of assembly is to press the components (nib and clip part) into the brass tubes.
At first, I used a C-clamp to assemble pens, then I graduated to a bench clamp but now I use a pen assembly vice. This s a proprietary clamp designed specifically for pen making. Each method proved quicker than the previous one.
My first task is to unpack the pen kit and inspect all the components. At times, a part might be missing or poorly made. For the common pens, I buy extra bits so that I can finish the pens should there be any problems.
Almost all pen kits have assembly instructions and I have found that reading them is a good thing. Shortcuts do not usually add any value to the assembly process.
Assembling a slimline of streamline pen (these pens have two blanks)
- Press the nib part into the lower tube. I shape all pens in a certain way, so that I can easily see which end is the nib end. The nib end on most pens is thinner or the same size as the clip end.
- Press the twisting mechanism into the other end of the “nib blank”, testing the length and working of the mechanism with the refill, adjusting as necessary. Pressing the twisting mechanism too far into the brass tube requires disassembly of the pen and then re-assembly.
- Press the clip end into the other blank
- Insert the centre ring over the twisting mechanism and push the clip end on the nib blank
The slimline or streamline pen is now fully assembled.
The assembly method is different for each pen type; however, the differences usually relate to the assembly of the internals. Almost all pens have a nib and a clip! The above assembly applies to most pens that use a CROSS refill. The pens that use a Parker refill and have a clicking mechanism usually include a spring. Fountain pens and rollerball pens assemble slightly differently.