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Rich L
January 24th, 2015, 01:52 PM
There are six long skinny pearl inlays around the barrel bounded by grooves made by mounting the barrel in a custom fixture on a rotary table and running a 1/2" ball end mill across the surface. The inlay shapes were made on a pantograph.

The inlays were placed, glued, and then the entire barrel was filled with epoxy to give it some backing. Of course most of it was drilled out so there's room for a filler! There are circular pearl inlays in the top of the finial and in the bottom of the barrel.

The cap is traditional guilloché using an unusually shifting pattern I've not seen anywhere before. It's meant to complement and continue the "wave" barrel inlay pattern.

I'm not likely to do this one again as it was very difficult, delicate at points, and very, very time consuming.

The pattern in the clip is done with the same pattern bars as used for the cap engraving.

Cheers,
Rich

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Special K
June 27th, 2015, 11:23 PM
Wow, some of you guys are super talented at this stuff. That an awesome pen

Empty_of_Clouds
June 28th, 2015, 03:31 AM
That is pretty darned amazing, Rich. Beautiful design. As an aside, do you know why engine turned patterns are no longer made on pens?

Rich L
June 29th, 2015, 10:51 AM
That is pretty darned amazing, Rich. Beautiful design. As an aside, do you know why engine turned patterns are no longer made on pens?

Well, they are! Classic Pens (Andy Lambrou's company) still does that. There haven't been any releases in the very recent past but there are plans underway for a new release with engine turning on them. The engine turning on those is done in France. Also, David Oscarson's pens have engine turning under the enamel. Chris Manning, from Canada, also produces some engine turned patterns on his pens. Don't forget Onoto - they do it, too.

Thanks for your comments!

Cheers,
Rich