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    Pentel step drill

    This is actually a turning thing, but it's a new tool to me. If it belongs someplace else please let me know.

    I've been a big fan of Pentel click-top pencils for years, and consider them to be the best mechanism of this type ever...far better than anything available from the pen kit suppliers. A few years ago I was pleased to discover from Craft Supplies a step drill that would drill out a blank for the Pentel mechanism. It was pricey, but I bought one and ended up getting another. I didn't particularly like the recommendation for jigging up the blank in the lathe so devised my own which worked very well. I made many pencils for gifts. When I went back to Craft Supplies for another drill, they were no longer being sold. Well, there's another source. And there's even a mandrel.
    I received today the step drill and a mandrel, and promptly drilled out a blank to try it out. I'm pretty pleased with it. I ruined my blank by turning the wall down too thin...collapsed on me...but that's my fault...tomorrow's another day. I especially like the mandrel...keeps everything turning steady even when the wall gets thin. Even though both ends of the mandrel are dimpled, I had the best results when I held the headstock end in a drill chuck.


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    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA
    That is nice. The Pentel .7 mm pencil is my goto in the shop. I think I have 4 of them laying around for easy reach.

    Might be a good Christmas gift project for my wood working friends and family.

    Thanks for the link.

    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Very interesting.
    If you post that at the penturning forums, I'll betcha you will start a new fad.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Thanks Ed for posting that link. The wonders of the internet that a guy producing something like this can carve a niche. Just goes to show.

    I still use old fashioned pencils. I find i break the clutch pencils lead far to easy then it costs me in lead and i have these itsy bitsy pieces lying all over the place.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Thanks for the link. I have made literally hundreds of these pentel pencils as gifts for clients and architect friends. I bought several of the craft supplies drills but the last one is just about worn out. I was wondering where to find a new step drill and it turns out they are not far away.

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