This is simple. I like simple.
This new item was a surprise when I saw a friend using it recently.
It is a tailstock live center that has no center.
Really. But, it is the answer to a lot of problems most penturners encounter regularly.
With a mandrel and regular live center jammed into the little dimple at the end the result is often a turning that is not perfectly round. Forcing a live center point into the nib then applying necessary pressure causes the mandrel to slightly bend and flex. There are several ways around that condition but this gadget simplifies things, especially when turning 7mm pens like the Slimline.
It just slides over the rod and applies the pressure to the bushings and tubes, not the rod. Voila! No pressure on rod.
This one came from PSI, about $15.00. IMHO, a must tool for any penturner who makes more than one pen a year.
First pic is the center from the business end. Second is on rod but not applied to bushing yet. Third is as used.
And, for the nit pickies amongst us. Yes, I know there is no wood on the tube. This set up is for show and tell only.