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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Henry Blow, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Henry Blow

    Henry Blow

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    hello everyone, i am rather new to the forum, i am intersted in turning pens
    i have a mini lathe i am trying to find the place to buypen kits and componets
    in bulk at a great price, any suggestions?

    thanks,henry
     
  2. Dennis Nagle

    Dennis Nagle

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    Rockler has entry level pen kits on sale now for just over 2 bucks. Short of that, you might google it and find the best price.
     
  3. gary rock

    gary rock

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    Penn State Industries- www.pennstateind.com 1-800-377-7297

    You can buy from 1 to 100 plus from them on pen kits.

    Gary:cool2:
     
  4. Ian Thorn

    Ian Thorn

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    I have sent pen state 6 emails and never had a reply so i use Craft Suplies USA in Provo Uta their service and comunication is exelent and their pricing fear.

    Cheers Ian
     
  5. Glenn McCullough

    Glenn McCullough

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    You may join your local woodturning club (or may already be a member) and they often purchase pen kits in bulk for the club, providing a very substantial savings.
     
  6. Ronald D. Black

    Ronald D. Black

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    Before you buy from Penn State call Woodturningz. They are a reseller and I have found that most of the same things they resell is cheaper than PS. Their web is: http://www.woodturningz.com/Pen_Kits.aspx
    Ron
     
  7. Richard Coers

    Richard Coers

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  8. Gretch Flo

    Gretch Flo

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    Penn state Ind (PSI)

    At times I find their quality lacking. For example, I bought a bunch of cheese planes. There were 6-7 after I had already finished the project that the metal was rough (had to sand to ? 600-800.)
    Their new hem/stitch rippers had many problems with the spring that the working end fit into, (loosened). They got that fixed now. However, after they changed the design and I ordered 10 more they sent to old kind and had to send back (again!!)
    I make alot of magnifying glass/paper weights. (The turner adds the wooden "button"). Craft supply USA has a little larger diameter one, and 2 diopters. PSI has a smaller one, cheaper, and 2.5 diopters. I like them because I have some nice wood but is too small for the larger diameter ones .
    I bought 50 recently from PSI and had to send 23 back. The mag glass that swivels out on a hinge , doesn't come out horizontally and would hit the frame, another wouldn't even open. Another had such rough metal on the swivel I cut my finger on it.
    This year I didn't have the trouble of anyone answering the phone as was a problem the year before . The tech people have been nice. Moral:inspect what you buy from them even though you may not be using them right away. Gretch
     
  9. Dan Mosley

    Dan Mosley

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    I use Woodturningz.com - great service and advice if you need it - shipments are fast and never had any problems
     
  10. Scott Neeld

    Scott Neeld

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    Hi, Henry :cool2:

    I'm new to this forum, but a great resource for pen turning supplies, information, etc. is the International Association of Penturners website.

    http://www.penturners.org/

    Free to join, loads of good stuff, & really nice folks.

    Scott
     

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