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Not woodcraft quality
30-Piece Pen Turners Variety Pack
These are great kits until you get to the transmissions as stated in other comments these would be best used as a boat anchor but they do not weigh enough even for that. In Woodcrafts defense then did fix the problem for me after a few calls. After talking with them they rely on comments and feedback on selecting items to sell so thanks to everyone who actually comments on good and bad items. Hats off to WC for making it right I will be back to shop again
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
These kits are not worth the money. These kits are not quality and probably why they are over 50% off. the blanks were nice. mechanical pieces are just cheap plastic with a thin metal tube. be very very carefull installing transmission do not use a press they will fall apart 3 of 5 times. or will wobble after the first couple of uses.
I bought 2 of these kits, how can you go wrong getting 60 slimline kits for $100. The wood, tubes, refills, nibs, rings and clips are good. I had to source new transmissions, the ones that come in these kits are useless, I had 0 successes. Cost me $18 for 60 transmissions, so now I can make 60 pens for $118, not a bad deal. I am going to mark I would not reommend this, but if you can source transmission for cheap it is still a good buy.
Lousey twist mechanism
The twist mechanism is one of the most important pieces but the weakest link in this product. I had about 50% success rate building these pens because of the lousey twists. The Taiwanese normally do a great job with their products but this one gives them a black eye. Only good thing is that I have some blanks left to make pens with hardware I'll but elsewhere!
Not Woodcraft Brand
I bought these pens under the assumption that they are Woodcraft brand but they are not! All of the parts are good quality except for the transmissions. They are cheap and are very hard to put together. I made 8 pens and have gone through 6 extra transmissions because they either freeze up or bend when pressed together. The Woodcraft slim lines are better quality.
Plastic pen twist mechanism is POOR
The Social 1
Don't get me wrong this is a great deal that I bought on Black Friday for 1/2 price. The kit made some beautiful pens for Christmas gifts after I replaced pen twist mechanisms. The only bad thing about this kit is that the pen twist mechanism is partly made of plastic which is poorly designed & manufactured. For example, I made 15 pens and had to replace eight of the pen twist mechanisms. They are just very flimsy and collapse during assembly, regardless of how careful you are.
AS a beginner the wood type can be hard to identify, I have 30 blanks and not 100% sure what kind they are in case someone asks me.
A bit disappointed
At first glance, this was "just what the doctor ordered" - a complete package for making a large number of pens at a very reasonable price! Only after I started to assemble some pens did I have a much different opinion. The twist mechanism - a critical element of a twist pen - was not a quality one. Certainly not a professional grade like the ad on the packaging would suggest. Two of the first 5 failed on installation and a third disintegrated when I tried to remove the top of the pen to demonstrate how to replace the cartridge. I will return the remaining components.
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