Woodcraft Draws Inspiration from Customers for New Pen Carry/Display CaseComments (0)
Woodcraft has added a new carry/display case to its line of pen turning accessories, and some Woodcraft customers will likely recognize the updates.
“Woodcraft customers’ feedback led to a redesign of our pen case,” product development manager Ben Bice said. “They asked for more flexibility, specifically the ability to lie flat. We took the customer suggestions and went above and beyond.”
This innovative new pen case offers more display flexibility than just being able to lie flat.
“The WoodRiver® Pen and Pencil Premium Carry/Display Case is designed with two sections that come apart so that each part can be used independently to show off pens or pencils,” Bice said. “The individual parts can be positioned side by side or one in front of the other, either lying flat or upright using the included legs to form an easel. Slender bands hold the pens (18 per section) securely in place.”
Pen turners who display their creations at fairs, festivals or other gatherings should especially appreciate this case’s capability for flat and upright display, Bice said.
Bice said customer feedback from the woodcraft.com link that customers receive after each purchase was the primary basis for the improvements.
In addition to the pen case, Woodcraft has also added new products to its specialty pen kit line, including one named in memory of an employee and four designed around a firearms and hunting theme. Finishing these kits requires a wood or man-made material blank, both sold separately at Woodcraft.
Dugas Tri-Function Pen Kit
The Dugas Tri Function Pen Kit is named in memory of Gary Dugas, a 20-year Woodcraft employee who passed away in March of 2013.
“Gary’s attention to detail and pleasant personality are missed by those who knew him,” Bice said. “Like Gary, the quiet multitasker, Dugas pen users can be signing important documents with their pen one minute and navigating the Web the next with the non-marring stylus tip, while a powerful LED light is ready for action when the pen body is removed and rotated 180°.”
Rinehart Pen Kit
The Dugas is the second pen kit named in memory of an employee. In 2010, Woodcraft introduced the Rinehart Pen kits that honored Tim Rinehart, a 19-year member of the Woodcraft family and product development manager instrumental in launching Woodcraft’s initial pen kits.
Rinehart kits are available in fountain, ballpoint and rollerball styles, and Gunmetal, Chrome and Gold finish. These unique pens feature a six-faceted nib, which changes “shades” as light reflects on its angled surfaces, along with a double-twist mechanism and high quality Parker-style ballpoint refill.
Lever Action Ballpoint Pen Kit
“Old meets new in the Lever Action Ballpoint Pen Kit,” Bice said. “The authentic lever action mechanism that extends and retracts this ink pen refill brings to mind the look and feel of the lever action rifle made famous by the cowboys of the American West.”
Cartridge Bullet Pen Kit
The Cartridge Bullet Pen Kit looks like a real 30-caliber shell, right down to the copper plated nib. In keeping with the theme, the pen’s clip looks like a miniature rifle.
Bolt Action Pen Kit
As the Bolt Action Pen Kit name suggests, the extension and retraction of its ink refill are accomplished by a bolt action. Hunters and target shooters will love this unique design, which also includes a scoped rifle pen clip.
Available in Bolt Action, Mini Bolt Action and Magnum Bolt Action styles, in 24k Gold, Gunmetal,Chrome, Antique Brass, or Black Enamel finish. Bushings and replacement tubes for all sizes are sold separately.
Revolver Pen Kit
The Revolver Pen Kit is perfect for the history buff and shooting enthusiast alike. An iconic piece of history from the Wild West era is the six-shot pistol that was used during those days – and still is today. The fluted cylinder, authentic looking pistol clip, durable plating, and the silky smooth operating click mechanism will make this one of your favorite pens.
This kit comes in Matte Black, Satin Nickel, Gunmetal or Bright Aluminum finish. Bushings and replacement tubes are sold separately. A nice leather sleeve is available exclusively for storing and gifting your completed Revolver pens.
If you’ve never turned a pen before, stop in your local Woodcraft store and ask about their next pen turning class. The cost is very reasonable and you end up with a completed pen to take home that you’ll be proud to show off. Learn all the components used such as pen blanks, mandrels, pen mills and a pen press while you make a handmade pen on the lathe. Pen turning is easy and enjoyable, and handcrafted items always make the best gifts.
Check out these and other fun pen kits at Woodcraft. The variety of kits paired with our wide selection of wood and acrylic pen blanks make the possibilities endless. We hope you’ll be inspired!
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