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Aditkamath26

Maybe a year ago, I embarked on a journey to learn various finishing techniques for fountain pens owing to the fact that many of the Indian pens I own, weren't that well finished. Lathe marks, inconsistent polishing etc. Fast forward to now, I have worked on many of my pens and also on many friends's pens. I can now take a poorly finished pen to a mirror like polished pen and this is extremely satisfying on an ebonite pen.

 

Over time, I also learnt how to do a baakul (rough tree like) brushed finish found on many black ebonite pens from India. Today, I present one of those pens on which I've done 'Baakulization' 😁

 

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This is a Wality 71JT, that originally had a polished barrel. I don't have before photos unfortunately. Do let me know how you like it :)

 

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Very interesting finish. Does it have the texture found in a bakul ebonite pen? It's the feel in the hand that sets those pens to a different level. And does the texture make the pen harder to clean? Ebonite is one thing but how does acrylic hold up?

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What tools/pastes do you use to make mirror polished and bakul?

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Very interesting finish. Does it have the texture found in a bakul ebonite pen? It's the feel in the hand that sets those pens to a different level. And does the texture make the pen harder to clean? Ebonite is one thing but how does acrylic hold up?

 

 

The texture is indeed similar to the ebonite ones, but the feel isn't. The ebonite ones have a rubbery/grippier feel whereas the acrylics don't. Also there's no impact on cleaning the pen since the texture is on the outside, and not where the ink is filled :)

About the longevity of the finish, I'll let you know in some months time :)

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What tools/pastes do you use to make mirror polished and bakul?

 

For a bakul finish, I use 150 grit sandpaper with very less pressure. Wet sanding only.

Mirror polished requires sanding from 1000 grit to 7000 grit and then buffing on a buffing wheel.

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For a bakul finish, I use 150 grit sandpaper with very less pressure. Wet sanding only.

Mirror polished requires sanding from 1000 grit to 7000 grit and then buffing on a buffing wheel.

It is a good way to change the feeling of a plastic or resin pen. Thank for the information.

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Nice job! I do like a bakul finish. Will try it out on a couple of cheap demonstrators :-)

 

Thank you! Do share your results

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Really nice! It makes me reconsider the Wality 71Jt entirely.

 

The Wality 71JT for me is a remarkable pen with our without the bakul finish, especially after a nib swap. Glad you like this Bakul style

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