03-05-2010 04:20 PM
I've looked but can't find American hardware for making pens. Does that exist? The wife and I are getting frustrated by not being able to be able to say "Made in the USA". I'd have bought american tools but just try finding them, seems like everything is being made overseas now...not necessarily "bad" but.....
03-06-2010 06:45 PM
I don''t believe there are any made in North America.
The ones from China are generally TERRIBLE and you can usually tell they are made there when they are advertised as hobby line or something along those lines , DAMHIKT . They are always priced lower than the better quality made in Taiwan ones.
The best I have found are made in Taiwan and I personally prefer Berea kits because they have been totally trouble free for me after having all kinds of problems with China made ones. .
03-07-2010 02:49 AM - edited 03-07-2010 02:50 AM
I agree with William on the Berea. They are of better quality than most. I have also had good luck with Penn State Industries. They have a nice 4-way screwdriver kit and a scratch awl that make great gifts.
03-07-2010 09:13 AM
Can't help you with the pens but if you want American tools contact Doug Thompson at www.thompsonlathertools.com. Not only are they American made, they are about the best out there. They are pretty much state of the art metal for turning tools. They take and hold an edge for a very long time and the design of the tools is excellent.
03-10-2010 03:48 AM
The link to Thompson tool you supplied is not working. I found this one http://www.thompsonlathetools.com/default.asp Is this the Thompson you are speaking of?
03-10-2010 09:08 AM
Greg, I don't mean to jump in and answer for John, but that is the one I believe he was referring to.
I picked up a couple of their tools in Nashville. So far I am really pleased with them. They come ready to use and really cut good. They seem to hold an edge. I have not sharpened them yet, but looks like they should be real straight forward to follow the grind that is on them.
Thanks for sharing the link.
10-13-2011 06:30 PM - edited 10-14-2011 08:37 AM
A little late to jump into this thread but I saw it here and wondered if there is still interest on this forum of made in the USA pen kits? The pen shown below is made from black acrylic (sorry, not wood) on a made in the USA kit made with stainless steel parts.
We are the manufacturer of these kits and if I am out of line posting on this thread, I apologize. I just wanted to put it out there to make anyone who is interested aware of it. Thanks for looking.
10-13-2011 07:08 PM
I was just going to post about the Marksman kits. But it appears that I was beat to the punch by the man himself
I've heard glowing reviews over these kits from the IAP members. Definintely check out his products.