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    Default Japanese fountain pen making (has machining content!)

    I just stumbled across this on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SByOoh2XK6c

    A Japanese artisanal fountain pen maker at work. Some fascinating tools, machines and some excellent hand turning / hand work and techniques. I especially like the quick-acting wooden 'collet chuck' arrangement! Only 12 mins long and worth a look in my opinion.

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    That is quite something! Very neat to see.

    I can't help to think some steps could be eliminated though.
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    Great video, not much Wasted motion in that shop. I particularly liked the collet setup with the donut tightener. I wonder how many pens a day they produce. At first I thought I wouldn't watch the whole thing, but then I couldn't stop watching.
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    It is an oldie, but goody.
    Saw it a long time ago. Upmarket, high quality work.

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    I wonder if they have invested in any CNC machines since the video was made??

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    Great little video. Loved the collet chuck with the rings to lock it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeLee View Post
    I wonder if they have invested in any CNC machines since the video was made?
    I don't.

    Ian - thanks for posting that. Watched it all the way through, even though I'd seen it at least twice before.
    I'm impressed by the ease with which he spins a multi-start (3?) thread on the pen barrel.

    It's always a treat to watch a master working at traditional craft!
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    I watched a second similar video where the maker used a Jacobs style chuck. The work was notably slower due to needing to stop the turning and use the chuck key. It's very interesting how the wood collet chuck worked out so well.

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    I added that video to my watch later content after watching it. Also the wood chucks that are shown in the video are not all the same, some have brass jaws in them. The wood looks like oak. I have to say its very interesting content, very few tools and a small shop with people working. Compared to what I have to deal with on a daily basis, I would trade with that in a heart beat. its the reason I built my own home shop. Its my place of zen and my place of happiness where I find work satisfying.
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    Yes I too loved the collet chuck with double locking rings from behind . I also like the idea of sitting down to work on some things.Could anyone find out where these lathes can be seen more easily and are they for sale anywhere or maybe they are home made great idea facing the headstock directly front on . Please say if you have more info I might even have a go at making one myself. It shows what I have been saying all along you can make many of these woodworking -- woodturning tools easily enough and it would make a great project. The foot pedal arrangement looks good also. Alistair whoops just dropped one of my hearing aids in my coffee it seems ok as I heard it clink and saved it SEEMINGLY in time.
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