R Neely Pens

 

There are a wide variety of plating options available on pen kits sold today. Choosing which finish to use for a pen can be difficult and may be based on the wood used, customer preferences, pricing etc. This guide I found on the internet, will go over some of the options available.The number in parenthesis is a wear rating from 1 to 5 (least durable to most durable) and is purely an opinion - others may well disagree. The first determination of quality is often how the plating is done at the manufacturing plant. Unfortunately, this information is only rarely available. The cheapest kits are plated using the tumbled method of plating, resulting is a thin, uneven inferior coating. The better method is the rack method where parts are separated during plating and results in a much more consistent and durable coating.  I have found several suppliers that I purchase my hardware from that use this method of plating, & with over  15 years of pen making, I have realized that the Quality of the Plating Greatly increases the Quality, & Longevity of a High Quality Writing Instrument! This is why I only use the Higher Quality Black & Gold Titaniums, & Platinums(rhodiums) available! I will still be making some from the lesser quality plated kits, but I will note that in my ads, and they will be priced accordingly.

 

 Below is a pen plating reference chart I found on the internet, to give you an idea of the durability of the most common pen platings, used by the majority of  other pen crafters!

  • Gold: Still the most common plating sold. The quality of gold plating can vary from very poor to excellent, depending on both the way the plating is done and what combination of gold and other additives are used in the plating process. There also seems to be a wide variation in the color of gold plating that may be related to the manufacturers plating formula and/or some variation in each batch of plating solution. By it's nature gold is a very soft metal and gold plating regardless of quality will wear off of pen parts over time.
    • 24kt: (0.5) The least wear resistant of any pen plating. Usually is thinly plated with a coating of epoxy over the gold to increase durability.
    • 10kt: (1.5) A combination of gold and nickel, resulting in a more durable finish.
    • Cobalt gold (sometimes called upgrade gold): (2.5) 24kt gold with cobalt or palladium added to the plating chemicals. Much more durable than either 10kt or 24kt gold.
    • Titanium Gold: (4.0) Titanium nitride is matched to the color of the gold, then plated onto the parts and the 24k gold is sputtered on top of the titanium plating. The gold of this finish still wears off fairly rapidly, but since the titanium beneath the gold matches the gold color, the wear is not noticeable.
    • 18kt Rose Gold: (3.0) Plating is an alloy of gold and copper. The finish has a pinkish cast.
    • Satin Gold: (2.5) Gold finish with a slightly textured matte surface.

    Chrome: (3.5) Bright silver colored chromium finish. Very good durability.

    Silver: (2.0) Thin sterling silver plating with an epoxy coating.

    Sterling Silver: (4.0) Usually refers to a much thicker silver plating (20 microns instead of 5 microns). Very durable and very expensive. Coated with epoxy to slow the tarnishing of parts.

    Satin Pearl: (3.0) Nearly white textured metallic finish.

    Platinum or Rhodium: (4.5) These two terms are often used interchangeably. Most manufacturers still call their plating platinum, but usually it is actually rhodium (closely related to platinum and part of the platinum group chemically). Platinum is more durable than rhodium, but both are very durable finishes.

    Satin Nickel or Satin Chrome: (3.0) These terms are often used by different manufacturers for the same finish. Grayish in color with a slightly textured surface.

    Black Titanium: (5.0) This is a titanium oxide plating process. It is very hard and durable and much tougher than titanium nitride and should last a very long time.

    Gunmetal: (2.5) Actually a black nickel plating that looks very much like black titanium at a much lower cost, but also less durable.

    Black Chrome: (3.0) Chrome and chrome oxides combined in the plating process, resulting in a shiny black durable finish.

    Black Enamel: (1.0) Just as it says, a black enamel coating. Similar in appearance to black chrome but with a smooth matte surface.

    Tactile: (2.5) Black rubberized textured coating.

    Copper: (2.5) Bright copper plating often with some gold added.

    Satin Copper: (2.5) Copper plating with a matte, textured surface.

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    Cross Style Refill Replacement  

     

     

    The Cross Style pens have been around for quite some time, they use a simple twist mechanism to extend & retract the refill for writing. All of my slimline twist pens use this type of ballpoint refill, which is very easy to change. You simply pull off the upper portion of the pen & unscrew the refill & then replace it with your choice of point sizes or preferred colors. Then slide the upper section back on & simply twist to the right slowly re-align the grain or color patterns on your pen. 

    Parker Style Refill Replacement 

    These Parker Style refills come in ballpoint or gel & will interchange in any pen using this style of refill. I prefer the bold writing & the smooth flow of the gel myself, but for longevity I would recommend the ballpoint. Due to the easy flow nature of the gel, the refills do not last as long as the ballpoint. My Gel or Ballpoint Click Pens, & My Cigar Pens, use this style refill & is very easy to change. Simply unscrew the tip of the pen, & be careful not to lose the spring, remove the refill & replace with the refill of your choice. You may need to wiggle the refill in the barrel to make sure it seats all the way up into the pen before screwing the tip back on. The clicker on the top of my click pens, also has a spring under it & may need to be tightened occasionally to prevent it from coming off!

     

     

    Generic Cross Style Refill

    These are the generic cross style refills that come with the pen kits I purchase, to keep the price of the kits down. I will include these with your pen, to be used as a spare if you should run out of ink in the middle of an important document! These are only available in black medium point at this time!

    Generic Parker Style Gel Refill

    These are the generic Parker style refills that come with the pen kits I purchase, to keep the price of the kits down. I will include these with your pen, to be used as a spare if you should run out of ink in the middle of an important document! These are only available in black medium point at this time!

    Genuine Cross Style Refill

    This is a very smooth writing genuine Cross ballpoint refill, that will upgrade the performance from the generic refills that come standard in these slimline style twist pens! I will ship my pens with a black medium Genuine Cross refill already installed & tested, to upgrade the performance of my pens. I prefer the broad refill for the best all around performance this style pen! These refills are easily found at any office supply store in a variety of colors & point sizes ranging from fine to broad. 

    Genuine Parker Style Ballpoint Refill

    This is a very smooth writing genuine Parker ballpoint refill, for the money they are hard to beat! I will ship my pens with a black medium Genuine Parker refill already installed & tested, to upgrade the performance of my pens. The ballpoint refill will last about twice as long as a gel refill, but I much prefer the smooth flow of the gel! I prefer the broad refill for the best all around performance in this style pen! These refills are easily found at any office supply store in a variety of colors & point sizes ranging from fine to broad.

    Cross Style Stylus

    Convert any of my Slimline pens using the cross style refill to a stylus by simply using one of these generic stylus refills instead of the ink refill.
    Monteverdi Cross Style Rollerball Liquid Ballpoint Pen Refill

     

    The Monteverdi Rollerball Liquid Ink Refill for Cross Ballpoints requires less pressure on the point than conventional oil-based ballpoint ink. Rollerball type ink in a ballpoint body. Water based, low viscosity ink in a large capacity nickel silver tube with a nickel silver tip.

    Monteverdi Parker Style Rollerball Gel Refill

    This new Monteverdi Capless Ceramic Gel refill allows you to convert your ballpoint pen into a Capless Rollerball Gel Pen. For the first time ever this refill offers a combination of a ceramic ball with gel ink. Features smooth, comfortable writing; finest developed inks and high quality metal parts. Comes with a stainless steel tip with ceramic ball. Has a 3 year shelf life! Made in Switzerland!
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