Pen Finishes

Friction Polish – The friction polish that I use for wood pens is a shellac-based polish that is applied on the lathe at high speeds. There are several coats applied  resulting in a gloss that fades over time. The lower gloss option is perfect for anyone who wants a truly authentic looking and feeling wooden pen. Any natural imperfections in the wood are removed through sanding and filling, resulting in a smooth and comfortable grip, while preserving the integrity and aesthetic of minimally treated wood. 

Friction polish on a resin pen is a plastic polish that is applied on the lathe at high speeds producing a gloss that will fade over time.

Glossy – The glossy finish is created by using cyanoacrylate (super glue) while on the lathe to create a hard durable shell. This shell goes through a two-stage finishing process where it is sanded then waxed and polished at high speeds resulting in a high gloss shine that will stay glossy for years. The crystal-clear gloss finish holds several distinct advantages over the friction finish. It is much more durable and will never need refinishing. It provides a clearer, better lens for light-colored woods and resin pens with contrasting colors.