Today we continue with the pen series with a Cherry Navigator Rollerball. This pen is a nice addition to any collection and will look good with just about any blank.
I’m not going to talk about preparing the blank since it’s basically identical to the Metro pen I wrote about in my last post. I will start by talking about the turning of this pen. Cherry is plentiful in northeast Ohio, so while it is a common wood, it makes a nice looking pen in my opinion and I enjoy turning cherry. Cherry turns super easily and I take my time to turn the blanks down to the bushings.
The turning is extremely similar to the Metro, but the main difference is with the Navigator, there is no taper near the top and it has a consistent thickness. After turning the blanks down to the bushings, I went ahead and sanded the blanks with 220, 400, 1,000, and 2,000 grit sandpaper. This made the blanks super smooth and available to take a CA finish with no problem.
I cleaned the blanks with some denatured alcohol, then continued with finishing. I coated the blanks with one coat of boiled linseed oil, then applied my CA finish. After the CA finish (5 coats of thin), I used micro mesh and wet sanded from 1,500 to 12,000 grit to smooth out any rough spots that might have existed.
After finishing, I was able to assemble the pen with no issues. As long as you are organized, the Navigator goes together smoothly. Make sure you have your pieces in order and follow the directions, either through video or written instruction, and this makes for a nice looking pen that has an elegant feel.
Thanks for checking out the video and as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me a message or comment on the YouTube video that can be found under the “YouTube Videos” tab on my website.