Pen Tips

Pictured below are the styles of pen bodies that we sell, (near actual size when viewed at 800 x 600). The top one is the "Heavy Duty Style" pen (Standard Skew shown). Its tip wire is also heavier duty, and can stand up to more stress.   Blade or flattened HD tips are about 0.014" to 0.015" thick.  I recommend that you also get the new Heavy Duty Super-Flex cord for this pen, as it will give you rock steady tip temperatures.

The bottom pen is our "Original Style" pen, using the smallest tip wire on the market. These tips can do ultra fine detailing, (Small Skew, w/ rounded heel shown), and are not meant for extremely high heat situations.  Ultra Fine blades or shader tips are pressed to about 0.009" to 0.010" thick.  Both pen body styles are made out of extremely durable composite materials that retard heat conduction, and have a soft foam cushion grip.

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Below are shown the Heavy Duty Style version of each tip style, its order number, name, and a short description. The original Standard pen style tips are just slightly smaller than the Heavy duty styled tips, and about 2/3rds the thickness. Any one of these tips can be made in an "extended length" version, where the brass carriers coming out of the pen body is about an inch longer. For example, many people like to get the #5 Spear Point or #12S small rounded skew in extended length, so they can get under wings and such.

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Pen tip Picture
(Much larger than actual size)
Pen
Tip
#
Name and description
Teal colored name indicates that it is only available in the HD style pens.
Recommended for
Bird Carvers
Mammal Carvers
Flatwork
Gourds
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Large Skew.

Good for running quill lines, and burning larger feathers (like on life sized geese or eagle feathers).  The longer blade burns long even lines, but turning radius is very limited.

Bird carvers doing large birds, like eagles and geese.
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Small Round.

Good for concave areas such as under necks. Good for not leaving a depression from the point.  Can also be used for "stippling".

Bird carvers
Can also be bent at a 45 and used as a shader for flatwork
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Small Round Shader
NEW

This bent version of the #2 pen is designed to be used as a shader. (same profile as the 2)

Flatwork pyrographers
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Large Round.

Same as small round, just a bit larger diameter.

Bird carvers
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Large Round Shader
NEW

This bent version of the #3 pen is designed to be used as a shader. (Same profile as the 3)

Flatwork pyrographers
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Flat Skew.

Same as a Medium sized Skew knife (11), but at a lesser angle.  Some lefties like this one better.

Bird carvers, or anyone wanting a lesser angle on a medium blade knife skew.
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Spear Point.

Good for getting into tight places like under wings, and for under cutting.  Can also be used to make a fuzzy raised hair on flat work or mammal carvings.  Available in extended version.

Bird Carvers.
Mammal Carvers.
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Chisel Point.

Some carvers prefer this for running quill lines.

Bird Carvers
Flatwork pyrographers
   (Large Calligraphy)
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Round Skew.

A variation of the Medium Skew, tip is rounded at both the point and heel.

Bird carvers, or anyone wanting a medium skew with a rounded point.
Gourd pyrographers.
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Burnishing Tip, (Not Sharpened).

Just what is says. Works great for doing 1/2" to 1" high calligraphy lettering, as you can do most letters (like an "S") in just one pen stroke.  As there is no "choke point" in the tip, it does tend to heat up the pen body more than most pens.  Available with two extra foam grips for a $1.00 more.

Bowl Turners
Flatwork pyrographers
.
  (does larger calligraphy, similar to using a calligraphy marker).
No picture, same as above 8EF Exactly the same thing as the #8, but with two extra foam grips to keep the heat off of your hands (costs a dollar more - $20.00) --
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Writing Tip, (Not Sharp).

Used for writing your name on your carvings.  As there is no "choke point" in the tip, it does tend to heat up the pen body more than most pens.

Bird Carvers.
Mammal Carvers.
(used for signing name)
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9MS

Modified Writing Tip (Not Sharp).

Very similar to the standard #9, but has the end of the tip ground symmetrically, and the end is perfectly round.   This is a good choice when you need it for more than just signing your work like for "Pointillism" or drawing, and the "choke point" created at the end of the tip also keeps the pen body much cooler for much longer than the standard #9 pen does.  The end of the tip for the 9M pen is about 0.040" in diameter (1mm), and about 0.030" (3/4mm) diameter for the 9MS pen.  Look at the #19 pens if you want something similar but bigger.

Flatwork pyrographers.
Gourd pyrographers.
Bowl Turners
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Pin Point Tip (Sharp).

Another variation of the #9 & 9M, but it has been ground so that it comes to a sharp point.  Good for when you need to do very fine dots or fine surface lines.   It is sharp, so you may need to sandpaper the tip down a little bit to your liking.

Flatwork pyrographers.
Gourd pyrographers.
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Small Skew.

Great for the miniature carver or anyone that needs to do small fine detailed work.

Bird Carvers, or anyone wanting a short knife with a sharp heel.
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Micro Small Skew

A smaller version of the #10 pen, for working on really small features on song birds.

Bird Carvers, or anyone wanting a smaller version of the 10.  NOT recommended for use on gourds!
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Medium Skew.

A little smaller than the Large Skew (1), has many of the same uses.  Has a better turning radius & is stronger than the Large Skew (1).

Bird carvers.  Medium sized birds.
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Small Rounded Skew.

Like the the small skew, but can turn a corner real easily. This is the most popular pen that we sell.  Get this one and the #18 when ordering one of the Cheryl Dow books!

Everybody.  A VERY versatile pen tip.
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Micro Rounded Skew

Available now.  An even smaller version of the ever popular number twelve pen tip.   Song bird carvers will really like this pen, especially in the ultra fine version (fine pens tend to be even smaller than the HD ones shown).  Available in extended version.

Miniature Bird Carvers, or anyone wanting a smaller version of the 12.  NOT recommended for use on gourds!
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Top and side view

13S

13M

13L

Fish Scale or Flat work Shading pen.

What originally started out as a Cheryl Dow design for flat work pyrography, was changed slightly via Scott Clinton to become a fish scale pen also.  This tip is available in small, medium, or large sizes. The medium size (Shown here) is probably the most versatile for most carvers and flat work pyrographers.  Click here to view a tool tip that explains how to use this pen tip as a fish scaler.

Flatwork pyrographers
 
(Buildings, ships, etc)
Fish Carvers
  (free form scaler)
Bird Carvers
  (use instead of 14 or 15 on small bird feathers)
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Top and Side views
14

Feather Edgier.

This pen design is from Bob Guge. Anyone who has taken a class from him has probably made one. Great for burning in primary's, or anywhere you would otherwise use a pen to burnish or depress wood. Instead of depressing and moving the pen for each area along a line "like you would do with other pens", this pen is designed to act like a ski. Just put it at the start of your feather edge, and follow it. Saves you a lot of time. I recommend getting this one in the Heavy Duty Style, as it will stand up to the rigors of burnishing with a pen of this design.

Bird Carvers
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Top and Side views
15

Feather Edger.

Same as 14, except this one is bent the other way for lefties. Tip for #14 & #15: This pen is does not have a sharp edge. To eliminate any metal that has rolled over the edge from polishing, place the edge perpendicular to a fine stone and move over surface once. Remember this pen's edge acts like a ski, and like a ski, its edge has to be square in order to work properly. Example:

Left handed Bird Carvers
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16S

Small Chisel or Calligraphy Writing Pen.

Basically looks like a small 1/8" chisel tip. Could be used for purposes other than calligraphy.  Available in smaller sizes/widths upon request.

Flatwork pyrographers
Gourd pyrographers.
Or anyone wanting to do calligraphy.
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Course Hair Tip

This tip is used to make hair on your caricature or mammal carvings, instead of using a tear-drop shaped dremel bit, or micro-V hand gouge. Obviously, you may still need these other tools for wider furrows, but this pen will make short work of the medium to finer sized hairs on your carvings (up to 1mm wide). This tip is only available in heavy duty style, as its design requires a thicker tip wire. It can also be used to do fine hair/feather work, where you can adjust the width and depth of a line by just pressing harder (rather than increasing your heat settings).  As this pen tip has a limited "choke point" in it, it may tend to get more heat to the pen body.  It is available with two extra foam grips to alleviate this problem, for only $1.00 more.   Because this tip relies on the wire diameter used, it is not available in our fine style of pens.

Mammal carvers.
Flatwork pyrographers.
Gourd pyrographers.
Bowl Turners

Can also be used for "cross hatching" in flatwork, bowls, or on gourds.  Also good for making tree bark, white hairs, and much more.

Same as above #17

17EF


Exactly the same as the standard #17, except it has two extra foam grips added to the pen barrel to keep the heat off of your hand.  The standard #17 can heat up the pen body when used at higher heat settings for extended periods of time (limited choke point in tip)....  This one costs a dollar more than the standard #17 ($21.00).

Mammal carvers.
Flatwork pyrographers.
Gourd pyrographers.
Bowl Turners

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18L
18M
18S

Spear Point Shader
(Renamed from old "13SP" tip number)

This new shader looks a lot like the #5 spear point, but has squared off edges (not sharpened), and it is bent at a 45 degree angle for shading.  Great for when you need to shade an area that's in a tight spot.  Cheryl Dow now recommends using this pen instead of the old #13 pen for flat work pyrography (I guess that's why she came it with it for us).  Available in smaller sizes 18M & 18S, regular (large) 18 shown.   The 18M is the same shape and size as the #5 Spear Point, except it is bent with unsharpend edges.

Flatwork pyrographers.
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Ball Tip (XL size shown here)

19S

19M

19L

19XL

Ball Tip

This pen is something many pyrographers have wanted for a long time, so we invented it (circa mid 2002).   This tip is available in four different ball sizes: 1/16" S, 5/64" M, 1/10" L, & 1/8" XL (1/16" S & 1/8" XL shown here).  This pen tip can be used to draw lines, shade with, do pointillism, and much more (1/8" could be ground to a shape that suits your needs).  Available in HD style pen only.

Flatwork Pyrographers
Gourd Pyrographers
Bowl Turners
Fish Carvers
Bird Carvers (use small one as wrinkler)
Could also be used by
Mammal or Bird carvers if customized.
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20
20L

Gourd Saw Blade


A unique tip used for cutting through gourds comes in two versions.   The standard length pen (20) can cut through gourds up to 1/4" thick.   The Long version (20L) is about 3/16" longer, and can cut gourds up to 3/8"~1/2".  It should be used on straight cuts (not curves), and should be used in a "sawing motion" for best results.  It is ground much sharper than most blade pens, so be careful not to cut yourself on this one!

Gourd Pyrographers
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21A
or
21AEF

Basket Illusion Tip 1/8"
NEW!

This tip is used to create a faux basket bead on platters or bowls.  A platter or bowl is turned in the traditional manner. Along the way, beads are applied with a special 1/8" beading tool (D-Way) and this pen is used to burn the lines that go across the profile of the turned beads.  Because this tip is very difficult to make, it sells for $30 instead of the standard $20 for all our other pen tips ($31 with Extra Foam grips).   Note that this tip is only bent to a 35 degree angle, as that is optimum angle to use it at for most people.

Bowl Turners
Photo not yet available
Coming Soon
21B
or
21BEF

Basket Illusion Tip 3/16"
NEW!

This tip is used to create a faux basket bead on platters or bowls.  A platter or bowl is turned in the traditional manner. Along the way, beads are applied with a special 3/16" beading tool (D-Way) and this pen is used to burn the lines that go across the profile of the turned beads.  Because this tip is very difficult to make, it sells for $30 instead of the standard $20 for all of our other pen tips ($31 with Extra Foam grips).   Note that this tip is only bent to a 35 degree angle, as that is optimum angle to use it at for most people.

Bowl Turners

Recommended...

The "Recommended" column is not "set in stone", and should just be used as a quick reference guide.  Bird carvers are denoted in red, because many bird carver may opt to get our "Ultra Fine" tipped pens (they have red foam grips), especially if they are working in Tupelo and/or doing miniatures or chickadee's.   Mammal carvers, flatwork pyrographers, and gourd pyrographers should typically get our Heavy Duty style pens, as they can better handle the higher temperatures and mechanical pressures that are typical of these types of pyrography.

Tip Care

We do not recommend heating tips way up to "condition" them or burn off carbon, this will only shorten its life span. Nor do we recommend using most types of sandpaper. To keep tips in factory new condition, use a white polishing compound (Aluminum Oxide polishing compound) with either a leather strop or a felt polishing wheel. Actual sharpening of the edge can usually be done every six months to a year, depending on usage. Use a very fine stone to sharpen at a 30 to 35 degree angle, (depends on your preference), then polish. See Customer Support & FAQ for more details on this.

Custom Tips

As always, you can have custom tips made. There is a $5.00 extra charge for this service.  For "extended length" pens, where the brass carrier is about an inch and a half longer than on normal pens, pens are $3.00 more.  If you need just a slight change to a standard tip style, there is usually no charge for that (i.e., some bird carvers may want a standard pen tip unsharpened, or only sharpened on one side).   If in doubt, ask.

Replaceable Tip Pens

Please see Customer Support & FAQ for detailed information on this subject.

Tip Replacement and repair

If you break or wear out a tip, it can be easily replaced by sending your pen body directly to us for fastest service. Cost for tip replacement is only $7.00, include $2.04 for return shipping charges via first class US mail for up to 2 pens.  Remember to tell us what style of tip you want (in case we can't recognise it any more ;-), your return address, and phone number too.

PJL Enterprises
P.O. Box 273
720 N. Perry Ave.
Browerville, MN  56438
1-320-594-2811


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