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Here is a wonderful video of a Japanese master craftsman turning high end fountain pens by hand. Notice how comfortable he is with his tools and the constant fitting to get the parts to just go together and feel right. You will also see hand threading using chasing tools..... I have tried this in miniature without success. I think the trick is the way his lathe reverses. Also his lathe spindle faces him, much like the lathe I was giving Althea lessons on this week.

http://youtu.be/-8jFLYwxMjI

BTW.... I have been in this neighborhood in Osaka, it is filled with tiny shops and craftsman....... So cool to wander around.

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