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  • Optima Burner and Colwood pens

    Hello All,
    I have a Optima burner coming and was wondering if Colwood pens would be able to be used with it?

    Thank you

  • #2
    I have an Optima and use their burners. Curious why you would want other tips? I find the Optima PH 12 skew is my workhorse for all burnings. Just clean them and keep them polished.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #3
      Hello woodburner807 ,
      I am a complete noob and will only be using the burner to outline my carvings (famous last words, I know).
      But was just curious about the interchangeability of the different pens, really for my own information.
      I don't foresee me needing anything more than the #12 small rounded skew that comes with the kit.
      Thank you

      Chris

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      • #4
        Nothing wrong with being curious and I remember years ago many people had questions on various burners and interchangeability. I "think" the Colwood pens will work, but get a second opinion. Most people find they only need a few tips to work with, and I bought too many when I first started.

        PH12 skew, and maybe a shader. One thing to remember is you burn darker by keeping the pen longer on the wood...not higher temperature. Just practice and it all will fall into place. Good luck!
        Last edited by woodburner807; 09-17-2019, 06:21 AM.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #5
          Here is a site and great forum with tons of information. I used to be very active but many years ago it just died for various reasons. However the information is still there and it has free patterns, tutorials, etc. You don't have to join to read all the info: http://woodburner.com/news.php
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cseymour View Post
            Hello All,
            I have a Optima burner coming and was wondering if Colwood pens would be able to be used with it?

            Thank you
            Since most of these types of burners use nichrome wire, the interchangeability of tips, hand-pieces, line cords, and power supplies typically lies at the point where the components connect. In your case, both have a male RCA plug on the hand-piece, so it should work just fine.

            The following is from the PJL Enterprises web site ( http://www.carvertools.com/ ). They are addressing Optima hand-pieces use on other brand power supplies, but the take-away is either hand-piece would work. I cross-use different brands without problems.

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            Yes, our pen bodies are directly compatible with most other brands (except Detail Master).Most burners use an "RCA" type of jack. Colwood and Nibs also use this same type of jack to connect to the pen body. Your pen cord should have a "female" type RCA jack that your pens plug into (pen body has a male RCA). You should have no problems using the Optima burning pens on the Navesink (or Colwood, Nibs, etc...). You would, however, get better linear control (doesn't go from too cold to too hot) with our Optima 1 power supply (Our power supply circuit design is superior to other brands). By the way, we do sell a Detail Master adapter cord, so that our pens may be used on Detail Master Power supplies.
            Last edited by dave.keele; 09-17-2019, 06:19 AM.
            ....Dave
            Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
            www.shellknobwoodcarvers.weebly.com

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            • #7
              Thank you Woodburner807 and Dave for your very informative responses. I am looking forward to trying my new burner out once it arrives.
              woodburner807, thank you for the great tip about the site, lots of information there -- greatly appreciated

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