Always keep my eyes open for stabilized burl pen blanks at Rockler's. Most of the time, such blanks are good quality; some times outstanding quality. The one in the picture is one of the latter. Good price, and the blank turned and polished easily.
Antique Brass Southwest Hardware kit with red stone.
This is by far my favorite pen blank! It looks very impressive when its used. I have made several pens and consistently get compliments and words of amazement when others see the pens completed and used.
this is an extremely nice to look at piece when finished.. unfortunately, every piece in the store is twisted and bent. you could easily turn a 7mm pen but the 12mm one i was working on made it difficult to not get thin on an edge. i finally was able to find a piece that was straight enough to work and it had a knot that fell out during turning just at the finishing pass.. so i had to fill it. overall it came out nice looking but was a difficult process overall
Blank was curved to where I had to use it on a two piece pen like a slimline even though I bought it for the vertex pen (without wasting a $8 blank). It also only had good markings on one half of the blank. I would not recommend buying it here and I will buy my next blanks from someone else.