Toolbox Pencil Kit

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  • 3
    Lead advancement

    Posted by Plowboy1951 on Aug 29th 2022

    Won't buy it again no customer support

  • 4
    Looks good

    Posted by Tom on Oct 8th 2020

    Have not used yet, but the instructions are complete, as is the package. The only down side I found is no 8mm drill bit included. This not a common size, so I had to buy one. Not a deal breaker, and I'd purchase again.

  • 5
    Toolbox pencil kit

    Posted by Zachary Griffin on May 18th 2020

    I have purchased a couple of these kits over the last two years. They make a nice pencil that I enjoy using in my shop. I recently made a few more of these because a coworker saw mine and really liked it and wanted his own. One of the kits I purchased did not have one component, which I have never had happen before with the 100ish pen kits I’ve purchased from Crooked Mill, but I mentioned it when I made my second purchase a week later and they sent an extra free toolbox pencil kit with my purchase.

  • 5
    Heavyweight among pencils

    Posted by Michael Seymour on Feb 21st 2019

    The Toolbox Pencil kit creates a robust, thick-leaded, iron-clad beast of a pencil. The lead is about twice the diameter of the lead of a typical wooden pencil (read the specs). After a failed first attempt at building the pencil (keep reading), I successfully built the second (of three kits I’d purchased). I used a chunk of water buffalo horn (originally sold as a dog chew!) for the blank; note to others, save yourself and buy pre-cut blanks if you want to do buffalo horn. By the time I chopped up the horn, I would’ve been able to buy pre-cut blanks for about the same price. Doh! Anyway, the pencil came out fantastic! As a utilitarian instrument to be used in my shop, I have very little doubt that this pencil will last for many, many years (lifetime?). In length, the Toolbox Pencil is about 0.5” shorter than a completed Slimline Pen, but maybe 1.5x a Slimline in girth.

    My one gripe with the kit was that I should’ve followed my instincts when assembling. Instead, I tried to follow the directions, which left off a vital step. Again, the mistake could’ve been avoided using commonsense, but I wanted to follow directions… Anyway, BEFORE you “[P]ress the Jaw onto the short end of the Pencil Mechanism” in step 2, MAKE SURE you insert the Jaw through the Tip FIRST (the Jaw needs to be inserted via the tip of the Tip). You cannot reverse that step later (when you get to step 6) – trust me!

    ***I do need to point out that Crooked Mill customer service remedied my situation immediately; in fact, I haven’t seen such a high quality of customer service in a long time, unfortunately.***

    If you want a bold pencil with plenty of acreage to show off a blank, this one is it! If, however, you’re looking for a pencil lead the size of a normal wooden pencil, check out their Sketch Pencil kit. You really can’t go wrong with either, imho!

  • 3
    Toolbox Pencil

    Posted by David on Aug 6th 2018

    Instructions were a bit vague. I had problems with assembly. The barrel assembly needed to be assembled and it was difficult. The kit I purchased from another vendor came with barrel complete. The top ring didn't fit the tenon so I had to mill it out a little so it would fit. Final product came out amazing.