I get asked a lot about what tools I use to turn wood pens, rings, bottle stoppers, bowls, and other items. I thought to help others, I would create a page featuring links to the things I use.
I use a lathe to spin my wood pens and other projects. Currently, I use a benchtop lathe but if I can sell enough products, I'm very much looking forward to upgrading to a stand-alone unit. What has worked for me so far is something like this: https://amzn.to/2CnY1PS
A pen mandrel is mounted to a lathe and creates a stable environment for turning small objects. I use a pen mandrel for my wood pens as well as ring turning. there are a variety of types available but if you find one that fits your lathe, you're pretty set for success. This is the exact pen mandrel I use and I love it. https://amzn.to/36KEjM4
I made myself a wooden tool handle out of purpleheart wood and built my own carbide tool. This is the cutting edge, like a chisel, that helps me craft my wood pens. You can use HSS (high-speed steel) tools, but they must be sharpened frequently. The edge on my carbide tools lasts a lot longer. Here is a link to show you the types of tools I use for making my wood pens: https://amzn.to/2p1njQE
I get pen kits from a variety of sources. But to start, my wood pens were mostly slimline style. If you are starting out, too, you can get a 10 pack of slimline pen kits for under $30! Check this link to see what I mean: https://amzn.to/2PYav8C