Carol Roby (Texas) | September 9th, 2023
Beautiful and durable. Finish goes well with anything. Sleek and elegant.
Jason Hine | March 25th, 2023
This pen is top quality, with understated elegant design. The nib is also top notch. The simple design really makes your work stand out.
Jeff Rine (Madison MS) | March 24th, 2023
I have tried several brands of Slimline pens and find I like the Berea Hardwoods the best. They are high quality and I feel confident in selling them.
Joaquin Juatai (North Carolina) | February 2nd, 2023
This is a solid pen kit with a very attractive profile when completed. Definitely will make more.
Brandon Pine (Ohio) | January 21st, 2023
This stuff is great for making opal rings! I have never been happier with the coating of ca glue, this stuff is amazing
Doug "DMac" MacMillan (Meridian, ID) | January 19th, 2023
Everyone seems to make a thin/7mm kit, but this one is definitely a cut above the rest.
The build quality is great, and I REALLY like the click mechanism. There may be pen makers out there who like soft click pens that don't have a positive (and pronounced) CLICK when you actuate the mechanism, but I (and all the folks I've made pens for) are not among them. Click pens should CLICK. Full stop.
Berea uses the all-metal Schmidt click mechanism, and I've decided that for any [click] pens I make going going forward, the first thing I'll look for in the details is whether or not it has a Schmidt metal mechanism. Are they more expensive? A little. Are they worth the difference? Absolutely. If you are making volume pens, and trying to hit a price-point, you might choose something else. But for anyone like me, trying to make the best possible pens, I do not think there is a better alternative.
I REALLY wish I could upload pics of the pens I made. They were for a couple who wanted semi-matching pens, 7mm Click Pens. One in Gun Metal, the other in Black Chrome. Same blank (from Chris Wayne on Etsy, which are stunning), but one traditional with the pen matching the blank orientation (wood at both ends, acrylic in the middle), and other pen inverted. Both came out great, and the loved them.
Thank you Berea folks for looking to provide high quality products, and not trying to hit the lowest possible price per kit.
Doug "DMac" MacMillan (Meridian, ID) | January 19th, 2023
I made this for my wife, and after a little hand-holding from the Berea crew, it turned out perfect. I've now ordered a bunch of these kits to make for other folks!
After having made a variety of Berea pens, what I've learned is that the Berea folks go to great lengths to well document their instructions. Which, had I followed them, wouldn't have needed the aforementioned "hand-holding" from their great support staff.
I had not encountered a kit that used a part of the brass tube as a "tenon", so I kind of skimmed over that part of the instructions (thinking it was like the other pens I'd made) and was stumped when I to the assembly part and read, this step, "8. Press the brass insert into the other end of the brass tube until it is flush.", and I didn't have any brass tube showing!
Long story short, I've learned to now read everyone's instructions more thoroughly (slightly different instructions is not a Berea-specific thing...)
Also, a very happy ending to this story. Not only did Berea guide me through my mistake, step-by-step (without any, "Ahem, did you even read the instructions?" tone in their voice), but I just noticed that they have also updated their instructions doc to clearly call out that there are two ways to approach this kit, and what to do for each option.
A Happy Berea Customer!
Doug "DMac" MacMillan (Meridian, ID) | January 18th, 2023
Not only is the kit higher quality than many others out there, the Berea customer service is fast, friendly and super helpful.
After trying kits from may sites, I've settled on only a few, with Berea at the top of the list.
James Dandy (DE) | January 17th, 2023
Berea sierra kits are excellent and easy to assemble
donovan L rakestraw (Kansas) | January 3rd, 2023
Love these kits. Love the fountain. The roller ball is the smoothest writer of all the pens I do. Great seller.
Doug MacMillan (Meridian, ID!) | November 16th, 2022
I made a bunch of pens for Christmas gifts, so I needed some nice boxes to go with them.
Since I wasn't sure what I wanted, I bought this one, the jumbo version of the same style, and about a dozen others from PSI and Woodcraft.
I asked a few people to rate them all, and both of these boxes from Berea came out on top!
Rod Keen (League City, TX) | October 30th, 2022
I find the Geta to be a simple, yet elegant design. the only change I would make is to have the clip already installed in the kit.
chuck couture (west valley) | October 21st, 2022
excellent kit to work with. easy to get a good product from each kit
Dennis J (Waukesha, WI) | October 7th, 2022
This is a beautiful kit. Berea has added bling to the basic cigar pen. The look is very distinctive. The pen uses the same bushings as the other Berea cigar kits. The clip is a little tight but is easily fixed.
Carl (Delaware) | August 16th, 2022
Made 3 of these pens. Easy to turn and put together. Has odd size tubes, 11/32 drill bit. So don't mess up a tube, do not know where to get spare tubes as replacements.
Paul Witmer (Barrie ON) | July 27th, 2022
Perfect for additional sales as well as gifting. Perfect for using cut offs as thr handle.
Larry Marshall (VA) | July 26th, 2022
I just recently purchased and completed three of these kits. They are easy to turn and assemble. I did have a problem with one of the click assemblies but a call to customer support got a new on in the mail to me fast and this one worked good.
Bob (LaCrosse, Wisc.) | July 20th, 2022
I have been turning pens for gifts since I began (2005). I only use the Elegant Sierra as this kit is easy to assemble and only requires one blank for the kit. It creates a beautiful pen and recipients love them. I like using a CA gluing process for finish.
Dwayne Wilson | July 14th, 2022
These are really nice Pen boxes, my customers love then. My only complaint is that I wish that they were a little bit bigger, but that is just my personal option. The turning around time with Berea is outstanding, I have only placed orders three different time but received then within three to four days once shipped. I will purchase these again.
Judy Clark (Victorville, CA) | July 6th, 2022
This is a beautiful box. The construction is excellent, and the wood is beautiful. The "Regular size" is a bit too small for the pens I make. It is certainly well worth the price and I will keep it in case I get an order for a slim-line or 7mm pen.