The first wood-burning pen kit we examined is manufactured by Walnut Hollow. This particular kit comes equipped with 11 different wood burning points with variable temperature adjustability enabling arts and crafts professionals to easily control and adjust the heat for any different type of project.
The way the tips work, these points can be swapped out using pliers- though the manufacturer advises being careful to not bend them when you are removing them. The wood burning points are marketed as capable of soldering, wood burning, as well as carving and cutting into a bunch of different surface materials like card, leather, and wood. It ships with a lead-free solder- the pen tips are capable of calligraphy, tapering, flow, universal, transfer, and hot knifing.
Regarding the adjustable temperature range, it goes all the way up to 950°F. An integrated heat shield ensures that the hot barrel will not burn your hands. Great for hobbyists, you can screw in a hot knife points to be used with stencils, to trim fabric and to work with leather, soft plastic, cork, foam core board, wax and other materials. Buyers say that they use the tapered point for generating intricate designs across a range of different surface materials.
The calligraphy woodburning point is great for creating attractive calligraphic lettering-enabling you to hold the wood-burning point at a 45° angle with the flat side of its point used to generate the fanciful lettering. The flow point is great for burning in darts, curves and performing in cursive writing. The shading point tool is designed to perform side shading as well as shading in a large surface area is without having to use a heavy touch. It's sold or in the point is designed to join a metal- though it is advised that you should tin your point before starting.
- Buyers say they have used it to cut vinyl records- employing the hot knife, though they advised to be careful of noxious fumes and to use a fume extractor.
- One pyrographer said that it is an effective and inexpensive tool to draw into wood at high temperatures-saying that it's adjustable tips provide dynamic engraving capabilities.
- He told us that it will take a couple of minutes for the tip to heat up and that as long as you don't apply to much pressure he hasn't experienced the tips breaking.
- One fine artist to engraves on wooden baseball bats tells us that it was an effective and relatively cheap tool for doing intricate a woodburning.
The next wood burning pen kit we examined was the short barreled Weller. A Chinese manufactured option, it's capable of adjusting up to 900°F- and marketed towards hobbyists, craftsman and people who enjoy woodburning projects.
- One buyer told us that he used it on antler bones, saying that it was reasonably effective considering how much more difficult it is to work on that bone surface material than it is on common types of wood.
- Buyers say that in order to replace the tips they often use vice grips to swap them out.
- Craftsmen have a mixed feedback for this option, with one reviewer saying that after a dozen or so uses that the tip end melted into the inside of the pen, effectively ruining it.
- Indeed, the reviewer consensus seems to be that it is a relatively weak and poorly designed option that lacks an integrated temperature dial- best to go with something that costs a little bit more but provides a better return on investment.
The third wood burning pen set we examined is manufactured by Sona Enterprises. It includes 34 different wood burning pen tips, four tweezers and is a 25 W option.
- One buyer who purchased this wood-burning gun was impressed by the number of pieces it shipped with, the included metal stand, and the stencils it ships with.
- As with some of the other options we examined, this kit has received mixed feedback, with one buyer saying he purchased it as a Christmas gift for a relative who loves crafts projects and found it an ideal starter option.
The fourth option we examined was the Hollow Wood burning detailer- it heats up to 750°F and is marketed as a precise woodburning tool. Once again, feedback is somewhat fragmented- one buyer told us he uses it for fine and crafts in his Christmas shop saying that it has been sufficient for his relatively basic detailing purposes.
- Some buyers complained that the tips wore out too quickly and that the included tips, as well, didn't provide the granular detailing ability they had been after.
- Indeed, you can find replacement tips- so it's likely that you can discover different wood burning tip options to get the effect you're going after.
The last woodburning pen kit we examined is manufactured by GoChange. This is a 23 piece option- a pyrography set marketed as an embossing, carving and wood burning solution for home crafts professionals.
For safety reasons, the company advises that it be used in a well-ventilated space in conjunction with a fume extractor to avoid damaging your eyes for lungs with noxious fumes. It's best also to use hand protection whenever you change the tips so that you avoid burning yourself.
We are also careful to delineate that this is not a soldering kit- it is only a woodburning kit with temperatures that go up to between 200 Celsius to 300 Celsius. One buyer was somewhat annoyed that it didn't come with instructions and zero advice about what the different functions of the included tips are.
On the plus side, he found it pretty effective, saying that though he has to wait a couple of minutes for the tip to cool down in order to swap it out that it doesn't smoke and has worked well for his purposes.