ERC Pen Making Pro


In this video our Missile and Sensors Test Directorate Program Manager, Bill Alcorn, shows his skill at designing and assembling ballpoint pens.  We hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to comment if you have any questions for Bill!


  1. Tom Magruder on March 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Wow! I love the bolt-action pen!

    Do you make them for sale? I would be very interested to find out what one would cost.



  2. Bill on March 23, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I do not make them for sale, I will try to stop by and show you several bolt action pens and I am sure we can work something out. Do you work in the cal lab?

  3. David Beaty on March 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I watched your video on Pen making and thought it was way cool, I am a Machinist on the Nasa side on the ESSSA contract and I have a wood working shop at home and I would love to try this can you tell me where I can get a Kit for this? I found a web site called wood turningz and looked at their kits but wasn’t sure if the kits came with everything I needed. can you please advise.

  4. Bill Alcorn on June 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    David, sorry for not replying earlier, just busy. Anyway check out penn state ind., for the kits. I buy most of mine there and the kits are complete with instructions. Enjoy


  5. Susan Bailey on October 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Bill, the pen is beautiful. I am going to let my husband watch the video. I know he will be very interested in starting some pen projects.

    thank you for this.

  6. kathy adams on May 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Bill, That is really a great job, I know you said you don’t make them to sell,but I love the bolt action pen. I would love to have one to match my new gun I just bought.Pink camo, what you think?