This instructables shows the steps to create a cola pen with 

1) a pre-sanded wooden handle (see instructable on material selection for cola pens for more info)
2) cola can nib
3) electrical tape to join the nib and the handle

The word NIB is used in this instructable to mean the writing tip of the cola pen (ie NIB = writing tip)

These cola pens are made with cans that are very sharp.  Be careful. not for <18
I made it at Techshop and Submitted by SFlettering for the Instructables Sponsorship Program

Step 1: Sanded Wood From Dead or Down Arizona Juniper

Here are the handles that were pre-sanded earlier.
There are 2 main ways to make a cola pen when joining the nib to the handle

1) use electrical tape and fold the cola can nib "around" the wooden handle (method selected)
2) make a slit in the top of the wood with an axe or knife  and slide the cola can into the slit 

TIP: when choosing the nib width and style consider matching the relative size of the writing tip (the NIB) to the handle selected for use. 
<p>I'm doing my best to be NICE as requested but have to say, as a calligrapher, these pens are so awful that I'd rather write with a stick or a piece of celery. They are so sloppily made that, having made several tries I cannot get one to write. I routinely make cola pens for my own use and suggest you look to another site like YouTube for instructions on a pen that delivers the ink to the paper - and looks beautiful when finished.</p>

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Bio: Based in San Francisco I strive to incorporate custom lettering in the art that I design, print, and make.
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