OXO Pepper Grinder – Disassembly and Deep Cleaning

I can usually find what I need online when I have to take something apart, from a switch in the Whirlpool washer, to a vacuum switch on the old HVAC.  But this morning I couldn’t find what I needed.

My wife loves pepper, so maybe 8 or 10 years ago I bought her a nice little OXO pepper grinder at Bed Bath and Beyond, and it lasted a good little while.  I forgot what happened, but it failed.  It quit grinding pepper.  Or maybe it broke.  Or maybe I broke it.  Who knows?  Point is, I bought her a new Salt and Pepper Grinder set.  Yeah that’s right.  The SET.

That was in 2020.  Time passes, things get dirty.  Normally you clean those dirty things, but in the case of the OXO, you really can’t do much more than wipe it down.  But what if you drop it in the sink, into dirty dish water?  Throw it away?  NO!  You go online and look for how to take it all the actual way apart to give it a proper deep clean.  Except there’s nothing out there.  Not one photo or video that I could find on how to take it all the way apart.

But now there is.

I’ll get back to making pens now, but I hope this is helpful to somebody out there.

The new Preston fountain pen – and are you gonna miss Red Lobster?

Hey Everybody it’s that special time in a pen maker’s life when I get to release something new (at least new to me, b/c as we’ve learned and keep learning, there is NOTHING new under the sun 😂).

At the 2023 Chicago pen show one of my favorite regulars asked me if I would be able or willing or interested in making a fountain pen with the same sort of profile shape as my Preston ballpoint.

I drew a sketch out, and exactly 2 days before the 2024 Chicago pen show made a few prototypes to bring to the show.  She and several other people bought one or two of those prototypes, and when I got back home and had more time, I worked on refining the shape a bit.

The Preston ballpoint next to one of the newer prototypes to highlight the similarity:

I wanted to make them in two sizes: one longer that could use a converter, and a shorty that would be short cart or eyedropper only.
The Long (with open style section)-

And the Shorty (with a more traditional covered section)-

The long posted okay but the barrel taper needed some adjusting.  The short didn’t post very well at all, and the Dandelion in Snow version above only posts b/c I took my Nicholson to it and shaped the barrel a bit more by hand so that it would post.  I can do the same on the others at request, but for now only the one posted nicely.

Why bother making it post at all?  Yeah I hear you at your keyboards.  Posting damages the barrel!  Or something something…  🙂
For me (and I don’t post most of my pens either) if a pen looks like it should post, then it better post, and post well.  Susan Wirth made sure to tell me all about that right after I started making pens, at the 2012 Arkansas Pen Show, and it stuck.  Even before that though, when I was just buying and collecting and loving every bit of it, I was IRRITATED beyond description when a pen that looked like it should post just WOULDN’T.

So after Chicago I went back to work on my finishing station (sanding and buffing) to make it better at…. no wait hold on…

So after Chicago I started work on the Preston again.
First up is the Long.  I really like the open section for this shape, so that’s going to be the standard across both sizes-

You can see I have posting where I want it, and these all have the open style section with a longer threaded tenon to make capping less fiddly.

And the Shorty shown here with the adjusted barrel shape that allows for  proper posting.

I made several more prototypes with more traditional design.  These don’t take converters.  They’re a sort of in between of the Shorty and the Long.  Once this group is gone these won’t get made again-

And I’ll be using these wheel clips as long as I can keep getting them-

All of these will all get uploaded to the store tomorrow after I’ve had my morning coffee.  🙂  So check back around lunch (that’ll be Wednesday May 22, ’24).


Have you ever been to Red Lobster?  I just heard they’re filing for bankruptcy.  I’ve never been, but tried once with my wife maybe 5 or 6 years ago.  I had heard so many good things about their cheese biscuits I thought let’s go.  We walked in the front door and the smell punched me in the face.  I couldn’t run out of their fast enough.  Sea food is not for me.  😂

If you have any questions about anything, holler at me.  [email protected]

Thanks!  And see you at the Pacific Northwest Pen show in July (13 & 14).

Almost Christmas!

Hi Everybody!

Hope you’re having a great holiday season, and if you’re anywhere near me on the map, enjoying this weirdly warm weather.  🙂

I just got some pens back from Ashley Anodized It and what’s left is available on the store right now.

Check em out! 

This first one, in a simple two tone blue and raw aluminum, is the commissioned pen that brought Ashley to my attention.  My client requested an aluminum pen anodized by her, so to spread the expense I sent her a batch of pens to work on, and told her to have fun.  I couldn’t be happier with the work she sent back.




The rest of these are still available:

New Pens!

Hi Everybody,

I hope you’re having a great December so far.  It feels so crazy that 2023 is already almost over.  About to start another year!

My oldest boy is about to graduate from high school, my youngest is finishing his Freshman year, and I’m so grateful that I can keep plugging away, making pens for all of you.  I couldn’t ask for a cooler job.  🙂

You can see the newest pens, added just this morning, here.

And there are lots of pen wraps available, too.  Elizabeth had some tucked away that she made a little while back for one of the last pen shows she went to with me.

I’ll try to get more pens finished and added to the store soon, so keep your eyes open!  🙂