Types of Pyrography Pens
There are two types of wood burning pens: solid-point and wire-nib pyrography pens.
Let’s discuss solid-point pyrography pens first. These pens require solid tips of various shapes and designs. You will have to screw the chosen tip into the terminal before you can use it to carve a design on your chosen medium. Some pens, on the other hand, feature a different design wherein you have to screw in the pen’s locking nut onto a collet to secure the tip.
If you want tips in a wide array of sizes and patterns, then check out solid-point pyrography pens. Removing and attaching them from the terminal is easy, and most have ventilation holes to help dissipate heat away from your fingers. Their price point is also more ideal for beginners. Keep in mind, though, that they take longer to heat up or cool down compared to wire-nib ones.
The second type of pyrography pen features thin Ni-chrome wires. These wire nibs are available in different gauges and shapes and are attached to the terminal using screws or collets.
If you don’t want to wait for several minutes for the pen to heat up or cool down, then wire-nib pens are perfect for you. These pens also help reduce fatigue and improve control as the handle is very near the work surface and they tend to be more compact and lighter than solid-point pens. Be careful when using wire-nib pens, though, as some nibs can easily snap into two if you apply even just the slightest amount of pressure while free-writing.
Types of Wood Burning Tool Tips
Some pyrography pens have fixed tips, while others have interchangeable ones. If you have a favorite tip or nib and you want a more uniform look for your art, then fixed tips are perfect for you. But if you want some variations in your design, then go for interchangeable tips.
Look for a pyrography pen that is lightweight and features a comfortable handle. Make sure that the handle has a silicone or rubber grip to protect your fingers from high heat.
The distance between the pen’s tip and its handle can affect its maneuverability, too. Wire-nib pens are usually more user-friendly for beginners as the tip is nearer to the handle, thus making them easier to control and maneuver compared to solid-tipped ones.
Some pyrography pens are sold as-is, while others come in a wide array of accessories. The Wattne Store Wood Burning Kit, for example, comes with a voltage transformer, a pen stand, and an assortment of wire nibs. The price is reasonable considering the number of wire nibs included.
But if you want to take wood burning to another level, then you might want to check out the Catnes 97PC Wood Burning Kit. It includes 54 solid-point tips, some stencils, and even some color pencils. It is affordable despite the fact that it has more accessories compared to most of the pyrography pens we have reviewed.
Most pyrography pens feature a temperature adjustment knob. Some are located on the handle of the pen itself, while others are located further down the cable. If you’ve chosen a wood burning kit with a voltage transformer, then you’ll find the heat control knob there.