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#3781 Tancred

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 20:25

Horrific and vulgar!  :angry:

 

I assume they are aiming for the American market, quite clearly.  :rolleyes:



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 16:50

I take it that you were not a fan of Marilyn Monroe then Tancred!?

I suppose you cannot please all the people all the time, but time alone will tell whether or not the pen will sell or not!

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:50

Horrific and vulgar!  :angry:

 

I assume they are aiming for the American market, quite clearly.  :rolleyes:

For men of a certain age and drag queens she still has quite a bit of international favour.

I could somehow see your comments' validity if maybe she were depicted in the buff....

but really, there is nothing either word applies to in this particular design.  As for the "clear

market aim", Europeans taught us everything we know.... ;)   


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:40

Well there's a new story and pictures over on Henry's website:  http://penman.photiu...way-stewart-100

 

There would have been pictures here too but for some reason flickr just won't play ball this morning...

 

 

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:07

Well there's a new story and pictures over on Henry's website:  http://penman.photiu...way-stewart-100

 

There would have been pictures here too but for some reason flickr just won't play ball this morning...

 

 

Neal.

Let me help you there, mate!

 

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:15

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 21:17

Thanks Wendi....  :)



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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:18

On Saturday, I was handed yet another Dunhill Namiki laquered pen which had obviously had a very nasty accident! :yikes: 

In profile the cap mouth looked like a mountain range! :mellow: 

The tallest 'peak' of the mountain range showed where the cap lip had been but it was very small. :unsure: 

First of all, I had to select a donor cap from my stash of bits and pieces, then I had to 'flat file' it to fit the DN cap, but the problem was that the 'deepest' 'valley in this 'mountain range' cut right through the inner threads of the cap! How could I persuade the 'donor' cylinder to get past the inner threads? :eureka:

Two 'donor' caps later! I had drilled out the threads from inside the 'patient's cap', and the new cylinder fits the space perfectly! "Phew!!! What a job!"

Now of course, the next thing to do, is to bond the cylinder in place, then to fill the 'troughs' in between the 'peaks' of the mountain range, with black resin.

It has certainly been one of the most intricate Namiki repairs that I have ever tackled, but it is not finished yet, so I really ought not count my chickens! But at least I have broken the back of it!

I'll keep you posted how it goes!

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 11:53

You know we want to see the photographs, don't you?



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 16:53

I'm really sorry about the absence of any images of the two pens that I have been working on, but I cannot find my camera, and even if I knew where it was, and was able to take some reasonable pictures, I still don't know how to post pictures on this thread!

All I can tell you, is that the Dunhill Namiki pens are both done to the best of my ability, and I am absolutely tickled pink about the way they have both turned out.

You I'm afraid will have to take my word for it!

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 19:50

As it's you, I think we can let you off.

(I'll just go and drool over the photographs of the CS100 with your cap band overlay)

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 23:43

I take it that you were not a fan of Marilyn Monroe then Tancred!?

I suppose you cannot please all the people all the time, but time alone will tell whether or not the pen will sell or not!

Truffle Finder. 

 

Sorry Henry, I admire your skill - always have done - but this is the first piece that I really do not like.  I do not mean offence, my apologies.

 

I find the piece tacky - for me an overlay should be a reminder of the age of innocence before WW1, not the fleshy excesses of the 1950s and 60s. 



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:05

For someone not meaning to give offense, calling someone's work "tacky", "vulgar", and "horrific" certainly gives mixed signals. And thanks for that sweeping generalization of Americans, that was super.

Truffle my dear man, very VERY belated happy birthday! It's been a really insane couple of weeks and I haven't been around, but I hope you had a wonderful day. And I love that cap band. So pretty and delicate, it's like a tiny surprise.

Edited by Shimmershadow, 31 July 2014 - 05:57.

"Feri ando payi sitsholpe te nauyas" -- Lovara saying

 

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 03:07

Horrific and vulgar!  :angry:

 

I assume they are aiming for the American market, quite clearly.  :rolleyes:

 

Take off the powdered wig and grow a pair. There is a lot more to the experience of life than pale imitations of bygone days. Mr. Simpole has a long history of supremely artistic designs, meticulously and carefully crafted. Having seen enough documentation of his level of skill and world-class performance, I'd say he has more than earned the right to conceive and execute any stylism he sees fit.

 

I'm an American, it isn't my cup of tea (or dram of single malt), and I much prefer vintage perspectives, so you are off the mark with your lame-ass crack, which has been duly noted.


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 03:33

:rolleyes:  :notworthy1:  :thumbup:


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 13:46

Don't make me come in here with the comfy chair

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 15:11

JonSzanto can come sit in my comfy chair.  ;)

 

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 00:51

Ahem! Keep it PG people. Or you'll be GPed.









(Snicker)

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 20:50

Auuugh so many not-quite-PG jokes...

 

This is what happens when I don't sleep for half the week.


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 21:53

Ahem! Keep it PG people. Or you'll be GPed.









(Snicker)

I'm still snickering.... :P


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 01:25

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 01:48

:puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:  :puddle:  I thought I felt an attack coming on! :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 01:50

I find myself uncontrollably driven to walk down to the Quik Chek.

"Feri ando payi sitsholpe te nauyas" -- Lovara saying

 

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 14:54

This week at Portobello Market, business was quite 'brisk'!

Well, that's probably not the right word to describe it, but put it this way, I hardly had any time to read any of my book, so you can gather from that, that I was kept fairly busy.

A couple of collector friends of mine came to see me, one of whom I had not seen for a good few weeks, so it was nice to 'catch-up' with him, and look at the box-full of vintage pens that he had picked up in the last month or so. He had two Conway Stewarts both of which needed major surgery to their caps! [Just right up my street!] Anyway, we did a bit of horse-trading, and I ended up with the two Conway Stewart Pens. Needless to say that I worked pretty well all day yesterday on both of them. One is a CS 475 in Toffee Swirl, the other one is a CS 26 [Rare] in green marble. Both are made of casiene, and as most people are probably aware, is prone to 'breaking down' at the slightest hint of moisture, [not good for the caps of pens!]

You might be pleased to know that the Toffee Swirl, is now looking as good as it did when it left the factory about 80 years ago, the Number 26, is still in surgery, but everything looks as though it will be good in a day or so!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:19

Truffle, do these match yours?

 

CS26

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CS475

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:57

Yes Esterbex! They are the very same pens!

With the exception that my C/S 26 has got the three cap-bands, instead of the broad single one, but they are pretty rare!

Many thanks.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:29

This week's Portobello, looks as though it will be quite a good one.

A lady has E-mailed me during this week, to check that I will be there, and to see if I had any of the Conway Stewart 100's in stock [the one with the filigree cap-band].

So, unless there are 'planned engineering works' happening on the 'tube' on Saturday, she will be coming to see me to pick the pen up.

I'm not sure if the lady is a FPN person or not!

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 11:55

Oh indeed I am often found here, Truffle.

The pen is wonderful, and yes, honestly, that nib is not took broad for me as an everyday user. Ghost Plane would indeed enjoy it. Photographs to follow ...

The only problem is that it is better in real life than photographs, and my photographs are nowhere near the standard of Neal's.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 11:57

(Waits impatiently with the air of a cat hearing a can opener)

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 12:08

Oh dear, it may be quite a wait. Fabulous pen, nicely balanced, stunning looks. Ooh, and a broad italic nib too. What more could I ask for?