QUOTE(dhlr14454 @ Jun 5 2008, 01:09 PM)
Although I know it isn't a Drexel: there's an ink making pen? That's pretty wild: I wonder how that worked--where did the ink-stick go? What held it in place? Five sticks in a pack, but each stick only good for 2-to-4 uses?
I wonder if there was a market for "instant ink" in general. As I don't know much about it, I guess not.
Anyway, this is a fascinating thread.
That was either a Camel, or a Sager Ink-maker pen.
Camel A pen company founded in 1935 to produce pens that made their own ink when you filled them with water. At the back end of the barrel, built into the button filling mechanism, was a replaceable cartridge that contained an ink pellet. Unlike the ink pellets for trench pens of World War I, the Camel’s pellet was intended to be good for many fillings, up to a year’s worth. The concept was good, but the execution was unsatisfactory, and Camel was out of business by the end of 1938. Shown here is a “junior” sized Camel. See also Instant Ink, trench pen.
From - Richard Binder's Fountain Pen Glossary
There was a market for instant ink, back in that era, particularly for ink pellets. A single pellet could be reconsitituted in a bottle, or dropped into the barrel of an eyedropper-filled pen and then the rest of the barrel filled with water. In WWI a few companies marketed "Trench Pens" that had a built-in container in the back for storing extra ink-pellets - they were marketed to send to the "boys in the trenches" - Parker marketed one heavily (and it seems they marketed more than they made). Other companies, including Swan, made more - Swans can be found sold through mail-order catalogs for a few years after WWI. Ink pellets were around at least through the 30s, I think.
Edited by Johnny Appleseed, 05 June 2008 - 20:52.