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#1 Robert Hughes

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 17:43

I got this neat old glass-nib pen from Germany, a "Haro II", probably pre-WW2 as it's hard rubber. It's a lever filler, unlike the crescent filler of the Spors pen, but they both take sacs (which were both of course completely rotted out when I got them). I suspect the Haro pen got dropped on its glass nib at some point, as it showed some evidence of damage to the tip - chips & etc. I sanded it down and now it works pretty good, though the Spors (having been NOS) is a finer writer. I wonder if I can find another glass nib for it somewhere? Doesn't really matter, as it works as is, but is a rather broad tip for writing those cramped little postcard texts I like to do.



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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:29

Wow! Neat indeed! I saw a glass nib pen on sale on ebay recently but didn't bid. Looks like you did a good sanding job!

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 13:22

Very interesting. Could you describe the difference between this glass nib and a metal nail nib, for example the edson?

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 13:45

Nice pen - I picked up a Mondial BCHR lever fill c1920, and they are great to write with. I do agree though.... I find it a touch broad as I prefer XF nibs. I wasn't aware there were many other brands, but shouldn't be surprised.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 15:01

So I've been writing with this pen for a few days and have found that:

- It writes like a (really stiff) medium tip FP does,
- It dries out easily, and needs priming to get going at the beginning of a writing session,
- The "dry side" that doesn't put down ink is rather annoying,
- The "wet side" is easy to find and works without a problem,
- After about a page of writing (with Lamy B/B, a rather dry ink) the feed gets a little stingy. I bet this pen would like an ink with more flow.

All in all, I like it. thumbup.gif
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:11

About a week ago I saw a glass pen in an antique shop like the one pictured. However, the ink reservoir (not sure what kind) seemed missing or long ago rotted. Can they be restored?

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 00:58

QUOTE (bwnewton @ Jul 25 2009, 07:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
About a week ago I saw a glass pen in an antique shop like the one pictured. However, the ink reservoir (not sure what kind) seemed missing or long ago rotted. Can they be restored?


Yes. I have one (It's a Mondial - Venetian Italian glass nib, from Italy) that is a lever filler. The person I purchased it from had it resacced. If I remember, when they purchased it they were able to also have a different glass nib fitted.

J. Herbin sells dipping pens, and claim you can recondition the tip with a bit of emery cloth (haven't tried that).

If the pen and nib are in good shape, and the price is good, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. Very cool pens. I really like mine.
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 02:00

QUOTE (pmorin @ Jul 26 2009, 07:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (bwnewton @ Jul 25 2009, 07:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
About a week ago I saw a glass pen in an antique shop like the one pictured. However, the ink reservoir (not sure what kind) seemed missing or long ago rotted. Can they be restored?


Yes. I have one (It's a Mondial - Venetian Italian glass nib, from Italy) that is a lever filler. The person I purchased it from had it resacced. If I remember, when they purchased it they were able to also have a different glass nib fitted.

J. Herbin sells dipping pens, and claim you can recondition the tip with a bit of emery cloth (haven't tried that).

If the pen and nib are in good shape, and the price is good, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. Very cool pens. I really like mine.


Thanks for the information.