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#681 amberleadavis

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 18:52

Ditto what David just said.  GWeimer does great work.  A special thanks to Panjaro and DPritchett who have also enabled me to get Esties, but special thanks to Bruce who hand picked Esties just for me and my kids. 


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 00:20

I meant no slight to Panjaro or DPritchett or Bruce. I just happen to know more about weimer1's work.

Sorry if I gave offense.

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:58

OH, David, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to even imply that you were slighting anyone. I agree with you, GWeimer's work is wonderful.  I have taken his restored pens to pen shows and handed out his cards.  


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#684 gweimer1

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 14:25

You guys are making me blush!  I appreciate the kind words.  I found early on that I got more enjoyment out of working on the pens than I do from simply collecting them.  I'm in the process of revamping my little kitchen - I'm surrendering the kitchen table, and replacing with a real workbench, and I have an electroplating machine and a mini-lathe to set up and learn.  I'm hoping to really advance my skills in the next year.



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 21:43

Does this mean that you are giving up eating?

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#686 gweimer1

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 22:35

Does this mean that you are giving up eating?

 

LOL!  My kitchen table has been more of a work area for over a year.  I have a little square big enough for a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee left.  I just surrendered to the inevitable, and will probably have more actual table space as a result.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 04:03

My first Estie has become, like many others', two in very short succession. Both of them ended up coming from the same antique mall (which happens to be massive and also one bus and a short walk from my university--dangerous combination, those.) First was a later Canadian-made green SJ with a 9668 nib--metal bits looked a little worn down, but she felt in my hands like a pen who had been written with over and over and had enjoyed it thoroughly, and when I (very hesitantly, since the employee who unlocked the cabinet was sort of looming over me curiously) depressed the lever it both went down and made no terrifying CRUNCH sort of noises, I walked out 24$ (17.79 US, according to Google) poorer but with another fountain pen. Upon soaking and coaxing, I took her apart to find a still-flexible original sac (if the all-caps ESTERBROOK on it means what I think it does) which probably would have worked, were it not for a clear tear in it. (If there is a way to salvage this sac, please let me know. Or alternatively, tell me not to just take it off, cut it off just after the tear, and shellac it back on. I don't mind the reduced ink capacity.)

 

The next one came today, from the same antique store (though the complete other side of the shop). An earlier American-made gray double-jewel J, though missing the cap jewel. 2550 nib, lever also depressed without frightening noises, so for 12$ (8.90 US) this one is mine also. I've been cleaning it out for the last hour and a half ish, and my god is there a lot of ink in it. The nib is kind of crusty and sad right now (just gonna let that soak for a while) and when I went to check the sac, I learned that beneath that crusty nib was a nearly full sac of mystery blue. By squirting it all over my hands. It was liquid ink, too, which was a bit of a pleasant surprise. (Pleasant, because it means I'm not painstakingly trying to clear out the crusty ink from the section/sac, surprising because the nib was fairly crusty and also was coming off black.) UPDATE: After leaving this tab open for another 3+ hours I can now say with a moderate amount of certainty that the strange mystery blue was from a previous individual re-saccing the pen with a moderate degree of success. It was obviously able to be filled, but the previous owner didn't cut the sac down, so right before the nipple it got... squidgey. Crushed together to seal off the ink supply. Took the sac off (if it was shellac'd, it's not now) and cut it down about a centimetre (to where it started to open back into a sac shape) and re-fitted it so I don't lose it. 

 

(Sorry about the long post, folks. I'm a bit of a rambler.)



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 13:06

Gweimer has replacement jewels for a few $.

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For love of it. And yet not waste time either.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 13:48

Convention and wisdom says to never trust a 50-year-old sac, no matter how nice it looks.  It will decide to disintegrate in your pocket when you're wearing a nice, white shirt.  When I find them on a pen, I still replace the sac, and give the original as a keepsake when I sell it.

 

And, I do have replacement cap jewels.  PM me if you're interested.








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