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Wahl Eversharp 5th Avenue....with open nib, solid gold cap and...Gold Seal!


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#1 ihimlen

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 17:17

We all know Fifth Avenues with hooded nibs and double check marks on the clip...however, it looks like the hooded nib might be a later modification and the original Loewy design might have been completely different:










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Posted 13 June 2009 - 21:46

Do you know the provenance of this pen. Is it a prototype?
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Posted 13 June 2009 - 22:00

very handsome pen.. esp like the gold where you post the cap.
was this ever in production?

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 22:11

QUOTE (framebaer @ Jun 13 2009, 10:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you know the provenance of this pen. Is it a prototype?


I got this pen a while ago (it was all-original and unrestored) and it looks like it certainly left the factory that way though I'm not sure of its history. It might well be a prototype as it's the only Fifth Avenue that I've seen with an open nib, ink-view section and a gold seal. And another curious thing about this pen is that the cap (and the barrel end) are solid gold which pretty much indicates that it was meant to be a high-end model...

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 22:14

QUOTE (pen2paper @ Jun 13 2009, 11:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
very handsome pen.. esp like the gold where you post the cap.
was this ever in production?


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Yes, these pens were in production, albeit the only ones I've seen were with hooded nibs, that look somewhat like the ones in Parker "51" pens...

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 19:26

Beautiful pen -- and intriguing!

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 20:07

This is an awful thing to say… but I would really like the Fifth Avenue if it weren't a lever-filler. sad.gif
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 00:43

QUOTE (publius @ Jun 16 2009, 01:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is an awful thing to say… but I would really like the Fifth Avenue if it weren't a lever-filler. sad.gif


Which part do you dislike, the appearance or use? The levers are supposed to be on the underside, so you don't have to look at it as much if you don't want to. And if you really don't want to see it, you could probably swap the barrel for one from a CA ballpoint (the Fifth Avenue style). Then you'd have to unscrew the barrel and squeeze the sac, but be careful with the breather tube. And don't lose the clutch ring, which is loose.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 01:06

I know it doesn't make a lot of sense, given that it was the most common mechanism for so long, but there's just something I don't trust about the lever-filling system itself. Of course, the mention of the ballpoint barrel fills my mind with all manner of strange schemes for converting the filler mechanism. A little aluminum tubing, modify the barrel, & maybe that gold end could be turned into the blind cap of a Touchdown…
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 19:11

I couldn't resist resurrecting this old thread. I have not seen a 5th Ave with open nib, but I have seen others with gold seals. More interesting, I have one that is a button-filler!


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 02:47

I couldn't resist resurrecting this old thread. I have not seen a 5th Ave with open nib, but I have seen others with gold seals. More interesting, I have one that is a button-filler!

 

A button-filled 5th Avenue? That runs against my assumption that Wahl went entirely to lever-fillers in moving to the Skyline...simple filling system, great nibs, classy external design by two great designers. (Although I wish Eversharp had not tried to make the 5th Avenue look like a hooded nib...just used their open nib )


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 11:56

I've never seen another one so it was apparently a prototype. I am also surprised they even considered a button-filler.


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