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Lus Atomica Magica


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#1 Jack7770

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 21:40

I have a number of Auroras, some modern, some vintage, a number of Stipulas, a Montegrappa or two, some Visconti, a couple of Omas, so I'm no stranger to Italian pens. Last week I picked up a Lus Atomica Magica, read about it, disassembled it, cleaned it nicely. Now I have two questions. Does anyone have a photo showing the barrel tassie? The one I picked up has no tassie and I'm sure it came with one. Second question: the ink pellet dispenser and filler all work nicely (though no ink pellets available) but in the lower part of the filler is a small tapered plug (ivory and black) that moves in the filler and apparently does not interfere with taking up or discharging water. Does anyone on this forum know whether it was an integral part of the filler or something that got stuffed into it? I'll photograph the unit it it will help, but I'm hoping there's a quicker answer. Thanks.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 22:18

I have a number of Auroras, some modern, some vintage, a number of Stipulas, a Montegrappa or two, some Visconti, a couple of Omas, so I'm no stranger to Italian pens. Last week I picked up a Lus Atomica Magica, read about it, disassembled it, cleaned it nicely. Now I have two questions. Does anyone have a photo showing the barrel tassie? The one I picked up has no tassie and I'm sure it came with one. Second question: the ink pellet dispenser and filler all work nicely (though no ink pellets available) but in the lower part of the filler is a small tapered plug (ivory and black) that moves in the filler and apparently does not interfere with taking up or discharging water. Does anyone on this forum know whether it was an integral part of the filler or something that got stuffed into it? I'll photograph the unit it it will help, but I'm hoping there's a quicker answer. Thanks.


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#3 Terry Brack

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 22:22

I think that there are several different models with differnt tassie treatments. I have the Magica 300 and it has a tapered barrel that ends with a narrow gold toned metal plug that is flat on the bottom. My converter also contains a small object in the ink chamber. I believe this aided in mixing the ink once water was added to the pellet. By turning the pen end for end a few times the moveable object in the chamber would push the pellet about and agitate the ink. There is another fpn post about these:
http://www.fountainp...n...aded&start=
perhaps there are more. I think these are neat pens and nice piece of pen history. I have anohter one in its package somewhere, I will check it for more info.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 19:30

Thanks to both of you who responded. The pen is happily re-assembled, writes well, but still lacks an end tassie. Guess I'll have to pick one up next time I'm in Italy. Thanks again.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:14

Hello Jack7770. This is the "LUS Atomica" pen I have. It is one of the many and many models that Mr. Umberto Legnani produced in the fifties in his factory in Saronno, near Milano (LUS = Legnani Umberto Saronno), where he registered more than 90 patents.



The name of this pen is "Atomica Magica 300". It is a piston filled pen, but it also has a reserve of pellets inside the piston itself and can be used with water (+ pellets) if ink is missing.





Inside the tank you can see the small plug: we can assume it is an original part of the pen and I guess its function is to help melting of pellets.





The barrel has no tassel: the cap of the piston\pills-dispenser comes out of the end of the barrel and one can push it. I do not know the exact function of this device; since it is red I suppose it is something connected with the end of ink: a kind of "ink rescue" (like in Aurora Riserva Magica), but I never tested it.





Cordiali saluti, Giuseppe


Edited by gicoteni, 06 September 2009 - 10:35.


#6 Jack7770

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 17:49

Mille grazie, Giuseppe. Your photos are excellent. I will continue to look for other LUS models. Thanks again, Jack

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 00:45

There was a metal cover (similar to the pushbutton of a retractable ballpoint pen) that went over the red cap and through the hole at the top of the barrel. This metal cap is often missing as it was not glued into place. The barrel end, with the metal plug, looked a lot like the barrel of the Aurora DuoCart.


Edited by tryphon, 15 May 2014 - 00:46.


#8 sztainbok

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 18:15

In case someone is still following this thread, I would like to add a couple of pictures showing a LUS Atomica Magica 300 with the metal end cover that goes over the red plug.

 

fpn_1566237931__lus_atomica_1.jpg

 

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Also below you can see a copy of the filling instructions for this pen.

 

fpn_1566238046__lus_atomica_instructions

 

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Edited by sztainbok, 19 August 2019 - 18:16.


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 01:00

Congratulations - This has been on my list of pens to add to my collection for years but without luck. Enjoy.


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#10 sztainbok

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:06

Congratulations - This has been on my list of pens to add to my collection for years but without luck. Enjoy.

There is one for sale on Ebay right now at https://www.ebay.com...Ymkb99eORVcS2fw

Good luck,

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#11 sztainbok

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 17:25

In the Pentrace article on "The pens of Lus" by Giovanni Abrate he shows a Lus Atomica Magica converter, with a metal push rod within which a plastic container with the ink pellets is lodged. This converter is threaded at the front and is screwed on to the section, rather than pushed in. It is likely the very first converter that screws on to the section. You can see it about 3/4 down this web page. http://newpentrace.n...rticleGA02.html

I am looking to find a Lus Atomica Magica pen with this converter.

Also, Does anybody know if Lus made pencils to match the Atomica Magica?

Victor.








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