I REALLY appreciate this review of this ST Dupont line. I have the Gatsby (dark blue Chinese Lacquer) shown on the right in the penultimate picture above. It leaked, and I sent it to Lotus in Rhode Island for repairs. When I got it back, I was sure it had a different nib, the nib on the Gatsby pictured to the left, without the ridges. Unfortunately, I had no photo of it, and I had not used it for a long time so I wasn't even 100% sure that it had been changed, but when I told them that the nib looked different, they ignored me. They told me that the only way to repair the leak was to replace the part (they were not referring to the nib then, but to the black plastic threaded part), and the old part is no longer available, so I was stuck with the little black "cuff" sticking out from under the barrel (and, in my opinion, a different nib to boot). Are there any suggestions for getting my pen back to the state that it was in before? I love the way it writes, of course, but I admit that I bought it (some decades ago) for the aesthetic appeal. Thanks for any suggestions.
First, welcome home.
ST Dupont made several changes, particularly to the nibs, on the Gatsby line. There were at least the two shown above but I have also seen a very early Gatsby with what I would describe as a butterfly nib, similar to what was seen on the Montblanc 25x series pens. When they introduced the large size Gatsby they transitioned both large and standard models to the sheath style nib that then was carried over to the Montparnasse.
I also have one of the dark blue ones but unfortunately the previous owner bent the nib it seems. It is waiting now for a trip to Mike-it-Work for revival and resurrection.
Every once in awhile I do see Gatsby pens and sections come up for sale on eBay, not often, but occasionally. I'm not surprised that Lotus does not have any of the oldest stock since they took over the US distributorship fairly recently. Before that Colibri was the US distributor and it appears the transition was acrimonious. I get the feeling that Colibri simply sold off their remaining inventory of parts in bulk.
The newer design does have a few advantages. While I can leave one of my older standard sized Gatsby or Classique pens open and unused for five or ten minutes and expect it to start immediately, the newer sheathed nibs seem to be able to sit uncapped, unused for fifteen minutes, even twenty minutes and still start up right away.
It's a real long shot but you might also want to contact the service center in Australia and in Paris. They might be able to help you. The member her Tanalasta
can tell you how to contact the Australian service center.