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Diamond P.P. Combo.

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#1 antoniosz



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Posted 27 February 2005 - 04:40

I confess that I use a lot modern fountain pens. In my opinion, if you move around, get into planes, cars etc. modern pens are more problem/leak free.
On the other hand I am in love with vintage pens - primarily because of the nibs and because of an indescribable thrill of touching and using an object that has "lived" during a different era.

In the context of these thoughts I would like to offer a short review of a vintage pen. Here a vintage Diamond P.P. combo pearl and black celluloid.

Vital Statistics:Capped 6" (152 mm) Posted 6.25" (159 mm). Barrel Diameter 0.48", pencil lead 3/64" Lever filler. Silicone sac 18.
The pen was made probably in the early 30's by the Diamond Point Pen Company. The clip is inscribed "New Diamond P.P Co, Made in USA". There is no imprint on the body or the lever. Diamond Point pens can be found at modest prices $50-$150 depending on model, condition and nib characteristics. This beauty was fished unrestored from the bay for $28+shipping :D

The rest of the review is hand writen.

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Edited by antoniosz, 14 December 2006 - 03:33.

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#2 Alriel



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Posted 27 February 2005 - 04:45

Very nice! :)
I like combos and I have a Sheaffer Black and Pearl which I am neglecting.
Those Warranted nibs sure are flexible!

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#3 Maja


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Posted 27 February 2005 - 05:46

Nice review, Antonios! It reinforces the maxim that a person doesn't necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to get a nice vintage fountain pen! I have found, however, that vintage pens with large nibs (flexy or not) seem to be going up in price on Ebay :(

Alriel, those Sheaffer combos are not too common; I collect vintage Sheaffers (among other brands) and have yet to acquire one :)
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Posted 27 February 2005 - 13:28

Nice pen! I love combo pens. Do you use vintage mechanical pencils? Stephanie has a few. Two that I bought her for graduation worked at first but don't now. It's possible that they just need lead. I can't figure out which size lead to get. I'd love to have her bring the pencils to you to check out - but you know how she is! She's gearing up to e-mail Dr. Pearlman to arrange meeting with him to talk about co-ops in the aerospace industry. I hope she follows through.

Elaine (the meddling mom)

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