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Swan Mabbie Todd 1500 Ultra Flex


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#1 olivier78860

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 18:21

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I need the cap repaired. If someone can hook me up with an artist who could make a little gold ring to cover the hole at the cap's base, please PM :)

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#2 jandrese

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 23:12

WOW!

#3 MrMGWard

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 23:21

I need to get much better at finding pens like this... You mind my asking where you picked it up from?

:) Swavey
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#4 reprieve

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 00:58

Wet noodle indeed!

#5 shaylenwilliams

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:27

I've gotta learn where to find these things... that don't cost a fortune, or give me an ulcer trying to win on the 'Bay.
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#6 geoduc

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:51

Wow! :puddle:

#7 olivier78860

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:36

I got it from ebay this summer, for an amazing 12.7€, s&h included.

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#8 MrMGWard

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 05:14

I got it from ebay this summer, for an amazing 12.7€, s&h included.

That is astounding!
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#9 acolythe

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 06:09

I got it from ebay this summer, for an amazing 12.7€, s&h included.

That is astounding!


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#10 ralfstc

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 14:51

Hmmm, I wonder if Eckiethump could do something for you? He's very very good at what he does!

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#11 Uncle Red

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 17:34

Now that's an Ebay win! :thumbup: Of course it'd be nothing with your skills.

#12 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 22:01

pretty nice pen :thumbup: thanks for the review
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 19:14

I picked up 3 of these pens with two with caps in varying states of repair ranging in price from £7.50 - £27 over the past couple of months. The cheap one without the cap had the best nib :-)

Of these I have two with nibs like the one shown above, up to 3mm of broadness starting from very fine. One of the nibs however is a little bent up and will need to be straightened to flow properly, the third nib is firm and fine. The original Swan nibs are New York nibs, the pen bodies were made over here in the UK and it wasn't until a bit later Swan started making their own nibs but I won't go into all this history which is quite fascinating.

It's worth noting that the pens are about 100 years old and the feeds often break where they divide like two out of my three pens! I just finished repairing one this morning with epoxy resin which you can just about make out in this very bad photo. You can't simply fix the break you need to make a splint and add a blob between the top and bottom parts of the feed which there is plenty of room to do and leave it to set for 24 hours. You can then file, smooth and polish the excess and reform the groove that goes down one side of the feed.

Hopefully I'll end up with two nice but by no means 'museum' quality calligraphy pens.

If you are looking out for user grade Swan 1500s you need to be prepared to put some work into these and look for parts like missing or damaged caps etc. The broken feeds can be a pain unless you are lucky enough to have a complete or a repairable one.

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