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What's Up At Christof's
Posted 02 July 2016 - 16:48
I am aware of this development, as well as the fact that Japanese makers are making whiskey in the Bourbon tradition. I am only saying that to be labeled Bourbon and sold in the U.S., it must be made in the U.S., and the same with Scotch being required to be of Scottish geographical origin.
I see you live in GB, and I do not know what is allowed there, but I have been led to believe that there is a similar restriction, at least on the use of the word "Scotch."
Here, some of the Japanese whiskies/whiskeys are shelved with the Bourbons and Scotches, but they are not labeled Bourbon or Scotch. I have not seen it, but perhaps a suitable way to describe and/or label these would by whisky in the style of Scotch or whiskey in the style of Bourbon.
Posted 04 July 2016 - 08:48
Here is a link to photos of that yellow pen I mentioned earlier. [Still have not figured out how to post photos to FPN.]
This is a great pen Doc! Congratulations.
Thanks for sharing.
I added your picture here:
...and a quick instruction how to link in pictures from Flickr here:
Hope this helps.
EDIT: Just recognise there's missing step 3....hmmm....getting old....
Edited by christof, 04 July 2016 - 12:06.
Posted 05 July 2016 - 03:22
Hey, sort of working.
Thanks for the tip, this seems too easy!
Edited by DrCodfish, 05 July 2016 - 03:26.
Posted 06 July 2016 - 04:37
OK, OK, I am not worthy!
Actually I now am on the hunt for a black and pearl, and a Lapis to go with the Mandarin and the Big Red. I know this will take some time, I am a patient man.
Posted 06 July 2016 - 06:47
Got an interesting new pen:
The Seneca looks like a German student pen from early 1930's. It's well but economic made. Some sources from the internet say that Seneca was a subbrand of Soennecken. Although there is no proof for this, there is a certain similarity to this early Rheingold from 1930:
Would be interested in learning more about...
Remember this? I found a vintage Soennecken pamphlet. There is besides the Rheingolds a picture of a Soennecken 305(!) which looks exactly like the SENECA 305. Have a look here:
Of course, this is still no scientific proof, but it seems most likely that SENECA was a Subbrand of Soennecken. According to the Catalog, the Soennecken 305 came in Black, Blue, Green, Red and amazingly Black and Pearl!
Edited by christof, 06 July 2016 - 06:50.
Posted 11 July 2016 - 12:07
Saturday was flea market day - and a good day!
Here are my finds:
Pelikan M20 Silvexa, 1965
Soennecken 333, Superior, 1950's
Conway Stewart 28, 1950's (mint, boxed!!)
Three completely different but not bad pens at all. When I finished restoring, the one and other will make it to the classifieds probably. So keep an eye on it (although it can be difficult to find nice single pens there currently......between the mass sales.)
Edited by christof, 11 July 2016 - 12:08.
Posted 18 July 2016 - 14:58
Over the week end I worked on the Soennecken 333 Superior.
As Montblanc, Soennecken used the digits 1-3 to grade their better pens in three categories:
111 = top of the line, click-mechanism
222 = second best with slightly smaller nib, click-mechanism
333 = more economic but still great celluloids and flexible gold nibs, common piston filler
444 = injection molded plastic in solid colors, smaller nibs with „S“-Logo
555 = economic model in solid colored plastic, smaller nibs with „S“-Logo
The 111/222/333 came in three sizes
Standard size = SUPERIOR
Oversize = EXTRA
Ladysize = LADY
But here comes the freshly restored 333 SUPERIOR:
It’s always a pleasure to work on this well built and perfectly serviceable pens.
All parts are made of sturdy celluloid and joints are theraded solidely.
Soenneckens are often made of semi transparent celluloid with fantastic patterns. That’s what makes these pens unique!
But the best part of restoring these is to adjust and test write the nibs – pure pleasure and lot of fun!
This pen goes to the classifieds tomorrow.
Let’s see what’s next.