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#1061 Soot


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 20:57

And, I was told that flexible Endura nibs are at least somewhat uncommon. I think this pen will be a keeper (sorry Bob).




Haha, no worries~ I will be around, just in case, who knows. :-) Enjoy the Conklin!

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 19:18

Next is…
8. “the swiss connection 1“
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/7166007067/" title="Soennecken_115_1 von 2&quot; bei Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticf...4564db14_c.jpg" width="800" height="266" alt="Soennecken_115_1"></a>
It is well known that some manufacturers did made some special models and variants for specific markets. Like Pelikan did with the 300 for the Swiss (and Scandinavian ?) market, or Waterman’s with the piston fillers also exclusively for Switzerland.
So did Soennecken with an entire Series of pens in the 1940’s and 50’s. The most significant feature is a clip which is fixed at the top oft he cap, like military clips. The clip screw is a flat and grooved brass part. There is not that much known about this pens. They came in different colors, sizes and models but all of them that I have seen have this sort of a military clip.
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/7351218388/" title="Soennecken_115_2 von 2&quot; bei Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticf...a27c07b8_c.jpg" width="800" height="413" alt="Soennecken_115_2"></a>
I do not collect Soennecken pens but, of course I am interested in its history, specially when it comes to the so called Swiss-market models.
In this huge lot of pens have been also three of this „swiss“ Soenneckens. Two oft hem I have seen before, but one is a little bit different. It’s a Soennecken 115 which is significantly larger than all the others that I ever have seen.
For size comparison there’s also a well known Pelikan 400NN on the picture.
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/7351217432/" title="DSC_0013 von 2&quot; bei Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticf...def6ca77_c.jpg" width="800" height="520" alt="DSC_0013"></a>
Soennecken are quite well designed pens and always a pleasure to work on.
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/7351216972/" title="DSC_0003 von 2&quot; bei Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticf...7c6ea0ca_c.jpg" width="800" height="535" alt="DSC_0003"></a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/7166006491/" title="DSC_0008 von 2&quot; bei Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticf...0ef99e5f_c.jpg" width="800" height="483" alt="DSC_0008"></a>
Also the celluloid is completely different. It’s sort of a red „platinum“ pattern which I never have seen before on a Soennecken and not at all. The shape of the pen is typical for this models and the nib is a huge flexible which writes (and draws) amazingly well.
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/7351218754/" title="Rhino_1 von 2&quot; bei Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticf...81328ed4_c.jpg" width="800" height="491" alt="Rhino_1"></a>
Hope you did enjoy this and let’s see what’s next…...


Maybe you remember this post of mine? Yes I know, it's quite old...


But I've made a pretty cool find. A document that proofs that Soennecken had a business in Zurich, and at least a "Füllhalter-Reparatur-Werkstätte" which means a repair center for fountain pens.

On the top of the paper is a picture of a boxed so called Swiss Soennecken,




and the person from the repair center is writing in his letter that he just has fixed two pens (and sent one of them directly to the customer back). He also writes that he doesn't deal with lever fillers (as one of the customers has asked) but he assures that Soennecken piston fillers are great when properly serviced. He ask the guy of the shop to send him (his complete!!) stock of Soennecken pens to service them, to assure that the next customers will be satisfied by Soennecken pens.


How cool is that? (He should have asked me, haha...)




Now, I have to go to the Löwenstrasse 17 and make a picture of that building.



Edited by christof, 22 August 2016 - 19:27.

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 03:30

Very cool find. The hand written note makes me wonder about life without computers...
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