Posted 30 September 2012 - 17:15
Even if they wanted to, could Pelikan and MB easily ramp production of celluloid nitrate pens? Machinery, skill, know-how, etc. are those present any longer in those companies since celluloid pens in general drop off in the 1950s and 1960s?
By the way, Pelikan has released modern celluloid nitrate pens, the LE 1935 in Jade and Lapis celluloid from 1998 and 2001, respectively . That said, the stories I have heard is that they didn't make/turn the celluloid bindes; someone else did, an Italian company no less.
I'm not sure the machinery, skill and know-how was ever present, at least at Motnblanc. Much of the celluloid used to make MB pens in the 1930s to the 50s was rod stock that was made by Bayer. Apparently, MB and Bayer had an exclusive agreement in the 1930s where Bayer would provide rod stock to MB in certain colors and patterns that would only be available to them.
However, Bayer also provided celluloid to OMAS in the 1930s. Bayer celluloid was used to make some of the Extra Lucens of that time.
If MB or Pelikan wanted to release a line of pens made from celluloid nitrate they would have to buy the rods from another company if they wanted to release them in a timely manner.
Edited by Florida Blue, 30 September 2012 - 20:13.
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