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#1 trdsf

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:20

These will need some restoration work before they can write again.  Just arrived today from the Bay of E, and these are the ones I know the least about.

 

Keystone pen and pencil combo:

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The nib is marked 'Durium 14K Plate'; half the gold seems to have been worn away, though.  The mechanism for advancing the pencil lead works great.

 

This is something I've never seen before: an acrylic feed.  This is a Wearever lever-fill, but I have no idea what year it was manufactured:

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I've seen conflicting information on what model the Wearever is; can anyone enlighten me?

 

Thanks!


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#2 Scribblesoften

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:46

Wearever put clear feeds on the Pennant and Pioneer pens, possibly others. The Pennant had a steel overfeed. I think your pen might be a variant of the Pioneer model. Search the name and see what you can come up with. Some of the Late Wearevers have nice smooth nibs. Congratulations on your new pens.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 18:59

I did find the Wearever models, but a lot of the online information is confusing.  I've seen this type called a Pioneer and a Supreme both.  It does put down a lovely line, yes -- it doesn't have a sac, but I've dipped it and it does write very smoothly -- but it also feels kind of light-weight and cheaply made.  The cap sits a little awkwardly, too.  Still, it's an interesting pen and one I'll want restored to working condition sooner or later.  The lever mechanism appears intact, at least.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 23:37

The plastic is injection molded and does feel pretty cheap. Wearever made changeable nibs for some of the later models. They did not screw in like an Esterbrook, instead the section with the sac attached pulled out. Sometimes they are available in their original packaging on Ebay.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 00:27

Cool pens. Hope you show them off once they're all fixed up.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 04:58

I will do that; I want to put up images of all of them, with a quick dip test. I'm already wondering if I can make a Frankenpen out of some of them; I want one of the Wearever nibs in a larger barrel (it's in a teeny li'l thing right now).
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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:29

You've probably read about it by now but there was a law suit about the markings on the Durium gold plate nibs. If memory serves, the way the nib was marked with the 14k on a line and the plate closer to the base of the nib allowed some manufacturers to set the nib deeply in the section and hide the word, "plate." The courts made them stop production.

#8 trdsf

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:50

No, I hadn't seen that.  This one says 'plate' on the same line that it says 'gold', but yeah, I can see how it could've been hidden.


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