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How Much For Scratched And Dented But Without Micro-Fractures?

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#1 Fox Point

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:36

How common are beat-up pens that are perfect where it counts - nib, cap and body all sans micro-fractures and chips, discounting all dings, scratches, tooth marks and dents. I'm interested in something vintage which will last as a user, not a collector's piece.

If these things are semi-readily found, how much of a difference would a battered body make to the price? Of would lovely nibs be taken out and put in something prettier?

Cheers for your input!

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#2 martinbir

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:16

Where do you live?

 

In UK you could try penamie.co.uk who have an under £30 section of decent user quality pens (I have a little UK Duofold which is super writer), but international postage may make a cheap pen expensive.



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:04

U.S for now, but thanks!

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:13

Where do you live?
 
In UK you could try penamie.co.uk who have an under £30 section of decent user quality pens (I have a little UK Duofold which is super writer), but international postage may make a cheap pen expensive.


Never knew about this site, but they're the fairest prices I've seen!
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#5 balson

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:47

i think you can get a restored vintage pen without breaking the bank.  restored esterbrooks seem to go for around 20-30.  restored sheaffers with a 14k nib can be had for as little as $30.  restored eversharp skylines with a 14k nib can be had for under $50

 

if you want a pen that is good where it counts you might want to look into discolored jade celluloid pens.  discolored jade celluloid turns a very unpopular shade of brown and will significantly reduce the price of a pen without any sort of structural weakness.  jade was a really popular pen color and they are very prone to discoloration so finding one with good color is rare.  



#6 Fox Point

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:12

Balson - very savvy!

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:26

Try Ebay, really. Beater pens will need repair, like a new sac or a hard clean but it's worth it.

I recently bought a Parker Slimfold for £8 that someone had filled with India ink. A few hours work and it all works fine. A Sheaffer Imperial II for £7 that needed a new sac and gasket. Both brilliant everyday writers that I'm not worried about scratching or dinging.

Also try antique shops or centers. Dealers usually have little idea what they have, so either over or under price pens.

Just never go to a pen fair and ask a dealer/collector if he has anything slightly beat up. They'll look at you as if you were some form of extraterrestrial

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 13:01

Peyton Street Pens has some good restored pens. A Parker 51 woupd be the ultimate vintage beater but if you can find a Parker Super 21 from a reliable seller you will have almost the same pen for less money. The 21s had less sturdy plastic so you have to be careful where you puchase them. As mentioned before Esterbrooks are easy to find on the cheap. I bought a restored SJ with the clip broken off for $15 with shipping and it included a new nib.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 22:52

"Just never go to a pen fair and ask a dealer/collector if he has anything slightly beat up. They'll look at you as if you were some form of extraterrestrial"

Haha!

What solvent did you use to get rid of the Indian ink?

Christi - Peyton Street Pens is on the list, that's great.





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