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#1 Mob Mentality

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 18:10

Hello everybody, 

 

 

I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions for dip pen storage which includes holders and nibs. I know that a similar topic exists but it didn't really encompass the storage of such a large quantity of nibs and holders. The last time I counted I have about 6,000 to 7,000 various nibs all new old stock and about 50 or so dip pen holders many of which are also new old stock and are in their original boxes. Some of the boxes of nibs are still sealed some are open. I store some nibs in small polyethylene bags by model and company and leave others in their original box and put the boxes in bags or polypropylene containers. I want to make sure that however they are being stored will be safe for long term storage. I'm not sure if it's better to leave the nibs in the box or to remove them and put them in small bags. Any advice or suggestions would be great. Here are a few pictures. 

 

 

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This is a carton of E740 nibs there are 25 boxes of 144 ct. The original carton is marked Eagle Pencil Co.

 


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#2 Tootles

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 21:12

Bloody Hell!

 

I have two questions, and I hope you'll forgive the impertinence of me asking them:

 

1. Why do you have so many?

2. What do you intend to do with them?



#3 Mob Mentality

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 21:34

To answer your questions I have so many because I intended to use them or want to keep them for the future. I do a great deal of writing with dip pens though I have about 30+ vintage fountain pens. After using fountain pens for a while I started to realize there is something about dip pens that I really love. There is a certain intimate connect when using a dip pen to write that I don't get with anything I've use so far. I hope that helps to answer your questions to some extent. My hope is that they will last me the rest of my life if not longer.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 21:41

Those Eagle dip pens are beautiful.

 

I don't think you will run ou of material for the rest of your life.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 21:49

To answer your questions I have so many because I intended to use them or want to keep them for the future. I do a great deal of writing with dip pens though I have about 30+ vintage fountain pens. After using fountain pens for a while I started to realize there is something about dip pens that I really love. There is a certain intimate connect when using a dip pen to write that I don't get with anything I've use so far. I hope that helps to answer your questions to some extent. My hope is that they will last me the rest of my life if not longer.

 

Thanks for the explanation. You are very, very fortunate to be able to get your hands on such stocks. For myself I'll be lucky if I can persuade a seller to part with a dozen nibs. It's a different world over here, very cut off, and not one conducive to anyone who wants to write with a dip pen - like me - or even a fountain pen - also like me. Ah well, there's always pencils.



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 21:51

Thanks fountainpagan. Eagle Pencil Co is my favorite company by far. I have other Eagle Pencil Co holders but didn't post pictures of all of them as I have so many holders. Also the colored holders above are also Eagle Pencil Co though you can't tell from the picture. I can post additional pictures if you'd like.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 21:55

Empty of clouds, I thinks it's just luck that I was able to get such quantities for very good prices. The carton picture above came from a military warehouse and contains 3,600 nibs which is more than half of what I have total. I also go to antique shops and get lucky their too. I got a box of 97 Esterbrook nibs for $6. You just never know what you'll find and where. 


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 22:06

I understand. Here in New Zealand the chances of 'just finding' anything like this is pretty much zero. This country simply does not have this stuff anymore. It's a problem for me, and has made my desire to learn and use dip pens a great deal more difficult and close to prohibitively expensive. Karma no doubt!



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 22:17

I have heard of many people using different types of craft and took storage trays and boxes to store their various equipment. I only have two holders and about ten nibs so I store my holders in a drawer with my nibs in an old mint tin.

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 00:59


 

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Nice! If those were mine I think I'd put a sachet or two of silica gel in that box. Moisture is the biggest enemy of steel nibs.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 01:30

 

Nice! If those were mine I think I'd put a sachet or two of silica gel in that box. Moisture is the biggest enemy of steel nibs.

 

Goudy thanks for your suggestion. That particular box of Spencerian nibs is virtually flawless and all the nibs are rust free. There are only 139 nibs in the box though instead of 144. Would adding the silica gel have any adverse effects on the nibs or the box? 

Would it be better to take the nibs out of the box and put them in a bag with the silica gel? Right now there in the box inside a bag.

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 01:38

You sprinkle a little rice in there. Does the same job of absorbing moisture.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 02:33

 

 

Goudy thanks for your suggestion. That particular box of Spencerian nibs is virtually flawless and all the nibs are rust free. There are only 139 nibs in the box though instead of 144. Would adding the silica gel have any adverse effects on the nibs or the box? 

Would it be better to take the nibs out of the box and put them in a bag with the silica gel? Right now there in the box inside a bag.

 

 

I'd leave the nibs in the box, and either put the sachet in the bag with the box, or inside the box with the nibs. I'm not aware of any adverse side effects of silica gel on steel nibs or cardboard. It's simply a desiccant.

 

Yes, rice may work, too, but it's less effective.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 08:35

Empty_of_Clouds I will send you a little assortment of nibs, if you want. I have enough nibs for the rest of my life, and am able to find enough more around where I live, anytime

 

Just let me know.

 

@Mob Mentality, yes I would very much like to see some other models of your dip pens.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:47

Oh, no!  :blush:  Sorry, Fountainpagan. I was only giving an account of the realities of living here. Hadn't realised that it could be interpreted differently. I thank you for your very kind offer, most sincerely, but I'm really not the type of person anyone should be offering gifts. Frankly speaking, it's quite unnerving.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:00

I am sorry, Empty_of_Clouds, I didn't want to unnerve you. Hell is full of good intentions, isn't it? ;)

 

Ok, I withdraw my offer, no problem. Are you felling better? :)


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:10

It's a relief, thank you. :)

 

 

 

Edit: my panic makes me seem ungrateful. I am sorry about that. Your thought was kindhearted and appreciated it. I'm not good with these things. It's not something I have a lot of experience with and I struggle to know what to do. In general I am a very simple person, in all meanings. Again, my apologies. I did not mean to offend. 


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:55

You don't need to apologize, Empty_of_Clouds, at all.

 

Sometimes wanting to be helpful can make more harm than good, even if the intention is good.

I know you are not an ungrateful person, so, no panic, or worries. ;)

 

Now, please Mob Mentality, could you make us a little more jealous of all the tresors you hold, by showing us the pictures. :)


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 13:47

As you wish fountainpagan :) enjoy

 

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Mabie Todd & Co - C. 1875  14k Flexible fine nib and gold filled ferrule

 

 

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6 - Eagle Pencil Co 1040 School Standard

 

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I apologize for the blurriness the holders are very shiny. 3 - E. Faber 1331 Triumph holders and 3 - bakelite holders

 

 

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Assorted holders

 

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Hunt's Bowl Pointed Pens, Penesco Pen No 507, 2 - Esterbrook Assortment 11, Birmingham Pen Co J, Esterbrook 556, Spencerian Gilt Point, Spencerian College Pens. 

 

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Esterbrook 442, Esterbrook 570, Esterbrook 048, Esterbrook 922, Esterbrook 14, Esterbrook 314.

 

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 14:18

:wub:  :wub:  All.

 

And I know this is only the tip of the iceberg.

 

I don't know how old you are, Mob Mentality, but I think that, even if you wrote 24 hours a day for the rest of your life, you would not run out of tools for it. :lol:


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