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Length Of "small" Dip Pen Vs. Early Slip Cap

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#1 Greenie

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Posted 29 July 2016 - 23:45

I was looking at my now complete telescoping dip pen, and thought the length comparison was interesting.

 

Here it is, extended, next to a typical early MT pen with a slip cap. This one has the rotating (NOT "rotting") (edit after below post...)  collar to secure the cap on a pin on the section (it is shown in this thread). But it is the exact same size as my slip cap pens with over/under feeds.

 

While the dip pen appears to be a small pen, it is actually a very standard sized pen when extended for use.

 

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Edited by Greenie, 30 July 2016 - 01:29.
correct typo that made other funny word....


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Posted 30 July 2016 - 01:12

I think it was part of the early marketing strategy for fountain pens to make them look like the dip pens that customers were familiar with.

 

I mentioned in another thread how taper cap fountain pens seem to deliberately evoke the tapered shafts of the older dip pen handles:

 

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 01:32

Not being a dip pen collector, I never thought about that before!     :headsmack:

 

 

EoC makes a great logical point, and the photo above is a great example of the taper cap.
 

I love it when things start to fit together and make sense!





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