Francis Goossens - also known as Fountainbel here on the com...does a great job at re-corking, he boils the cork in paraffin and beexwax as it should be and then smears on some silicon grease. The pen is then good for the next 70 years.
Before The War Reform made good top quality pens many for export....how good...right after the war, the wholesalers sent him cash in advance so he could buy supplies to make his pens again. He was big in the Export business of pens. I have two solidly made War pens.
What I need to do is to buy some early '50's pens from him that are real nice.
Reform had only made top of the line first quality pens. Then in the '50's ball points killed him, in he refused to make a cheaper pen. He closed down his factory instead.
A few years later he sold his name and machines to Mulschner(sp) an other Heidelberg company that made only second and third tier pens. ( I have a Mulschner/Reform that is not the 1745 but is not of quality....but n the nib really shocked me by how good it was, in maxi-semi-flex in a spade nib.)
The 1745 was from that Mulschner era...not a pen that Reform would have even dreamed of making in it is second/third tier...but when Mulschner(sp) went bankrupt, they sold t.he machines to China. China ships the caps in one box and the bodies in another and sells the 1745 in Germany....two for 5 Euro or so, on German Ebay.
For that price well worth it.
German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.
www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,
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