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My First Ringtop


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#1 madrigal

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 22:49

I just picked up this tiny little thing, a Canadian-made gold filled Wahl, from an antique shop. I paid more than I'd like (so it was just over $15, but I haven't paid that much for any of my other vintage pens  :lol:) but I couldn't pass it up.

 

The gold has started to flake away near the nib and it looks like someone tried to repair it. I might have to keep it capped and have it as a decorative piece rather than an inked pen.

 

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It's 8 cm long when capped

 

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#0 nib

 

Now the hunt is on to find one in better shape.


Edited by madrigal, 27 May 2017 - 22:52.


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#2 pen lady

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 14:40

That AND a Vac-for-a-buck, Man, you're on a roll!  You can make this little gem look much better by cleaning up the nib with plain water, and polishing the barrel and cap lightly with a metal cleaning cloth.  BTW, I buy mine from musical instrument store, brass players use them.



#3 sidthecat

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 18:46

They're fairly plentiful on eBay: some of them have fantastic nibs, too. I wear mine on a lanyard, which is a bit nerve-wracking because they will unscrew themselves sometimes and disappear. What I do lately is apply a dab of craft adhesive (I like something called "Tack-It Over and Over") on the threads inside the cap. That keeps them much more secure.
These things are not just writing instruments but jewelry, so wear it proudly.

#4 Larynxa

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 15:50

What you have there, Madrigal, is a baby Wahl, made teeny-tiny for ladies' delicate little hands.  Evidently, they genuinely believed ladies needed smaller pens, back then.  But I find even a standard Wahl #2 ringtop a bit on the small side for my "ladies' hands".

 

Did you clean it up?  How does it look now?  How does it write?



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Posted 04 November 2017 - 13:23

Beautiful! Any chance you're interested in selling it? I'm in need of a #0 Wahl nib!



#6 RoyalBear

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 02:16

Actually, one would assume that these pens were for ladies and Wahl did sell neck ribbons for the ladies to use and wear their pens and pencils around their neck. However, in the early Wahl catalogs, they were referred to as vest pocket pens and pencils and also mentioned using a watch chain. Just recently I saw a photo of Winston Churchill where he was carrying a pen on a watch chain in his vest.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 15:33

To continue this conversation, I just read the article in the following link where it is stated that ladies used the larger pens and men used the smaller pens because the men put them into vest pockets which were small.

 

http://www.throughou...ory.com/?p=1395



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:03

Nice! Is the nib flexible?


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#9 sidthecat

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 03:35

Something I’ve done with a couple of teeny-tiny ringtops has been to swap out their nibs for #2 dip pen nibs. I’ve used an Aiken Lambert and a Leroy Fairchild, both of which are wonderfully flexible. If you have such things fall into your hands, magic can be made.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 00:06

Sorry for the horribly late reply. I forgot to check this thread after I started it.  :headsmack:

 

Things got really busy shortly after I found this pen and the $1 Vac, so I haven't gotten around to having them repaired yet. I'm not sure how clear it was in my photos, but part of the finish - or the putty, or whatever the grey material is - appears as if it's flaking away:

 

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In addition, some of the putty flaked off onto my hand, and it's possible to scrape it off with a fingernail. The rest of the pen looks fine, though.

 

Should I try to clean up the nib myself or should I leave it to a restorer? I have steady hands but no experience in restoring pens.

 

In addition, what, if anything, should be done about the flaking and the putty? I can take more macro shots of the nib and section if that would help.

 

Edited to add: I wiped the nib with some plain water. It looks a little cleaner now, though that dark area that covers the tines is a lot more noticeable. Also, the nib is as flexible as a nail!


Edited by madrigal, 09 January 2018 - 00:16.


#11 sidthecat

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 04:40

I’d send it out to a restorer, or take it to a jeweler.






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