Well done, Cob.
Never seen anything like this, before. Intriguing. I like Greenies theory about 'oddities' which didn't catch on, yet still pop up to baffle us today. That said, I like the 'pineapple' and can imagine it distributing the ink evenly into the feed - even if I'm falling for ancient hype!
How did you reduce the size of the hole in the feed? (if that's what you did?)
And congratulations on a nice find.
Hullo and thanks. yes it is a fascinating piece and I consider myself rather lucky to have found it - well worn though it is. You are, I am certain, correct regarding the function of the pineapple. Without it there is a great deal of ink indeed - everywhere.
As it stands it is necessary to store the pen nib up, as one would normally do with most fountain pens, otherwise there is another wet experience! I may look at adjust things further.
As for the hole in the feed problem, well, the spigot on the pineapple measured 2.65mm. The hole in the feed was almost 3mm; I have no idea why that might have been. I filled the hole with epoxy putty, taking care to make a pilot hole with a needle before it set. I then drilled it out in stages: 1.2 mm, 1.5, 2. 2.5 and finally 2.6 mm. The pineapple is now a snug fit.
Wow, what a pen Cob! Love it.
A beautiful pen. But the stub flexy nib looks more beautiful.
Thanks; here's a snap for comparative purposes - No 2, No 4, No 8. you are quite correct; the nib is delightful to write with!
Rgds to all,
Edited by Cob, 29 July 2017 - 16:11.