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Has Anyone Sourced & Machined Replacement Pear/abalone Slabs For Eyedropper Pens?


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#1 morganschmidt

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:40

Hi,

 

I've recently come upon a vintage Parker pen with alternating pearl/abalone slabs...and unfortunately there is one missing.  Has anyone undertaken such a repair and sourced the raw materials for doing so?  It doesn't seem *that* difficult to do, but perhaps it is one of those 'looks can be deceiving' jobs.  Thanks. -Morgan



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 16:16

The actual slab work is not that difficult.  Sourcing a slab large and flat enough is.


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 16:37

If you're looking for a source of inlay materials, you need to visit The Duke of Pearl.



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 19:37

If you're looking for a source of inlay materials, you need to visit The Duke of Pearl.

Yeah but unless you go with the laminated sheets it is hard to find solid pieces that are long and flat enough.

 

BUT you can borrow from other damaged pens...


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 03:58

Thanks...I've been looking at people that source 'blanks' for knife handles; that laminate stuff that's at most 1/8" thick certainly won't work...



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 21:09

I have a few carcasses that could potentially be donors - somewhere . . .  



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 18:27

The Duke of Pearl website is incredible. It is well worth looking at as a source of inlay materials.
 
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Posted 11 December 2017 - 20:29

Also 5 Star Pens is worth a look:

 

http://www.fivestarp...-pen-parts.html

 

Scroll down to Waterman Pearl Slabs, all very clean, 37.5mm in length excluding the notched tabs on each end, very nice bright coloring, $26ea, Item #586WA








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