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Smelly Celluloid Pens

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#1 siamackz



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Posted 03 March 2018 - 09:15

My MB 244 is giving off this rather strong naphta smell. Its not a bad smell, I don't mind it. But, I was wondering if this means something is going on with the pen - like the celluloid is decomposing or something and I might only find the nib and clip in my display next week :) My other MB celluloids don't smell this strong though I have often come across vintage MBs that smell like this (it's typically when I receive pens from dealers and they haven't been cleaned ever). Is this normal? Any cause for concern?

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#2 meiers


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Posted 03 March 2018 - 15:26

Give it a good cleaning.

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:42

I have only on pen made with celluloid (Delta Rediscover Pompeii) and it has always had a unique aroma to it.


I personal like the aroma it puts out, you can only notice it if put the pen right up close to your nose.


I was told that is one way to know that it is a true celluloid pen and it is nothing to worry about. i am not expert however so maybe some other member with more experience can help with this.

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 15:41

Hi siamackz


Hopefully, it just needs a good clean.

BUT, if you really think it is decaying KEEP IT AWAY from your other celluloid pens, as it could spread! The decaying celluloid gives off gasses which will affect other celluloid items. It's a non reversible process.


Maybe keep it in isolation, until you're sure?


Fingers crossed that it's nothing so serious.

Edited by CS388, 06 March 2018 - 15:42.

#5 Corona688


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 22:29

Celluloid contains camphor as an ingredient, and it's possible for the camphor to leave, so the smell will always be there a little bit.

#6 siamackz



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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:25

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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