Unfortunately i haven't been able to communicate (properly, i will turn to phone calls tomorrow, i hate that but i want those pens) with the seller of the second and third pen, but the seller of the first came through with the deal and today I received my very first vintage pen.
When I took it out of the box and foam it came in, I immediatly noticed that the finial, the black end-cap was loose. Not out and about in the box, it is still attached, but it felt like a loose screw just spinning and bobbing about in the breeze. You get what you pay for.
Instinct immediately whispers" the nib, inspect the nib" and oh my god, I my blood pressure dropped when i saw that sooty nib. It was covered in what I thought at that moment was corrosion of some sort... I was so dissapointed. I tried taking the nib out but the little cap would just not give. Then i looked at my finger and notice a blue spot, you know, normal stuff, I have blue ink and i ink my fingers from time to time but as I dismissed it my brained clicked: "I do NOT have that shade of blue"
So i look at my finger again, then the pen... lick my finger and rub the nib. Blue finger. Ok, so it was not rust but really, really old hardened ink. Workable.
Step 2 i opened the body to be dissapointed again, no converter. Dang. And do any of my spare converters/cartriges fit? Nope. Double-dang, Won't be writing with it anytime soon anyway, gotta clean it out.
A day soaking later, i could still not unscrew the nib (very blue water though), so i heated some water to about 70°c and soaked it for a couple of minutes. The water got very dark blue, a second try at unscrewing the nib is met with success, but the little screw cap wont release the nib, still stuck with gunk. Another couple minutes in the hot water do the trick. Out it comes, what a tiny little nib that is, mother of god.
Started cleaning the nib to see if i had in fact struck gold and then i see the inscription: "10k Parker, Made in USA"
Gold nib indeed, 10k, but it is gold and it is my very first gold nib.
There is also some sort of calcification present on the inside of the body and cap, i can remove that with a soft brush and water, other than that the pen is in good condition.
I would like some advice on how to remove the feed as i fear it is still blocked with traces of old ink from who-knows-when (pretty sure this pen is from the early 70s), I still get some blue ink from it despite all the soaking. Also, how to fix that wobbly back end cap, which for now i have immobilized by using PVA glue... yeah i know, but it's washable so it works as a temporary solution for my mental health.
Pics tomorrow when i'm not so sleepy and tired.