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Parker Duofold Mandarin (1995 Limited) Barrel/cap Shrinkage Issue?


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#1 bluebirdy2

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 02:09

I recently heard of resin shrinkage from barrel/caps of Parker duofold mandarin editions.

 

In Korea, some 'NOS' Mandarins were sold for 2/3 prices in the second market.

I've heard of cap shrinkage from old style pelikan m800 because they were resin too. Therefore Mandarin would be no different.

What I recently learned is that this happens more in Mandarin than other duofolds.

Not only 1995 limited edition Mandarin, Cloisonne started to shrink too(I didn't see Cloisonne shrinking in my eyes, but I heard from my FP community). It has been more than ten years from the release of Cloisonne, so their resins are just in time to shrink...

 

To some, this may not be an issue, rather they would think me ridiculous for spreading some bad issues of Mandarin.

But to some, this is a serious problem.

 

Many ebay sellers sold Mandarin, and they do not even consider this an issue. 

If this only happens to the caps, you can call it a 'vintage look'.

If it happens to the barrels, well,,  this is not just 'so what? my mandarin is still beautiful in my eyes, you are just spreading rumors and being awkward'.

 

 

The reason why I'm writing here is because I haven't seen English FP community discussing about barrel/cap shrinkage problem on limited Mandarin. (I saw this kind of talk on vintage Madnarin)

 

Any of your experience or ideas?

 

 

 



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#2 manhha

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 12:43

Proudly own the 1995 Mandarin Duofold and have no problem with it.

 

 

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 10:02

May sound picky and funny, but the cap or the barrel is sometimes 1/10 mm bent, if measured with a ruler.

 

Hope our mandarins will be fine.



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Posted 25 July 2019 - 14:31

Hello bluebirdy2,

 

Mine is perfectly OK in its box

 

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 15:43

Great



#6 bluebirdy2

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:18

This is the picture of a NOS Mandarin that was sold for about half price because the cap was slightly bent a little.

You won't find it with a picture, because it's like 1/10MM~1MM shrunk.

 

 

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It is hard to notice with a picture, if you have ever had a vintage duofold or an Old-style pelikan m800 series that has a shrinkage on its cap, then you know what I mean.

 

You can either try screwing and feel the difference from a normal pen, or just put a ruler on it.

 

 

I'm not trying to troll, and not all mandarins are bent, but more than little of them are bent or bending.

 

If you don't care shrinkage of millimeters, or you don't care that the cap/barrel 

 

 

 

 

 

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But the pen resin will bend/shrink from the center of its axis, and will be noticed not from eye, but when you close and open the pen.



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 14:32

you can just simply roll it on a flat surface and will know if there is any problem.


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Posted 26 July 2019 - 20:21

I've had several and none have had shrinkage issues.  I have one NOS in the box now and it is fine.  I'm not a fan of the modern Duofolds in any configuration.


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