Don't have any links, but logic as twisted as it is.
Someone pointed out here or somewhere else old advertising often/mostly had a pen posted.
I'd have to dig my Vac out of the glass topped pen case....but it was a Flagship pen, so had to have great balance.
Balance was important when one used a pen to write with all day long, instead of just bling note taking at the conference room table and to only swirl a signature.
I don't know if the Japanese make a standard sized pen....Esterbrook DJ***, 400/200 size. Pelikan makes a medium-large pen a 600 that has good balance posted...IMO the non DJ P-51 is a tad better in balance.
*** The DJ Esterbrook often had a small eraser at the tip of the body beyond the sac. I think that was for balance. Such a little bit can make a big difference in balance, especially when at the end of the lever.
When I first came to the com, there were many more lever users or folks complaining all piston pens were too back heavy...........which is not the case today..........but I think nicely balanced lever pens are now in a small minority of use.
My P-75 a flagship, standard sized, has real great balance. Which surprised me in it was metal....light actually, but metal.
The 400 is from 1950. The 100n is a shorter pen with a longer cap, so balanced about where or how the later 400 did.
The medium-large P-51 has great balance. I don't have the DJ 51 or the transition from the Vac. All I have is the later pure plastic torpedo tip body one. I don't know how great the earlier P-51's balance was. The later one has great balance as expected from one's flagship.
The Touchdown and the Snorkel, like the Sheaffer New Balance had great balance. The Vac and P-51 needed to match it.
I don't know which Waterman was flagship then, I know nothing about the Wahl-Eversharp, but would expect the flagships to have great balance. They had to compete with other flagship use all day pens.
The Swan torpedo, a lever pen right after the war was reputed to have great balance. I almost got one, but found a 'flexi' German 'war' pen cheaper around the corner.
As a teenager, I thought when I got out the house and got a real job, I was going to get an Adult Pen. That being either a Snorkel of some type or a P-51...............Waterman had already died and moved to France so didn't count.
Neither did that clunky MB or ugly Pelikan....in I was an Army Brat over here then.
That has nothing to do with balance.....in at least I was very ignorant back then....like we all were......but Esterbrooks (ugly metal cap '60+ ones), Wearevers, Venus felt cheap, no substance. No real balance. P-45 was a school pen like some Sheaffers. The Flagship was what was advertised on B&W TV or better magazines around Christmas.
In @ 1970, I became a One Man, One Pen man, of the time.....as was normal.....one didn't have many pens, in there was no reason to do so....Clean a pen....?????
Why......Well there were no supersaturated inks then.....and I was as ink ignorant as any one else. One bought Pelikan ink in it was cheaper than Sheaffer or Parker..............if there were any other inks, I didn't know about them. Didn't know a thing about cleaning a pen. If you borrowed a different color cartridge at school, sooner or later it would settle down to the basic cartridge color.
Girls may have known about esoterical things like cleaning a pen, in they used girly inks; we boys were culturally limited to blue, black and blue black. So there was no reason or need to clean pens.
I lucked out, I bought the P-75 for the wrong reason....it was snazzy and silver. But it is one of my very best balanced pens..............being a flagship, had flagship balance.
Do look at your pre'70 pens, and see if the Flagships had better balance than the companie's second tier pens. Like the difference between a P-51 and a _=45.
We still had good to great paper back then, not that we knew it. Fountain pen friendly paper was still normal.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 27 July 2019 - 16:21.