Speaking of Parker Frankenpens. . .
Here's a fun update from Tim at Parker51.com re my Vac 51 (in for filler restoration):
The nib and cap are Canadian. The barrel is US..Other parts….no way to tell. It was probably a Canadian pen repaired in the US, hence a US marked 1948 barrel with the original 1946 Canadian nib.. Whatever,…makes no difference to writing function..US, UK and Canadian parts are interchangeable.
This question came up because I asked about replacing the cap. He has a US cap that he says looks better than mine, and the price is reasonable. But I decided to stay with my beat-up Canadian cap. It's gives the pen character, and this one's a daily driver type pen - not a display model!
He also said he could "replace" the blue diamond, which is what originally made me ask about a new cap - he says they were just painted on!
Edited by NumberSix, 28 September 2020 - 23:48.