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  1. The self-filler is a New York pen from about (I would guess) 1924. It is fitted with a Pat. 1915 clip. The leverless was a bit of a pain; English from about 1933, its internal mechanism had rusted away and the fact that it is thinner than the standard leverless pens of the period (e.g. L200/60) made the repair trickier than it might have been. And of course the nib was bent too. Anyway it works now and as I hope the writing shows, it was worth straightening the nib! The colour difference is interesting I think, the New York pen being quite a bit darker; perhaps there was more "gold in
  2. Dear FPNers and Fountain Pen tinkerers. I have something to show you today. As they say, an empty mind is the house of devil. And apparently, I believe in it! I cannot sit idle for more than 30 minutes unless the situation demands it. I am always looking for opportunities to learn something new. As it happened this morning. I was free and needed something to do. I thought about the options i had and remembered the spare Wality nibs lying around in the drawer. Waiting for a home. I had been seeing a lot of flex nibs in action on the internet and always wanted to try modifying one of my ow
  3. Julia161

    Noodlers Panther

    Just received my first Noodlers Panther from ebay and here are my honest impressions. - Firstly I thought that the pen looks cheaper than it costs. Sure, It's not expensive, but still there are much cheaper pens which look more presentable. - The clip is so soft and fragile that when I unscrewed the cap it changed it's angle a little. - But the color is fun. - The piston filler is interesting and convenient to use. - Semi-flexible nib for me happened to be absolutely useless, because when I tried to use its functions my handwriting became even worse than usual. In fact this is not th
  4. Any idea about the flex nib pen made in india or the flex nib with feeds??
  5. I'm looking to get a flex nib fountain pen for really cheap (below $20 if that's possible). I have a Pilot MR and three Jinhao 450s. I've been told that the Jinhaos don't work well with replacement flex nibs. Any suggestions? Even buying a cheap pen and then getting a seperate cheap flex nib to replace the orgiginal nib with. Thanks
  6. So I bought a random NOS German button-filler fountain pen with a new sac from a seller on eBay. The nib is certainly flexible, but some of the time it railroads immediately. Occasionally it will write fairly consistently and I can produce multiple flexed lines. Other times it will skip and hard start just in normal use. The tines look like they are little far apart. I tried moving them closer together, but to no avail. The pen is pretty old, but I have no idea if it has an ebonite or plastic feed. When the pen feels like writing it is quite wet. Are there any solutions I can try at home wi
  7. purlbeforeswine

    Flex Nibs - More Flexible Over Time?

    Do flexible pen nibs become more flexible over time? For instance, leather shoes tend to be stiff at first but will become more supple and stretch a bit with wear. Does this go for flex nibs (ie: the more you use the pen, the more flexible the nib becomes).
  8. I saw a Waterman's 12 1/2 BCHR on Ebay with what appears to be a Toledo overlay (I have no affilication to seller, see link below). I have never seen any Toledo overlay pen in person and was wondering if this is a genuine example. http://www.ebay.com/itm/131289632586?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 Item # 131289632586 Thanks, Jesse
  9. To followers of Ahab threads, Over the past two days, I have turned two unusable dogs into excellent writers. Because I did three things, I can't say that all three are essential, but two of the three definitely are. However, it has raised a question I would love to kick around with you. Here is what I did, which all came from advice from Drone and Brian Goulet: 1. Cleaned the channel with the BACK, not the blade, of an Exacto knife. 2. Cleaned the entire feed with a grease cutting dish soap (blue Dawn). 3. Heat set the nib (thanks to Brian Goulet for his excellent how-to video). 4. Tested
  10. After failing many times to get good photos from an iPad, I have given up. So, my apologies for the truely poor images, which do not do justice to the wonderful nibs from Richard Binder. The Edison Nouveau Premiere LE has a JoWo nib customized to XXXF with Extra Flex (Artists Nib), and the ink is Diamine Oxblood (which I find to be wetter than the Kon Peki in the Pelikan). The Pelikan has its Pelikan nib customized to XXXF with Extra Flex. The ink in the Pelikan is Iroshizuku Kon Peki. Both these nibs are soooo... amazing. Just wonderful. I've posted two images, both awful quality, unf
  11. Tachlis is a Hebrew word meaning practical, as in getting down to brass tacks. 1. I want a true flex pen that will give me that bouncy feel as I write. 2. I believe the above means I must go vintage. Is that correct? If not, please list my options before going to #3. 3. For the rest of the thread, we are going to say used, not vintage. Why? 4. With two in college and a third almost there, and a clergyman's salary, I might be able to buy a used pen, but I doubt I can afford a vintage pen. With the above in mind, what makes and models should I look for that will give me that bouncy f
  12. (I realize this is a lame post without pictures, but I'm having uploading/photo editing problems, so I apologize for the lack of them.) Today, for the first time I've been in a big antiques mall since I started with Fountain Pens a few months ago, I asked the guy at the desk if he had any fountain pens. He rummaged around in the junk drawer to end all junk drawers, pulled out two, and told me $60. One is a nice blue Esterbrook, needs a new nib and has chipped jewels. The other is an Eversharp. Though it had ink in it and has some scratches on it, it still has the paper band around it
  13. Hello! I discovered fountain pens about 18 months ago. My first pen I purchased on Ebay was a 1959? Lady Sheaffer Skripsert Paisley (periwinkle/gold design). I had Pendemonium grind the nib to a cursive italic. I LOVE it! However, I would really like to get a pen with a very flexible nib (even wet noodle). I am frustrated that it seems like pen companies no longer market to women. I don't mean to sound sexist, but I really hate the big bulky plastic polymer? tortoise shell design style pens....and any big bulky pen, actually. I would like to find a delicate, slender, lightweight pen with a
  14. Hi, After seeing some very nice penmanship video here and on the Internet I decided to try my first video. I tried it with my Esterbrook J with 9128 flex nib. Hope you enjoy... comments are welcome [video=youtube] Original post at my blog
  15. Caffeinated42

    Replacement Noodler's Flex Nib

    I bought a Noodlers Ahab from Goulet Pens and I LOVE it. However, my foster dog did not appreciate my attention being split between him and the letter I was writing so he flicked dear Ahab out of my hand. The pen is fine but the nib is beyond repair. I can find all kinds of non-flex replacement nibs out there on the interwebs but my Google-Fu fails when it comes to finding a flexible replacement. Does anyone have any ideas on where I might be able to find something? Thanks for your help folks.
  16. Hi all, Carried out my first pen modification toady, it went quite well. I didn't break anything anyway! So I got a Vac 700 with a 1.1mm snub nib a few days ago, got to say seriously smooth nib there. I had been happily enjoying the effect it had on line variation whilst using Private Reserve's Copper Burst when what should happen? My Noodlers Konrad Flex nib arrived, along with some Private Reserve Sepia. Inked it up and Oh My, what a combo It wasn't perfect, very scratchy and the pen body was awful coming from the Vac 700. But I couldn't put it down, It was throwing out such fine contro

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