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  1. amk

    My Lady Frankenpen

    TLDR: Waterman Lady pens have the same section threads as Laureat rollerballs I really like the modern Waterman Lady pens - I have a Lady Agathe, and a Lady Elsa, both made from vintage materials - and so when at a weekend sale I saw the characteristic little vignette painting on the lid of a royal blue Lady Anastasia peeping out of a box, I grabbed it. Alas, I got less than I'd bargained for: the lid, with a section jammed into it (and no way to safely remove it on the spot to see whether there was a nib, what size, material and condition)... no barrel. Well, it wasn't expensive. So I took the risk, bought it, and took it home, and eventually got it open, to find a perfect gold-plated steel F nib, that writes quite nicely. Still, there's not a lot you can do with just a section. So I had a look around my other Waterman pens. Surely, I thought, Waterman would use common threads on some of their pens. After all, we know that very many of their modern pens have interchangeable nibs. Bingo! The Laureat *rollerball* in gunmetal has the same section threads. I now have a Frankenpen. http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/amk-fpn/P1120347.jpg It's a bit messed up as a design, but it works! I also managed to get myself a red Apostrophe... which means I've only got the black one to hunt down now and I'll have all four colours.
  2. A nice weekend, as I managed to pick up two Watermans very inexpensively. One, a chrome Graduate, had a broken clip and a medium nib, and was mine for 50 cents. The other, a green lacquer Apostrophe in matching green leather Waterman pouch, was three euros, but when I pointed out that the (fine) nib had one tine broken off, the lady reduced it to two. We were both happy with that deal. (There's a small chip on the lacquer of the barrel, too, but otherwise the pen is in nice shape.) Here's the broken nib (with its feed). Oh dear, it's really bust. Strangely, I had a Waterman Expert fine nib that broke in exactly the same way. And it's horribly dirty. Nothing to be done with it but the bin. http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/amk-fpn/IMG_20140915_203058.jpg So, time to do a little swap. Soaking in warm water for half an hour, and then using textured latex covered gardening gloves for a bit of grip (they work for me! not the pair I use in the garden, though) I pulled the nibs and feeds out of both pens. The nib came out of the Apostrophe very sweetly - the Graduate took a bit more soaking and effort. A bit of cleaning up, swap the intact nib into the Apostrophe, and hey presto! a pen that writes! http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/amk-fpn/IMG_20140915_203154.jpg And it writes quite smoothly. The nib is nothing special, but it's reliably smooth, laying down a nice slightly broad side of medium line quite wetly even when just dipped. The Apostrophe is a good looking pen. Reasonably thick 'gold' ends and a 'gold' ring round the cap, and a deep green marbled lacquer. It's quite light, and subjectively I'd say (because I haven't got a Laureat to hand at the moment) feels a bit lighter and cheaper than the Laureat. The split clip appears to be very similar if not the same as that on the Phileas and Kultur, and the back of it is noticeably not flush with the cap. And there's a bit of the black plastic section showing, uncovered by the 'gold' band of the cap, which seems a bit strange and amateurish. Still, I'm very happy with this little Apostrophe, for slightly less than the price of a Pilot V-pen!

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