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  1. Hello all FPNers! Today I have in review a very interesting and unusual tool from the Ystudio design. For a long time I wanted to buy something unusual, not classic, and began to look at faceted pen (hexa- and octa-gonal design) from different brands. Actually, having seen this unusual design about six months ago, he laid down an idea for my mind (like in the “Inception” by Christopher Nolan) and a week and a half ago, accidentally hitting the manufacturer’s website, flipping through the pages, I couldn’t resist and wrote to contact – and I have this handsome in hand:) Ystudio Brassing – Portable Fountain Pen (made in Taiwan) link to model on offsite So: the tool is a straight form, I would even say, exquisitely simple shape of a hexagon and is literally associated with the shape of a classic pencil. The all parts is made of brass and coated (anodized?) with matt black lacquer (powder?). Filling system is cartridge/converter, international format. The cap on frictional and closes with a characteristic click, while keeping very tight. Since this model is a product of a design studio that does not produce its own nibs, the tool uses a nib unit manufactured by Schmidt, which consists of a plastic collar with plastic feed and nib placed on friction. It seemed to me a very interesting design for positioning the nib in section, which is also made of brass. In contrast to the usual mounting design, where the thread for the NU (nib unit) is located inside the section, this model uses a special collar(from brass also) that locks (clamps) the NU from the converter side, like a nut. The solution is very simple and elegant, this solution allows you to positioning nib relative to the main body as it is convenient for the owner and can be easily changed at any time. Also on the section there is a sealing rubber o-ring that contributes to a tight connection of the body with the grip. The collar on converter seemed interesting to me too: as it seems to me, the guys replaced the standard steel collar to their own brass ring so this element correspond to a single concept. Attention to detail is just great! This model is named a portable fountain pen and due to its simple design, the cap lacks a clip, but the top has an “eyelet” at the same minimalist style that allows you to attach this pen to a strap, chain or similar. The brass body is coated with black lacquer (powder), but the ribs remain in their natural golden color, which gives to pen an additional aesthetics. One of the faces bears the studio’s logo – Y in a circle and brand – ystudio. Nib: the nib is quite ordinary by modern standarts, golden in color, size 5, quite rigid and very smooth right out of the box, there were no problems with it from the first filling. The nib has an ornament, the dimension of the nib in the center of the geometric shape is M and SCHMIDT IRIDIUM POINT – manufacturer info. I will say right away that I am impressed by the fact that the information on the pen is applied in the classical way under the press, and not, as many studios do now, by the laser engraving. In my opinion, the stamping adds weight to the brand, although this does not affect the quality :). An interesting accessory comes with pen is a maple wood case, painted in black. In the head of the case there is a special hole where the cap is tightly inserted and fixed with a leather strap (which is also included in the kit), after which the fountain pen can be closed into the cap and screwed by thread with bottom part. The cap opens/closes in 1.5 turns. Overall dimensions: folded length – 138.5mm, without cap – 119mm. The diameter of the body along the edges is 12mm, and along the faces – 10.5mm, the diameter at the grip is 8mm. The full weight of tool (with a half-filled converter) is 45.6g, and without cap it is 28.7g. The weight of the wooden case is 22.9g, the length is 138mm, and the diameter is 20.8mm. Minutes of history: On their website, the guys posted a video about the concept of their studio and their instruments, and the concept is very simple. Not in the sense that 1 + 1 = 2, but in the fact that it is based on simple human feelings: love, tenderness, regret, memories, that we forget in our electronic age of gadgets and crazy speeds. Hey people, you needed stop, breathe, think, to finally come to visit your parents and grandparents just to drink tea, and not to run in to give medicine and run on. Everybody is needed love your loved ones while they are alive, write letters to friends, do not be afraid to express your feelings now, use pens if it is difficult to express in words – the writing is concentrates everyone! The line width by right side is 0.4mm. The pressure allows you to slightly increase the feed and line up to 0.7mm. The reverse side writes very thin and transparent with a line width of 0.2mm. The flow is normal, both sides write smoothly. At the end: a very unusual and conceptual tool. I really liked the design. The grip is probably a bit thin for my hands, but I understand that, this is done due to the concept of linear design. In general, for those who thinking about new unusual tool (may be gift for Christmas?) for themselves (loved one), I advise you to pay attention to this brand. And when unpacking you will clearly feel the feeling of a gift (see below in update). The cost is average, in addition, it includes delivery by courier service DHL, which in a pandemic time is the fastest, in my opinion (to me was delivered in 4 days !!!). A little more photos (with open the box) by the link: http://lenskiy.org/2020/11/modern-ystudio-brassing-portable/
  2. I posted this in the Waterman forum as a response to someone who was concerned about brassing on his celluloid bodied pen clip. I thought it might be of use to the entire forum. So I post it here. Home plating is not difficult. The hardest part is the surface preparation of the metal before the plating. Before you get started, mask any areas which you are NOT plating. It protects those other parts from physical abrasion and chemical attack. Step 1, get it smooth, often that rolled gold finish has a sharp edge and the underlying brass is intentionally rough, to enhance adhesion of the rolled gold to the brash. Polish it all until it is equally smooth, and no apparent transitions from where the rolled gold remains, and where it has worn/torn away. Step 1b, if any original engraving was obliterated during the polishing phase, restore it. There are two general families of engraving. The first is machine or displacement engraving (stamping, rolled imprint, diamond stylus) which pushes the metal out of the way (like a bulldozer) but does not remove it. The second is classical chisel style engraving, which actually carves metal away. The latter type is seen in some of the precious metal bodied pens which have artful hand engraving on them. Step 2, clean, I mean super meticulously clean, with the masked off parts safely covered, get them visually clean, then don latex gloves, get out alcohol wipes, then wipe the surface down (you are about to plate) to remove any oils your skin put on the metal. Residual oils can interfere with the plating process. Rinse the surface with distilled water to remove any trace of what was left behind by the alcohol wipes. Step 3, Plate, basic gold kits are less than $100, and you can buy the replacement "plating solution" for about half that price. In your application, you will likely want "brush plating solution" as versus "dip solutions" which require immersion. My photos below are using the dip method. Step 3b, rinse, rinse rinse, rinse all of that plating chemical off your pen. It may affect color or other characteristics if left in place. Step 4, With a jewelry cleaning cloth, buff aggressively, the initial finish after plating will look rough and discolored. Only with buffing will your initial horror abate. The underlying brass contaminates the solutions and places a layer of rough dark copper on the surface (you will believe something went horribly wrong with your plating). Did I mention buff with a jeweler's cloth, yes, I meant it. Step 5, Admire. Below is an example of a practice piece which was only lightly cleaned, there was no pre-plate polishing (no Step 1 was performed, for test reasons, I wanted to evaluate adhesion with poor surface preparation). Then the part was plated for about 30 minutes (at 140 degrees F) and the plating solution was carefully rinsed away, so it would not chemically attack the other parts over time. It was buffed with a jewelers cloth. Pictures: Before Plating, During Plating, After Plating. Once again, this was initially a parts pen purchased for $53 to do cruel experiments on, pity it not. Note the extensive Brassing in the Before picture (the first picture). Due to the lack of surface polishing before the plating, you can see a change in smoothness in the plated areas, as that area was rough brass instead of the glossy rolled gold. This is to be expected if you skip the surface polish stage prior to plating.
  3. MercianScribe

    Help With Clips

    Hello all. I have a couple of pens with clip damage. I'm aiming to keep them both, so I'm not too concerned, but I was just wondering what I might be able to do. I have a lovely red Eagle Prince at last. I've been trying to score one of these for ages, and while they come up fairly often on eBay in the States, they're pretty hard to get for a reasonable price in the UK. I assume the clip has lost its gilt, and I think it looks quite nice actually, as it's a lovely near-black tarnish, with the remains of the gilt on the imprint. What I was wondering with this one is what the base metal is, and will it deteriorate if I leave it untouched? The other is an Osmiroid, which has lost a big chunk of chrome (?) or whatever its plating is. This one is obviously not such a good look, and already rusting, so what can be done about this? Cheers!
  4. Hey all, Is it possible to repair a clip that has 'brassing' on it? Is it possible to get it plated in gold or anything? And; Can you remove micro-scratches from resin pen barrels and caps? Thanks, Tom.
  5. Check this... http://zobeid.zapto.org/image/pens/bexley_clip.jpg That's what the pocket clip on my Bexley "America the Beautiful" looks like now. It sure didn't look like that when it was new! I understand that thin platings do wear off, and supposedly "brassing adds character", but... This pen isn't all that many years old, hasn't been used all that hard, nor polished excessively. It almost seems as though the plating is just... evaporating? What gives? BTW, this was the model with "rose gold" plated trim, which also includes the cap bands.

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