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  1. So I recently acquired this pen, the hope is to have the perfect 'every day' pen. It was a mess when I got it. Old dried out ink had effectively glued the cap on, but after much patients and lots of water I now have a nice clean pen. I currently carry a Lamy Al-Star in a bag for my larger notebook and a basic UniBall Roller in the pocket with my Feild Notes. Both write well but I carry the Roller because it's small, always at hand. The Al-Star just never feels like it disappears in the front pants pocket, thus relegated to the bag. I'll include this one mostly for the size comparison. The new pen is slightly thinner and shorter than the Roller but the size difference is only noticeable when they are right next to each other. So back to the new pen, at first I though was a cp1 though in doing research (ie Lamy: CP50 vs CP1 Black ) it seems to look more like a cp50. Though on closer inspection it seems to have markers from both? Obviously the silver rather than black color is more cp50. Though not obvious is that there is nothing marked on the barrel, just like the cp1. Also the clip is stamped 'LAMY' like the cp1. Curious? It also has the old style nibs, no breather hole, no obvious size indication, just like the cp50. I got lucky and this one had a 585 gold nib, though it seems to be loosing some of it's coating. I like the patina, it shows age and use, I am assuming that this is not going to be an issue but it's something to watch out for. Also I am guessing that I have a fine sized nib, but with out markings I am not really sure. I also was fortunate that it came with the correct converter. At this point, while I am confused to what I really have here, all is looking good. The pen has all the right parts, and is cleaning up nicely. The converter is holding fluid, seems we have a working pen. Next step is to do a quick little 'how does it feel' dry nib test: scratch... really scratchy on the up stroke, not bad but not great every where else. Things were going so well. As we look closer things look a little off. This pen has likely been dropped as the nib is a bit out of shape. I got out my macro lenses and was able to get a bit closer: Full size images can be found on Flickr. From the looks of things the tines are bent in two directions and touching. I am guessing that this is fixable, but how? Is this something that I can fix? I am a bit worried due to the rare-ish nature of the nib, but gold is a fairly forgiving metal. Would I be better off sending out to some one? If so who? Does LamyUSA even deal with these pens any more? I'm in Portland OR in the US, is there any one local or regional that I should reach out to? Or is there an expert that I should just contact? I would really like to have a working pen that writes as well as the Al-Star but with the size of the Roller, but currently with that nib it's not going to write as well as either of them. Lastly, just out of curiosity, what pen do I have? Not like it really matters but is this a late cp50? an early cp1? neither? both?

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