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  1. From the album: Chinese pens

    In reply to: When the question is not how to visually match a single ink converter in isolation against one's internalised knowledge-base of what's in existence and correctly identify its type, the answer is much more obvious.

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of European Fountain Pens

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  7. miwishi63

    What is it?

    I received three of these pens today (they came with another desk pen that I wanted). There are no markings on them. The nibs are marked "Curvex Point USA. The nib and feed are easy to remove by hand. I'm assuming they are eyedroppers but was hoping someone had more information before I play around with them. Thanks in advance! Mike S.
  8. I walked down to Greenwich Market last Thursday hoping there would be a few stalls open. One had a couple of fountain pens, including this desk pen. I'm a sucker for Whitefriars bases so pounced on this. When I got it home and had a proper look, the sac was completely clean, I gave it a fill with water and no old ink came out at all! Parker 51 Desk Pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr Parker 51 Desk Pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr Parker 51 Desk Pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr
  9. Inkysloth

    Parker 45 Desk Pen - Propeller Base

    Hi folks, I've just bought a desk pen from Ebay, and I'd like to know if there's a list anywhere of all the Magnetix desk bases Parker made? This is the propeller base, with a nice brass-ended desk 45, with a 14ct medium nib. Did 3rd party manufacturers make bases compatible with the Magnetix system? Parker 45 propeller desk pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr Parker 45 propeller desk pen by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr
  10. Hi folks, In further desk pen queries, I really like the Whitefriars spherical desk pen bases. I have three so far, and would like to know what other colours were made. I've seen red, and black, are there any others? Thank you! Whitefriars bubble glass desk pen bases. by Robin Inkysloth, on Flickr
  11. Hello Wise Ones, Has anyone had to repair a loose desk pen base whose ball joint (which holds up the pen) is loose and lays flat? I’m considering buying an Esterbrook desk pen set. The style of desk pen is the ultra flat base with a swiveling ball joint. But the ball joint is loose and the “holster” can’t hold the pen up. The best research info I have is from model and toy enthusiasts who recommend Pledge Future Polish. However, these suggestions assume a disassembly of parts that I may not have the luxury of. Has anyone had experience in this? Thanks in advance!
  12. http://68.media.tumblr.com/7c048a8139c392bd7bfd65a1cb0df62e/tumblr_inline_oo2wf8kOkU1r5gfgd_1280.jpghttp://68.media.tumblr.com/9793aa7f37967eac6f0290d483a20d16/tumblr_inline_oo2wf7kfXE1r5gfgd_1280.jpghttp://68.media.tumblr.com/4eaeeb3f7d7dd6841668c22ae5095061/tumblr_oo2wdrGKOl1vvyk70o10_1280.jpghttp://68.media.tumblr.com/cc1ffba7209ea900fa988156127d189a/tumblr_oo2wdrGKOl1vvyk70o4_1280.jpghttp://68.media.tumblr.com/b15872ea137363fee90e24a6bfefd8c9/tumblr_oo2wdrGKOl1vvyk70o7_1280.jpg More photos, and a short note about Noodler's Midnight at the blog link on my signature.
  13. antichresis

    Need Help Identifying This Desk Pen

    What particular model is it and is it a good pen? I'm not even sure what kind of filler it has... I'll upload more photos when I get the pen.
  14. trdsf

    Snorkel Desk Pen

    So there is an antique shop nearby that is looking out for my money collecting interests, and I got a lovely brown Sheaffer Snorkel desk set with a yellow-green base over this past weekend (and a bunch of other non-pen-related things, but that's another story and involves radioactivity and a UV light source). The mechanism appears to be good -- the snorkel extends and retracts correctly. But this is my first Snorkel, so I have not even run a water flush through it, because I want the advice of the FPN hive mind first as to the proper care and feeding of this lovely little beast. Pictures when I get home.
  15. Trwest77

    Sheaffer Desk Pen Identification

    Hi can anyone help me identify this desk pen? It was my great-grandfather's which means he probably purchased it in the 40s. It hasn't been used since the 50s so I imagine it needs some repairs. I found it today while home for Christmas and would like to repair it and use it at work.
  16. I just received my international shipment of this particular pen today (part of a much larger group order to save on shipping costs to this country). First impressions: It's very very light, almost negatively so. It almost feels like a disposable 10c ballpoint. It's pretty thin but apparently not thin enough for a desk pen stand my dad gave me (although to be fair it's probably for a ballpoint). The cap that comes with it is not as flimsy as the reviews I've read make it out to be. Pretty stiff but definitely stable. It's a snug fit too. You need to push it close more than the cap of a Quasi-Imperial, for example. The nib is ok. Soft. I got a medium nib since I'm into Japanese mediums right now. I have the Pilot Penmanship anyway if I want an extra-fine nib for marginalia. The only quibble I have is that it scratches whenever I write a stroke to the right (pen pointing up); on regular use you don't notice it although the nib does make a sound when you make such stroke (is this what is called "singing"?). Just some questions: Desk pens are kept downward (the reverse of a regular fountain pen), and according to a comment on one site it's to be kept so. Why is that? Is it true at all? I also assume that the pen will not leak if left in a pen holder? There's also a note in the box that only Carbon ink should be used with the pen. I'm pretty sure the pen will work with whatever ink and who followed Nathan Tardiff's instruction with regard to Kung Te-Cheng, but is there any remotely possible thing that could happen with a different ink? Lastly, would anyone know how this rates against the DPN-70 from Pilot? I actually wanted that pen (I have a dozen Pilots and I try pretty much all their cheap pens, even importing those that aren't available in the local market, but this is my first Platinum) but the retailer I bought from only had this for desk pens. https://imgur.com/a/GijJt
  17. TimCasey13

    What To Look For In A Desk Set

    I don't know if this has been asked before, but what should I look for when buying an Esterbrook desk set? Either a 444 or 407 and the variations upon them.
  18. PenFisher

    Desk Pen Id

    I got an odd-lot of pens and parts today and a Sheaffer desk pen with two tone FeatherTouch nib was included. I'm not well versed in Sheaffer models, filling systems, dating, etc. Any help or comments would be appreciated. I did take it apart for cleaning and inspection and removed the stiff ink sac and it looks in pretty good shape overall. There is also a very small white dot towards the tail of the pen. Is the metal cylinder that screws on over the section to accommodate the desk base? What sac size is appropriate? All help and comments are appreciated. Thanks
  19. Tasmith

    Tibaldi Desk Pen Question

    Picked up this Tibaldi desk pen yesterday at a yard sale. The imprint on the barrel says: "Tibaldi 26-L D.65-001". Tried to research it on the Internet, but could not find any information about this pen. Does anyone know about this pen? I paid $4.00 for it. Images: Back lit the translucent body to show the dried out sac:
  20. missuslovett

    Wahl Eversharp Desk Pen

    Hello Eversharp Forum! I've just cheaply purchased a lovely Eversharp desk pen and seek some advice and guidance on how best to clean and restore it and perhaps some info as I'm quite new to Wahl. Everything seems to be present and correct and it has a wonderful flexible nib. It's a lever filler and will obviously need an overhaul. How best should I get inside to clean and re-sack? It has an abalone shell patterned body which has become discoloured. Is there any way of cleaning this without damaging the pen? Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions and information. Here are some terrible pictures of it.
  21. One of the things I like about alumilite is the broad range of options you have in colors, colors you can "paint in" when you are making custom pens. I have worked closely with Bob Dupras to develop alumilite blanks that provide color transitions to make them interesting. Greens and blues are my favorites, with a splash of precious metal color. I decided to showcase as much of the transition of two pen blanks as I could by making a desk pen for myself (the green pen); I also find the longer pens easier to write with. The blue fountain pen I made for my favorite Aunt, who is in her nineties and still writes. Hope you enjoy the colors (thanks Bob!).
  22. ISW_Kaputnik

    8-Ball Desk Pen. Loose In Holder?

    I just got my first Esterbrook desk pen. It's the kind with a lever-filler fountain pen and an "8-ball" holder. For now I'll assume that a picture would not help, as my question would be for people who are already familiar with this style.. The pen is apparently ready to go, new sac, good condition 2668 nib. I notice, however, that it sits loosely in the holder. Not ridiculously so, but there's none of the secure feeling I'm used to with a typical slip cap fountain pen. I also notice that there is no "inner cap" equivalent inside the pen holder. Is this normal? I don't have any other desk pens of this style, and I haven't inked this one yet. I'm just wondering if it will tend to dry out because there isn't a tight enough seal. Or maybe the fact that it's nib down will be enough. For those who have used these, do they fit tightly into the base, or is there some play?
  23. I got a 'pen part'.....the base of a Parker 51 desk pen, brass bottom: Im wondering what the possibilities of having something engraved on it(ie the pens bottom, rather than my own: though age and gravity have taken their toll on my own, and it would allow more area to work on, I draw the line - no pun intended....this whole topic is daft enough without my adding to it.....though it's written to try to keep my spirits and sense of humour up, as the last couple if months have been very difficult....) Anyway, any suggestions? Pictures shown. It's a nice thing in any case - I have one already, complete with pen....beautiful, black, 'snail' turned pattern on the pen, and is a sweet writer and so comfortable. Hence I was wondering if this could have something engraved. I doubt if it's something one can do at home....or is it? Alex
  24. Valley - A pair of deskpen and a pocket pen. New color rods obtained used . Green with Brown swirles in place of usual Black swirles. Thanks for looking Sree

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