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  1. My wet noodle Waterman 52 has had a crease in the nib developing over the last two years. It always had it to a very small degree but for the last two years it has grown, partly because it's had quite a lot of use. Eventually I'm sure a crack will develop, but until then I'll get my use out of it. I take a kind of wabi-sabi approach to these things which I'm sure will utterly horrify some, but that's an aside - what I mean is that I've started looking at the possibility of a replacement. If I can get a nice wet noodle 52 nib to fit all the better, but I'm not really going to hold my breath on that front. Anyways, what I've noticed is that there seems to be high demand for flex nibs now - more so than when I first got that Waterman 52 all those years ago. I also notice that ebay and various other places are full of 'flex' and 'full flex' nibbed pens. I'm quite sure some of them are legitimate, but I've actually seen quite a few labelled as such that I know are simply not flexible at all. For instance, there are quite a number of Conway Stewarts currently listed on ebay as having 'full flex' nibs. I didn't think any Conway Stewarts had any flex nibs let alone 'full flex' nibs. Springy, yes; flex, no. There seem to be quite a number of others and some even provide writing samples where it is quite clear they are forcing the nib to do something that it was never designed to do. Presumably this now adds a significant premium to fountain pens so it serves a seller well to advertise as such even the pen is not what they suggest. Has buying flex now become a complete minefield? I was thinking about buying a Swan Mabie Todd simply because it is often cheaper to buy a new pen than to buy a new nib. I realise there are risks involved in this, but are they actually considerably higher than I think?
  2. Newbie here. First off, I just LOVE this forum! I'm fascinated by all the wonderful pools of knowledge about the wide, wonderful world of FP. My question regards flexible nibs. Is it possible that the quality of the flex depends, in part, to the length or weight of the pen being used? For instance, I have two small ring top pens, a Waterman and a Wahl (with a Waterman nib) and they are both flex nibs. But, I don't seem to get the same amount of "flexi-ness" when I write as the larger Watermans I see on ebay all the time. Can I hear from people who have both smaller and average sized pens with flexible nibs? And can you confirm my suspicion that the larger pens give more leverage for easier application of the necessary pressure to write Spencerian text? Thank you! Rick E.
  3. YeOlCaptain

    Question About Richard Binder's Nibs

    Hi all, I have a question of Richard binder's nibs. I wanted to buy a nib for my Pelikan m200, and was wondering if it would have extra flex and all if i were to buy a standard one from his website. Here is a screenshot of what I am looking at.
  4. Poorly documented, largely overlooked The Eversharp Symphony was launched in 1948 and couldn't have had a more auspicious beginning. While the company's previous major model, the Fifth Avenue, had some shortcomings that prevented it from catching on with the public, the company hoped to reproduce some of the success enjoyed by the iconic Skyline model which had achieved sales superiority in the mid 1940s. The Skyline had been designed by famous industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss, and for the Symphony the company went to another famous consumer-goods designer, Raymond Loewy. The first generation Symphony pens (aka model 500) can be partially distinguished by the raised fins on the chrome cap, the brushed stainless steel cap finish with no cap band, and the metal barrel threads. The raised fins create the impression of the cap being sliced lengthwise, and then offset slightly, giving the cap its "slipper" name. The first generation pens were only produced for a year. The second generation simplified some of the Loewy design. Model 701 came out in 1949 and can be identified by the thin gold plated cap band embedded in a shiny stainless steel cap. Additionally, a few new models were added to the product line. The 703 (the "Deluxe" Symphony, photo below) featured a wide gold plated cap band, and the "Golden Symphony" (model 705) had a gold filled cap. A "Luxury" version was created for the bottom level of the product line; hardly luxurious, it featured cheap gold plating and a rounded cap entirely lacking fins. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/symphony_deluxe_set_250.jpg Then came the third version circa 1951. Taking a cue from the "Luxury" pens, the caps lacked the finned design entirely. Documentation indicates a new model was introduced, the "Economy Gold Nib" set, and it is believed to be an all-plastic model. Right around this time Eversharp stopped using the Symphony name, and the pens are frequently found in ads under the name "The NEW Eversharp." Basically, this is where the trail goes cold. Digging a little deeper .... In our new old stock acquisitions we have found several models which share the Symphony shape, nib and filling system, but lack the metal cap which many consider to be a characteristic of the Symphony line. Here's what we've found: Model 713 -- plastic body and cap, thin gold plated cap band, gold plated clip. Small flexible nib. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/713_500.jpg Model 913 -- plastic body and cap, thin chrome plated cap band, chrome plated clip. Small flexible nib. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/913_500.jpg Model ??? -- same as the 713 only lacking a metal cap band, having instead a series of grooves in the plastic where you'd find the cap band. Small flexible nib. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/symphony_linedband_black_500.jpg Model 915 -- same as 913 except with a wider (3/16") lined chrome band. Medium sized nib, the same one as is found on the 701, in both flexible and manifold. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/symphony_915_500.jpg Model 917 -- same as the 913 and 915, only with a very wide chrome cap band. This model featured a larger banner-style Eversharp nib, in both manifold and flexible versions. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/symphony_917_green_500.jpg By 1952, the Symphony and quasi-Symphony pens disappeared from Eversharp's product line as they gave their attention to the Ventura model. We have a feeling that a large quantity of the low end Symphony pens were more or less abandoned out in the distribution channel, especially outside the US, and those are probably the models that we have discovered. Another theory holds that when Parker gobbled up Eversharp in 1957, they continued to produce low end pens under the Eversharp name to use up the surplus of parts, and these may very well be some of those pens. We're hoping that this post will bring more information to light. Surely there must be folks who worked at Eversharp in the 1950s and 1960s, and who will be able to poke holes in our theories and tell us more about these late-late-late model Eversharps.
  5. Hello from the piedmont region of South Carolina, where this afternoon we had several tornado warnings, but no tornados. I've been a handweaver for 45+ years, and recently started making handbound blank journals as a way of using up some of my stash of handwoven fabrics on the covers. Then I began drawing in the journals, and bought a few fountain pens, and started collecting interesting inks to draw with, and one thing led to another. . . My favorite writing pens are my Lamys, but I just got a Creaper with flexible nib for drawing. I like to use Noodler's Lexington Gray for line drawings, and sometimes I do watercolor washes over the line work. Now all I need is a few more hours in the day so that I don't have to steal time from the weaving to give to the fountain pens. Here's a page from my current sketchbook with my Creaper and Noodler's Nightshade ink. This was sketched in an old cemetery while traveling in Massachusetts last month.

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