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  1. I am an American history MA student considering designing a thesis around fountain pens -- maybe their technological and social significance during the dawn of mass communication, maybe their fluctuating roles as status symbols, utilitarian workhorses, gifts, "obsolete" techology, etc. It's still in the works. I collect FP's and perform rudimentary restorations as a hobby, and I foresee benefit in mixing work and pleasure. With some quick Googling, I have found a handful of texts by collectors and FP connoisseurs, including Fountain Pens: the Collection Guide to selecting, buying, and enjoying new and vintage fountain pens and Identifying Fountain Pens by Jonathan SteinbergThe Illustrated Guide to Antique Writing Instruments by Stuart Schneider and George FischlerFountain pens Past and Present by Paul EranoFountain pens: A Collector's Guide by Peter TwydleThe Chronicle of the Fountain Pen: Stories within a Story by Joao Martins, Luiz Leite, & Antonio GageanThe last text sounded promising, though to be honest, I am fearful most of these texts will have more photos and cursory model information rather than in depth passages discussing the FP in a broader historical significance. That is not a knock to them, but rather an explanation of what I expect will be my greatest challenge, i.e. gathering sources. Again, this is very early in my MA (I haven't actually started the semester yet), but I'd like to hone this idea into a specific question asap. Speaking of questions, here's a few... Do you have any more text recommendations? I'm really interested in ones detailing specific manufacturers or innovations (Parker 51, Waterman C/C Pens, Sheaffer Snorkel) Have I missed any threads on here talking about scholarly work on fountain pens, especially anything published by a university press?Any FP questions that haven't been answered by the fine FP authors already mentioned or otherwise? Thanks for your time!
  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!
  3. shrey

    Waterman Graduate

    Hi all! Appearance + Design 4/ 5 Shiny. Enough said! The section is black plastic, with a slight texture to aid grip. I have only seen this shiny version of pen. It may come in other finishes. Quality 5 / 5 It’s well made. All metal body, except the section. I paid €10 in France. Pretty much available everywhere in France, including supermarkets - where I got this one. I liked it so much, I bought 3 of them! It does not look like or feel like a €10 pen, it feels a lot more expensive and classy. Nib 5 / 5 It has a fine, stiff nib. You get some line variation, but you do have press nib quite a bit. I think it is also available as a medium, although I haven't seen one. It’s smooth and moderately wet. Value 5/ 5 It’s a well made, attractive shiny pen. It's €10 and did I mention it's shiny?

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