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  1. Hello, I have a parker vacumatic twist type pencil that I recently received as part of a Vacumatic FP/Pencil set (though.. they don't look like an original set as the bands don't match). The body is in excellent condition but the mechanism doesn't seem to be working. I can twist it either direction without reaching any stop and I do not see the clutch or anything extend from the tip to grip the lead. I have tried slipping lead in it but do not feel anything in the barrel to clear out so I don't think it's a lead jam. I don't see a way to take the mechanism apart for further inspection.
  2. I'm wondering if I should buy a 0.2mm or 0.3mm (or even 0.5mm) Mechanical Pencil for practicing Spencerian Script... It is suggested in several places that when practicing Spencerian Script I should use a writing utensil that produces as thin a line as possible. However, I'm wondering if 0.2mm or even 0.3mm lines are simply too thin? By the way, if anyone was wondering, this is the pencil I'm going to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Mechanical-Pencil-ORENZ-PP3003/dp/B06VWNYHY3?th=1 The reason I'm using a pencil and not a pen is because I want to use super cheap paper and I don't
  3. Hello, I picked up this sterling silver mechanical pencil for a tenner while browsing antique shops in northern England while on holidays. I don't collect pencils as such but I couldn't resist because it's just so pretty. It's hallmarked W.V @ S for William Vine and Sons and I can find some info about the company from about 1880 to 1930. There are three date hallmarks in order: an anchor, a lion but I can't make out the third even with a lupe. Is anyone out there familiar with this style of pencil? I haven't seen one that tapers like this and would like to know how old it is. It's quite long
  4. What are the best mechanical pencils under $50? I want them to look and write nice simultaneously. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
  5. Now for something completely different… I didn't plan in the beginning to build my own computer keyboard. I used a Unicomp for a couple of years, and it was OK. I mean, it was a creaky and clunky behemoth, but it got the job done. Then I discovered the whole "mechanical keyboard" hobby that's sprung up in the last few years, and… Yeah. It was like fountain pens and cameras all over again, but on an accelerated track. Soon I had placed a pre-order for a WhiteFox, placed a pre-order for a new IBM Model F replica (both of which I'm still waiting on!), bought a new Matias Mini Tactile Pro,
  6. ascanio

    Hi From Florence

    Hi Everybody I just became accidentally a vintage propelling pencil fan, mailnly sterling silver ones, Yard o Led and Mordan brands, as well as Eversharp. Looking forward to post around and get to know more this world Ascanio
  7. Hello to everyone. Could this Parker mechanical pencil on the photos be a Parker 45 or what could the number 45 indicate? Or yes it could be fourth quarter of any years ending with 5 before 1980, but it says Made in UK, so it must be from after 1987. Also, there is a little "Y" above Made in UK, don't know why (not directly above it, a "line" further). For some reason there is no Parker logo on the top, I hope that doesn't mean it's fake. Also, might be not best seen on the photo, but the number 45 is like outlines only. It has the original Parker logo before Made in UK, not the around 1998 o
  8. Here is a new pencil I picked up from eBay.
  9. Dear FPNers, This is a review of two mechanical pencils - rotring 800 and the lesser known pilot s20. Both are very different in both design and make and I have not compared them in anything apart from their dimensions. In case you face any problem with the pictures, please feel free to read the same in the below link: http://iwonder-thecartographer.blogspot.in/2014/12/review-of-pilot-s20-rotring-800.html A mechanical pencil was a totally utilitarian thing during my engineering days, be it for drafting engineering drawings or making graphs. Shortly after, their utility started diminishing whe
  10. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-21/richard-mille-made-a-105-000-mechanical-fountain-pen From the article:
  11. Hi everyone, I inherited these pens a few years ago and I must admit I don't know much about them at all. I admire their beauty and workmanship. I think I will keep one for myself and try to sell the others on this forum (in the appropriate section, of course). However, before I can begin, I need to price them. Will someone please help me with a price range for each of the sets below? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Omas 1930 fountain pen http://i61.tinypic.com/rji1rk.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/168t05e.jpg http://i60.tinypic.com/1o2fis.jpg http://i61.tinypic.com/21l2vkj.jpg
  12. For those that use mechanical pens what is your poison? I used to prefer 0.3 mm lead but after a while I have realised 0.5 mm lead is more versatile and stronger. I currently love my 0.5 mm Rotring 800
  13. Not sure where to ask about this, but this board seems to get good traffic. I'll even review it if I get the time to make up for improper discussion. Anybody know where this pen came from, how much it's worth, where I can buy another (just for hypotheticals), if it's sterling silver, or plated with chrome, rhodium, platinum, or silver? Any information is appreciated, I've scoured the web. If any further pictures are needed, let me know, I'll be posting pictures of the inside when I get more time...
  14. Hello all, I've searched for my ideal mechanical pencil on-and-off for years now, and finally came to my senses to stop and "ask for directions". I'm in a physics PhD program, and spend some serious time with a pencil in hand. That's been the case for years, though, and I'm more than ready to plunk down some cash on one that'll last me - and more importantly, that'll be comfortable for the duration. What I'm looking for: - 0.5 mm graphite - Aluminum/stainless steel/metal body, circular (solid construction) - No clip I understand that "no clip" is an odd requirement (and the one that's ca
  15. Hey guys, I'm a young composer and soon to be college student. I currently write music with regular wood case pencils, but I'm interested in trying a mechanical pencil. I have heard good things about the Alvin draftmatic pencils and will probably buy one unless someone can suggest a better pencil. In music you need to be able to write thin and thick lines, so just one pencil probably wouldn't cut it. My question is what size lead should I be using, and what I should do about making the thicker lines because I don't feel like .9 would be thick enough, although I'm not sure.

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