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  1. Manufacturer: Parker Quink Series, colour: Washable Brown Pen: Waterman Hemisphere „F” Paper: Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: unnoticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib The ink smudged with a cotton pad Lines Water resistance Ink drying time Ink drops on a handkerchief Chromatography Sample text in an Image Volume (80 g / m2) Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2) Palette of shades
  2. Vintage or precious pen lovers, how do you carry your fine aged or precious pens for everyday use? Despite surviving decades if not centuries, vintage pen material (urushi, hard rubber, celluloid, etc) is not like lucite bulletproof. I have a cloth pen case and a tougher leather one but don't trust soft material. Short of carrying in a box, most often a Parker Duofold snap clam plastic coffin or padded mailer, what do you use to carry? 2 points off if you reply, "Just hang off the back pants pocket" Thank you
  3. Lazard 20

    Sheaffer's Old Ads Photo Thread

    Hurry, get your free Skrip bottle before the stock runs out!* A 1930 ad little or nothing known and that illustrates to us about the commercial utility that Sheaffer´S gave to their old truck. Dedicated to RedRinger, FPN member, whose yesterday post about these old ads has given me the idea for this topic. *Although Sheaffer´s commercial dept. doesn´t anything for nothing...
  4. Adityakashyap

    Montblanc Meisterstuck

    Hi! I am new to fountainpennetwork.com and really happy to have found this place. I recently came across a Montblanc fountain pen. I want to know the name and year of this pen. This is a piston filler pen and holds a lot of ink. The nib is gold (14k) and a little window is given on the body to check the ink quantity. At the end of the cap, it is inscribed "montblanc meisterstuck". Other than this I have nothing to help me identify this pen. I visited a few local dealers who hold the view that the pen is very old with a make of 1920-1930's. The pen writes buttery smooth and is a charm to write with no problems whatsoever. I am just curious as I don't believe the dealers. Check the pictures attached to get a better idea of the aforementioned pen. Regards Aditya India
  5. Hi everyone, I was wondering if I was about to commit what some of you might call a "crime against humanity", do you think it is sacrilegious to remove the label from an old Sheaffer Skrip Bottle that has an inkwell? I intend to use the bottle for storing different black inks and I mostly bought it for utilitarian purposes because it is great design and bottles like that just aren't made anymore. But I also know it's place in history and was wondering if I was about to ruin an object that has in some sense, historical significance even if it is still quite common... Here's what it looks like with the label still intact (the picture is badly framed, sorry): http://i65.tinypic.com/i19x6s.jpg
  6. http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-nazwa.png http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/buteleczki_atrament_parker_mala_old.jpg Manufacturer: Parker Series, colour: Quink Washable Green (old, ca. 1940) Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: very good Lubrication: good Bleed through: possible point Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-txt.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-wysychanie.jpg Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Parker-Quink-Washable-Green-old-ca.-1940-chromatografia2.jpg
  7. Hello, I'm new to this forum. As a small introduction, I become a pen enthusiast around Jun 2017. I started with the Pelikan 100N. I have a total of 10 different pens.Yesterday I bought a very interesting pen with a 14ct nib in the original box.This is the least fountain pen I had in my hands....9,3 cm.I was surprised by the way the ink is filled.In my opinion, only pipette can be filled ... so I tried it.Can someone tell me about this penThanks in advance
  8. Greetings All, There are some good lists of inks safe for vintage pens scattered throughout the forums, but I haven't seen any sepias specifically mentioned. I'm in the market for a vintage flex and would like my writing to have an old-timey feel. I'm hoping we can put together a list of sepia inks (including anything broadly defined as such according to one's own taste) that are vintage pen friendly. I don't mean high-maintenance inks that require utmost pen hygiene, but those you can leave in the pen for a couple weeks without having to worry about corrosion or clogging. Water-resistance is also a plus, but not essential. Staining also isn't much of an issue since vintage pens aren't usually demonstrators anyway. Any recommendarionaations are greatly appreciated!
  9. Hello Everyone, I recently was givien about 16 oz left over from a 32 oz bottle of this Flo-EZE Brilliant Carmine from Caldwell Ink Co. This bottle has a very old look to it, similar to the 1920's bottles. It says non corrosive and unaffected by steel pens. Does anyone have any information on such ink and the company before Caldwell became a printing company for present printers? Is it ok to use on fountain pens? The bottle states that it is from San Francisco and Oakland with a quote saying "Made in California under the most favorable climatic conditions in the world." I looked all over online and not a single picture or clue to this type of ink.
  10. Hi! I have recently gotten back to using fountain pens after having used them in middle school, where it was mandatory. I find some old lens lying around the house and though i could identify most of them, I have no clue about this one. Please help! Im new to FPN and this is my first post, so if there is some other thread where I should be posting this, please direct me to that. Thanks in advance.
  11. Pendarion

    Vintage Ink Bottles?

    Hope this is the right place to ask. I'm curious. Anyone else collect or have a few, older ink bottles? I have some - only a couple - and they're not madly interesting and just ones I picked up years ago in various junk shops - probably dump finds. They're from around or just after 1900 so not so 'old' really. But I'm always looking longingly on eBay at old 19thC ink bottles - especially the fancy ones like cottages and circus tent-shaped. And I love old blue glass, in particular, as well as green. Is there any reason why I couldn't decant some of my ink into one? (Assuming I'd have to make a cork stopper?) And anyone else collect them?
  12. heleneleh

    Smell From Heated Ink

    One of my daughter's inks hardened and she took it upon herself to microwave it, thinking it would liquify. I realized she was doing this about 5-10 seconds in, and stopped her immediately. The smell emanating from the inkwell and the microwave, though, is horrific. Does anyone know if there is any danger in the fumes produced by doing this?? The ink just says "Aladine" on the front. Thanks!!
  13. Hey all! Hope everyone is having a good day! So today, I finally managed to get my first ever vintage fountain pen working! The pen is a No. 49 from the English company Burnham. Here's what I have to say about so far: http://i63.tinypic.com/2wog7c5.jpg So far the pen is a dream to write with, and I hope it stays that way. Since this is my first repair I know I've made a fair few mistakes Thanks! Edit: Quick correct from the written text, thanks to u/peterg I've realised that Burnham were trading into the 1960s!
  14. UniquePen

    Great Grandfather's Old Waterman

    Hey there! So I am new to the world of pens. I was cleaning out my grandmother's house when i came across a collection of antiques that belonged to her father. I dont know much about him, although he was some what wealthy. Within those antiques were several Waterman Pens. One of them caught my eye. They all had his name engraved on them but this one, upon further research, i could not find. It is black and gold, and has the number 53 marked on its bottom. Any idea how much it is worth? I see there is no #53 anywhere? Thanks! I attached photos as well! Best regards, Greg
  15. KyleKatarn

    Old And Vintage Inks Findings

    Today I was visiting a store that only sells old stuff, not really an antiquary, more like an hoarder that buys and resells old things that many could tought of as complete junk. There I found and bought 15 packs of fountain pen ink cartridges for the grand total of 2 Euros. I wouldn't qualify these inks as vintage, although they are old. However, the ink in the cartridges seems to be in good shape, no evaporation signs or whatsoever. I thought it could be neat to have a topic where to show and discuss these kind of findings. So, what do you think of my latest acquisitions? http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/900x600q90/923/zhqUZq.jpg
  16. astrojucar

    Could You Help Me Identify This Pen?

    Hi, I found an old pen sitting in a drawer, it was my father's. I cleaned it well, filled it with ink and it writes just amazingly smoothly. I would love to know what model it is. I know it's a Sheaffer and it has a 14k nib. Any help would be greatly appreciated. http://postimg.org/fpngallery/2idca6gaa/a65beca3/ Thanks! Juan Carlos
  17. Hello All, With the Philly Pen show swiftly approaching, part of my mind is wandering towards experiencing vintage pens, possibly bringing one to a new home... There is one problem... I'm afraid of issues that are beyond my rookie fountain pen level! I'm a persistent tinkerer with various things, including pens, to a minor degree. My concerns more so fall into the realm of reliability. -How delicate are some vintage pens? -How common are flow issues in vintage pens? -How sensitive are older materials to certain chemicals for cleaning? -What happens when a nib or fill mechanism breaks? - Will aging deteriorate the pens without use? Perhaps these questions are the signs that I'm not ready to delve into rather unknown realm of vintage pens... Regardless, what might be some suggestions for either a good first affordable vintage pen to look into, or advice on calming the jitters of stepping into the pens of the olden days?
  18. northstar

    Help To Identify This Waterman

    Hellol, Got this waterman on my vacation, need help to identify it. http://s5.postimg.org/xlh4z7v6v/waterman1a.jpg http://s5.postimg.org/lkvoyhns7/waterman1b.jpg http://s5.postimg.org/cr4she0tj/waterman1c.jpg The nib only got a M marking nothing else, the guy who sold it to me said that it's 14C solid gold. Best regards.
  19. northstar

    Sheaffer Identification

    Hello, Got this sheaffer on my vacation trip and needed help to identify it. http://s5.postimg.org/hw5zz0drb/sheaffer3a.jpg http://s5.postimg.org/6xuqgtp5z/sheaffer3b.jpg http://s5.postimg.org/9ggfhiaw7/sheaffer3c.jpg Best regards.
  20. fitz123

    Vintage Waterman Pen

    Found this grey striped Watermans lever fill fountain pen at a local flea mart for under $15. I am having a hard time figuring out the model of the pen. The pen says Watermans made in USA and has some Chinese/ Japanese characters below it. The clip also has the same characters and the clip shape is a similar shape to a Parker arrow one. The nib says 502 and other Chinese/ Japanese characters on it. (See Pictures) Any help on this pen or any information would be awesome. Thanks
  21. Manalto

    Old Cartridges

    I have a question for those more knowledgeable about inks than I. I just got a nice Targa brushed stainless with a gold nib (seems to be a bold). With it came a maroon box of five Jet Black cartridges. (I describe the packaging to possibly estimate the age of the cartridges; it appears the new Sheaffer nib packaging is a hang card with the black-and-red logo.) For the most part, the pen is performing well, but at times it appears the nib gets starved. Could this be because the cartridges are old and partially evaporated, making the ink more viscous? Or is this typical of a broad inlaid nib? I read somewhere here on FPN that feeds in many pen modelss are all the same; that is, they're not calibrated to accommodate the different demands of an XF compared to a BB nib. I have a Sheaffer converter on the way. James
  22. I got some old ink....new, unopened, still in the blister pack....and am just checking to see if it's definitely ok for fountain pens. It's two smaller size bottles of Sheaffer Skrip, one lavender, one grey: it says "for the calligrapher" on the front, and at the bottom, developed for use in all fountain pens" so it should be ok, but I thought I'd ask just to make sure. Alex
  23. Diver

    Rotring Art Pen

    Hi There! Following on from my (very) recent review of the CS Belliver Bracket Brown, I thought I would have a little fun and have a go at reviewing a much cheaper and much older pen from my collection pen, one that I have had in my possession for just a touch over 25 years now. Please please please do not take this review TOO seriously, I don't intend to try and get hordes of people going out to buy the pen, but I feel that after all these years, it needed a little review. I have found doing reviews are quite fun if not taken too seriously. Introducing the.... Rotring Art-Pen with 1.1 nib. Oh, where has everyone gone? :-) Purchase Experience 7/10 Trying to remember 25 years back IS a pain, but I remember the stationary shop, not the name. It had two assistants, both indifferent, possibly bored, who knows. I have marked the experience as 7 as I was not put off and nobody stopped me or moaned when I asked to open the box to look inside. Money changed hands, a whole £5 at the time. The extravagance eh? Opening the box 7/10 Having gone from the process of going to school, using any pen one can lay their hands on, pens in blister packs, cheap ballpoint pens and the one parker 25 that was saved slavishly for, as an adult, this came as a nice surprise. A tin box lined with card. Please note that this is NOT the original box, it is from a newer example of the pen (1.5 nib) but have snapped it for show and tell. Inside was a matt black, but very long almost attractive instrument along with a couple of unmarked cartridges. Anyhow, if it is in a box that is worth keeping, 7 is a good start. The pen itself (looks) 7/10 I wasn't too fussy about looks, I did think it was a little bland, but quite attractive in a quirky way compared to fountain pens of the time, but what upped the score was the fact it was quite slender, sleek and old fashioned (I thought it looked like an old fashioned dip pen). Black with a red ring and shiny stainless cap, matt black finish, white end cap. Yep. Not bad at all. The pen in the hand 6/10 Urgh. Too thin on the section, just that bit too thin for my liking. At the time, it was sort of “ok” but not being too experienced in these matters, trying to look back, there was not a lot better at that price point. The length, its light and being so is not off balance, but it just isn't really lighting any fires. The grip section has a series of ribs the section being quite lengthy so the finger position can move up and down for a more comfy writing position. Not perfect but it does the job. It does post, but it looks all wrong, I mean just silly. It also kills the balance dead. Don't do it. Taking the cap off: 7/10 As mentioned above, the grip section has an aha! Factor, but the nib is bland looking. Stamped steel plate, no breather, but shiny and I presumed made of stainless steel. It isn't ugly, it isn't stunning it is quite functional in appearance and it did look as if it would work. A £50 Parker of the time just was not anywhere in my sights, neither was £50 available to spend on a pen! Size: 7/10 Too thin for big fingers, too long to be taken seriously, there really is no need, even for an art pen to be so long. Consider this. If the fingers are huge, then the section is too small in diameter. Which means the length will not help any way shape or form. Or one can just ignore all of that, and do like I did at the time, rushed home, inked it and started writing and didn't give the appearance another thought. I had a new pen and I wanted to write a letter. Fill the pen! 10/10 Cartridge converter, small international cartridges, one in the business end, with one reversed and stored in the body. Brilliant idea, so simple. Never used the converter with it, despite getting one to try it, it just worked perfectly so left it alone. Totally fuss free and hasn't leaked in 25 years. Current ink in use: 10/10 Rotring black cartridges. Have tried others, all are fine, as a pen should be, fuss free. It doesn't seem bothered what diet of ink it is fed, it just lays down ink reliably, never remember it either skipping or flooding. Have only ever cleaned it or flushed it when changing inks and then only with water, other than that it just gets to stay inked. Paper compatibility: 10/10 Now we are getting interesting. This old, basic and inexpensive pen will write on anything except the shiny side of brown paper (did it just to try it). Copier paper, Moleskine, Rhodia, Oxford paper, it lays a line down on all of them. Overall writing experience: 8/10 During it's lifetime, I have always considered this to be a 10/10. However, in the last few years I have been totally spoilt by the introduction of new, higher end pens with various gorgeous nibs etc, so armed with this knowledge, I have to (probably quite unfairly) knock a couple of points off. Had I never had my first ever “posh pen” which was the MB Starwalker Mystery Black, it would have to have been a 10. If we were to then consider again the price point here and lined it up against what one can get for the same money now (writing experience nothing else) then it would better than anything currently out there. Forget the quirky looks, it writes a damned good line and writes on anything. Impressions after use: 10/10 With nostalgia, with reliability, with the fact it has never let me down, despite there being pens out there worth hundreds of pounds with gold nibs etc etc etc, this for me, and has been for a large number of years my go-to pen. It is no longer matte black, it has gone shiny with use. The nib is crying out for its first ever strip down and clean, but it is still shiny! The cap still click into place, the clutch still works, although a lot lighter these days. The nib has no sharpness associated with 1.1 italics, it is literally worn smooth on the corners. It has a nice sweet spot and is forgiving. The pen gets thrown into my work bag or dropped into my top drawer, not abused just laid wherever it may be needed. It is in my regular rotation alongside my new Conway Stewarts, my Lamy Safari etc etc. Epilogue (before I get lots of comments and questions) I bought my partner a new Rotring 1.1 and tried it out. The nib seemed to be of thinner material but it isn't to the naked eye. It seems scratchy at the corners which I never remember on mine. The plastic feels cheaper, the mouldings have a little edge to them, but they are not worn down after 25 years use. Overall it does feel a little cheaper but the price is still in the £15 - £20 region. Not cheap anymore but it is aimed at artists (I think). However. Opening my journal and starting slowly so as not to scare the poor thing. It laid down a line. A black, sharp line. On all the paper I tried. No stalling, no skipping... Welcome to the family “Junior”.
  24. Hi guys, I'm still here! I recently bought a Wearever at an antique stop. A bit of a learning experience -- made me look up the brand, and I learned that Wearever produced models prolifically, some even without names. That makes ID more challenging, of course, which is why I need your help. :3 I bought my pen for around eight bucks, by the way -- was that an OK deal? Anyway, so I am curious now as to what model it is, if it has a name, and where I can acquire a converter or cartridge(s) to use with it. The pen is the same as the one pictured to the far right in this eBay listing: http://www.ebay.com/...=item1e919703f8 . Thanks in advance for the help. (P.S. This is a repost of https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/274225-wearever-identification-help/?do=findComment&comment=3118702 -- in case a moderator would like to remove the old mis-forummed post)





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