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silicon posted a topic in ParkerHello everyone. My late father passed away in 2012. Amongst his possessions I kept were four fountain pens. He used to write in green ink ... he used fountain pens all the time. I've attached a picture in the hope that you can advise me what to do with them. I have no idea of the value and have no attachment to them so would like to sell them ideally.
Hi there! I'm from Singapore, really into fountain pens but alas aren't really rich enough to buy the more drool worthy pens; I've just splurged on a vanishing point decimo on rakuten, and hopefully it willactually turn up.... So we're moving house, because the house is getting renovated, and we had to clean out all our junk to store it away for a year. The whole of last month we'd been packing and stuff -though OUR stuff, had been cleared out. My mother's stuff, is... well, still all over the place. So last weekend I had been clearing out some last bits of stationery and found what i thought was my mother's fountain pen. Now I don't really like my mother's fountain pens because I had had the impression that it was thick, heavy stuff that didn't write well for me. It was a stainless steel parker; I figured what the hell, might as well try andclean it up. I remember having vague memories of trying to clean up one of my mother's pens before (I think it was my mother's . It might be my sister's?) but it hadn't written very well. But now that I have found the Fountain Pen Network, I decided I could try and soak it in vinegar solution (about half a mug of water to 1 small cap of white vinegar) and see. This is when I discovered that it was a Parker 45, also known as a Flighter, because it's stainless steel body. It's vintage! The silver trimmed one is made in australia even! So I cleaned it out - in the lab because I have access to acetone and ethanol, I could clean off the rust and dust - the only thing left is the greenish corrosion on the clip which I suspect is chromium oxide. Not sure how to clean that off other than manual scraping. The bladder seemed to be busted though - split. So I was a bit disappointed, because it seemed like it was welded to the nib - it and its vintage ness! Then FPN said that 45s were one of the first models to be completely cartridge/convertors. ! One thing they said was to soak it for 30 mintues with warm water - so I did that. Practised guitar while it soaked. and then the busted convertor poppped right off! So I soaked it for 2 days in vinegar water solution, and then another half day of water, and then put it in a little baggie of silicon crystals to dry out . then when I pulled ito ut to test the ink, I discovered the feed din't quite fit into the barrel anymore. It had shrunk! D: (FPN now says that sometimes heat can shrink it. Damn I must have put it in too-warm water) Then I remembered - much earlier this year, I had found another buncha fountain pens from my brother's collection. He'd lost interest in fountain pens by then, and gave them to me .One of these pens was also my mother's parker (HSe must have had two) and it hadn't worked very well I remember. But i dug it out anyway, and lo and behold it was the SAME PEN. Except with gold trim! And then I realised - the pen I was cleaning now, had a gold coloured nib. The pen I just dug out had a steel coloured nib but the barrel had gold trim. it had been swapped over! Now i have TWO flighters Parker 45! Silver trimmed made in Australia, Gold made in the USA. So now this pens nib is being soaked too, just to make sure it's fully clean, and then I'll reassemble them and test them out later. :D :D http://delfinnium.dreamwidth.org/file/43091.jpg The silver/chrome cap's corrosion. http://delfinnium.dreamwidth.org/file/42817.jpg It came with the gold nib. (And actually the silver accent ring at the base of the pen, not the gold coloured one) http://delfinnium.dreamwidth.org/file/43436.jpg more corrosion. http://delfinnium.dreamwidth.org/file/43594.jpg split bladder of the Gold-nibbed, silver trimmed one. http://delfinnium.dreamwidth.org/file/42567.jpg Now both of them! anyone's got tips on how to remove the green corrosion on the silvery clip? ?
JustWrite Pen Company posted a topic in The MallThe Parker Frontier is one of my personal favourites and I think this model with it's matt black finish, gold trim and gold nib is the best looking Frontier I've seen. This is my Pen of the Week and it's $26.00 plus $5.00 delivery anywhere in Australia. And I'm pretty sure noone else is selling them in Australia.