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  1. From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    A close-up of my scrawl in my ink-testing book. The text at the top of the picture is in Waterman Havana (nowadays sold under the name ‘Absolute Brown’). The text at the bottom is in Parker Penman Mocha.
  2. The other brand sections have this kind of thread, and I couldn't believe we don't have one for Parker. So here we go. What Parkers have you added to your collection lately? We have 100 years worth of pens with the Parker name, and some of us are addicted to gathering them up. I have a number of items on order, both vintage and modern, and I will mention those as they arrive over the next few weeks. But to get us started, here's the ebay photo of a P45 I just scored: Burgundy Parker 45, 14k Medium - described as NOS. In fact, that's how I found it. I was searching for gold P45 nibs. I had to grab this one because: 1. I don't have this color yet. (I am hoping it's not the same color as my red one.) 2. A gold Medium nib is my P45 sweet spot. (I do have a 14k broad nib unit on the way, too, to upgrade one of my two steel Fines.) 3. That squeeze converter alone could cost half of what I just paid for this pen, and I only have one of those. My other P45s use carts or one of the modern twist converters. So, now it's your turn. Let's keep this one going, shall we?
  3. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    My most-recently acquired Parker! This NOS pen is the latest example of the first version of the Parker Urban that I have bought. Its ‘Chiselled Ebony’ finish is a lacquer that has been laid over the brass of the pen’s body. It can appear to be black at first glance, but a closer inspection shows that it is actually a very dark brown, like the wood for which it is named. I hope that the difference between the colour of the lacquer and the black of the grip-section is visible on this photo. This pen has a ‘M’ nib.
  4. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    In case anyone is interested, I took (& have uploaded) this photo to show where I have worn away a small part of the lacquer on this pen’s barrel by ‘posting’ its cap. I bought this pen in 2013, and I always used to ‘post’ the cap on the back of the pen while writing with it. In 2022 I discovered this small scuff-mark, where the lacquer has worn away, and through which the brass of the pen’s body can now be seen. I am fairly sure that ‘posting’ the pen is what has caused the scuff-mark, because it is exactly in-line with the clip of the pen when I post it - and because I always ‘post’ the cap in exactly the same way, so that the clip aligns with the pen’s nib. Since I found this small scuff-mark I no longer ‘post’ the nib on this pen, or on any of the other lacquered pens that I own.
  5. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    L-R: 2004 Parker Jotter made in UK: 2019 Parker Vector made in India by Luxor; 1970s Parker 45 made in England; 1979 Parker 25 made in England 2015; Parker Frontier made in India by Luxor; 2015 Parker Urban made in France. The converter that is above all the pens in the photo is of the type that came with the original 45 - and you need to know that it will fit in to ONLY the 45! It is too girthy/‘fat’ to fit in to any of these other pens, or any Parker pens that were designed after 1980.
  6. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    I am unusual on FPN, in that I rather like this, first, version of the Parker Urban - enough to have amassed examples of it in four finishes (so far). Top-to-bottom they are: ’Chiselled Ebony’ - ‘M’ nib; ’London Cab Black’ - the glossy-black lacquer, not the matte-black - ‘F’ nib; ’Brushed Chrome’ - finish applied over brass - ‘F’ nib; ’Navy Blue’ - ‘M’ nib. All of mine have chrome trim, because I far prefer its appearance to that of gold trim. They are, like all Parker pens made after 1993, cartridge-converter pens. Nibs are all steel, and they were available in ‘F’ or ‘M’ only. They have the same nib that can be found in the Parker 15/Jotter, Vector, and first-version ‘IM’. It is very much a ‘nail’. One of these pens came to me with a nib that somebody had ‘sprung’, and whose tines I could not get back together, so I had to buy a replacement nib-&-grip-section. I also have another one in the ‘Chiselled Ebony’ finish (with a ‘F’ nib). I ‘managed to’ bend the clip on that pen at its ‘elbow’, and cannot bend it back in to the correct shape. A reputable repairer told me that the cap on these pens can not be disassembled, so I have had to buy another whole pen In 2016 a new version of this pen was launched, along with a new model of the ‘IM’. The post-2016 Urban & ‘IM’ share more components than do their pre-2016 versions. I don’t own any of the newer ones, because they do not have the extravagant curves of this model, which is the feature that made it attractive to me in the first place. These pens do not ‘post’ well, because the cap is fairly hefty, and so posting it so makes the pen feel rather unbalanced. If you wish to post the cap of one of these, you need to know that I posted the cap of the ‘Navy Blue’ one so often that I have worn away a small patch of the lacquer on the barrel, and one can now see the brass beneath it.
  7. OldTravelingShoe


    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens (2)

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  8. OldTravelingShoe


    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens (2)

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of Fountain Pens (2)

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  10. akszugor

    Parker Quink Purple

    Manufacturer: Parker Series, colour: Quink Purple Pen: Waterman Hemisphere „F” Paper: Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: very good Lubrication: good Bleed through: noticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: 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
  11. MoonJuice777

    Which Pen to Get

    I’m relatively new to fountain pens, so my budget isn’t that big yet. That being said, I have bought a Waterman Allure, Lamy Safari and Wordsworth and Black Primori. They’re all very nice to use, smooth ink flow, not much scratch etc., but I’m looking to expand my collection. The pens I’m considering right now are the Parker Jotter, Vector and Urban, as they’re all quite cheap and in my price range. What are your opinions on these pens? Which one should I get? (For reference, my budget is around $50 AUD)
  12. Hello all, Did my best preliminary research trying to find out what Parker pen I have here and wanted to verify and get your opinions or thoughts! Seems like I might have a Parker 51 but the aerometric inside has etchings calling it a Special which is confusing me. I think it is a Navy Gray Parker 51, likely 1960s. Why the engraved "Special" inside? Is the cap from a 51 and capping a Special? Filler: Aerometric (1948-), engraved with "Parker 51 Special", instructions to squeeze 4 times Cap: looks like Lustraloy, with pearlescent jewel (not black like the Specials) Cap engraved "Parker 51" with no date markers (1953-) Color: Navy Gray Body: breather hole on the side (1960-) Thanks for looking at my new to me pen! Ink note: Already got Waterman ink for it as I heard Iroshizuku inks might feather hard in these after a while due to evaporation. Let me know if that's off base.
  13. Geordielass

    Parker Vector - A Classic?

    For Information: Bought: At least a decade ago from WHSmith's (large stationery shop), reduced to half price (£3-£4... I think). Availability: This is about the easiest fountain pen to lay hands on in the UK and, as I understand it, it certainly isn't difficult to find in many other parts of the world, either, whether in a high-street shop, a supermarket or on the net. The price hasn't risen too much in the last decade, either. If you want a fine nib you may not get one quite so easily, though, and extra fine stopped being made ages ago! There's a bit of a story behind this one, for me: You have to understand, me and the Parker Vector model, we go way back... When I was nine, I changed schools. My first school had carried a few of the 1970s “progressive educational” ideas into the 80s which, in part, meant that once you could print something vaguely recognisable as lower case letters (and my parents had ensured that I had started school being able to do that), they just left you to get on with handwriting the best way you could. However, my new school insisted on fountain pens! I couldn't even do “joined up” writing. At around the same time, my favourite Aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving intensive chemo- and radio-therapy. My parents and I visited her every Saturday, often in hospital, and one of us must have mentioned that I had to have a fountain pen, because she gave me £10 and told me to go and get myself a pen for school. That was how I got my first Vector fountain pen. It was a “flighter” model and I had my name engraved on it. I loved that pen, and it became doubly precious after my Aunt died the following year. We moved to Scotland when I was 13 and it got lost during that move – I grieved for that pen. Moving on, rather a lot of years, I wandered into a branch of WHSmith, probably for a magazine or newspaper, but WHSmith sell two things which I can't resist, books and pens, so when I saw a bargain bin with Parker pens I made a beeline. I ended up buying a navy blue Vector (the colour is now discontinued, but there is a brighter blue version) and a magenta/gunmetal ballpoint (I still have the ballpoint somewhere but I don't even know what model it is – a bit like an Urban, but it pre-dates that, so I'm not sure). That Vector began to live in my handbag and amazingly (considering I've never been all that careful with it) it has survived to this very day. I have to admit it's well past its best now, even if it is still a very decent writer. I thought I'd review it while it's still in the land of the living. Appearance/Design – 6/10: This pen is very utilitarian; there's nothing fancy or exciting about it, but it is very practical and it gets the job done. The only semi-unusual part of the design is the metal section (brushed stainless steel) with a plastic body – I can think of others, but not one so inexpensive. Other than the section/nib, the end-cap on the barrel and the clip are also metal and the clip is in the traditional Parker arrow-shape, though without any engraved fletching. The clip has plenty of spring, so no problem clipping it to most everyday things. Here's a link to the Vector “family” on the Parker website: http://www.parkerpen.com//ProductDisplay?storeId=12002&urlLangId=-11&productId=11514&urlRequestType=Base&top_category=12001&langId=-11&catalogId=12002. Parker may call it “chic”, but even though I have a lot of affection for the Vector model, objectively, “dull but worthy” is probably a better description of the design, here's mine: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2865/10134263335_1343b988de_b.jpg Parker Vector by Geordielass78, on Flickr Perfectly good pen, but a little boring, really, isn't it? As you can see mine's a bit (OK, a lot) scuffed – it's a 10-year-old daily carry (handbag pocket with at least 1 other pen, a propelling pencil, a mobile phone and sometimes keys) and you may even be able to see that's it's less than 10 years ago that I kicked the habit of chewing pens when lost in thought! Calling it boring is slightly unfair of me, it has clean straight lines and I like the contrast between the steel and plastic parts of the pen which, perhaps, makes it a little more classy than the average inexpensive plastic bodied pen. The only other thing worth noting is that it has a sturdy plastic “ring” around the bottom of the nib which gives it, almost, a semi-hooded look. The nib itself is very small and narrow, without a breather hole and PARKER printed across it just below the slit. What has to be noted in its favour is that, even though this is a 1980s design, meant for the younger/less affluent end of the market, instead of the pen equivalent of a huge permed mullet, enormous shoulder-pads, fluorescent eye makeup and earrings that could double as chandeliers, Parker kept the design simple and reasonably refined. That's all I have to say about it, there isn't much more, is there? Score-wise, I hovered between 6 and 7, but I think the tug to 7 is based on my personal affection for the pen. Really, it's a very functional design, but just a bit plain and unexciting, so I think it has to be 6/10. Construction/Quality – 10/10: This surely has to be a high scoring category, after all its still going after 10 or more years. The plastic part is light but robust – well it was robust. The body has several hairline cracks around the threaded end now (hence my surmise about it not lasting much longer). I know exactly how they came about, and it's mostly my fault. I was screwing the (metal) section into the (plastic) body about a year ago, after refilling, and I over-tightened (I knew not to do that on this pen, but I wasn't concentrating). Unfortunately, after you've cracked it once, it becomes a lot easier to do a second time. I imagine this is probably an inherent design flaw in the plastic models when used a little heavy-handedly - the metal's rigid and the plastic has a enough give to be slightly over-tightened, but not enough to survive if you are really being vigorous. Still, it took about 9 years for it to happen, so it certainly can't lose construction/quality points for this. When it comes to my original flighter model it was practically indestructible – that pen was accidentally knocked off desks onto hard classroom floors numerous times, occasionally while uncapped, and took no harm, even when landing nib-down. I think it was stood on, at least once (the barrel, not the nib – I don't think it's that tough). I like the nib a lot, but then again I would, I'm used to it and it's used to me – but I'll go into that in more detail later – it's undoubtedly a good quality nib for this money, though. A very solidly built, reliable pen, and for an inexpensive workhorse, rather than a status symbol or future heirloom, a 10+-year lifespan is pretty impressive! So I have to give it 10/10. Size and Weight - 6/10: It's fairly light, especially considering it's partly stainless steel, and I guess it manages that by being fairly small. Don't get me wrong, it's not tiny, but I do think it's smaller than average – width-wise, anyway, lengthwise, it's actually pretty big, if you post it. (Thinking it was on its last legs, I decided to replace it with a stainless steel Jotter, now that is a teeny pen – not my best purchase.) Compare it to a Parker Jotter and Platinum Preppy: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3759/10138797266_91707e16f5_b.jpg Parker Vector Comparison by Geordielass78, on Flickr It is quite a narrow pen, which, added to the unyielding metal section, doesn't always make it the most comfortable to write with for long periods. Because I've spent so much time writing with one, over the years, I don't notice (until too late – i.e. when my hand starts to ache) that it's too small for my hands but, really, I'm more comfortable with a larger pen. For a child who is of an age/skill level to have fully-developed fine-motor skills (i.e. happily uses a fountain pen and always holds it correctly) or a woman with smaller hands, though, this makes a great pen – I just have clodhopper's hands. It's not minuscule and they are very common, both in this model and the similar roller-ball, so it's often used by men (and women with big hands), but for people with relatively large hands there are more comfortable pens out there. In summary, it's a compact pen, but posted it's a very good length for even the largest hands. Unfortunately, even if it was 20-25% fatter, it still couldn't be called a wide pen. It's light, which is often easier, but it's not ideal for prolonged use, unless you have small hands. I don't feel it can have more than 6/10. Nib Performance - 10/10: This nib is used in the Vector and Jotter and was used in the Reflex and others in the past (I can speak for the three pens named, since I have one of each) and I believe it's also currently used in the IM and Urban – in other words, if you have tried a current model Parker in the lower-cost half of their range you will have used one. You'll have your own opinions on it, in that case, but I really like it. It looks undersized to me in the IM and Urban, but here it's in proportion and looks neat and appropriate (I'm afraid I'm back to the dull but worthy language) but this section of the review isn't about how it looks, it's about how it performs. It has almost no spring. However, for a cheap steel nib, it is smooth and a real pleasure to write with. This one has had a lot of time to adapt to my writing style (and for a good proportion of the last decade it was one of only two fountain pens I regularly used, so it has been well broken in) but I don't recall it ever being at all scratchy. My two much newer Parkers with the same nib bear this out. This is a medium, and as this nib was also on my first fountain pen, it is, I think, unconsciously the standard by which I judge whether another medium nib is truly medium or not. When compared to half a dozen other mediums I own, this actually seems quite fair (though my “identical” Jotter nib is a very broad “medium”, so they aren't 100% consistent). Anyway, here is a sample to give you an idea of how it writes (the ink is Diamine Amazing Amethyst, though the colour is slightly off in the photo): http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/10134351646_38ec18e8fd_b.jpg Parker Vector Sample by Geordielass78, on Flickr It's got a great feed, no skipping, no hard starting (even left several weeks without using) and is fairly wet, though not a “gusher”. As you can (hopefully) see from the picture, it can produce decent shading with the right ink. All in all, it's a great nib for the money. A true medium, smooth, on the wet side; I can't fault it. I'm giving it 10/10. Filling System/Maintenance - 8/10: With that metal end-cap, it isn't an eyedropper candidate, but if it is likely to be used as a school/work pen, I can recommend the cartridges, for convenience as well as a lot of ink capacity (but not much variety of ink). Parker cartridges are the second most readily available, after the international ones, (in the UK, at least) and they can (apparently, I don't speak from personal experience) also take the far more uncommon Aurora ones. You can get two types of converter for Parkers but I've only ever had the (smaller) basic piston filler version, so I'm not 100% sure if it takes the "deluxe" twist one (I'm fairly sure it does, but help with that, anyone?) The piston filler doesn't hold much ink, which is great if you quickly grow bored with using the same colour, but wouldn't be much use if you were sitting a 3-hour exam or were spending a full day at Uni, taking screeds of notes in every lecture. This isn't the most maintenance-friendly pen. I've regularly cleaned it using water (sometimes with a little washing-up liquid) but have never been able to take the section apart. I tried again recently (I even watched Stephen Brown's disassembly line video for this pen to get some tips) and still couldn't do it. At its age, I'd really appreciate being able to take it apart for a deep clean, especially as it was a work pen used exclusively with black Quink for many years. Quink's well behaved, but I'd still have liked to have given the nib and feed a really thorough clean when I was swapping to lighter inks (to be fair, I just soaked it with a little washing-up liquid in water, overnight, and it seemed fine). (I've never tried, but it may be worth pointing out, to anyone interested, that the Vector has the reputation of being able to deal with inks that should be kept at least a mile away from most other pens. Even if you don't particularly like the pen, you could still choose to buy one for iron-gall inks and others than can be harsh to a more delicate pen's innards. However, if you do try them in it, that could make it even more irksome that you can't take it apart occasionally for a thorough cleaning.) Excellent availability of both cartridges and converter, able to be used with anything short of India ink, but with poor ability to then disassemble it to clean makes this a difficult to score section. However, it doesn't seem to have to be dismantled to remain in a well-maintained condition, so 8/10 is fine, I think. Value for Money - 9/10: If anyone's reading this with an eye to purchasing, it's no good me speaking from the point of view of what I paid 10 years ago, it needs to relate to what I'd pay now. However, the cheapest I've found it new (online) is £4.50 (with a slightly garish print). In plain colours/black, you can find it online for £6.00-£8.00 or £8.00-£10.00 for a flighter (with a small premium to get a fine nib). You'll pay a little more on the high-street. For this price, you are getting a great nib, a robust body, decent inoffensive looks, total reliability and a very recognisable brand. It is an excellent pen for the money and but is narrowly misses out on a 10 because it is rather on the small side and, frankly, is a bit boring, still, it is easily a 9/10. Final Conclusion/Total Score - 8/10: These UK manufactured Parkers all seem to be sturdy and reliable (I'm including my Jotter and Reflex (and previous Vector) in that statement, so it's not quite the sweeping generalisation it may at first seem). These days, you are likely to find Vectors that are made in either France or China, I believe (unless you find NOS). I don't, for a moment, say that the quality is going to be any worse, but I can't comment on whether there will be any difference (for good or ill). All I can do is rate this pen (while referring to my first one too) and it's very good. The average score is 8/10. That seems about right – it has its faults, but over all I have never had serious complaints. As hardy as this pen has proved, I'd recommend the flighter if you want extra toughness – as long as the cost difference remains negligible it's worth it. There are other (more expensive, more attention-grabbing) contenders for someone's first fountain pen, but this one is so easy to lay hands on, pleasant to use and so reliable that I think anyone could (and should) consider it – it's not “excitement, adventure and really wild things!” but it will get the job done, and do it well. Last question - is it a classic? Perhaps. In the sense that it has stood the test of time and is recognisable to an awful lot people, then perhaps that's a "yes".
  14. longhandwriter

    Parker 88 With Urushi Laquer Finish

    Hello and as usual I am looking for help, in this case to identify the finish on a Parker 88. The pen was made in the UK and has a IIL date code, so second qtr 1993. The pen has a green lacquer finish over a metal barrel and the gold splash is sitting on top of this finish and is not, as has been suggested to me, breaking through from underneath the green. This is not 'brassing' as the gold is three dimensional and under 10X magnification this can clearly be seen. If anyone knows what the finish is called or has seen it it before I would be very pleased to be advised Many thanks in advance for any information you may have.
  15. Found in antique mall. Parker21. Squeeze filled with ink went fine , but when I remove cap to use, there's ink all over the top and Barrell underneath the cap. Am I filling it wrong? Does anyone have a recommendation for a repair person? Is there a possible crack in the plastic? Thanks for help.
  16. Colorful play pens pif…. Whatever I can fit in a flat rate envelope. Some of the items include ink sample vials, a tangerine Parker Jotter fountain pen, some no-name Lamy Safari-form Chinese fountain pens, in Pepto Bismol pink and Lemonade yellow among other colors, a UPS pen. I'll leave this open a while. Stipulations: CONUS only, and no one who's won a previous PIF from me will be eligible. Winner selected by the highly scientific eeny-meeny system. Good luck!
  17. gringomckinley

    Sonnet Nib And Feeds Replaceable?

    I own two Parker Sonnets, bought them in an online auction together. I do not care for the nib and feed, they always start off dry, scratchy, and often skip. I was wondering if there were parts, doesn't have to be Parker, I could buy separately to swap out? I have no issues making these Frankenpens as long as they work how I like. I live in South America so shipping them to the US or Europe to get nib work done would be pretty costly and the postal system here isn't that reliable. Any suggestions would be great.
  18. Hi Everyone, I'm new to FPN and pen collecting in general. I am particularly interested in ballpoint pens... I'm a full-time student and I do most of my work in ballpoint. I have a few pens that I've bought used, and I want to know what you think are the best ballpoints you have purchased/used. These can be at any price point and a pen can be your favorite for any reason. My favorite pen (by far) is my Classique Montblanc Meiserstuck, followed by a few designer pens (Tiffany and Givenchy). I have a Waterman Maestro and a Waterman Phileas that I really like. And on the lower end of the price scale I still think Cross makes handsome, dependable, and inexpensive ballpoints. What are your favorites? Any ideas for my next pen?
  19. Jaemin12

    How can I disassemble this pen?

    Since the cap keeps scratching, I try to polish the inside. Do you know how to disassemble?
  20. I recently got a used blue Parker Reflex with M nib on ebay for $9 (can't resist a deal on a blue pen!). The date code is II N which according to Parkerpen.net means 1989 (and also 1999, which seems a bit odd). But this pen also has the parallelogram emblem on the clip, which that Parkerpen.net also says was only present for one year, in 2002. I sent a contact form to site owner Tony but no response so far. Anyone shed more light on this apparent discrepancy?
  21. kcwookie

    Solvent for Parker 51 ink

    I acquired numerous bottle of brand new Parker 51 in in Red and Green. All the bottles were unopened, but all dry. I want to figure out how to reconstitute them. Before adding distilled water, I wanted to check to see if anyone had good knowledge of the chemistry of ink. I've rescued some dry pigment into good ink, but never this much product and of this particular type. I see no reason to let this product go down the drain.
  22. Big Red Danny Boy

    Pen Flush Safe for Parker Hard Rubber Duofold

    Title basically sums it up! I have just finished repairing a hard rubber Duofold, but in my excitement to get it writing again, I forgot to disassemble and clean the nib and feed before I glued the ink sac on. Because of this I'd rather not have to cut the sack off to clean the feed and nib. I do not plan of course to soak anything in pen flush; just rinse. With that being said, are pen flushes containing ammonia safe for the hard rubber and the sack?
  23. HYPOTHETICAL: You, a multi-billionaire and pen fan, have just become, via purchase, the sole owner of the Parker Pen Company and all its property, including patents and the Archives. Your goal is to offer the best and most interesting lineup of models you can while, at the same time, making at least a small profit. You are not limited by history in what your pen lineup can be. For example, if you wish, you can offer the Duofold in a new color/pattern with a flexible nib and with a filling system never offered in a Duofold or even in any Parker. As another example, you can bring back the double-jeweled Parker 51 Vacumatic if you wish. Tell us what models the new Parker Pen Co. would offer for sale, and describe the relevant details of each model that you'd have the new Parker Pen Co. sell. Provide any details about whatever appeals to you in this regard, such as marketing strategy, pricing (in whichever currency you choose), and anything else you wish. Would you stagger the introduction of your models or put them all out at once? No limits here. Have at it and have fun. 😍
  24. PeterR-C

    Fake Sonnets On The Internet

    I have purchased numerous sonnets via the internet over recent years. I have so far encountered only honest vendors, and have been pleased with what they sold me. My luck has however run out. Sonnet fanciers will have seen recent very cheap sonnets advertised from China, and some of these are straight copies of the French originals: the 'silver circle' and 'gold circle' copy the tartan ST and GT from the 2003 sonnets, and the 'silver diamond' and 'gold diamond' copy the premium silver and gold lustre from 2008. I bought a Chinese gold diamond a while back for £8.99 just to have a look, and I got what I paid for: a cheap and cheerful look-alike but instantly recognisable as not the original and genuine. I was looking for a Premium gold lustre, and encountered one for €120, sold by a southern European vendor with a flashy website. The wording and photos were just a bit unclear, and the vendor's replies to my emailed queries were nearly enough satisfactory. So I paid up. And it has arrived. And despite the signed 'certificate of authenticity' and other paperwork it is clearly one of the Chinese £8.99 variety. One lives and learns. CAVEAT EMPTOR, as they used to say where the pen came from. So that others may not suffer the same fate, the photo herewith shows a genuine sonnet on the left; the Chinese £8.99 effort on the right; and my current disaster in the middle. Note the following: - the arrow fletches in the real thing are fine and taper to each end, but in the other two they are blunt ended, stamped into the metal - the date stamps on both 2020 pens, and a couple of other Chinese ones I have seen, are all IIIQ - the date stamps are not so deep or clear (NB genuine 2008 sonnets have the stamp in the centre of the band, so in this respect the Chinese ones are like the genuine ones) - the hatches in the lines are clumsy and irregular on the cap of both modern Chinese pens - real ones are grouped more like on the barrel of these pens Older and wiser... Peter
  25. Hello! I'm new to the forum and I hope I'm posting this in the right section. I love vintage fountain pens and I've always wanted a Parker 51. Recently, my mother bought me two at a flea market and one of them looks fine however the other one was not opening for some reason, and since I wasn't there I suspect that she tried to open it in a strange way and that maybe the scratches deepened for that reason (or it just had them to begin with). I haven't seen the pen yet so I only have pictures to go off of but I'm wondering if it's possible to lessen/remove the scratches or if they're too deep? How would I go about trying to remove/lessen them? I'm grateful for any help I can get.

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