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  1. mariom

    My franken-TWSBI

    I've wanted to try a gold nib in my Rose Gold 580 for a while. Not because there was anything wrong with the stock nib, but, well, just because. Each time I ended up with a nib from an unrecoverable vintage pen, I'd give it a try. Every one was the wrong size - too long, short, broad or narrow. When I ended up with this Skyline nib, it looked about right when compared side by side, so I pulled the nib and feed and it just slid in. I had to do a bit of heat setting to get the feed in contact with it, but it now writes very well. The feed doesn't supply enough ink to allow it to fle
  2. cherrymerry

    Eversharp Skyline cap disassembly

    How to disassemble Eversharp Skyline cap? I searched the forum and found some old topics, but with the videos and links gone.
  3. I have wanted a Red Moiré Skyline for months. I ran a "Want to Buy" listing on this forum, which got over 270 reads but not a single nibble. Every time I saw one on Ebay, either the Celluloid was cracked, or it went for some princely sum. Finally, the stars and the moon lined up. It arrived today. I have a couple spectacular Skyline nibs; the pen will probably get a transplanted nib. If feels a bit strange to get a pen which someone else has already done some restoral work. I normally like the fun of doing a full restore, but beggars can't be choosers. I have pens that are far more e
  4. Well, I broke my own darn rule. I must admit that I was never attracted to the following sales pitch... "It is a Limited edition, serial numbered, cartoogliac bompass snootdorner golden eclipse Lancaster edition Bendix pen!" It seemed that some limited editions seemed to lose their meaning and value over time. So many times, special editions have a rather timely context to their labels. But.... I had wanted to get one of the 1990s Skylines for a while. They always seemed to bid up to a high price ($175 to $350ish), and I didn't want one that badly. The Bold nib on the 90s Skylines seeme
  5. Bristol24

    Skyline Flow Characteristics

    The one Eversharp Skyline that I own has a wonderful flexible nib. While I would not call it a "wet noodle," I would say that it is "flexible" and certainly not "semi-flexible." Earlier I posted a question regarding ink flow in the Skyline. In my opinion, the flow from this pen is quite wet. Originally I thought this might be due to the fact that the vent or breather tube was loose inside the sac. I have now removed the sac and repaired the fit of the vent tube. Now, with the new sac installed, the pen fills more completely but writes pretty much the same. It is a wet writer. Granted,
  6. Here are a couple pictures of Skyline Gold Award pens side by side. The larger of the two is a "standard" (but it is an odd standard as it measures 5.5 inches capped). The smaller of the two is a demi, measuring in at 4 and 7/8ths (4.875) inches capped. The bigger of the two came with a nice fine (very) flex nib, the demi came with a more typical slight flex (almost miniscule flex) with a medium tip. It is worth noting that BOTH the body and the cap are longer on the standard Gold Award pens.
  7. Hi, I got a beautiful Blue Moire Eversharp Skyline Standard. It came with a very stiff manifold nib in an ink-vue section. I hat stiff and love flex. So I have been looking at buying a replacement nib or another pen and then swapping nibs. But I have learned that the Standard Skyline came in at least two sizes. A smaller and a larger version. I have several of the skylines with the smaller nibs and they tend to have the eversharp imprinted on a curve with no other imprints. One of the smaller ones has the Eversharp at an angle. I have bought other skylines and individual nibs only
  8. Hello Everyone! I noticed this last Christmas when watching It's a Wonderful Life -- in the scene where poor George Bailey has come hat-in-hand to Mr Potter to ask for a loan, it caught my eye that old Potter was using an Eversharp Skyline. Others have noticed this but I went the extra step of doing some screen captures to show it. It's unmistakeable, and funny enough the black-and-whiteness of it reminds me of one of my favorite old Sheaffer's ads. All I have to add is, say, that better be an Executive Skyline, what with all the money you have, Potter! Can anyone via the pics (or by going
  9. kharrisma

    Skyline Pocket Clip?

    Hi Forum Folke, Can anyone give me some instruction on how the cap on a Skyline comes apart? I have one with a semi-mangled clip (the "ball" at the end that lifts the clip over the pocket edge has somehow been flattened pretty badly.) I can't figure out how the thing comes apart so I can get the clip off of the cap and straighten out the bent metal; I need direct access from 'beneath' the clip... can't do it on the pen. Thanks for any direction! Pics would be good, but I can probably follow a good text description.
  10. Poor little Skyline. Looks like this fellow was dropped on his face at some "point" (sorry). Only shot of the nib in the small ebay photos was at an angle that showed no damage. http://i63.tinypic.com/10frsdf.jpg
  11. I have three Eversharp pens, two Skylines and a Symphony. All of them were bought in working condition, indeed the Symphony was from a supposedly never used batch that Peyton Street Pens had a couple of years back. Because they were working when I got them, there has never been any reason to take them apart. I did note, however, that the Symphony, although a very nice writer, didn't hold much ink. I hadn't used it in a while for that reason, but filled it a couple of days ago, only to have it go dry again today after light use. I can't say how many pages I wrote with it, as I was alterna
  12. Maybe I just haven’t been paying close enough attention to the pen world, but the resurrection of the Wahl-Eversharp pen company slipped right past me. For those of you who haven’t delved into vintage pens or their history, a brief explanation may help. During the Golden Age of fountain pens, the “Big Four” American pen companies were dominant: Conklin, Waterman, Sheaffer, Parker and Wahl-Eversharp. Some of you may think my math is funny, but Conklin went into decline at roughly the same time Wahl-Eversharp was rising to prominence, so there were only four major companies at any given
  13. I've started a collection of Skyline Executive Size pen and pencil sets. So far I have: Brown body with brown and tan striped cap (pen and pencil) Maroon body with brown and red striped cap (pen and pencil) Blue body with blue and green striped cap (pen and pencil) Solid black (pen only) I know I'm missing the black pencil (executive size). I've heard there is a black and grey striped version, but have not seen one. Am I missing any? (I'd include a picture but I left my phone at work.)
  14. Hello, I must admit my ignorance as I purchased recently a Wahl Eversharp Skyline with chocolate derby and body off the Ebay. I discovered that the barrel was cracked and the nib section was glued in. I tried warm water to loosen the glue but with no luck. I paid like 7 dollars for the whole pen and that should have told me something. The pen has perfectly alright feed, breather tube, perfectly alright cap and an excellent smooth Wahl Eversharp nib. I was wondering if any one on the FPN can guide me if there is a website where I can purchase barrel and the nib section without a nib and feed.
  15. Hello, I am trying to find out if anyone happens to know if I can buy a following type of cap for the Skyline that I want to make as my first restoring project. I have never restored any pens in my life but I want to try now following the tutorial that has been posted on this forum. Can these dings be removed or it is better to buy the cap separately? Thank you for your advice.
  16. sidthecat

    Flex Nib For A Skyline

    I bought a Skyline recently...not my usual thing, but they're so pretty, but the nib was a nail. I've been searching somewhat obsessively for a flexible nib to replace the one in the pen, and I've discovered that the rather breezy assurances that "Oh, yeah, there's all kinds of flex nibs in Skylines" is somewhat overdone. Anyone know the real score?
  17. Midnight shifts are dangerous times when the work is done and the internet beckons. Slumming around Ebay at around 3am a week ago i blearily stumbled my way into the vintage fountain pens. Unsurprisingly there were some very nicely cleaned up and repaired Skylines waiting for a new home. Sadly the one i set my sites on sold with a stratospheric price. And then i found this beauty. Snagged it for a song compared to the other Silver/Grey modern stripe i had been oggling earlier in the week. It is absolutely gorgeous! Not a crack, dent, ding, or major scratch on it. As you can see
  18. There is a Skyline set on ebay. It is listed as being 5 5/8 inches and an Executive size. It is boxed and stickered. http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Vintage-New-Old-Stock-Eversharp-Executive-Skyline-Fountain-Pen-and-Pencil-set-/272223013481?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276 I have watched Skylines for a few years and own many Skylines, including 3 Executives. I have not seen a gold filled cap Executive before, and in general, Executive size Skylines have teardrop nibs in the time I have been a pen nut, Then again, I have not been at this for that many years, so I am sure there is a lot I have not s
  19. I found a cheap Everysharp Skyline on ebay and decided to bite. I knew it would take some work, but I'm a DIYer, and it sounded like a fun project. The pen's section contains the nib, feed, and a breather tube. They're all held in very tightly, and there's really no way to pull the unit out. This calls for something called a knockout tube. Basically, this is a metal tube that wraps around the breather tube, but pressed into the back of the feed. Whack this bad boy a few times with a hammer, and out pops the nib/feed/breather combo. Being the n00b I am, I did not have such a device. I did, h
  20. This just sold on that auction site. EoC did have a bid on it because it was kind of weird, but was not prepared to gamble too much. Anyway, there is the matter of the striking resemblance to the Eversharp Skyline. EoC can find nothing about this Reform model, and so here it is for the big boys to look over. Just what is this thing?
  21. I laid my hands on a new pen sold by Gem and Co in Madras. The pen appears to be a homage to the legendary Skyline pen. The Skyline was a popular pen in India with several clones already made by Indian pen companies like Wilson etc, some of which are documented here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/146528-indian-celluloid-pens-with-a-theme/ The pen is petite. Closed: 133mm Open: 122 with nib Posted: 153mm Section dia: 9mm tapers down to 8mm and flares up to 9mm again at the base of nib Barrel dia: 11mm steps down to 10mm for cap Cap dia: 13mm The pen is very ni
  22. rtrinkner

    Need A Black Skyline Cap Derby

    Hello, I'm restoring a standard-sized Skyline (silver moire color) and need a black derby to complete the cap. Does anybody have one to sell me? (To be clear: I don't need the whole cap, just the mushroom-shaped plastic derby portion of the cap. It needs to be black.) Thanks! Richard
  23. Hi folks, I'm trying to restore a green moire Eversharp Skyline pen. The problem is that the cap doesn't screw securely onto the barrel. I've tried screwing the cap on to several other Skyline barrel-section assemblies, and it screws on fine. I've also tried screwing the cap onto its own barrel without the section and it screws on fine. It only doesn't screw on fine to this particular barrel with a section installed. So, I believe I need to take apart the cap and shorten the length of inner cap. Ordinarily, Skyline caps are dead-simple to take apart. This one, however, is proving a Righ
  24. ac12

    New Skylines

    I saw the new Skylines and the 100 year pens, wow They are very nice pens. I was quite impressed.
  25. Cryptos

    The Bay Of E: Volte-Face

    Well, I have to take a deep, deep breath before saying this... As I have more or less resigned myself to a non-Parker 51-fulfilled future, I decided to turn my attention to the only other vintage brand (not including Sheaffer) that appeals to me: Wahl Eversharp. Not all pens from this brand excite me, just a handful of models really - and I don't know why. I just like the look of them I guess. Anyway, after conferring with my benefactors I was given permission to put up the donated funds - originally earmarked for the will-o-the-wisp P51 - toward something else. So, over the last few days

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