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  1. Hello I've bought a modern Duofold Centennial True Blue at auction - but it does not appear to be one of the limited edition pens, as it doesn't have the "n/5000" number on the cap top. In the same auction there was also a "staffer" Duofold pen, from when the Newhaven factory shut down, so I wondered if this might be from a Parker employee's own collection? The True Blue came in a box a bit like the one a Parker 100 comes in - but with an outside white cardboard sleeve with a Parker label on it saying "Duofold True Blue Cent FP Fine G Box" and a barcode of "0 000000 000000". Does anyone know whether the True Blue was offered outside of the limited edition, or whether this might be a prototype pen or something else??? Many thanks! Jon Picture here: https://flic.kr/p/P9rWGU
  2. Lately, Dr. Inkenstein has been, well, let's say highly INTERESTED in blue-black inks. After all, they are our favorite colors, if you include those which look teal, like Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku and Chesterfield Teal. So based on various online reviews and scans, I tested a bunch of new inks (all except the Everflo, which is not at all new and has been on my ink hutch for years, and is not a true blue-black but it's here for comparison purposes). Part of the 'fun'of testing inks is finding a perfect ink/pen combo. The Nemos write dry. The Hero and Lamys write wet. The dip pen dips. So many different factors, including paper! The paper here was, uhh, an Office Depot composition notebook with Brazilian paper. The scan looks different from the photo. The differences are interesting. The ink colors in real life are also different. On to the particulars. Brand(s): Everflo, Diamine, OrGaNicS Studios, Private Reserve Color(s): True Blue, Eau De Nil, BlakWa (sample courtesy of a pen pal), Ebony Blue Intensity: Ebony Blue the highest and most saturated; the Diamine and OS less saturated. Everflo was tough to place. It's semi-saturated, and not a real BB, but whatever. ;p Flow: All except the OS had decent flow, that is, until the PR EB had been in the pen for a couple of weeks, and then it needed multiple water-dips to start. It also began smearing badly. FPG had a discussion on similar problems with intensely saturated inks; it appears that it's just part of the breed. Dilute or suffer. The reluctant nature of the OS was not due to the pen (A Hero Summer Colors), because with its provided cart of Hero ink, that pen is an absolute gusher. I believe the Diamine would have good flow but the Nemo pens are dry writers. Shading: None whatever in the Everflo. All others had varying good degrees of shading, and the PR had SHEEN! Summary: While OS and Diamine Eau De Nil look almost identical on paper, in the scans and photos they look quite different, with the OS Blakwa appearing far more green. Possibly the BlakWa shades a bit better than Eau De Nil. What follows is the scan AND the photo of the four inks. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7347/11298988096_350663ef7e_z.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/11309385205_867a9b1eb2_z.jpg We have further blue-blacks to test: Noodler's Blue-Black, a sample of Chesterfield Night Sapphire, which I like a lot, and the cart that arrived with the Hero Summer Colors. Until next time!
  3. hi I have the following pens of this era: jack knife saftey- 23 1/2 DQ- 235 lucky curve- 222 This got wondering (although there is a list on parkerpen.net- does not state clip or ring) does anyone have a more accurate list of the following {Model- number} lucky curve jake knife pastel DQ Raven Trench pen Black Giant Ivorian True blue. many thanks Rick
  4. Ricky2011

    Early Parker Rare!

    Hi, over time as my collection of pens grows, so is my learning. However if you search in ebay you may find a variety of 51's, 75's 50's , duofolds& vacumatics. Yet you search for lucky curve in general and inc pastels & true blues. or earlier such as raven's, DQ's & jack knife. Have many survived and if so in what numbers? Clip versions and ring? kind regards Rick

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