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  1. Heres an interesting little thing which I snagged on eBay, a Brevetto 599/600, possibly an OMAS pen although I cant be sure. Perhaps it looks familiar? I doubt its a coincidence, whomever designed it seems to have drawn their inspiration from the iconic Parker 51, if it were an OMAS, it wouldnt be the first time theyve looked to a Parker pen for inspiration. There are subtle differences, such as the extent to which the feed protrudes beneath the nib, and less subtle ones, such as the section of transparent bands in the hood. Another notable difference is that the clutch ring has been reduced to As somebody with a preference for hooded and integrated nibs, for both their form and function, this pen caught my eye at first glance. I was convinced that I knew of every pen which I wanted, that there was nothing left for me to see, yet there it was. But it doesnt surprise me that I hadnt heard of the 599/600 before. Ive scoured the internet for any trace of its existence, and found nothing at all, absolutely nothing. Ive established that 599/600 should be a patent number, something which OMAS often engraved onto their pens, whilst brevetto, the Italian word for patent, followed by 599/600, is etched into a gold band around the plunger. The seller believed this to be the manufacturers name, and that the pen was number 599 of 600 produced. Unfortunately, my example is well and truly buggered and may be beyond repair. Im certain that the nib has fractured, whilst I cannot see for the mass of dried ink which has accumulated beneath the hood, one of the tines moves freely and loosely. For a minute or two I was able to keep them together long enough to write with the pen, I found it to be remarkably smooth and a pleasure to write with. The tines have since parted whilst the pen was capped and I havent been able to coax them back together again. Whilst the cap posts smoothly and snugly, it is far to tight on the hood. So much so that it not only scratches, but that I dont feel comfortable forcing it into position. Lastly, the aperture though which the nib and feed protrude is strangely deformed, as though softened at some point. I imagine the 599/600 was produced whilst the Parker 51 was in production, and probably nearer the beginning of this period than its end. I wonder whether the design entered mass production? Seemingly not for very long if it ever did. I was hoping that somebody might know more about it.
  2. Hi, just rediscovering fountain pens - after 10 years not writing with them (but used them all through school) - I came across this pen - can anyone tell me what it is? it has a brushed steel body, gold tone clip, and gold tone nib with "M" with scrolling ornamentation either side of it:
  3. Hi Everybody. First of all I have been reading this forum a long time and the community is great! Today I managed to go on an old market-bazaar and I have found two fountain pens which I bought for under 3$. One was a Parker 25, as soon as I identified it I wanted the other one, maybe it is a gem too . So my question is, anybody has an opinion what brand/type is this pen in the pictures? It had a Parker cap but as it can be seen in the pictures the pen has a "screw cap tread" above the section, so probably the cap is not the original one, just a replacement (it fits quite well though to be honest). Also I am not convinced about the cap's genuineness, maybe you guys can tell if it is an original one from some other Parker type or just a copy (like some of the Hero's have) - so I uploaded a pic about it. I did not find any similar Parker product in the web so far so probably the FP is from another brand. It has a nice looking green barrell, the whole body is made from plastic. The nib has an "Iridium Point" sign on it and a logo which I am not familiar with. It looks like a jumping ram or goat in front of a hill in the background. Also it has a piston filler built in, and the end "cap" is missing from it, but the piston is working - I can screw it. I did not clean it yet.. Do you have any idea what can be the brand or the type for this pen? Sorry if I should not open a new topic for that but I did not found any similar one. If it is please inform me or the moderaters can move my post to there of course if it is necessary! Thank you in advance and have a nice day! http://i58.tinypic.com/34qmtko.jpg http://i62.tinypic.com/v5znva.jpg http://i61.tinypic.com/21c6yaw.jpg http://i61.tinypic.com/334p7gn.jpg
  4. Manalto

    1989 Montblanc Id?

    A friend's grandfather is selling his pen and I am considering going to take a look at it. It was a corporate gift to him many years ago (~1989), so he doesn't know which model it is (he says it's cartridge only, but he could be mistaken about that). I'm not that knowledgeable about MBs either, but I do know the slimmest models don't suit me. It's rather a long drive, so I was hoping to identify the model in advance if possible, and save a trip if it's not right for me. I'm hoping there is a Montblanc expert here who can tell which model this is. Sorry for the lousy photos; this is all he was able to send. If I do find out the model, are eBay "Sold" listings the best place to look to determine a fair asking price? Thanks, James http://images.craigslist.org/00t0t_fhyibAmxbQc_600x450.jpg http://images.craigslist.org/00N0N_SQAQBo7pYL_600x450.jpg
  5. Hi! I was in a local stationery shop today and picked up a Laban fountain pen at 50% the $82 price tag. The lady in the shop told me that she has had that pen forever and would give it away at that price since she has had it so long. My first reaction was that this must be a Laban Maya (http://www.penheaven.co.uk/laban-maya-925-sterling-silver-and-black-fountain-pen#), but if you look at the clip on the pen at the link and at the one I got, they are very different. I'm confused, as this is my first Laban and I don't even know what it is!! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated
  6. I have always had a love of fountain pens since I was in grade school as my sixth grade teacher advised using one instead of a rollerball to improve my penmanship. Sadly, it didn't help much, but it did instill a wonderment for their beauty and they way they did write. It had been years since I had used one and through collecting beer steins on ebay, for giggles, I looked up vintage fountain pens. As I looked through the lot, I came across tools for rebuilding and restoring these timeless writing instruments to their former glory. So, off to Youtube to see if their were any videos on the subject. Here again, I found a plethora of information that gave me the courage to step out into this new world. One piece of advice I got from a multitude of videos and forums was to start CHEAP! In other words... stay away from the high dollar pens in learning to restore. I took this to heart with my first few purchases. One of these purchases seemed to be a "bit more" than the average fair offered on ebay; however, besides the nib being marked with "Durium 8," there are no marks on the pen. THere was something about the pen that spoke to me... so, with a little more love than the rest of the pen I had bought, I worked on every facet of this pen from the nib to eradicating every scratch on the barrel,cap,feed, and section. I dipped it, as I do all my pens, to see how they write. It felt like I was writing with a rollerball, and that is the moment that I fell head over heals in love with it! This started the hunt to find out as much as I could about the pen's origin. I now realize just how daunting of a task this is, thus asking for help in identifying it. If more photos are needed... let me know!
  7. Hi I am enjoying researching old fountain pens but am relatively new to this area. Recently I cam across this nice looking pen but am unable to work out what ot is or who it is made by. Is there anyone out there who could help me please? Many thanks. I have triedto add photos - any problems or help please get back to me. Looking forward to hearing some news :-) http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/8/3/6/5/2/7/webimg/816265368_o.jpg http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/8/3/6/5/2/7/webimg/816265382_o.jpg http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/8/3/6/5/2/7/webimg/816265388_o.jpg
  8. hello im new to the forums and have decided to join to figure out the maker of a vintage pen I recently bought. It is in good shape for the most part, but I have no idea who made the pen. I am hoping somebody on here has an idea of where it came from and who made it. It is made of what appears to be a brown marbled ebonite and had a simple gold pocket clip and lever for filling ink. It has a 14K nib, and on the nib it says "PATD". I love the look of this pen, It has a beautiful brown color but i have no idea who the maker is. I need to replace the nib and I need to know who the maker is. Already got some rubber sacs on the way I am open to all sugestions or ideas people got.
  9. I recently purchased a black chased hard rubber pen on eBay, with the only markings being an imprint of a soldier on the cap, and "Cadet 14K 2 S" on the nib to give any indication of what make or model it might be. I've been trying to research Cadet, and have turned up nothing but Sheaffers (which this pen is decidedly NOT) and Summit, perhaps? It's a really nice pen, great writer with great flex, and much cleaner now than the listing photos I'm sharing. I'm just befuddled by the lack of information. And hoping that someone more knowledgeable of pen history might be able to shed some light on this little guy! The listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/400765394859?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT A couple listing photos: http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/OTU4WDExMjM=/z/d-AAAOSwDk5UAPOo/$_57.JPG http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/1ksAAOSw-jhUAPPH/$_57.JPG?rt=nc

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