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  1. Jamerelbe

    The Super 5 Fountain Pen

    A couple of months ago now (in early October), I had to take one of my children (the youngest, and the only one who *really* likes fountain pens) for a specialist’s appointment in Sydney. We decided to make a day of it, to lessen the angst of being poked and prodded and hooked up to a bunch of machines, so… we just happened to wander past Dymocks in Sydney, which now has a fairly extensive pen and stationery section. In addition to the inks we chose together – and the 8-pack of colourful Ooly fountain pens my daughter asked to buy – I spotted a few Super 5 fountain pens going for half price
  2. penman88

    Pelican 140,

    i found a pelican 140 for about $80 us. how do i know if i am getting a 40s or 50's etc pen? the nib says 14c 585, and has the pelican logo on it. is this a semi flex nib or the ultra semi flex? how do i know how flexie this nib is by looking at a picture? the seller claims it is in perfect working order, i am on the fence with this purchase, can anyone help?
  3. Hi everyone! I recently picked up this pen that I believe to be from the civil war era. The nib says "John Foley's Bank Ben New York No. 7" I have seen varying versions online, but they all have a date on the nib; this one does not. Is that a problem? This does seem to be from the civil war era, but again, I am not an expert in this. I'm looking for more information on this such as when was it made, if it is okay that there is no date on it, what is its worth, that sort of thing. Any and all help is much appreciated. Thank you! Pictures can be found here because they are too big/too many to
  4. Hi everyone! I recently picked up this mechanical pencil that I believe to be from the civil war era. It is a slide pencil, has a screwable jewel top, and the name "Ezra C. Dean" engraved on it. The mechanical mechanism slides in and out, the jewel top comes off, and the hook loop on it also slides. I'm looking for more information on this such as who made it, when was it made, what is it exactly, what is its worth, that sort of thing. Any and all help is much appreciated. Thank you! Pictures can be found here because they are too big/too many to upload https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y0mB
  5. So, I'm going to use the Pilot Metal Falcon as the example for this considering it's by far my favorite fountain pen. About 6 months ago I purchased a used one off of Ebay for 158.00$. They are about 240.00$ brand new. Whoever previously owned the pen either didn't use it very much at all, or they took excellent care of it. If i were to show it to you when it arrived (and even now) and told you I bought it brand new, you would have been lying if you could claim to tell me you knew for a fact it was used (without *extremely thorough* visual evaluation). When I bought this pen there were o
  6. Does anyone have any insight into how much an 888 edition of the Montblanc Patron of Art Karl de Grosse, Charlemagne fountain pen would be worth on the secondary market? I see one being offered on Ebay for about $10k, but no results there or on LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, etc. It is lightly used but with no apparent flaws, and I do have the paperwork and boxes. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi Everyone, I came across a porcelain Inkwell with Sand Shaker and am hoping someone here can tell me more about it. I have it for sale on eBay and a member pointed out the wells are different size and the elaboration is different. On the bottom are some markings but I wasn't able to find any other information. That's when I happened to come across this website :-) I'm hoping someone can give me guidelines about it's worth. Thanks, Rick
  8. I inherited this pen when my father passed last year I cant seem to find out exactly which pen model it is or its value. Any help is appreciated thank you.
  9. Hi, I came across an old pen of my grandfather's. I am guessing it is from the 80's. It's an old Dunhill rollerball with a weighted desk holder. The pieces separate. Does anyone know it's worth? Cost to restore? Is it any good? Etc.? Any help would be greatly appreciated, as it is the only thing I have of my grandfather. Thank you, Scott
  10. Napostrophe

    Montblanc Meisterstuck 146 Set Value?

    Hello. I recently got my hands on a complete Meisterstuck 146 set (Fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil, all black with gold trim) and was wondering: about how much is the whole set worth? They've all been used before but are in nearly mint condition (though the boxes for the ballpoint and mechanical pencil are missing). Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
  11. Hello. I recently got my hands on a complete Meisterstuck 146 set (Fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil, all black with gold trim) and was wondering: about how much is the whole set worth? They've all been used before but are in nearly mint condition (though the boxes for the ballpoint and mechanical pencil are missing). Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
  12. Hi I may be selling the above noted pen.It is in excellent condition .These dont seem to come up for sale very often as I CANOT find any sales to clarify my sale price.Apparently sale prices in the UK are higher than in the US.Any info much appreciated I also have a cap and barrel (no lever) ,nib or section for sale.it is in excellent condition. What should I be looking at as a sale price A range is fine for either of my requests Keith PS If you have a #8 eternal nib and/or a lever you want to sell let me know
  13. Hi First of all, let me say this is a great forum. I've been reading it for quite some time, but just now registered to make my first post. A few days back, I was allowed to steal a Parker 51 from a thrift shop. All I had to do was pay the 6 bucks noted on the price tag My knowledge and experience with vintage pens is limited. As I was looking at the pen in the shop, I had a faint recollection of reading about the Parker 51, but didn't remember what I had read. For $6, it was worth checking out anyway, so I happily brought the pen back home to test, and do some research. I am pretty ce
  14. This review and others can also be found at my website: www.pensinksandpaper.com The Indian fountain pen market is an interesting dichotomy between cheap, largely unreliable pens, and gorgeous handmade pieces of ebonite that are a joy to write with. This pen falls firmly into the latter category. Appearance & Design (9/10) – The Ranga is absolutely gorgeous in a way no picture I could take will ever convey. There’s something about rippled ebonite that even the most experienced pen photographers (one of which I am most decidedly not) cannot convey in their work. If you have never seen
  15. stephanos

    Vintage 144: Seeking Advice

    I have some questions that I'm hoping the assembled MB experts can answer. Posing them requires some background information, which I hope will be interesting by itself. Some time ago - about 18 months or so - I walked into a slightly run-down, old-fashioned store in an unnamed German town that sells some books and some stationery, mostly catering for the school market. I asked the owner if he had any fountain pens, and he showed me a small range, most of which was new old stock from the 1990s or earlier. He also had one Montblanc pen - a 144. The cap had a flat top and a wavy clip, and the
  16. willshung

    Best Value

    I was wondering what everyone's take is on good value fountain pens out there. Best pen under $50? What about best under $100? Am curious to know!
  17. A friend of mine purchased this Waterman - either a Hemisphere or Ideal, not sure - the box says "Ideal" - in 1990 while in France. She wants to sell it to me but has no idea what it's worth. She paid 160 Francs in '90, so about $30. It needs to be cleaned, and she thinks a new nib. Nib looks fine to me, but I could be wrong. Pics below. Any help on value, what to do to clean before inking, and if you think it needs a new nib, would be greatly appreciated! http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb176/clmautz/2014-10-22121937.jpg http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb176/clmautz/2014-1
  18. Okay, I am going to once again call upon the wisdom of the Estieville community for guidance and information. In my research, I've not been able to find any information about my unopened NOS Esterbrook dip nibs, Assortment #11. As there are 144 points in the box, I'm not sure if I should keep the box sealed and intact or should I crack the thing open and use some of the nibs? I have dip pen nibs, so I'm not in need of them necessarily, but does anyone know where I could find a listing of what WAS Assortment #11 without opening up the box? Should it not be of much value, should I open it
  19. Levenger and their True Writer series presents a bit of a puzzle in their value proposition. On the one hand, I have a Kyoto True Writer, gotten for a cheap price on a deal, which is a wonderful pen: lovely writer, well balanced, and very pretty. So I thought about adding a stub nib to it, as a fun option. Visiting Levenger, I discovered that regular nib units run $30, not great but not horrible either. Stubs, however, cost double! That's about what I paid for the whole pen! And seems like a total ripoff. So what's the deal? Is there some justification for charging double the price for a
  20. Okay, this might be a rather dumb question, but when one purchases a pen and it comes in a box, do you always keep the box? I have lots of pen boxes (some still storing the pens, others empty and some empty with booklets and paperwork) of those pens that I've purchased new in the past 25 years. Obviously, vintage pens or those "found", pen show purchased, swapped, etc. usually are boxless, but does the box on some pens make them anymore valuable? You realize that if this addiction hobby continues, I could easily acquire MORE boxes and that would require MORE storage space! Like I said,
  21. Jared

    Bottled Ink Cost - Per Ml

    I really like how The Writing Desk shows the cost of ink for sale per ml. Perhaps this is in part to push the sale of their own rebottled Diamine ink at a lower cost, but it helps me see the overall cost vs volume. Looking at the Goulet Pens website, here are the current costs per milliliter of bottled ink for the most common and available brands in the US: Aurora - 45ml, $15.00, $.33 per ml DeAtramentis - 35ml, $12.50, $.36 per ml Delta - 30ml, , $15.00, $.50 per ml Diamine - 80ml, $12.75, $.16 per ml - 30ml Registrars, $15.50, $.52 per ml - 100ml Registr
  22. William Mitchell's Pen Collection I have inherited this collection from my grandfather. It has about 110 to 125 nibs intact and about 60 to 70 years old minimum, I guess. Please if someone has information about this collection please advice, its value and details.
  23. Adrian Chambe-Eng

    Identify The Parker

    Let's play a little game I call "Identify the parker" (it's really just a nice way of me asking you to tell me what pen this is). If someone could identify and value this Parker pen, that would be much appreciated (I have another Parker pen that needs Identifying, so look at my created threads for that). Anyway, here are some pictures: http://i.imgur.com/RDDuwxC.jpg http://i.imgur.com/06p5YbS.jpg http://i.imgur.com/pNTE6vd.jpg http://i.imgur.com/2DRNRCG.jpg http://i.imgur.com/bdxKtQQ.jpg Thanks in advance guys
  24. Adrian Chambe-Eng

    Identify The Other Parker

    Oops, I posted this the wrong place, please ignore it. Now, how does one delete a thread?
  25. Gardengal97

    Doric Questions.

    Hi all I have mainly been a lurker on FPN, but I have a question. I impulsively bought a Doric off of EBay, for around $100.00. I really shouldn't be spending any more money on pens till I fix, repair and sell some of my collection. However I jumped in the auction and managed to land the pen. According to the description it is a manifold nib. I have been reading about Dorics a little here and there and I see some pens came with an adjustable nib. Did I overpay for the pen since it has a manifold nib? Pen looks to be in good condition, it would I am sure need a new ink sac. Should I a

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