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  1. I have enjoyed the heck out of the Parker thread. And since I have a couple of nice Sheaffers scheduled to arrive as soon as Monday, I thought I would start this topic up. So, what Sheaffers have you added to the fold of late? Modern, vintage, rare, easy-to-find. All are welcome in this general discussion thread. Bring photos when you can!
  2. Hi! I have a nib that came in sad straits - bent, crossed, in a cracked and chipped section and sans cap, but I have the chunky 1.4 mm italic up and running again and would love some advice on finding it a new home, vintage or modern. It looks almost the same diameter as an esterbrook nib, but those nib units are ridiculously fragile and I don’t have one to spare. Any advice on swapping a size 3? It is currently the ugliest duckling, with a baby-poop brown body, tape on the section and barrel and a horrific donor cap from a wearever that gives it long-short proportions, but it writ
  3. Hi. Found this old fountain pen at my family’s home. Can anyone tell my the model and year? Is it something worthwhile repairing? Thanks for help!
  4. Time Left: 13 days and 19 hours

    • For Sale
    • Used

    Offering two vintage Wahl Eversharp Gold Seal pens for sale, both with very flexible nibs. I'm working on a grail pen and have also decided to switch to italic nibs exclusively so these beauties need a new home. 1. Wahl Eversharp Gold Seal *Decoband* Oversize -- $575 Nib: This pen features a huge 14kt nib marked "flexible." And it is very flexible. Filling system: Lever-filler (new sac.) Color: The colorway is the very attractive and deep gold/green marbling. It's bright, without any darkening or discoloration. General: The overall condition is very good, having been lightly restored (with a new sac) before I bought it at the Philadelphia Pen Show in early 2020. Very clean overall, and without any brassing on the cap bands and clip. Very minor on the sides of the lever, but not substantial or distracting. 2. Wahl Eversharp Gold Seal Fullsize -- $475 Nib: This pen features a large 14kt nib marked "flexible" that lives up to its name. Filling system: Lever-filler (new sac.) Color: This is the red coral colorway and is gorgeous. Very bright, without any discoloration, staining, or darkening. General: The pen is in excellent condition for its age, without any brassing, etc. Was lightly restored by Watch & Write boutique in Switzerland (from whom I bought it early in 2020.)

    $475

    , Pennsylvania

  5. RaeLeigh88

    Conklin Pen Identification

    Can anyone help me identify this Conklin pen? It has a flex nib and syringe/pull/piston fill. Thanks!
  6. Jobesmirage

    Conklin Pen Identification

    Hi Everyone, I picked up one of these a while ago and I don't know enough about Conklins to correctly identify this pen and was wondering if anyone knew the model/name?
  7. stoen

    Pelikan Music Nibs

    Hi, I regularly use a few vintage Pelikans dated between 1934 and 1959, and keep them in perfect writing condition. I am curious about Pelikan music nibs. I've heard a few stories of those who once have used them. From the appearance (size, engraving style) one might guess they could have been manufactured in smaller quantities during the 100n production era (1937-1954). Does someone in the Forum perhaps have a more educated info on this topic? Are there any manufacturing records? Can those Pelikan music nibs still be occasionally found somewhere? I understand this is a subject of limited in
  8. Dear FPN'ers, This group buy is for RANGA Handmade Pens Model 4& 4C in beautiful Premium Ebonites. This Group Buy is Valid till 31-March-21 This is beautiful Cigar Shaped Pen in seamless finish. These are Popular Ranga Model Pen. It caps in less than 1 turn. The pens are completely handcrafted .Ebonite is Durable, evergreen ,long lasting , Classic and favorite material for Pen lovers. It has Vintage Characteristics Model 4 is slightly conical Shaped and Model 4C is beautiful Cigar Shaped Pen in seamless finish. These are the Popular Ranga Model Pen . It caps in less tha
  9. fingertrouble

    Waterman Pen ID

    Just bought this 1940's? vintage Waterman, trying to identify it as it doesn't have a model number. It is double ring and dark green and the nib is a fairly generic one, semi flex (no telltale W for instance or Ideal). It's dark green/olive. So far my research has narrowed it down to: 502/503/513 - I thought the closest is 502, but they don't seem to have the metal lever box and clip is slightly different, 513 is very similar - some 513s have a metal lever box and some don't - but the clip is different. W2/W3/W5 - W2 doesn't have a metal lever box as far as I can see from pics onl
  10. fingertrouble

    Summit S.125 nibs?

    Had a business seller on eBay sell a pen to me with a cracked nib and not mention it in the description - and was hard to see in the blurry photos! Really naughty and their response that 'at this price what do you expect?' for £20 when I have bought better pens for the same or less without a cracked nib AND those sellers were honest. Very lucky for them I didn't want the stress of calling eBay in. Yet I am worried if I give the pen back they will just flog it on to someone else the same way :-/ So I could return it or get a replacement nib - anyone know what nibs fit a Summit S.1
  11. Would anyone know if Robert Oster inks are safe to use in a Parker Vacuumatic. I recently bought a Debutante with a lock-down filler and was wondering if Robert Oster inks (am considering Smokescreen, specifically) are safe to use. According to the maker, his inks tend to be more alkaline than acidic, but he cannot say definitively if the ink is safe to use on the Vacuumatic or other vintage pens.
  12. Hi everyone, I have been a member awhile and I thank everyone here for all the posts they place ,for they have been a great help to me. This is my first post so please forgive me if I make any mistakes. I need and identification on a fountain pen, I will place the pictures which the seller has forwarded to me . If any one has any idea it would be greatly appreciated. I must add on the metal part of the nib section it is carved PRESDENT(top) and the word STELL (below) . On the barrel also the word UNIONE is clearly visible. Thank you all
  13. Might anyone be able to identify the manufacturer and/or brand of this vintage nib? It is a “donor” nib that was fitted on one of my pens by Guillaume Chappuis of watchandwrite.com. Guillaume believes it’s of Italian origin but does not know more. It is one of my favourite writers, with quite a bit of flex and a medium fine tip that gives just the right amount of feedback. Thank you.
  14. AAAndrew

    Albata15.jpg

    From the album: Esterbrook Steel Pens

    Esterbrook, #11 Albata steel pen. c. 1910. An excellent example of a double grind, and an unusual example for an Esterbrook this late in the company history.

    © Image copyright AAAndrew unless otherwise noted.

  15. AAAndrew

    Albata10

    From the album: Esterbrook Steel Pens

    Esterbrook #11 Albata, c 1910

    © Image copyright AAAndrew unless otherwise noted.

  16. peroride

    Parker 51 vintage aerometrics

    From the album: peroride_pen_pics

    Parker 51 pens from a bygone era
  17. Might anyone be able to identify the manufacturer and/or brand of this vintage nib? It is a “donor” nib that was fitted on one of my pens by Guillaume Chappuis of watchandwrite.com. Guillaume believes it’s of Italian origin but does not know more. It is one of my favourite writers, with quite a bit of flex and a medium fine tip that gives just the right amount of feedback. Thank you.
  18. The original Platinum Higo Zogan was an impulse buy on Ebay. There isn't much information on this pen, but I do know that one blogger (Phthalo) said she enjoyed how this pen writes. I also know that Platinum currently makes a 3776 with a similar higo zogan ring around the cap. Appearance and Design At first glance, this pen is reminiscent of the Lamy 2000 in both shape and feel, but with a Japanese flair. The matte black resin body reminds me of Makrolon but with slightly less of a brushed texture. Its 18K gold nib that looks very similar to that of the Platinum Pocket Pen and ot
  19. I like celluloid, Omas, vintage (and of course modern too)... For a long time I resisted getting a vintage Omas Cracked Ice. The combination of the rare pattern and vintage Omas makes it quite expensive to acquire a senior sized or even a mid sized Omas Cracked Ice. I also have a vintage Conway Stewart Cracked Ice, which is considered one of the most attractive Conway Stewart patterns (along with Herringbone, Tiger Eye etc). So I convinced myself that I didn't need an Omas Cracked Ice. That is until the right moment came. Recently I was able to acquire a vintage Omas Cracked Ice in the lady/ri
  20. bchambers

    Hello from Utah

    Hello My name is Bob. My first exposure to fountain pens was after my grandmother passed away in 1986. I was helping to clean out her garage and found an old fountain pen that my father used in school. I was so intrigued by it that I couldn't put it down. I was in 9th grade at the time. Got made fun of by my "friends" whenever I used it so I threw it away... :( Many years later I was walking through a store and saw a cross fountain pen in titanium with gold accents that I loved and purchased in an XF nib. Loved that pen until it got lost in a move. Currently u
  21. Fox Point

    Celluloid acidic smell - actions

    Sadly my lovely new vintage Pilot in clear and purple celluloid has developed a distinctly acidic smell in the cap, which is lingering a touch on the barrel. Is there any immediate treatment I can do to stop the positive reinforcement cycle of degredation+acid? How about longer term? My plan at the moment: gentle soap and water, clean and isolate cap from everything else celluloid in darkness with ventilation. I am also going to order some of those absorptive archival papers.
  22. Hi, this vintage Pilot is pretty neat but the celluloid shrinkage has the cap threads mostly impossible to engage and impossible to secure as they run off the end. It is a functioning Japanese eyedropper (original packing cork) with an ebonite section which screws in and seals well so expanding the barrel doesn’t seem like the best option. The cap band is also loose, but the cap and barrel threads meeting is my primary concern. The barrel has nearly a mm of shrinkage apparent at the size decrease where the cap sits. Does anyone have any recommendations? It is such an interesting h
  23. For those FPN members at least somewhat familiar with vintage Esterbrook fountain pens, what is your favorite among the many vintage Esterbrook nibs? One might ask in reply, "Favorite for which purpose?" Let's not get bogged down in technicalities. If you want to discuss your favorite for a particular purpose, feel free to do so. At this point, I use my vintage Esterbrooks for general writing and my signature. My favorite is the # 9788 -- flexible medium. I enjoy the modest springiness of the nib as I write, and to me it has an overall luxurious feel when writing. What say you?
  24. A recent thread got me thinking of examples of successful modern relaunches of vintage iconic fountain pen models. The related thread is: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/355785-a-new-139-its-a-no-brainer-or-is-it/ Thank you, zaddick, for provoking my thoughts. I am talking about the near replicas and unmistakeable throwbacks to their original vintage models with same name and style. Here are the ones that quickly came to my mind: 1. Parker Duofold Big Red; 2. Aurora Internazionale; 3. Pelikan 100N; 4. Omas Gentleman; 5. Conway Stewart No.58 and No.100; 6. Onoto Magna. What
  25. This advert is COMPLETED!

    • For Sale
    • Used

    $50

    , California - US






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