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  1. What brand to you see as underestimated in the marketplace and with collectors? For me, it's Wearever, I have several and they are great pens. I have three Zenith pens with gold nibs, all are great writers and less than $25. I have a Burgandy colored pen with Parker Brown ink and it writes smooth with just a hint of feedback on some paper. The pen is always ready to write, which is more than I can say for some of my better brand pens. One of my newest pens is a Pennant. This pen has a unique nib advertised to always be ready to write. It's a medium, but closer to a fine medium. What's cool about the nib is that when you flip it over and reverse write, it does a good job and makes a nice extra fine line. More toothy, but not unusable by any stretch. Everyone is gaga about Esterbrook, which was in the same market as Wearever, but their pens are more in demand. Few have gold nib and none of those can be bought for a $20. I'm sure there are some Wearevers that aren't vintage, just rubbish, but that goes for all brands.
  2. Hello, can anyone identify the model of this Wearever fountain pen? Thank you.
  3. So.. I finally got my shipment from Anderson Pens for restoring my little Wearever and everything went great! I put a new sac on (which is watertight) and put a new j-bar in (40mm) but since they didn’t have talc in stock I ordered it from a separate place, and it is due to arrive soon. Anyway, so as I was moving the barrel with the j-bar, I dropped it, and the j-bar moved a little bit further back (I didn’t know it could, I pushed it back as far as I could) leaving me not able to pull it out with the hemostat. Long story short, I gave it somebody who, despite me telling them explicitly several times not to open the lever when trying to pull it out, did it anyway, and pulled the lever and a little metal ring out of the pen, along with the j-bar. Can I get the lever back in? Is my pen broken? Could I do anything to fix it? And if I can, should I put it a slightly bigger j-bar? Thank you for all of your help. I really like the way this wrote, it was like a medium that was ground quite stub-like. So I really want it to be a functioning pen. Thank you for all of your help. Below is a picture of all the parts, including the lever and the ring.
  4. I just impulsively got my first vintage pen, as well as my first pen needing restoration, at an antique store a few hours ago. But, I have absolutely no clue how to restore it. When I opened it, the sac was absolutely dust and the metal pressure bar fell out in two pieces. I expected the sac to be destroyed, but not the pressure bar! So, could anyone please make a step-by-step instructions for how to restore it, as well as what I will need and where to buy it? It would be much appreciated! Thank you!
  5. I have a decent collection of the striped WEAREVER PACEMAKER pens, pictured below. I have 10 of the FPs and one mechanical pencil (2nd from left). I've collected this pen so far in four different colors. PenHero has covered Wearever pens quite extensively in other topics in the Other North American pens section, and has provided us with wonderful, professionally made photos, so I won't go over well-covered territory here. I've just provided various photos of my collection for what they are worth to you. My ultimate purpose here is to discuss a common repair issue with these pens -- the cracking of the section -- and to solicit recommendations about repair. These pens otherwise are relatively easy to fix when, for example, the button filler stops working. One can carefully remove the section, easily replace the rubber sac (if needed; so far not needed), reposition the lever and button mechanism, and get everything to work well. Because I'm a bit obsessive about cleaning my fountain pens, I also will remove the nib and feed (friction fit) to clean them, and then will reinsert them back into the section. If the section doesn't already have a crack, the reinsertion of the nib-feed has a tendency either to reveal a crack that already was there or to create a crack. That result may be contributed to by shrinkage of the section plastic over time. Although each section has a seam, the cracks I have seen or created thus far have not been in the seam. I now regret removing the nib-feed unnecessarily, as I perhaps could have avoided cracking the section of at least some of the cracked samples. The next-to-last photo, with better lighting, would better show the crack in one of the pens. You may be able to see slightly the reflection of the section crack on the bottom of the nib where it meets the section, but it's subtle in that photo. About half of these pens in my collection have a similar crack. What I have done with some success is to use a Q-Tip with super-glue to apply, in layers, the glue to the inside and outside of the section, and let it dry with each layer. As that very slightly reduces the space inside the section for the nib-feed, reinsertion of the nib-feed may stress the crack and require another layer or two of super-glue on the exterior of the section to hold in the ink. One may see a little bit of ink underneath the glue, which otherwise holds in the leakage to spare one's fingers an ink stain. When not leaking through a section crack, these Wearever Pacemakers are good writers for the price. The 14K medium nib is on the thinner side, but it writes smoothly with a bit of give to it, and the overall writing experience is nice for such a relatively inexpensive (then as new and now as vintage) fountain pen -- at least for my tastes. Any recommendations as how better to repair the section crack, assuming I've learned my lesson and will not remove the nib and feed just to clean them better? The photo just below may allow you to see the slight crack in the section; the crack is reflected onto the bottom of the nib very near the middle.
  6. WLSpec

    Nib Info Needed

    I just received two nibs from someone who knows I like pens. The nibs were straight out of a box from the '40s (has been opened since, but still exciting). I was excited to hear about them, and I want to know more! One is a Wearever nib, a company I am very familiar with, but I would like to know if anyone has any more info about the nib (reads WEAREVER and underneath: "4". (Nib on the right). The nib on the left reads "champion" and underneath "14k"and "plated". I am not familiar with a "champion" company. The nib needs repair, but it seems like it is in fairly good condition. Thanks for any help.
  7. Just acquired this Wearever pen that appears to be a Pennant model, except for a few details that are different from any Pennant I've seen. For one thing, it has a 14k nib with clear feed. The cap is slightly different in that it has no polished cap band. Also, the section is the same color as the barrel instead of being black. In addition, the cap lip is smooth, not coin edged. The barrel imprint reads "WEAREVER, NORTH BERGEN NJ, USA". Does anybody know how this pen fits in to the Wearever line or the Pennant line? Or is this either a prototype or a frankenpen? Thanks!
  8. I am trying to restore an old Wearever lever filler pen that I bought on ebay. It's my first attempt at fixing an old pen. When I dip tested the nib and feed they seemed to work well and produced a nice fine line. The sac was a hardened mess inside. So I opened it up and cleaned everything out. I ordered the sac, shellac, and talc from Anderson Pens, and replaced the sac. It was much easier than I thought it would be and so I thought I had done it. However, when I filled it with ink (a Blackstone Barrister Brown), and tested it was very very wet. In fact, it was gushing. So I reset the nib/feed several times with the feed end as close to the nib as possible, then further back. Nothing seems to work. The ink is actually pooling in between the combs and at the base of the section. And every I open it up there is ink all over the nib both top and bottom. Does anyone have any ideas on what is causing this and how I might be able to fix it? The feed is not loose in the section, and is actually hard to remove once it is in position.
  9. I would greatly appreciate the community's help in definitely identifying this vintage Wearever ballpoint pen which I purchased on ebay a number of years ago. Somehow, I thought that I was ordering a fountain pen but I must have overlooked something because I received an interesting ballpoint instead. I've found practically no references to this pen on the internet and very few photos. The photos I have found are on ebay or other auction sites like here and here and here. In Speerbob's listing on ebay, he describes the pen as circa 1957 but gives no other info regarding the model or series. The closest I've come to identifying this pen so far is with the help of PenHero's site here. The cap on my pen is certainly the same style as the Wearever Supreme line of fountain pens albeit my cap is gold and the ones in PenHero's images are silver. Still, the lines at the base of the cap and the style of the clip are almost identical. As you can see from the photos attached, the pen must have had some kind of replaceable ballpoint/refill. Certainly those must be long gone by now, but I may try to syringe fill the one I have and cap it in some way with silicon grease, wax or some kind of small stopper. I realize that this pen isn't really especially valuable from a collector's standpoint, but like many of you I enjoy knowing as much of the history behind my collection of pens as possible. Thanks in advance for whatever insight you can offer! Regards, Chris
  10. I picked up this Wearever bulb-filler at a junk store, but have been unable to identify it. The cap band is missing (and those two smudges on the cap are from my inky fingers). Any idea of the model and approximate production date? Thanks. (corrected a spelling error)
  11. Hey everyone! I apologize in advance for the lack of photos; pens are all apart right now for cleaning/repair...will add pics later... Since I had to drive home from school (Walla Walla to Bellevue) to pick up a bicycle (long story) I thought I'd seize the opportunity and visit all the antique shops on the way and see what I could find. I am quite pleased with what I've found! In order of coolness, they are: -A Parker Duofold in black and white pearl celluloid with a flex (!!!) nib, has both clip and ring (???) -A small Majestic in blue and bronze celluloid with a flexible 14k warranted nib -A small Wearever in red celluloid with a very flexible 14k warranted nib The Duofold's barrel has some moderate-to-severe discoloration but its cap is only lightly discolored. The pen is in shockingly good condition overall. It also has both a clip and a ring on the cap, which is pretty odd. I originally planned on selling it, but I might just keep it because it's so cool. I bought it at a shop in Richland and I have to say that I would highly recommend a trip to the Uptown shopping center if you are ever in the area; it's a strip mall-esque amalgamation of stores but there are 3 or 4 bona fide antique shops in it so it certainly warrants a stop, especially considering it's only about 5 minutes off of the highway. The Majestic is a surpsingly attractive pen considering its third-tier origins, and the flex nib seals the deal. Apparently Majestics were made by the same guys who made the wonderful Ambassador I bought a while back for $5, I guess that explains the flex nib... The Wearever might not work out, but I'm only out $6.50 on it anyway, so that's not too big of a deal. It's missing the clip but is otherwise cosmetically fine. I bought it because the nib had some good flex to it, but its tip was bent downwards and although I was able to get that flattened out, I think may have twisted or bent the nib out of shape and I can't quite get that figured out...come to think of it, if you want to try your hand at nib straightening and have $6.50+sh, then it's yours! I did see something else in Yakima but I didn't buy it because it was $100 and that's a little too steep for me...I am strongly considering buying it on my way back, though, because it is truly something...we'll see. nrum97 PS for WA peeps: Chinook Pass is an absolutely awesome drive! Highly recommend!
  12. need4news

    Pen Noob In Tennessee

    Salutations and Hiyahs, I'm not a techie, so the low-tech but quality workmanship of fountain pens attracts me. Probably a bit of a tactile person, too, who likes the feel of a good pen and good ink on quality paper. That feeling is right up there with beautiful sunsets, college football, sausage gravy and biscuits, and the kiss from an English Bulldog (probably in that order, too). Small starter collection of mostly Esterbrooks (a couple of Js and a few M2s), a Wearever Zenith, Diamond Point from the mid-40's, a Waterman's Ideal (barrel only, looking for a cap), and a few newer ones (YAFA, etc.). One of the M2s is my daily writer, but I'm trying to get the smaller blue Diamond Point to work soon. Thanks to all of you much more experienced collectors and aficionados who help those of us new to the hobby get our feet wet (with quality ink, preferably). I'll be picking your collective (pun intended) brains over the next few months.
  13. I have two Wearever pens that are in good condition but one has a good sac but needs some adhesive. the other has a good sac but was glued with super glue. Probably best for people that do not have big hands. CONUS only. Thanks, Rene'
  14. Hello all! Newbie here. I have a purchased a button fill Wearever in need of repair. The button mechanism is a red jewel (plastic). I have ordered a new pressure bar, cleaned the pen but, the red "button" is sticking when it is pressed down. i have taken it apart and cleaned everything pretty well. I am under the impression that these buttons slide rather easily when depressed and will spring back up when all is assembled. I hate to put everything back together with new parts and have the button stick again. What can I do to allow the button to slide rather than stick? Thank so much for your time!
  15. I'm fairly new to fountain pens. I bought this pen off eBay with little information, although it did say it needs to be cleaned. Based on the appearance, it is a Wearever pen with an iridium nib and a lever fill. Any information on this pen would be great.
  16. My first repair, and the first topic I've started. Whoo!! I found this pen at an antique mall for 50 cents (along with a couple Welsharps that are still needing some fine tuning.. ahem.) Anyway, I'm rather pleased with myself. I got it all cleaned out, slightly polished, re-sacked, and adjusted the nib to the best of my ability. It has some dents on the tines that the previous owner must have put there in prying the nib out, but it still functions. I had to gently close the gap between the tines as well, as the flow was extreme. Now, this is a nice little writer. A slightly hard-starter after letting sit overnight while I sleep, but once it gets going again, it doesn't quit. Using the normal side of the nib yields a bold line I'm not fond of, but turning the pen upside down and using the back gives a line with some interesting variation! So while this pen isn't perfect cosmetically, I've grown rather fond of it. The plastic is a dark navy blue, not black as it might appear in the photos. The ink used is Poky black, a rather cheap and feathery ink, but this was the initial post-adjustment test where I didn't possibly want to waste my better inks if the nib started super-flowing again. To note, I'm not entirely sure what model this is.. (Does anyone really know with Wearevers?) I call it a "Taperite Citation" type due to the shape of the section and size of the nib, though it certainly isn't as nice as other copies of the Waterman design. Ah well, I enjoy it whatever model it is. Edit: It's a Supreme. Still enjoying it! And here you can kind of see the denting in the tines.
  17. Can someone ID this Wearever I scored for cheap on eBay. I'm currently in the process of restoring it. The pens seems to be made of celluloid and it is faceted with 8 sides. And is a flat top. Lever filler. Screw on cap. http://i.imgur.com/PPJgVtR.jpg?2 Dimensions: Whole pen: Length capped: 5" Length posted: ~5-3/4" Cap: Length: 2-3/16" Width: 1/2" Barrel: Length w/ section & nib: ~4-7/16" Length w/o section & nib: 3-5/16" Width: 7/16" Section: Length: 1/2" Width at thinnest point: 11/32" Nib: #4...?? Stanles GP steel If anyone can help me ID this I'd appreciate it.
  18. Hi, folks! When I am not playing with Sheaffer or Swan Visofil pens, I have a secret interest in Wearevers. I guess it's because when you go pen hunting there are just so darn many of them in antique shops and I can't just pass over them. Wearevers are kind of like filler in between nicer pens, but I tend to pick them up anyway and have accumulated a lot of them. Some Wearever pens are surprisingly decent pens and many are just plain junkers - something to learn how to do sac replacements. One particular Wearever pen I will always grab, if cheap and in good condition, is the 1950s Wearever Pennant. To me, a minty Pennant in Aqua - Wearever's light blue - is the quintessential cheap fifties pen. I spent a lot of time researching an updating a very old article on PenHero.com on the Wearever Pennant that I hope is fun for those who like these pens. If you can add or help correct anything in the article, especially with regard to any Pennant colors I may have missed, please let me know. You can read it here: Wearever Pennant c1950-1960 http://www.penhero.com/PenGallery/Wearever/WeareverPennant.htm http://www.penhero.com/PenGallery/Wearever/Pics/WeareverPennant16_1024.jpg In researching the article, I looked at a LOT of Wearever ads and noticed that David Kahn ran a full page ad campaign in 1950 through 1951 that used some very amusing cartoons as part of the pitch. You can read it here: Wearever Pennant: The Pen That Solves All of Life's Problems! http://www.penhero.com/PenGallery/Wearever/WeareverToons.htm http://www.penhero.com/PenGallery/Wearever/Pics/WeareverToonsPeople.jpg Hope you have a lot of fun with these! Thanks!
  19. I have got the third Wearever Pennant pen in my hands and all of the caps on them screw up very tight. Is it because the plastic under aluminum overlay somehow shrinking with age? Nevertheless, what is possible to do with this problem? And is there a layer of varnish on Wearever's aluminum caps? Could it be polished with satisfactory results?
  20. I've started to acquire and restore some Wearever pens. with a minimum of work I figure people can get the feel of a vintage pen for $15 or $20 or so. (Esterbrooks, although also excellent pens are getting pretty pricy for anything in decent condition.) They clean up and write quite nicely. I did find one pen whose nib was labelled as "flex", although it was definitely on the stiff side of flex! Some of the ones I have are in mint condition as they were part of a salesman's sample kit. One is a mini-combo that is really cute and works very well. the sac is still pliable and because it's a mini I can use it for a day or so, use up the ink load, flush to clean and refill with another color. I would like to learn more about these pens and the manufacturer, beyond simply that they were a cheap pen and prone to be thrown away rather than repaired. Does anyone have any suggestion about where to find that history or even people to speak with about the Wearever brand. There was one link in another post (weareverpens.com - I think) but clicking on it simple took me to Verizon page with no current site link. Any help or suggestions are very much appreciated. Thanks to all.
  21. Hi guys, I'm still here! I recently bought a Wearever at an antique stop. A bit of a learning experience -- made me look up the brand, and I learned that Wearever produced models prolifically, some even without names. That makes ID more challenging, of course, which is why I need your help. :3 I bought my pen for around eight bucks, by the way -- was that an OK deal? Anyway, so I am curious now as to what model it is, if it has a name, and where I can acquire a converter or cartridge(s) to use with it. The pen is the same as the one pictured to the far right in this eBay listing: http://www.ebay.com/...=item1e919703f8 . Thanks in advance for the help. (P.S. This is a repost of https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/274225-wearever-identification-help/?do=findComment&comment=3118702 -- in case a moderator would like to remove the old mis-forummed post)
  22. phr4nkr4wk5

    Wearever Identification Help

    Hi guys, I'm still here! I recently bought a Wearever at an antique stop. A bit of a learning experience -- made me look up the brand, and I learned that Wearever produced models prolifically, some even without names. That makes ID more challenging, of course, which is why I need your help. :3 I bought my pen for around eight bucks, by the way -- was that an OK deal? Anyway, so I am curious now as to what model it is, if it has a name, and where I can acquire a converter or cartridge(s) to use with it. The pen is the same as the one pictured to the far right in this eBay listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Lot-Wearever-Fountain-Pen-Massot-Advertising-Mechanical-Pencils-/131291612152?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e919703f8 . Thanks in advance for the help.
  23. Found some pens at a local "antique" shop today. Not the greatest deal, but decent to my inexperienced eye. Four fountain pens: Wearever lever filler Wearever cartridge pen Eberhard Faber lever filler Shaeffer cartridge pen (in taupe, much bigger than a school pen) Three ballpoints/mechanical pens: Shaeffer mechanical pencil (working), local Walton business name on it (business long gone) Bell Telephone mechanical pencil Old ballpoint with metal refill, with local business advertising on it (business long gone). The last was the most expensive at $5. Total $20. I guess because I uploaded nice pictures of my Edison Beaumont, I'm not allowed to upload more pictures directly into the post. So here are the links. https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/uploads/imgs/fpn_1401048787__img_2146.jpg https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/uploads/imgs/fpn_1401048824__img_2148.jpg
  24. These will need some restoration work before they can write again. Just arrived today from the Bay of E, and these are the ones I know the least about. Keystone pen and pencil combo: http://i61.tinypic.com/214cpja.jpg The nib is marked 'Durium 14K Plate'; half the gold seems to have been worn away, though. The mechanism for advancing the pencil lead works great. This is something I've never seen before: an acrylic feed. This is a Wearever lever-fill, but I have no idea what year it was manufactured: http://i60.tinypic.com/14aa23k.jpg I've seen conflicting information on what model the Wearever is; can anyone enlighten me? Thanks!
  25. I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this, but I'm looking for a replacement nib and feed for my Wearever I don't know what model. It's a pen/pencil. I understand that these are relatively common and not of the highest quality, but I do think it looks rather neat. I do know that the current nib is after market that reads Moore Iridium Duo-tip not the smoothest writing nib, also the feed likes to keep me high and dry. I don't know what types of nibs would fit this sort of pen so I'm asking you guys. Please help me with this if you can. http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww191/ParkerDeanPeterson/temporary-12.jpg http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww191/ParkerDeanPeterson/temporary-13.jpg http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww191/ParkerDeanPeterson/temporary-14.jpg http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww191/ParkerDeanPeterson/temporary-15.jpg

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