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Do any of you wonderful Japanese pen aficionados have any info on 14K nibs marked as such:

Steady_LIFETIME 14K_Perfect Iridium Pen

 

These are on two different vintage models (both cigar shaped), one in a Wood-grain lacquer over BHR & the other in Black lacquer over BHR (Laconite?). Both are eyedropper fillers w/ink shut-off valves and have 14K rolled gold trim (clip & cap-band).

 

There are no maker imprints on the cap or barrel, just the above info on the nib, so are these made by Steady & if so, what era would they be from?

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

 

Thanks!

tomiko

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Congratulations on your acquisition! It is very possible you have one of the better no name pens from the 1950s. And, I say this without ever seeing your pen. During the early to middle 1950s there were hundreds of small pen makers and jobbers who made and sold pens to stationary and other shops. Your pen was one. The clip and ring R14K, rolled 14K, gets you halfway there. The nib is the other clue. Nibs marked STEADY were a generic type of good quality. One of the really decent nibmasters of the period, Kabutogi Ginjiro, made nibs for whoever this no name nibmaking company was. This is NOT to say your nibs were by him, only to indicate you MAY have a half-decent writing instrument. I'd like to see pictures of the wood grain model and may be able to provide further information.

stan

Formerly Ryojusen Pens
The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


Member: Pen Collectors of America & Fuente, THE Japanese Pen Collectors Club

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Stan, thanks for the response on my question about the "SteadY" nibbed FP's! I've been trying to get photos done, but had to get my camera serviced due to some mechanical problems...all fixed now! I did find that the Black FP (5-1/2" long/capped) is marked Everbest/Tokyo, but there are no markings on the Woodgrain model (5-5/16" long/capped).

 

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511a.jpg

Top pen is Woodgrain model, barrel is slightly darker than cap...

Bottom pen is Black model by Everbest/Tokyo (marked on barrel below threads) & has kanji characters on barrel...

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http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511c.jpg

Woodgrain w/cap off...

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http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511d.jpg

Steady nib on Woodgrain FP (same type of nib on Black model)...

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http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511f.jpg

Exploded view of Woodgrain FP...

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http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511g.jpg

Black FP w/cap off...

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http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511h.jpg

Exploded view of Black FP...

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Hope these pictures help in finding out more info!

 

Thanks

tomiko

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sweet looking pens Tomiko, well done! You probably need to change seals to get them working but they are nice pens and will be great writers!

 

Nikolaos

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The other model I have is marked "Skater" on the pocket clip & has a transparent barrel and cap with Silver & Red circles on them. The section unscrews to reveal a two-sectioned squeeze bladder with a breather tube inside (bottom of bladder is bulbous). The breather tube part of the bladder is covered by a silver sheath (fixed inside the barrel) & has 2-windows on each side to view the ink level. The "fingernail" style nib is marked BEST POINT where it disappears into the section (nib looks like it's plated). All I know is that it's a low-end 1950's company, so any other info would be appreciated!

 

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511j.jpg

 

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511k.jpg

 

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511l.jpg

 

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p113/DocNib2006/42511m.jpg

 

Any info would be appreciated...

 

Thanks!

tomiko

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I am in agreement with comments by Nikolaos regarding Skater. It is, however, important to understand that despite general poor quality of makers, some gems exist. From years of personal experience I have seen a number of no name, small name, and crappy companies produce an occasional winner. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water without further investigation.

stan

Formerly Ryojusen Pens
The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


Member: Pen Collectors of America & Fuente, THE Japanese Pen Collectors Club

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