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Hi.

 

I'm Paul from the London/Kent borders in the UK.

 

My FP interest was rekindled when we visited my parents and were presented with a batch of vintage pens, including my father's Parker Victory IV and my old school pen, a Parker 51.

 

My intention is to research, refurbish (ha!).and collect.

 

I've bought about 20 pens in the past 2 months including Conway Stewarts, Wyverns and Burnhams (a London company) as well as Parker, Esterbrook and a few third tier US pens.

 

Although I've been reflushing, disassembling, cleaning and lightly polishing the pens, I've yet to embark on a resaccing. Please wish me luck.

 

I'd forgotten all about ink-stained fingers... until now!

 

Best.

 

Paul

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Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!

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Welcome from along the M4 in Swindon….sounds like you're getting off to a flying start!

Happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got.

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Hello and welcome to you from Manchester :)

Money may not make you happy but I would rather cry in a Rolls-Royce

 

The true definition of madness - Doing the same thing everyday and expecting different results......

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Twety pens in two months ?

Welcome, Paul !

 

Enjoy the trip to ecstacy and poverty. :lticaptd:

 

Write with joy.

Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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Hi Paul, good to heave you here on FPN

 

Enjoy

 

D.ick

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KEEP SAFE, WEAR A MASK, KEEP A DISTANCE.

Freedom exists by virtue of self limitation.

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Welcome from one of the former colonies!

Breathe. Take one step at a time. Don't sweat the small stuff. You're not getting older, you are only moving through time. Be calm and positive.

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