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InkStainedWings

I'm just starting to dip into collecting more vintage and retro pens, and I've settled on focusing on cartridge/converter pens (with a slight emphasis on Sheaffers...) Anyways, I absolutely love the look of the old striated pens, especially the greens and the reds, but all the ones I've seen so far have been lever fill. Does anyone know of a c/c model that comes in striated coloration, or is this a lost cause?

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Maybe if you get a custom pen, for sure you would be able to choose a striated material.

 

Oh, I forgot to mention, like for example, Edison pens already has several pens ready-made, which do have those striations.

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As others have stated, no luck.

 

Those nice old striated and striped pens were typically made from celluloid. They had to be machined from rod stock (or in some cases formed from sheet) so they were very labor intensive to manufacture.

 

By the time modern cartridge fillers came to market (Waterman C/F was introduced in 1953, Sheaffer Fineline in 1955 and Parker 45 in 1960) manufacturers had switched to modern plastics and injection molding.

 

Only thing I can think of, is that Jif Waterman had a line of glass cartridge pens in 1930s. I think they were mainly marketed in France. These were probably made from celluloid, so it's possible even striated ones were made. Having said that, I've never seen a striated one. Most of the ones I've seen have been black...

 

If you are limiting yourself strictly to c/c, I think you are shutting out some really nice pens. For example Sheaffer Balance is a really nice pen and a true classic. And they are not even that expensive. You should be easily able to find a nice one for $50-$60 or so.

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As others have stated, no luck.

 

Those nice old striated and striped pens were typically made from celluloid. They had to be machined from rod stock (or in some cases formed from sheet) so they were very labor intensive to manufacture.

 

By the time modern cartridge fillers came to market (Waterman C/F was introduced in 1953, Sheaffer Fineline in 1955 and Parker 45 in 1960) manufacturers had switched to modern plastics and injection molding.

 

Only thing I can think of, is that Jif Waterman had a line of glass cartridge pens in 1930s. I think they were mainly marketed in France. These were probably made from celluloid, so it's possible even striated ones were made. Having said that, I've never seen a striated one. Most of the ones I've seen have been black...

 

If you are limiting yourself strictly to c/c, I think you are shutting out some really nice pens. For example Sheaffer Balance is a really nice pen and a true classic. And they are not even that expensive. You should be easily able to find a nice one for $50-$60 or so.

Thank you for the history ^.^'' I wasn't sure when the cut-off was for the celluloid; I kind of guessed that was the case, but I wanted to make sure.

 

I'm not totally ruling out other types of pens-- if I find one I really want that's not c/c, I'll still buy it. I'm just trying to narrow my focus a little to make the collecting easier and less random. It's the difference between searching on Fleabay for a specific model or color I still need... or just typing in 'fountain pen' and bidding on everything that catches my eye.

 

I'll look into the Balance. I do like Sheaffers quite a bit :)

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Maybe if you get a custom pen, for sure you would be able to choose a striated material.

 

Oh, I forgot to mention, like for example, Edison pens already has several pens ready-made, which do have those striations.

Thank you ^.^ They have so many color patterns to choose from! I think I'll be browsing their site for a couple hours...

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