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I snapped up an interesting item on ebay: a Remington pen (which Mr. Binder dismisses as a notoriously cheap make - not even repairable) into which someone had inserted a Waterman New York nib - evidence of some early obsession, perhaps.

 

Since the price was about a third of what the nib is worth on a retail site, I crossed my fingers and bought the thing. Since I still haven't found the one my cat stole, I might as well try for another.

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The Remington arrived: it is indeed a cheap, dreckish thing, but somebody, a long time ago, attached a treasure to the business end. It is an honest-to-G-d Waterman New York nib!

 

It needs a little work, obviously. I unscrewed the section and got a little cascade of petrified sac particles. The pen isn't really worth fixing but the nib is, and I might try to marry it to another 521/2 v. My pen tech is going to get a lot of work from me.

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