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So last weekend I was up in Snohomish (which is kind of the antiques hub of the greater Seattle area) poking around for fountain pens. I was in the last shop in town empty handed when this little guy caught my eye. It may be hard to tell from the picture, but this is a pretty small pen in red woodgrain hard rubber (body) and gray patterned celluloid (cap) made by Ambassador (a pretty cheap American brand). The kicker: the price tag said five bucks! So for five bucks plus tax I took home a fountain pen with a very nice flexible #4 Warranted gold nib! Thing is buttery smooth and flows the perfect amount of ink for a flex nib (no railroading!). Probably runs from about a thin medium to a very generous double or even triple broad. Also, please pardon my handwriting, I'm still learning. :)post-130605-0-88684900-1470457456_thumb.jpeg

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Awesome find! I'm still searching up here in Canada.

Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!

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Very nice find - and what's the ink? Seems like a very nice match for your vintage bargain...

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Very nice find - and what's the ink? Seems like a very nice match for your vintage bargain...

The ink is Waterman's "Inspired Blue" which is a very nice turquoise ink. I really like it since it shades very nicely. It comes in 50ml bottles that sell for ~$11 each so the price is definitely right.
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Thank you. That might be an ink that could become locally available... :)

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Thank you. That might be an ink that could become locally available... :)

Waterman often found where Parker Quink is... if you know local shop selling Quink, ask them to bring in Waterman too.

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Great find! A beautiful pen with a perfect nib using my all time favorite ink. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations.

Beautiful is probably a little generous...the lever has some pretty ugly corrosion on it (cheap metal with cheaper plating), but it sure does function nicely! Already emptied the sack...thing guzzles ink.

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Just be careful that you do not over-flex and spring the nib.

It would be sad to ruin that nib.

Easier is better as you are learning. Be satisfied with smaller flexing while you are learning.

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So, what you're saying is that when I'm in the Seattle area at the end of the month I should stick to doing family stuff and not go pen shopping in antique stores because you've gotten all the good stuff already? :rolleyes:

Nice find.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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