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Over the years I've run across a handful of vintage Japanese pens bearing the Carving name. I can find no reference to it in any of the books I have consulted, nor does there seem to be any relevant mentions in this forum. Does anyone out there know more about the Carving company?

 

 

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David.

 

Do you have any photographs? Am wondering if this was a brand rather than maker. Photographs will also help date the pen.

 

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David.

 

You cropped photo tells me several things.

 

1. If you look closely CARVING is in paretheses. More times than not this signifies the name of a model rather than a maker. Often the maker is imprinted just below the model name. It may have been a failed attempt.

2. Two cap rings tells me it is a quality pen. Sometimes we see two caps rings with a lacquered space in between. Your pen has two separate bands. That they are still intact is a bonus.

3. Cannot tell much about the plastic. Too many colors and types in play.

4. The shape of the base of the cap, although not a perfect indicator, also points me to pre-war.

 

I'm leaning towards pre-war. Is there an R14K imprint on the band? Because of size there may not be. If your have a photo of the section and nib, can better date the pen.

 

Brands came and went in the pre-war and post-war eras. Most have makers with names like R. & Company, Tokyo, Japan. Why the name CARVING. No idea. It could be a transliteration of something. The great thing about pre-war Japanese celluloid is the look. Somehow it it just different. If you have more pics, please post. Good opportunity for the younger collectors.

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The No. 52 doesn't help. Could be a catalogue or model number. What does the clip look like? That might help.

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Wood? I think that answers your question. They are carved or machined wood pens.

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