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In the late 1970s I was working at Liverpool Street Station in London. One day I found a Black USA Parker 61 with Gold Filled cap. I handed it in to lost property and after a couple of months was notified that no one had claimed it, so it was mine. When I got it home I found that it was a capillary 61 that someone had obviously thought was a cartridge/converter pen and had tried to remove the capillary unit damaging it beyond repair. I sent it to Parker UK and they "repaired" it, which meant I got a new 61 cartridge/converter pen with the original cap. In 1984 the barrel developed a crack so I obtained a replacement from Parker for the sum of £1.37. I used it for several years but the cap became badly tarnished and the clutch prongs became loose. I have just ordered a replacement cap so that I can use the pen again. English followers of this topic will understand the phrase "Trigger's Broom", Those from the other side of the Pond may be more familiar with "George Washington's Axe".


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