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I know this may sound odd, but is there anyway to identify what model of converter I have? I have a number laying around, and some are standard, some are proprietary, some hold more ink, some less... I don't want to mess up a pen by putting a standard IC in a pen that only takes proprietary ones or vice versa. I can't seem to find markings on the converters themselves.

 

These days, I'm wiser and label all proprietary converters with their brand name. I wasn't always so smart. ;)

 

Thanks.

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Some will have the company name on them. Especially the proprietary ones. Or are otherwise unique.(such as Lamy) Platinum are a different design than most and the one I have has got gold plated parts.

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I know this may sound odd, but is there anyway to identify what model of converter I have? I have a number laying around, and some are standard, some are proprietary, some hold more ink, some less... I don't want to mess up a pen by putting a standard IC in a pen that only takes proprietary ones or vice versa. I can't seem to find markings on the converters themselves.

 

These days, I'm wiser and label all proprietary converters with their brand name. I wasn't always so smart. ;)

 

Thanks.

Google: First hit was over at Goulet Pen Company guide re converter model and compatibility........

https://www.gouletpens.com/pages/cartridge-converter-guide

 

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Google: First hit was over at Goulet Pen Company guide re converter model and compatibility........

https://www.gouletpens.com/pages/cartridge-converter-guide

 

Fred

Well, Runnin_Ute, the ones I'm trying to identify don't have names on them, at least as far as I can tell. But I don't think some of the Pilot converters have names. I used the Goulet chart as Freddy suggested, and was able to rule out some. If all my unmarked converted are standard internationals is there any way to tell a Con-40 from a 50 or a 70? I know some pens don't accept all sizes.

:unsure:

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Thanks for the link.

I have some unknown, bought at the flea market converters that I never used......having few c/c pens. Would imagine Schmidts.

Well the first time I've looked at them, one I knew was a Parker squeeze filler from perhaps my P-45, a Parker and three others, two the same and one is real weird, has a removable cap on it and an open mouth with no rubber at all. .

 

The last is somewhat similar but not quite like a Namikp or Pilot 40...I won't have to worry about it, in I have nor plan to have no Japanese pens.

The other two seem a version of Standard International. Which is good to know.

 

 

A couple of my cartridge pens I have out because I have ink cartridges i want to use in them. I have more than enough piston pens.

 

Good that I did take the look, reminded my self I have some Parker Penmann Saphire.

the Private reserve musters, DC Supershow Blue, Chocolate, Velvet black and Sherwood green, will need re-hydration. :doh:

It took me a very long time to get cartridge pens other than Lamy; forgetting of course in I only found out 40 some odd years after I bought the pen and threw out the box imminently, that my P-75 could actually take a cartridge!!!!

Or now a converter.

 

Got a forgotten long Pilot ink cartridge in blue too....So I'm going to re-hydrate a touch and needle fill into a usable cartridge or one of those international converters..........

Cartridge, a long Pelikan one,

Hidden away was another Japanese cartridge, a bit smaller than the Pilot one, it's long empty 'white' lip comes up to the bottom of the Pilot long empty one. With only Japan on it with an arrow, on the inner lip is a 24. any idea what company makes such?

Have a feeling it could be blue Black, but could be black. The wide end has little blocks that goes 2/3rds around the rim.

 

Will have to pull out a a thin nail to pop those two cartridges.

 

Finally going to be able to try some of that Japanese ink. Until the last year or two, when Amazon started delivering from E22-26 Japanese inks cost E70 here in Germany..................and both my arms have to be real twisted to think about paying more then E20 for an ink.

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If all my unmarked converted are standard internationals is there any way to tell a Con-40 from a 50 or a 70? I know some pens don't accept all sizes.

:unsure:

 

 

To my knowledge, the "CON-xx" nomenclature only applies to Pilot/Namiki proprietary converters with a very large "mouth". They are NOT "international standard" fittings.

 

The CON-70 is a large push-button converter. I don't know the difference between a -40 or -50 (unless the -50 is a squeeze bladder model as came with my older pens, and the -40 is the screw-piston design). I don't believe CON-70 will fit a Vanishing Point (besides, as a push-button would you want to put it into a pen where one presses on the end of the converter to extend the nib?)

 

Pilot and Sailor converters do not "neck down" at the mouth. Both have mouths that are the same size as the reservoir tube (though I think Pilot has a longer mouth than Sailor). Platinum units have a reducer at the mouth bringing it down to about the size of a "international standard" BUT the outside of the reducer is still full tube width, where "standard" units reduce on the outside too.

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To my knowledge, the "CON-xx" nomenclature only applies to Pilot/Namiki proprietary converters with a very large "mouth". They are NOT "international standard" fittings.

 

The CON-70 is a large push-button converter. I don't know the difference between a -40 or -50 (unless the -50 is a squeeze bladder model as came with my older pens, and the -40 is the screw-piston design). I don't believe CON-70 will fit a Vanishing Point (besides, as a push-button would you want to put it into a pen where one presses on the end of the converter to extend the nib?)

 

Pilot and Sailor converters do not "neck down" at the mouth. Both have mouths that are the same size as the reservoir tube (though I think Pilot has a longer mouth than Sailor). Platinum units have a reducer at the mouth bringing it down to about the size of a "international standard" BUT the outside of the reducer is still full tube width, where "standard" units reduce on the outside too.

All my converters are screw type. I didn't realize that the CON-xx designation only applied to Pilot/Namiki. So I don't have a CON-70, as that wouldn't be a screw. I will look more carefully at the ends of the converters I have; your description of the Sailor and Platinum converters is very helpful. I have a lot of Japanese pens. :)

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