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A couple of years ago, I found myself on EBay bidding on two pens being sold by someone not familiar with fountain pens. As I recall, they had two Parker 45s and a Parker 61. Of the three, only the one Parker 45 with more in-focus photos was getting any bidding action. I zeroed in on what I hoped would be a double win. I was interested in the Parker 45 because, even though the photos were blurry and under lit, I could see that the nib was gold and that the cap was a nice stainless steel with a gold filled clip. Also, I have wanted to own a Parker 61 so I place bids on both and had over bid enough (I thought) to win the '61 as well as the '45. As it turned out someone else was waiting for the last 15 seconds and then out bid me on the '61. Oh well...I was going to get a Parker 45 with a gold nib! I paid the seller and waited.

 

After about five days a plain manila envelope arrived with no absolutely no padding. I opened the envelope and was greatly disappointed. The barrel of the Parker 45 was in 3 pieces, two quite large and one so tiny that it was easily lost. I took photos and the seller refunded the purchase. I offered to return the broken pen but he said, "No, just throw it away." Well on closer examination, I realized that the cap was wrong! It was a Parker 61 cap! This meant that the person who out bid me on the '61 apparently received a Parker '61 with a Parker '45 cap. I took out the medium point gold nib and installed it in a nice black Parker 45 and put its stainless steel nib away. What to do? I listed the Parker '61 cap on Ebay. It was listed for nearly two months with no takers (that surprised me) so I eventually took it down. Then one day I thought, "what the heck." I got out the super glue and glued the barrel back together. They actually fit together quite nicely but the pen truly looked like "Frankenpen" what with the glue seams showing glaringly. After the pen had dried for about an hour (hey...I was experimenting and did not expect it to work anyway) I grabbed some 2000 grit wet or dry sandpaper and lightly sanded away at all of the seams under the kitchen faucet. What emerged was a pen barrel that at first glance looks totally fine. Closer examination will, however reveal the seams and one small, tiny, tiny, tiny (did I say tiny?) piece that had disappeared in the envelope and was too small to glue in there anyway.

 

As you can tell in photos, the section of this pen has suffered from the plastic shrinking somewhat but I was able to fit the stainless steel nib that I had into this pen. I got a real cheap Jinao International converter (the short variety) and drilled out the opening to fit the Parker, loaded the pen with some Hero 232 Blue Black (a fine ink if you can find it anywhere anymore) and was pleasantly surprised. My little Parker 45/61 Frankenpen goes with us everywhere. It is aboard our boat each sailing season in the navigation drawer. All log entries are made with that pen. It has been in my carry on luggage to Europe and been loaned out a few times. It is a very smooth writing pen and believe it or not, the Parker 61 cap, while not feeling quite as secure on the barrel as a 45 cap does the job. The pen can sit idle for a week or so and still start right up. In addition to the Hero 232, I have run KWZ IG Blue #1, Sailor Jentle Blue, and Hero Carbon Black in the pen. It doesn't seem to mind. I was going to find a new barrel and section and then just move the nib over and create a "perfect Parker 45 with a new cap" but you know what? I love my lowly Frankenpen!

 

So, in relating this story to you, it occurred to me that perhaps there are other Frankenpens out there that have a unique story and are actually being loved and used. Frankenpen anyone?

 

The pen as it arrived:

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...and after the glue job and wet-sanding...

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"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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Very nice! Frankenpens are fun to create, and use. I have a few.

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Great story of pen rescue! Its a good looking combination.

“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.” 

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Very nice! Frankenpens are fun to create, and use. I have a few.

Thank you. My hope is that others out there have a Frankenpen or two with an interesting story.

 

Great story of pen rescue! Its a good looking combination.

Thank you. Actually, the '61 cap fits the '45 pretty well...sort of an upgrade. I keep thinking of the person who bought the '61 in that auction. They have a Parker 61/45 Frankenpen. Hopefully their '61, which was no doubt "packaged" the same way, made to them in one piece.

 

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I accidentally broke an eversharp skyline in half the other day. I carefully filed a notch around the inside edge for extra surface area and used JB weld to adhere it back together (the crack was right through the threads) Pen works great and is rock solid again.

 

As for pens stuck together from bits - I'm currently in love with a FPR himalaya in brown ebonite that I put the feed from another junk eversharp skyline into along with the steel XXF semiflex nib from a pelikan C100. it writes ungodly well. I've had it inked for like two months now and just can't seem to put it down. It made me fall in love with that pen so hard I just bought another in acrylic and the #6 version in green ebonite.

 

And I also decided to find a replacement nib for my opus 88 since I didn't want the broad - I found that the TWSBI 580 nib fits PERFECTLY, in addition to being much wider, looks more "fitting" on the pen than the skinny little factory JoWo they come with.

 

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Selling a boatload of restored, fairly rare, vintage Japanese gold nib pens, click here to see (more added as I finish restoring them)

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Another person in FPR Himalaya fan club. It's such a nice pen! I prefer the ebonite versions for warmth and tactility/grip; also prefer the #5.5 nib size for precision. I generally prefer smaller nibs.

“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.” 

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