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Finally!!

 

This really has been a long time, that I've been looking for a Lamy Safari in Terra Red. Finally I got one. The pen has been a restauration project. It's built of NOS replacement parts and "refreshed" used ones. The result is quite nice I think but have a look yourself:

 

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Hey you! Give me back my pen!

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Hey you! Give me back my pen!

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I do adore some of your pen and object pictures! This one included!

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- A. Einstein

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Lamy Safari are quite cool pens. I really like them.
...but my newest acquisition is something completely different.

Recently, I got a phone call of one of the very few collector friends I really know in person. He came with an uncommon problem to me. He told me that he bought to many pens in the last two months. To many means, way to much over his budget and he wanted to sell some of them. The pens he bought were not the usual flea market stuff. He bought some serious collector items like solid gold Montblancs and Pelikans from the 1930's.
The pen in which I was interested was a Pelikan 111 probably from 1935.

That's how the pen looked when it came to me:
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and this is how it looked after disassembling...
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...yeah, the barrel has disassembled by itself. A problem that can be found on lots of Pelikan 100 from this era. Also from the Palladium nib remained only some dust. But the really exceptional thing about this pen is that it looks more or less unused. Maybe it has been filled once and then put away. There is no brassing at all and the knurling on filling knob is the crispest I ever have seen. Also the logo and imprints on the cap top looks as new.

Here some pics after the restauration:

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This is a quite nice addition to the flock I think...

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5482/10904360004_9b66148187_b.jpg

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I'm drooling over these pics, absolutely stunning :puddle: Nice flock you have there, Christof!

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

 

—Oscar Wilde

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Amazing collection of Pelikan !

 

And smart restoration, congratulations.

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Beautiful work! I would love to know some details of how you did it (for example, how did you get the cap rings to look so perfect again?).

Écrire c’est tenter de savoir ce qu’on écrirait si on écrivait. – M. Duras

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Wonderful pen after the skilled restoration job! I am assuming the barrel was swapped for another period appropriate barrel. Out of curiosity, is the green in the imprints original? I see at times the imprints highlighted in green but I never know if it was done at the factory. I highlighted one of my imprints in golden color and it looks great, but I guess that was never done at the factory in the early days.

" I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." -- Albert Einstein

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Beautiful work! I would love to know some details of how you did it (for example, how did you get the cap rings to look so perfect again?).

Just polish. As I said, there was no brassing, just some tarnish.

 

 

Wonderful pen after the skilled restoration job! I am assuming the barrel was swapped for another period appropriate barrel. Out of curiosity, is the green in the imprints original? I see at times the imprints highlighted in green but I never know if it was done at the factory. I highlighted one of my imprints in golden color and it looks great, but I guess that was never done at the factory in the early days.

Yes, I had to change the barrel. Unfortunately, I did not have one in that perfect condition as the rest of the pen was... the inkwindow is darkened as you can see...

 

But the paint in the imprints is original. This is really great, because it can be used as a color reference for further restauration jobs.

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Thanks, Christof, but how do you polish so narrow a band w/out getting polish all over the cap (or does that even matter)?

Écrire c’est tenter de savoir ce qu’on écrirait si on écrivait. – M. Duras

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If I may ask one more (perhaps silly or obvious) question: how can you tell the difference between brassing and tarnish?

Écrire c’est tenter de savoir ce qu’on écrirait si on écrivait. – M. Duras

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If I may ask one more (perhaps silly or obvious) question: how can you tell the difference between brassing and tarnish?

Gold and brass do have different colors. Sometimes, the borderline between the gold layer and the brassed area is clearly visible too.

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This is a quite nice addition to the flock I think...

 

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5482/10904360004_9b66148187_b.jpg

 

Yep, I think this flock is flying first class all the way. Thanks for showing the restoration stages. :thumbup:

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That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.

— Samuel Johnson

 

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I knew it... I should have never checked this thread. Now I have a Pelikan 100 on its way from Germany. And it's all YOUR FAULT, Christof!!

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I knew it... I should have never checked this thread. Now I have a Pelikan 100 on its way from Germany. And it's all YOUR FAULT, Christof!!

 

 

Very sorry about that, but everyone needs a Pelikan 100, you know...

Would be great to see pics when you got it. Where have you bought?

 

Super Pelikans. What is the one on the right?

It's an IBIS, kind of a budget-Pelikan.

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