On Point With Go Pens #108

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What’s a demonstrator?

Demonstrator pens were pens produced by the factory of the company in question. They were given to salesmen/dealers to be able to demonstrate how a pen worked internally. Sometimes they were clear, or were halved to see the internal mechanism.

 

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Currently Inked – June 24. 2017

Currently Inked – June 24. 2017

Namiki Yukari – M – Diamine Soft Mint

Namiki Yukari – FA – Diamine Soft Mint

Nakaya Cigar – Medium Elastic – Robert Oster Peach

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Parker Prototype Duofold Grapes on Vine

This is a 1996 Parker Prototype Duofold Centennial cartridge/converter-fill in Black with rare Brass Overlay with “Grapes on Vine.” Charles Heidsieck Winery (UK) wanted a pen to give to their customers and asked Parker to produce several samples from which they could choose. This is one of the prototypes they did not select. GPT. 18K, fine nib. New-old-stock. Mint. While the date code on the pen is 1987, the prototype is from 1996. Converter included. Item #197 in Catalog #82.

Parker Prototype Duofold Grapes on Vine

 

 

 

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On Point With Go Pens #107

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Is a prototype more expensive than the actual model of a pen?

In some cases, the prototype can be. They can be highly desirable, especially in the case of limited edition pens, or if the condition is mint. It depends on the pen, the model, and the market for that particular specimen, of course.

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Currently Inked – June 17. 2017

Currently Inked – June 17. 2017

Pelikan M450 – EF – Diamine Kelly Green

Stipula Etruria Magnifica – F Ti – Montblanc Lavender Purple

Omas Magnum 360 – M – Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue

Visconti Opera Master – OS – PW Akkerman Gele Oker van Frans

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Crocker Blow-Filler

Unusual filling mechanism: #3 Blow-fill in Red Mottled Hard Rubber (very rare). Yes, the user put the pen into his mouth and blew through a hole in the bottom of the barrel to pneumatically depress the bladder. Then, with the nib in the ink bottle, the user released the pneumatic pressure and the ink was drawn into the bladder. Eventually, Crocker supplied a rubber syringe (bulb) which fit over the end of the pen to replace the (unsanitary) use of the mouth. When Seth Chilton Crocker left the Crocker Pen Company (owned by his father) and started the Chilton Pen Company (his own company), the blow-filler mechanism was replaced by another pneumatic filling mechanism using a sliding barrel with a hole in the end which the user covered with his or her finger – a big improvement (see item # )! This is a very early “Cone Cap” example, without cap threads. Fine, triple flexible “Warranted” nib. Near mint. Item #132 in Catalog #82.

Crocker Blow-Filler

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On Point With Go Pens #106

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I found an old pen at a garage sale but the tines seem to be spread so far apart that it doesn’t write.

This is a case of a sprung nib, where too much pressure was applied to the nib, causing it to bend past the point of springing back. A nib specialist might be able to fix it, or it may need replacing completely.

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Currently Inked – June 10. 2017

Currently Inked – June 10. 2017

Pelikan M1000 – BB – Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue

Lamy LX – M – Diamine Cerise

Pilot Capless – Stub – Diamine Hope Pink

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Aurora Novum Faceted Golden Pearl

This 1933 Aurora is a Novum Faceted Large LF in Golden Pearl with Black Veins (beautiful). The largest size in which this model was made. GFT. Rare, first model, with spring loaded “Safety Clip.” Aurora Platiridio #5 fine nib. The Novum is the famous Aurora model with the lever mounted on the very bottom of the barrel. Near mint+. Item #110 in Catalog #82.

Aurora Novum Faceted Golden Pearl

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On Point With Go Pens #105

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Why doesn’t my piston-filler draw up ink anymore?

If the piston is not turning at all, it likely needs service in the form of cleaning and lubricating. If it is turning but no ink is being drawn up, the seal may be broken and it will need restoration/replacing.

 

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