On Point With Go Pens #112

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How did my pen get clogged??

A pen’s feed can get clogged either by using the wrong type of ink (such as India ink, where the particles clog the channels), or by not cleaning your fountain pen and letting the (fountain pen) ink dry out. A good cleaning is the best next step!

 

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Currently Inked – July 22, 2017

Currently Inked – July 22, 2017

Namiki Emperor – B. CI – Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji

Classic Pens LB5 – Cross Point – Kaweco Ruby Red

Classic Pens LM1 – Italic – Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin

OMAS 360 Magnum – Medium – Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro

Sheaffer No Nonsense – Fine Italic – Sheaffer Emerald Green

Lamy LX – Medium – Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu

Currently Inked - July 22, 2017 Currently Inked - July 22, 2017

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Parker 25 Jack Knife

This 1920 Parker 25 Jack Knife Safety BF in Black Smooth Hard Rubber. Before the button-fill, the 25 was sold as both as a “click-fill” pen and an eyedropper-fill “Trench Pen” with a compartment on the bottom for ink tablets. A larger, hard to find size. Fine, flexible nib (rare to find a flexible nib). Some imprint wear (almost all readable), otherwise near mint.

Parker Jack Knife

Item #162 in Catalog #82

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On Point With Go Pens #111

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Is there any way to fix a watered down black rubber pen? It’s an old one from a garage sale.

Fountain pen restorers can fix the pen up for you but if the black hard rubber is faded and whitened by light and/or water exposure, but there are treatments that can darken the material. Whether you truly want to alter your fountain pen this way is up to you.

 

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Currently Inked – July 15, 2017

Currently Inked – July 15, 2017

Super 5 – 0.7 mm – Sailor Jentle Sky High

Montblanc 146 – OBB – Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Unknown BCHR – Grieshaber dip nib – Robert Oster Fire & Ice

Pilot Capless – Stub – Diamine Hope Pink

Currently Inked - July 15, 2017

Currently Inked - July 15, 2017

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Parker True Blue BF

This 1928 Parker is a True Blue BF set. Designed as a lower cost market entry than the Duofold, initially named “Three Fifty” and the color called “Modernistic Blue and White,” production lasted only two years. GFT. Almost always found with heavy ambering, mint sets, such as this one, are extremely hard to find and highly desirable. Extra-fine/fine nib. A hint of ambering where the barrel is protected by the cap, otherwise near mint+ (could be new-old-stock). New-old-stock in period Parker leather “Penvelope.”

Item #164 – 166 in Catalog #82

Parker True Blue BF

Parker True Blue BF

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On Point With Go Pens #110

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Q: What pen can I use for Copperplate calligraphy?
A: Many vintage fountain pens have flexible gold nibs that can offer variation from an extra-fine to broad, or fine to double-broad, etc. These nibs can be delicate and require a practiced hand, so starting off with dip nibs might be safest (and ideal) as calligraphers and the Master Penmen use dip nibs for true line variation.

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Currently Inked – July 8, 2017

Currently Inked – July 8, 2017

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 – Titanium medium – Caran d’Ache Saffron

Classic Pens LM1 – Italic – Robert Oster Fire & Ice

Namiki Yukari – FA – Diamine Soft Mint

Nakaya Cigar – Elastic Medium – Montblanc Dandy Turquoise

Currently Inked - July 8, 2017

Currently Inked - July 8, 2017

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Parker 51 Midnight Blue

The 1943 Parker 51 Vacumatic in Midnight Blue! Brushed Lustraloy (stainless steel) cap. The rarest year of manufacture, especially in the fourth quarter, such as this one. Almost all of Parker’s manufacturing capacity was being used for the war effort (bomb sights, etc.), with what few pens being made all going to the armed services for soldiers and officers. On top of all this, the pen is fitted with a double-broad “Ball” nib, designed for left handed writers (although right handed writers could certainly use it as well). New-old-stock. Mint.

Parker 51 Midnight Blue

Item #202 in Catalog #82

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On Point With Go Pens #109

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What is the point of all these Sailor specialty nibs?

These specialty nibs are made with particular shapes (such as the Architect grind) to allow for quick and easy brush-like writing for characters. Many people use them for Western writing now, and they are indeed quite the experience!

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