On Point With GoPens #17

  What do the numbers and letters on my nib mean? It depends on the numbers, of course. Nibs are marked with their gold content, such as 14K/585, or 18K/750. Some modern nibs have 23K Pd for palladium (Visconti). Nibs without a gold indication are usually steel or gold-plated steel (sometimes marked as GKP/GP). Small letters such as F/M indicate the size of the nib: extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, double-broad, and triple-broad. Specialty nibs, such as those …

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Vintage Waterman Color Coded Pens

What nib do you use? Just one? Or many? Vintage Waterman pens offered “color coded pens” that were matched to specific nibs. The Black model 94, 7, and 5 had color coded disks inserted into the bottom of their barrels. The Ripple Model 5 and Model 7 (seen below) had as many as ten different color bands, visible below the top of the cap (the Model 5 had fewer “colors” than did the Model 7).  All of the …

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