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Nib Porn, blingy and inky.

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by KBeezie, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    Picked up another Eversharp Skyline in Brown and with a gold filled cap just like two other Skylines I have.

    These are the two Skylines I already have:

    goldfilled_pair.

    By the way this is what the previous brown one above used to look like before I restored it.

    disassembled_before.

    I wanted a different nib on the black one, so I purchased another brown one in need of restoration and took the nib off it which was said to be flexy. The black one had a firm extra-fine on it.

    So here's a shot of the flexy nib installed on the black pen. I'll restore the new brown one later and put the firm EF on that.

    14K Eversharp "Banner Nib" inked with R&K Salix (Iron Gall), without wiping the nib after filling. (The previous nib also a 14K was what's called a "teardrop" due to the engraving shape).

    flexy_banner_salix.

    If you're curious, this is the quick write sample with R&K Salix : http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/eversharp/skyline/flex_ef_salix_write.jpg
     
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  2. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I used to write a lot of evenings with an inkpot and dip pen. It was a rewarding and meditative art. Nice subjects!

    GX1•EP1•GF3•9mmBCL•17mm2.8•30mm2.8
     
  3. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    To call them really really nice pens is an understatement, they're fantastic.

    I'm not *hugely* into pens (I use a generic rotring with a fine parker refill, does the job) however I use fountain pen ink in technical pens as the newer formulations are absolutely fantastic and don't dry out easily...:smile:
    ...and when you need to clean them are easy to clean...:thumbup:
    ...and come in awesome colours to boot :2thumbs:

    (I'm a fan of Pelikan m205 green myself... nice and bright)
     
  4. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing

    Got a Pelikan M250, shown here with a 14K M, but I got a Steel 1.0 installed in it at the moment.

    uncapped.

    Also the Skyline wasn't that expensive, was about $40 (The nibs sold by themselves tend to be $50 to $200 depending on the properties like flex, and such), but most under 50 will need to be restored, usually at the very least a cleaning and a new sac/tube to be in writing condition.

    :D I did score some Parker 45s cheap though that required next to no adjustments.

    $5 for this Parker 45 with a 14K Fine Nib
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    and $15 for this navy gray Ballpoint and Fountain pen set in near mint condition that never seemed to be inked.
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    My Vacumatic is probably my prettiest though.

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  5. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Just because it's cheaper doesn't make it any less attractive, it's still got lovely lines.

    It's like a classic sports car vs a modern family sedan, the sedan may be faster however you sure don't look as cool driving around in one :smile:
     
  6. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    254
    Jul 6, 2014
    I always found that the Parker 45 was always a most under appreciated pen, especially the early English made examples. They can still be picked up for next to nothing and often write like a dream.

    Paul
     
  7. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    They're real easy to clean too if you make sure to soak em first to get the nib hooding loosened before unscrewing and disassembling them.

    disassembled.

    The section itself has a large permanent collector so it helps to let that soak for a while and rinse it out (sometimes a flush with diluted ammonia helps), otherwise a cheap ultrasonic cleaner works too (got my ultrasonic for $40 shipped, brand new in box).

    I originally got the USC because I had a Pilot Elite (from March 24th, 1971... yes they date coded them down to the day) pen that took about 5 days of soaking in parts before I could finally get the feed out and give that a run thru the ultrasonic to make i like new again.

    elite_diassembled.

    PS: 99.99% of every fountain pen picture I've taken has been shot with the E-P3 with either the Sigma 60/2.8 (usually for the full pen shots) or the Tamron 90/2.8 1:1 Adapted (For the macro shots, like the inky nib at top)
     
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  8. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Gorgeous. I love Vacs too!
     
  9. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    Though I don't consider the Parker Vacumatic to really be an actual 'vac fill' since you're basically pushing air out and causing water displacement rather than creating a vacuum.

    For an actual vac-filler I have a Sheaffer Tuckaway Valiant (1945-1947) in Gold-Brown Striation, as it's a single motion vacuum fill (pulling the plunger back puts all the ink/air in front of the gasket, pushing forward pushes it all out as nothing can get behind the gasket, and when it reaches the opening near the front of the grip it exposes the vacuum behind it to the air or ink in front which gets sucked in immediately).

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    I like the Vacumatic appearance and nib, but wish it had the vac filling system Sheaffer used.
     
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  10. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Hi Karl,

    I have seen some of your pens over on FPN.

    - David
     
  11. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Your Vacumatic is goregous. My mother used Parker 45's like the ones in your picture for decades, I wonder what became of them. Here is a pic of some of our older pens.

    PB010006 by David Dornblaser, on Flickr

    And an iPhone pic of my current inked flock.

    IMG_0006 by David Dornblaser, on Flickr
     
  12. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    I still want to get my hands on a vintage Pelikan 400NN.
     
  13. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I am looking forward to seeing pictures of it when you finally get one.
     
  14. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    Right now I have these mainly:

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    rest.

    The first picture is the ones I set aside for possible sale/trade, still deciding though, and the second picture is everything else I have. Not counting the brown skyline I just got.
     
  15. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Nice collection.
     
  16. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    254
    Jul 6, 2014
    I wonder how many of us are also on FPN or FPG ;)

    Paul
     
  17. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    tpibaot.
    I was using isographs before I picked up the entire Staedtler set for $3 at a garage sale, they may not have the lines of a fountain pen however they do the job for me :wink:
     
  18. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    GAS is insidious.
     
  19. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    697
    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    I beat you by $1 on the same kit, though I'm giving mine away to whoever would desire it.
     
  20. shermanshen

    shermanshen Mu-43 Regular

    111
    Jul 28, 2014
    This is an amazing thread! I worked at a pen store while getting my teaching credential a little over a decade ago and developed an appreciation. I never thought I would see so many other fountain pen fans on this site!

    I mainly write with a Parker Sonnet that I bought while I was working there. It is with me every single day and is a lovely pen. When not writing with that, I use my mother's old Parker 61. What an ingenious fill system!