Bent Nib Repair Et Cetera

My daughter dropped her favourite PILOT Kakuno on hard tiles.

The left tine had been bent to the left, and the right one went upwards (think of “Seig Heil!”) …

Needless to say I was furious!

Bent Nib Repair

After giving her a refresher on basic fountain pen care, I got to work on massaging the tines back. Tuning the flow back to the factory specs was easily the trickiest part, but soon after that the pen was back to normal.

Bent Nib Repair

It wasn’t so bad really, but the whole process still took a bit more than two hours. Steel nibs are much harder to work on than the gold ones.

I suppose not all made in Japan stuff are tough as G-Shocks🙂

Bent Nib Repair

Pardon for the lack of updates, as I’ve been busy with watches lately. But I do have some new pens to go with my new watches. Hopefully I can post a nice pen and watch combo next weekend. —TR

1949 Parker “51” Demi & 2016 GW-5000-1JF JDM G-Shock

Just a quick update, because I’ve been busy with watches lately. Here is my “new” old pen and brand new baby.

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The watch is the top of the line of the square G-Shock “Origin” series, made in Japan for the Japanese domestic market. It cost about almost seven times a normal DW-5600 that looks exactly like it, but hey… I’m shallow… I like the discreet luxury while looking like an assuming bumpkin. Ha ha.

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The left one is my old and trusty “vintage” W-741. It is well worn and deserves a quiet retirement. As you can see, the new watch that’s worth 20x the price still can’t beat it in terms of viewing angle readability. But don’t get me wrong, I still reckon the new one was worth every cent.

By the way, the P51 is different from the other navy grey I have. This one is a demi, a shorter portable model made for shirt pocketses (sic). As you can see, the length fits nicely with Design.Y 216 pocket notebook, which is another discreet luxury.

—TR

Kato Seisakusho (Model 2000)

As you all know, I have special penchant for the works of Mr Kiyoshi Kato (may he rest in peace). I have posted one of his labour of love before (Model 580F), and some I have not. But now it’s time for the largest one I have: Model 2000.

Kato Seisakusho No. 2000

And the nib with a bit of bokeh (Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 wide open)

Kato Seisakusho No. 2000

… And without …

Kato Seisakusho No. 2000

If you are interested in getting to know more about these, please refer to the CrĂłnicas Estilográficas blog, which I can’t recommend highly enough for Japanese pens: Model 2000.

You really should watch how the master work. By the way, the old YouTube link there is broken. Here is the re-uploaded clip for your convenience:

If you had a closer look, you’d notice that the marble celluloid of the pens being made was the same as my pen, but in different model. Those pens were smaller and have an ink window, and might be piston fillers. I need to find one of those.

—TR

1936 Parker Vacumatic (Golden Web)

I cannot believe I haven’t posted this before! This Vac was one of my side-grails once. In terms of rarity and uniqueness this pen has got to be the “it” pen for a vacumatic aficionado (or even Parker fan) . And the unique celluloid finish caught my attention when I saw one on the top logo of Parker Penography (ParkerCollector.com).

Here is mine on an Italian CIAK notebook.

Parker Vacumatic Golden Web - natural shot

I hadn’t been a vac nutter back then, I just wanted a killer vac without paying too much. I took a punt on this less than ideal condition specimen from a local seller, then I thought I would’ve let a pro to work on it. This was the mess that I had gotten myself into:

Parker Vacumatic Golden Web - as found condition

Considering the caliber of the pen and my mediocre skills at Vacumatics I didn’t even go beyond opening the cap. I chose to send it to Danny Fudge of The Write Pen. He did a real fine job. Check out his attention to details.

Before and After Repair

The Golden Web reborn! Here it is posted.

Parker Vacumatic Golden Web - reborn

Did I mention that the nib is flexible?

Golden Web writing sample

I hope you enjoy this BFTP (Blast From The Past) post. Please pardon the camera phone shots. Someday I’ll retake them with a proper camera when the pen is in rotation.

Parker Vac Golden Web - Money Shot

For more information on the Golden Web:

—TR

And Now for Something Completely Different

My apologies for going on a tangent a bit. I haven’t done much penning this week because I’ve been busy regulating one of my mechanical watches. . The watch went fifteen minutes fast per day out of the blue. Yes, I’ve demagnetized it without success, and my watch guy could only fix it to a few minutes per day; that’s twenty dollars down the drain. I’ve had enough, so I grabbed my pen, notepad, watch tools, and spectrum analyser and did the manual timing by trial and error.

Regulating Mechanical Watches

The watch is now -3s/d (worn on the left hand), well within COSC, and roughly five seconds fast, laid down dial facing up. Honestly, I did not enjoy doing it. Just give me a hard pen to work on any day rather than tweaking something with so many moving parts and variables. Give me this…

Tools and Puncher

…Or this…

Tools and Puncher

…any day, rather than having to regulate watches. By the way, the first mess was some of my fountain pen tools being transferred into a bigger toolbox. The second picture is how to safely punch out a nib (Except Pelikan nib units!) If you look closely, I taped the nib and the feed to prevent the feed exiting the section before the nib, which might sprung the nib or break the iridium tipping etc.

Let’s end this silly thread with even more silliness. Time for Trivia! See these?

TRIVIA

Yes, you’ve met both the Special “51” stub and the Champ on the right, but can you name the two pens on the left, not yet featured on this blog?

—TR

1946 Parker Duofold NS (Semi-grail)

1946 Parker Duofold NS

This post is a special tribute to Graham Greene. He was my number one favourite novelist for the genre. He wrote his magnum opus, “The Heart of The Matter” with an olive green Duofold. This is the novel’s first edition cover.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

It’s only natural for a fountain pen and Graham Greene fanboi as I am, the Parker had to be one of my “semi-grail” pen. I’ve been chasing a facsimile ever since I read a post by user grr at FPN; for whom I also would like to express my gratitude for his research.

The Georgetown University Library found the pen that Greene included in his collected papers for The Heart of the Matter [good novel, BTW], and I went over to see it this morning. It is a Parker Duofold New Style, produced in the UK at the Newhaven pen factory in, I believe, 1946.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

The New Style Duofold appears to be an inexpensive copy of the Streamline Duofold that was produced in the U.S. from 1929 until 1936. When I first saw the pen, I assumed it was from the 30s and that Greene must have owned it long enough for it to have sentimental value before he put it in his collected papers. But now I see that he must have bought it in 1946 or 1947, shortly before he started to write The Heart of the Matter. Maybe he bought it just for that purpose?

A few observations: the pen is a button filler, the color is Olive Green with gold trim, and the nib is 14K gold and appears to be a medium (but there was no size marking, and I couldn’t be sure about that). The cap screws on, and it has two small holes drilled in the sides which at first I thought might indicate the pen had once been mounted in a display case, but it turns out they are vent holes that are original to that model. The pocket clip and the cap and barrel bands are gold-filled, and the non-metal parts of the pen are made of celluloid. All very unadorned and utilitarian. The nib had been cleaned before the pen was put away, and I didn’t see any clue to the color of ink Greene used. The pen showed hardly any signs of wear and tear, except that the tip of the the pocket clip was bent about 4mm away from the body of the cap.

I don’t know how common it is for authors to place the pen(s) they used in with their collected manuscripts, but I think it is a great idea.

Source: http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/145595-graham-greene/ *Emphasis mine

I hope grr had managed to find one to restore (last post above), because for the last fortnight I did manage just that—after six long years scouring the bowels of the beast— this pen came up. There weren’t much interest in it, probably because of its condition, and it was even listed as burgundy! HA! But I knew it was the one, so I didn’t hold any punches. So here we are.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

Don’t worry, this time I won’t bore you with the restoration process. In fact, I had just finished a black one in the previous week, here they are at the finishing line; resaccing. But if you’re keen, here’s another I did quite sometime ago.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

Now I have four black collateral damages from hunting down the olive colour.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

Pen: Parker Duofold NS (New Style)
Year of manufacture: 1946, Newhaven Parker plant
Nib: 14K Broad, hard rubber feed
Materials: All celluloid, gold filled furniture
Misc. photo props; Design.Y record 216 notebook, Iroshizuku Yama-budo, Edelstein Sapphire.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

“That’s a fine pen you’ve got there, Mr. Greene! I have one exactly like it.” —TR

Pelikan 400NN Restoration

Pen: Pelikan 400NN
Year of manufacture: 1957-1965
Nib: Fine 14K full chevron semi-flex
Material: Celluloid and gold filled furniture
Colour: Green striated
Notes: Complete overhaul semi-HOWTO

400NN Green Overhaul

The bird has to be disassembled before the actual TLC, including the nib. In order to do it safely, the old ink residues have to be flushed out before punching out the nib.

Sometimes the the feed went out of the collar before the nib, thus stressing the nib, and that could possibly ruin the tipping. My bulb above and a dash of detergent do the job even better than my ultrasonic cleaner.

400NN Green Overhaul

Everything is measured and recorded then disassembled, soaked, and cleaned one by one from ink, gunk, blood, etc. then polished as usual. Finial repainted. Bla bla bla..

400NN Green Overhaul

Then all dried off completely. Normally, the piston seal would have been replaced on full dis-assembly, but the original seal on this one was still serviceable.

400NN Green Overhaul

Okay, when I said bla bla bla, I meant that I had the nib repolished back and front with silver cloth back to its original glory, and repainted the finial with paint. Pelikan paint, of course! There you can see the comparo with an original finial from the W-Germany era. I reckon it is pretty close.

400NN Green Overhaul

Everything was dried off completely. Nib unit reassembled. Piston spindle, shaft trench, and of course seal lubed. Stroke length checked. Ready to be put back together.

400NN Green Overhaul

Tadaaa! I present you my fourth green 400NN (plus another M&K version not pictured here). Three pens here: One pristine NOS, a mint Export version, and this user grade beauty. —TR

Wahl-Eversharp Doric

Pen: Doric “Junior” full size ca. 1930s
Material: Pyralin Plastic (Celluloid)
Colour: Jet black
Length capped: 5 1/4″
Nib: #3 adjustable flex nib
Similar to the third pen from the left on this 1932 catalogue:

Catalog

This pen sat untouched for a long time. To be perfectly honest, I had been reluctant to touch this one. Dorics are among the most sought after pens, especially when it has an adjustable nib, and I just felt that my skills were unworthy of the pen. One way or another, the pen needed restoration; and it was about to be sent off to a pro, before the section gave way to a gentle heat, so I thought, I might as well finish the job.

Wahl-Eversharp Doric

The old sac was a pain in the behind to remove completely. I scraped and scraped but crap kept coming out from the barrel. The lever retainer at the end of the barrel (unique to channeled type pressure bars) made the job more difficult, but eventually I got them all out.

Wahl-Eversharp Doric

Now the body and cap have been gently repolished, nib and feed realigned, the nipple cleaned, it’s ready for a #17 sac. The consensus seems to be that the darker colours are less prone to crazing. However, if you look closer there are signs that the cap on this Jet black model has crazed a bit. That doesn’t bother me much, I think of it as grandpa’s grey hairs. But to prevent more damage, I will only put the sac when I’m gonna ink the old fella.

Wahl-Eversharp Doric

The writing sample was only dipped, so it doesn’t represent the nib 100% for lack of flow. Nevertheless, I set it at both flexiest and stiffest setting. The nib is an EF at the stiffest setting, and on the other end it turns into a flex monster from EF to BB at the slightest pressure.

Wahl-Eversharp Doric

I’m particularly happy with this restoration because it didn’t cost me a professional restoration fee (plus postage both ways), on the other hand, I’ve learned a lot. What a great addition to my collection. —TR


More to come, full restorations of:
– 2x 400NN
– 2x Showa PILOT
– 2x Newhaven Duofold
– 1x Vacumatic
– Another DIY pen tray & pen toolbox rearrangement

New or restored pens I haven’t had time to look at: 2x PILOT Namiki, 1x oversize Kato Seisakusho, 2x Kakunos (for the daughters), Sailor STORiA ink, PILOT Music nibs, etc.

Japanese Button-filler!?

I thought I’d never seen one of these. Although Japan has the most variety of filler types among fountain pen producing countries, I’ve never known (seen or read) a Japanese button filler before. Yet, here it is. A “Hoover de Luxe” and “FOUNTAIN PEN” as per barrel imprint. Apparently, another pen had attracted the attention of the big guns of FPN (on this 2012 thread). Here is mine.

Hoover de Luxe

Construction wise, the barrel and cap are full on celluloid nitrate. It has gold plated solid brass clip and furniture, a fine nib with “1st Quality 14K – 585 III” imprint, and an ebonite feed. From the built I am quite positive it is Japanese. And size-wise, it is a petite pen like the Pelikan M300.

Hoover de Luxe

It’s very similar to Japanese second tier like Kato Seisakusho pens, but somehow it felt as if it belongs to an older era. Unlike the others in the same batch, I had found no traces of any sac on this pen. So, I simply repolished everything gently, removed some tarnish from the pressure bar (yes, really), straightened the clip, and left it sacless for now.

Hoover de Luxe

One more into the collection. —TR


Nota bene: In the last fortnight, I’ve acquired: a nos 400 (just for fun), a mint 400NN, and a grail worthy punt on a secret bird, plus a rare Namiki …. all are heading my way.

Oh! And another full size NOS Kato! I’m so looking forward to that one.

And a Doric on the restoration backlog. *sigh*