I have been very fortunate to have a talented pen repairman right in my own city, and a small city nonetheless (about 230,000 people). Any vintage pen that I find that needs any kind of attention goes straight to him! All I have to is make the 10 minute drive to his house and drop off my pen(s) and they magically come back in working order! I know that most of you don’t have the luxury to just drive down to your local pen repair guy, so it is good to know that you can send him your pen for the same services!
He also runs a very interesting blog called Raven’s March, and has created a very good resource for fountain pens here. I definitely recommend checking out his websites! You will learn tons about different brands of fountain pens of all ages.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen that I have recently hit the antique mall jackpot. I picked up a Parker Vacumatic for $10! Yes you read that right, $10!! It was in decent condition when I got it, as seen below, but the tines were misaligned, the diaphragm was dust, and it was missing it’s clip.
After dropping it off at his place and waiting him to work his magic, I finally had this beauty in working order in my hands.
It even has a little bit of flex to it! I am not going to push it too far, but I can get some nice line variation fairly easily.
Now enough of my talking. Lets get to the good stuff. I can’t do his amazing collection any justice any good on my own, so I will let him explain what is going on in this picture heavy display of amazing pens:
“As threatened, photos of my horde. The lighting’s not the best, but with such a diverse bunch of subjects, I’m not moving everything into the “studio”, where I’ve got an almost-perceptible degree of control over the lights.:
This is the on-deck box; what’s in current use. There’s also most of my inks visible, plus some Wahl pencils and a sadly-broken Staedler pencil that’s there so I remember to throw it out.
Now, down to the bunker. First, apart from a hint of my foolishly eclectic library, there’s the desk-pen arsenal. Not present is the Esterbrook 404 dip-well I use for red ink at The Regular Job, and the 444 which is currently elsewhere for cleaning out.
Here, slightly to the right of the desk arsenal, about a third of my pens that are in their original boxes, plus the Hard Rubber Ghetto (if they didn’t threaten to share inflict ambering on the celluloids, they could join the rest of the community. There’s a second layer in the ghetto, and about forty other boxed pens of various ages in different cabinets that I forgot about when I was taking the pictures.
Here’s the real cabinet of wonders, a pair of erstwhile map cabinets. But let’s have a look inside…
Watermans, and my lone Cross.
The Parkers (of interest, the “51” demonstrator, which is a modern Kullock creation rather than an original production version).
The unspeakable glut of Sheaffers– there’s a LOT of NoNonsenses and kids’ pens in that upper birth.
Germany and Japan. There’s also a Soviet-green Soyuz there, and an Italian “51” knock-off hiding at the top.
China and England… and a little bit of India and one that is probably from Australia– “Empire Made” says the barrel, and the model or possibly brand impression is “EMU”.
And finally, some vintage stuff that I don’t have enough of to make up a full shelf. There’s a rough increase in value from left to right, but that’s purely coincidental.”
Don’t forget to check out his blog! In case you don’t want to scroll back to the top, here it is again!
I’ll leave you with the warning that he gave me. Let this be a stirring inspiration, or a dreadful warning!