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Vintage Pen Restoration Tools 3. Pliers.

Posted by Kevin Randle on

Restoring vintage pens often involves the use of pliers, not one set but loads!  There is a good deal of gripping, gentle twisting, bending and compressing involved, often in very confined spaces hence the variety.  Pliers, and there is no singular term, are capable of exerting much more pressure than that applied by the hand.  This is, after all, what they were designed to do but great care is needed when manipulating old, often brittle and delicate components.  Never, ever, ever, use naked jaws of a pair of pliers on a barrel. cap, or section of a pen.  Thousands of...

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Vintage Pen restoration Tools 2. Dental Picks.

Posted by Kevin Randle on

Restoring a vintage fountain pen often requires a good deal of gentle scraping and general 'scrunging' in hard to reach places such as inside a pen barrel or cap.  Dental picks are made for just this type of task, albeit in a very different environment.  they are easily obtained and relatively cheap.  With use the points may become become worn or bent so may need replacing.  Perhaps replacing is the wrong word as you never know when you may actually need a blunt point so I keep the old ones anyway.  

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Vintage Pen Restoration Tools 1. A knife.

Posted by Kevin Randle on

Many of the tools used in the restoration of vintage fountain pens are not at all 'specialist' items. A sharp penknife is always handy for many little tasks, such as removing the remnants of an old ink sac from its nipple before replacing the sac.  I now have a very special knife.  It was made for me, and I mean every component was hand made, by my brother, a skilled craftsman. It is very sharp and perfectly suited to the job.  It is also a very tactile item and a real pleasure to handle.

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Waterman Man 100, the big one!

Posted by Kevin Randle on

Eventually got my hands on a Waterman Man 100 and am most impressed.  Apart from the monster size of the pen the build quality and general feel are exemplary, pen making at its very best. Here it is alongside a Parker 51 to give an idea of the size: The design of the Man 100 is very traditional, reminiscent of a 1920s English lever filler, but it isn't English and it's a cartridge/converter filler.  The classical appearance of this example is enhanced by the colour, Black with Gold filled trim. I have to admit that it is a bit of...

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Noodler's Nib Creaper, well worth a mention.

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I bought a Noodler's 'Nib Creaper' in Black about three years ago, out of interest really.  At under £15 I didn't expect much but was very pleasantly surprised and I've used it hundreds of times since. My preferred 'Daily writer' is a Parker 51 but I have found myself turning to this pen more often of late.  There are two main reasons.  Firstly, although my handwriting is still dire I am trying to improve it and the flex offered by the Nib Creaper gives more encouragement.  Secondly the pen cost so little that I can treat it accordingly.  That is...

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