A & W Classic Impressions

A & W CLASSIC IMPRESSIONS FOUNTAIN PEN BLUE MARBELED BODY
Appearance & construction: stars3-5-h21
Performance: stars3-5-h21

A & W CLASSIC IMPRESSIONS FOUNTAIN PEN BLUE MARBELED BODY

A & W CLASSIC IMPRESSIONS FOUNTAIN PEN BLUE MARBELED BODY. Ebay won 3/13/15 $5.50 + $3.00 SH. Arrived 3/16/16.

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Platinum Full Jet Black – DEFECTIVE

Updated 3/17/16, 3/28/16
Japan Platinum Full Jet Balck Fountain Pen – Fine nib
eBay 3/9/16 waimar (HK) $30.00 + $10.00 SH. Arrived 3/17/16.
Appearance & construction: DEFECTIVE
Performance: DEFECTIVE

Platinum Black 2

Platinum Black 2

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Pelikan Elegance Classic P 205 Black F

Updated 3/10/16
PELIKAN fountain pen Elegance Classic P 205 black – NIB Steel F – 0PF930735
Purchased 3/5/16 eBay martemodena Albareto, Italy $88.00 + 5.90. Arrived 3/10/16.

Appearance & construction: stars4-h021
Performance: stars3-5-h21

PELIKAN Elegance Classic P 205

PELIKAN Elegance Classic P 205. Photos from the ad.

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Platinum Demonstrator F – DEFECTIVE

Updated 3/16/16, 3/28/16
Platinum – Clear Demonstrator “Fine Nib” Fountain Pen – Made in Japan
eBay Waimar, HK, new $36.00 SH $10.00, bought 3/5/16. Arrived 3/16/16 (11 days from HK via reg mail)
Appearance & construction: DEFECTIVE
Performance:DEFECTIVE

Description from the ad: “This is Japan Platinum – Full-Demonstrator fountain pen. This is very rare found in auction site. The closed cap size is 5 1/2 inch and “Fine” nib. Made in Japan.”

PCD030516-5

PCD030516-5. Photos from the ad. Arrived 3/16/16 (11 days from HK via reg mail).

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FP Notes 003

Rack of FPs on my desktop. These are the pens in my current testing rotation.

Rack of FPs on my desktop. Most are in my current testing rotation. A few are for daily use.

The following notes include procedures that might damage your pen or void its warranty. Also, for a number of different reasons, your results may differ from mine. Thus, proceed at your own risk. Also, some of the notes below are repetitions of ideas covered in earlier notes or blog posts. However, I’m including them to update the earlier information.

1. For problems such as hardstart, skipping, and uneven flow, flushing and flossing (see #2 below) are essential for basic pen care. The vast majority of pens will have these problems even after successful initial testing.  The best method for flushing the nib-feed-section is a bulb syringe (idea from Brian Goulet). They can be found in drug stores. Check to see that the insertion end is long enough and tapers sufficiently to allow cutting back to fit the diameter of the section opening. If possible, get two syringes for thinner and wider openings. Cut back in very small increments. This method is superior to flushing with a converter, which exerts very little cleaning force in comparison. Be sure to hang on to the grip when squeezing the bulb. The pressure could shoot the assembly off the syringe.

2. Flossing the nib with a brass shim is also essential to basic pen care. Gradually, in very small increments, cut away the edges and corners as they become warped from use. Cutting diagonally across bent corners creates two corners — extending the use of this critical part of the shim. The easiest way is to stick a corner into the breather hole and slowly work it through the slit toward the point. Move it gently back and forth in the slit a few times after reaching the point.  Continue reading

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Monteverde Artista with FPR #5 Fine Nib

Updated 3/5/16
Appearance & construction: stars4-h021
Performance: stars4-h021

Monteverde Artista with the FPR #5 Fine nib.

Monteverde Artista with the FPR #5 Fine nib.

For background on the repairs I’ve tried to salvage what seems to have been a defective nib on the Artista, see the original post and the previous post re the replacement Knox EF nib. Unfortunately, the Knox nib didn’t work out. After initial success, it began to hardstart and skip. So I went back to work looking for alternatives.

I ordered FPR’s (Fountain Pen Revolution’s) #5 fine nib, and it arrived yesterday. I swapped it in, and thus far, it’s been working beautifully. This nib is my ideal F, thin lines with a touch of wetness. Quick start. No skipping. No scratchiness despite the thinness of the lines. Consistent flow. After a day and a half of intermittent testing, it’s still holding up.

It’s in my desk rack for pens that I’m testing or becoming familiar with. I’ll continue to monitor it until I’m sure I’ve addressed the problem.

I’m not giving up on this pen until I’ve exhausted all the possibilities. I feel the time is worthwhile. This is one of the most beautiful pens in my demonstrator collection.

3/5/16 update: After a week of daily testing with the FPR replacement nib, the Artista is performing flawlessly as an F. No problems. A smooth F writer.

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Pilot 78g F Green + 1 IC-50

Updated 3/5/16
Appearance & construction: stars3-h21
Performance: stars4-h021

Pilot 78g Fountain Pen Fine nib Green + 1 IC-50 black ink cartridge. eBay leeleehihi (HK) 2/23/16 $10.99 + $2.50 SH

Pilot 78g Fountain Pen Fine nib Green + 1 IC-50 black ink cartridge. eBay leeleehihi (HK) 2/23/16 $10.99 + $2.50 SH. Arrived 3/5/16

3/5/16: This is a very plain looking pen. All plastic. Cap band is painted on. The engraving on the gold-plated nib: “Pilot Super Quality Japan F”. Screw-on cap. It came with a squeeze converter. I’m using one of the ink cartridges instead for the testing period. It writes a thin, dry F line. No scratchiness. No hardstart. No skipping. I flushed it with water before inserting a cartridge.

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