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Sometimes I do deserve my finds. Sometimes I am just lucky.


In a big lot of writing equipment (the same I got this pen in), I aquired these pencil sharpeners. One Faber “Janus” and one Faber “Minfix”, both in heavy brass. A quick check on Ebay reveals that the different “Janus”-models are quite collectible and has sold for between 20 and 100 US dollars and the “Minfix” has sold for between 13-30 US dollars. Not bad! I find both of them practical as well as pretty (fine design AND functionality, great!). I will probably not sell them, since I need them if I am going to draw more in pencil, something that I have planned for the not so immediate future. I bought the book “Drawing realistic textures in pencil” by J.D Hillberry a while ago. It stares at me from my bookcase. Looking forward to explore it, at a glance it seems really good.

At first I thought that the works of the fantastic Travis Louie was made in pencil, but they seem to actually be in acrylic. I strongly recommend his stories and drawings. The blog hasn’t been updated for a while, but I have seen one of his drawings on a book cover recently. I especially like the “unusual pets”-series. You probably do not have to ask me why if you take a look at them.

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Real Life (TM) has recently intruded on my intrest in fountain pens. Too much work. No time to practise calligraphy, no time to purchase and investigate repair equipment, etcetera. Contributing to this fact is also that I haven’t been able to make any good finds lately. I am not sure if this is because I have had bad luck, if there has been an increase of informed and financially secure people manically bidding on the pens I like, or if I am simply less likely to enter bidding wars lately, having had much else to occupy my time with.

With that said, the other week I lackadaisically bid on a brown (black) hard rubber Moore FP at the Swedish auction site Tradera. Just throwing in a low bid of app 8 dollars to see where it would end up. The two photographs (cap on, cap off) of the pen were a little blurry. Imprint, nib status and such not really clear. A bit of a gamble. To my great surprise, I won the pen. Could have been that the auction ended on a weekend before seven O’clock in the morning… Anyway, I am glad I got ahold of it.

Manufacturer/model: Moore fountain pen, a BCHR L-92. Not by any means the most fancy Moore model, but a classic shape.
Body and Section: Strong imprint: Nice wave-chasing with a tiny bit of symmetric fading at the top of the cap.
Cap: Cap closes firmly with one and a half turns.
Nib and feed: Nib says “The Moore Pen 2” I would call it a medium with good flex. Butter-smooth.

Furniture: No brassing at all! Clip yellowish gold, lever is a more reddish golden hue (maybe not original?). I love how the ball on the clip is folded together, see pic (click to enlarge).
Internal organs: J-bar intact. No sac.
Age: 1910s-20s
Scent: Classic BHR scent, a little metallic, a little burnt.
Verdict: A super nice user for a great price. I am tempted to use this pen in experimenting with recoloring the rubber back to black with the special colors available for this purpose. I do like the look of the old hard rubber pen however. In fact, I appreciate this colour more than black, but there is also tempting to restore a pen to look more like it did when it was brand new.
In other news: I have made one other nice find since starting to prepare this post. A Penol Ambassador, a very nice classic shaped black fine writer. Also from Tradera, from another collector. Post about this pen probably coming up in a while.

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Ever since starting this blog I have hinted on a post focusing on me finding a grail pen in the wild. I have never seen one of these on Ebay and never really anywhere else either. I have seen some similar Watermans and Mabie Todds. But never an Edward Todd BHR clipless, silver overlay pen. I am going to make a post about this pen on FPN as well, so we’ll see if I get any interesting comments or more information (please comment if you have any information!).

I found this pen in a truly sumgai way, maybe not technically in the wild since it was on the Swedish equivalent of Ebay. The main item of the auction was an extremely ugly and broken (!) ceramic pen stand glazed in a hideous beige-light brown-grey colour, “some pens included”. The pens were huddled in a miserable heap in the shadow of the monstrous pen stand. I took a chance and made a bid. I won the whole lot for less than 20 dollars (shipping included). Amazing, I can hardly believe it myself.

The metal is slightly discoloured at the breathing holes (two in the cap) resistant to polish. The BHR has become brown/olive with age. I did polish the silver (marked sterling on the cap). The pen is not marked except for STERLING printed on the barrel.

Here is a writing sample in my own bastardized Spencerian/Copperplate/nonsense scribble…

Yes! I misspelled “whiskey’s”, due to making a jumble of the last three letters…

Pen: Edward Todd silver overlay pen. Nib no 2. I dare claim this is a wet noodle. It does railroad sometimes, but not in writing the sample above. It is (of course) an eyedropper.
Computer manipulation: Exposure +0.25. Removal of stuff from left hand corner and top middle (not engaging the text).
Ink: J Herbin Cacao du Bresil. I love the shading.
Room for Improvement: I could still use some practise to perfect the readability and the flourish detailing. I would also like to have more continuity in my lines and lettering, making the end result more orderly. On the other hand, I do like a little irregularity and whimsiness as well.
Verdict: Instant feeling of I-am-not-worthy-ness and joy.

Close-up on the nib (click on the image to see it REALLY big).

One more pic (just because it is so wonderfully gorgeous) (more…)

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A while ago I decided to extend my Parker 51 family. Found one online and bought it without knowing anything of the nib. Once again using Parker51.com for identification I believe this is a Parker Aerometric because of the colour, called Teal Blue. The Aerometric is a later model than the Vacumatic. The gold-filled cap has five tapered lines merging together at the bottom, and a grey jewel. The black Vacumatic Demi presented more closely in the post called My first Parker “51” has an almost identical cap. The arrow on the clip is longer on the blue pen than on the black Demi, as is the barrel, which makes me think the blue pen is full-size, not demi-sized. The line pattern is more deeply ingraved on the cap of the black pen, just as suggested for earlier pens on this ninth page on different “51” caps by the aforementioned site. On page ten you can see the black demi vacumatic cap in the second pic. I can’t find an exact match for the cap on the blue pen (despite going through alla 14 pages on different caps. Ah, I love this hobby), which makes me think it is a frankenpen, with a demi-vacumatic cap on a later production aerometric model but a later model of the demi-vacu-cap than the demi-vacu-cap of the black pen. Eh. Did anyone except me read through that?

Both pens and the cloth I wipe nibs with as background

Just the nib, front

Just the nib, back

Luckily, it turned out to have a very broad, fat nib, just what I needed to complement my first Parker 51, which is an EF (extra fine – or even finer?). I find the images above really pretty for some reason. There is an aesthetic appeal to this nib. I am not sure if it is a B (B for “broad”) or a BB (?). It is rather wet. The line is sometimes uneven, I am not sure if this is because of the grain of the paper, or if it can be blamed on the pen. Maybe I am too light and irregular of hand. A writing sample:

Please excuse the grammar...

For a drawing made with these pens (and a brush), see the previous post “Evil Man Under Dying Sun (Wearing No Hat)”.

I haven’t decided if I want to keep the blue pen. On the other hand I’d like a set of four Parkers in black, blue, grey and burgundy. Hm, I have to think this over.

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The Pen: Another good find on the Internet. This one was sorted in the wrong category, so all the fountain pen nuts missed it. Except me. It is pretty, as good as new and I like it a lot. The cap is bleached by light on one side, otherwise it is practically unused. It is a piston filler, marked 60 1/2 and “M” at the bottom end.
The nib is a Warranted 14K No 4. It is the smoothest nib I have ever tried, with perhaps one exception.

The nib is likely a semi-flex but I know some sellers that would call it flex. It has a springy feeling, but soft enough that you wouldn’t have to press down with very much force to get the tines to spread. It is a wet writer. Combined with the scent of the ink, using this pen is a heady experience.

The Ink: I like the colour, very much like pecan nuts. A nice warm brown that’s rather light and has good shading. In this pen I have also used Diamine Chocolate Brown, a darker ink with almost no shading at all. I’m not always one for matching pen colours with inks, but this pen seems somehow made for brown inks. (more…)

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As a pen collector and user I like to “gamble”, buying old pens in auctions with bad pics or misspellings. I have made more than a few lucky finds, a couple of them spectacular. Higher end Parker pens are not a common find that way. Too many collectors and the design is too easy to recognize in bad pictures.

In this one auction there was only one dark, blurry picture. The word “Fountain pen” misspelled in the title. I got 5 pens without much bidding. Three of them were junk. One was a very, very abused Matador, a brand I collect and recognized despite the bad pic (the only reason I bid on the auction). Unfortunately it was in too bad of a shape to rescue (the barrel was bitten nearly through (!) and it broke in half when I examined it). The cap was in good shape though, as was the nib, only a bent tine.

But I digress.

The last pen of the lot was a black Parker 51 with a gold-filled cap. Personalized barrel. I rinsed it through, filled it with Noodler’s black and it has functioned without a single problem for several months since. I love it. I like the vintage flex, pretty celluoid and the classic 30-40s shapes better for collecting and writing, but for daily drawing this pen is awesome. The nib is probably F or EF. It is possible to get an even thinner line by drawing with the nib upside down. Close-up of the nib below behind the cut.

I believe my pen is a Parker “51” Demi-sized Vacumatic Filler Plain Arrow Clip 1947-1948. Figured it out with the help of this informative site: www.parker51.com

Dark History of Doom: When I was a little girl I used black ballpoint pens for drawing in spiral bound notebooks (graph or ruled). That was the equipment available to me at the time. The pens always skipped and dried out after a while. I can still remember the happiness of getting my little hands on a “good” ballpoint pen, using it for a short while and then having to begin searching for a new one all over again.
I wish I could travel back in time and give myself a Parker 51!


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