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Old 08-21-2016   #321
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Excellent Lukas, i admire your patience and skill.
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Lukitas, thats just amazing. Really impressive. I wish I could do what you did.
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Lukas, oh wow, that's fantastic. It reminds me a little of the Franklin-Christoph pocket eyedropper pens. Love it!
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Old 08-21-2016   #324
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Great work Lukitas! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your project. Thank you for sharing.

Another reason I love this forum.... Incredibly knowledgable, talented, and interesting people.
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^That's a lovely Vacumatic, Shadowfox. Really beautiful in Azure. Very nice fine line too.

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Bought a mini-lathe, some perspex rod, and started building.
Which mini-lathe did you get?
I assume you went for a metal lathe to make thread cutting more reliable, correct?

The pen is gorgeous and so is your journalistic photos. Big thumbs up!
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So, for those of you who actually use these pens and carry them around, what's the trick to not losing them?
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Old 08-22-2016   #328
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^^Wow, amazing project, Lukitas, and a really good-looking pen.

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So, for those of you who actually use these pens and carry them around, what's the trick to not losing them?
If there's a trick I'd like to hear it too. I've had two pen casualties this summer, so far.

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Thank you all for your kind comments.

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Which mini-lathe did you get?
I assume you went for a metal lathe to make thread cutting more reliable, correct?
Yes, it is a metal lathe, for the thread-cutting, and because I had some training on those machines.
Mine is sold from the UK as the 'Amadeal CJ18A', but it is actually a chinese variable speed Sieg 7X14". I think the same machine is sold as the 'Big Dog' in the US. Grizzly may have the same model in their line-up.
It has a primitive gear change system for driving the leadscrew, which nominally goes up to 2,5 mm pitch. With a bit of file work, I managed to fit in the gearing for 3 mm pitch, but I only turn that by working the chuck by hand. I am afraid this gear ratio would be too hard on the machine, especially as the motor only develops decent torque at about 150 turns per minute : too fast for cutting thread.
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Thank you all for your kind comments.



Yes, it is a metal lathe, for the thread-cutting, and because I had some training on those machines.
Mine is sold from the UK as the 'Amadeal CJ18A', but it is actually a chinese variable speed Sieg 7X14". I think the same machine is sold as the 'Big Dog' in the US. Grizzly may have the same model in their line-up.
It has a primitive gear change system for driving the leadscrew, which nominally goes up to 2,5 mm pitch. With a bit of file work, I managed to fit in the gearing for 3 mm pitch, but I only turn that by working the chuck by hand. I am afraid this gear ratio would be too hard on the machine, especially as the motor only develops decent torque at about 150 turns per minute : too fast for cutting thread.
Lukas, I appreciate you sharing the information. I've been eyeing one of these mini metal lathe because I often need to create a replacement cap or section for vintage pens that I'm restoring.
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So, for those of you who actually use these pens and carry them around, what's the trick to not losing them?
No tricks here, never had them fall out of my shoulder bag.
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So, for those of you who actually use these pens and carry them around, what's the trick to not losing them?
I usually put up to two pens in a leather pen case.
For me, it's harder to lose a leather pen case than a single pen.
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I usually put up to two pens in a leather pen case.
For me, it's harder to lose a leather pen case than a single pen.
For some reason, I have also found this to be true (knock on wood!).
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what kind of pen is this guy using for drawing? it looks like it has a really soft nib.

https://youtu.be/8jKbbajb5pE?t=12m36s

https://youtu.be/8jKbbajb5pE?t=42m39s
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Check these pen nibs out (and watch the video at the bottom of the page):
http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to...eid=a912cdb752
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thanks, Jaime! that looks spot on.
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One of my daily writer/EDC. No, this pen is definitely not for sale!
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One of my daily writer/EDC. No, this pen is definitely not for sale!
The ultimate in design. beautiful. I'm jealous.
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Old 01-05-2017   #339
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Finally, the pen I wanted to make in the first place, with the Brause Rose nib.



Forgive my trembling fingers. It is an exercise,working this nib. It is made for fine spring steel, with deep cuts in the sides, allowing for an amazing sensitivity to pressure. Of course, as soon as the tines open, capillary action stops - you can see the film of ink climbing up the slit. But if you are delicate enough, you can try slightly pump the tines to call ink to the point, and most satisfying déliés come out.



It brought me straight back to when I was six, paying great attention to every stroke, trying to keep pressure, speed and direction within tight limits. It is refreshing, to have to concentrate on the details of shaping letters.
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I'm enjoying looking at this old thread. I used to have quite a number of old pens, but haven't used them much for a long time. Honestly, I seldom have reason to right much anymore. There is a vase on my desk with my favorites all covered in dust. I'd pulled them out a couple years ago to protect them in a potential trade that was coming up, but that never happened.

I've got a couple of old display cases too. There was a lot of interest in old pens about 20 or 25 years ago, but it seemed like it died down. I see mostly modern pens here, but I guess they are more practical. I have to admit that the pen I wrote with most was a Montblanc that later disappeared. The push-on cap was very convenient, and I really liked the fairly flexible nib.

I haven't made it through the whole thread yet, but did notice quite a bit of interest in the Parker 51 and relatives. I never really spent much time with those, but should give them a try. I think part of my problem is that I don't really understand how to tune them up, but I do have a few that work nicely.
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The ultimate in design. beautiful. I'm jealous.
It's still my favorite pen of the bunch I own.

lukitas, that nib is absolutely gorgeous!!

A new acquisition: Montblanc Heritage Rouge et Noir.


(pardon the cheesy insta photo and messy handwriting)
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@coelacanth that is a beautiful pen!
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A nice find...
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A nice find...



Found in a charity shop and cost three coins...

It had some blue ink cartridges with it and I thought I'd have to buy a proper filler kit as I was going to use it for red ink. To my surprise the filler was fitted and I guess they couldn't work out how to remove it and fit the cartridges and gave up. That happens a lot with cameras too; the moral is RTFM. Anyway, I went to clean it with water and found it had never been used.

I guess it's an "Imperial" but just which one and what age escapes me.

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David,
That's an Imperial II with stainless steel fittings and steel nib. I have the identical pen - same burgundy colour and steel cap + nib. The era is late 1960s, early 1970s (Leica M4 era). The pen has a touchdown filler. Unscrew the back part of the pen (square cross section cap), and pull the plunger all the way back. Dip the pen into the bottle of ink, and push the plunger all the way back. Wait for about 10 seconds to allow the sac to fill. Then screw the cap back on and wipe off the nib.

Mine is and extra fine nib, and a wonderful writer. It is not scratchy at all - very smooth nib. For extra fine, the feed puts out a generous amount of ink, so there is no skipping or dry starting. Really a nice pen to use everyday.

I got mine from Peytonstreetpens.com, where they sell new old stock pens. Mine was $40 + $8 shipping.
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Many thanks, especially for the date.

Strangely enough it had the "squash-it" type of filler but I would have expected the one you described. Also odd, the guarantee with it gives an Iowa address but was printed over here.

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David,
If you unscrew the body from the section with the nib, is there a metal converter with a flat spring that you push down compress the sac in order to fill? This is the squeeze converter.

The touchdown mechanism uses a sac encased in a metal sheath with 3 vent holes - two near the section, and one at the apex of the sheath.

If you unscrew the back of your pen and see a long metal cylinder pull out, then you still have the touchdown mechanism. When you pull it fully out and then drive it in, you should hear a little "whish" as the pen breathes in at the end of the touchdown's run. It's during this "whish" that the ink normally gets sucked into the sac.

If your touchdown has somehow been removed, and you have the squeeze converter, don't despair. They work well, and are in demand. You can get a new Shaeffer piston converter for about $8 on Amazon. I tried one, and it leaked as the gasket seal was poor. Now I understand why people pay over $30 for the old squeeze converter alone.
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I've got a pair of Mont Blanc pens, which I need to photograph, so here's my typewriter in the meantime:


Remington Model Seven Noiseless Typewriter, October 03, 2014 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


A Very Short Story, November 28, 2014 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
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I've got a pair of Mont Blanc pens, which I need to photograph, so here's my typewriter in the meantime:
Lovely design on that typewriter, had not seen one before. Thanks, for the trip back in time.
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If you unscrew the body from the section with the nib, is there a metal converter with a flat spring that you push down compress the sac in order to fill? This is the squeeze converter.

The touchdown mechanism uses a sac encased in a metal sheath with 3 vent holes - two near the section, and one at the apex of the sheath.

If you unscrew the back of your pen and see a long metal cylinder pull out, then you still have the touchdown mechanism. When you pull it fully out and then drive it in, you should hear a little "whish" as the pen breathes in at the end of the touchdown's run. It's during this "whish" that the ink normally gets sucked into the sac.

If your touchdown has somehow been removed, and you have the squeeze converter, don't despair. They work well, and are in demand. You can get a new Shaeffer piston converter for about $8 on Amazon. I tried one, and it leaked as the gasket seal was poor. Now I understand why people pay over $30 for the old squeeze converter alone.
Thanks, I've now filled it and started to scribble with it. As the age you gave for it amazed me I've put together the pieces of the paper envelope with the cartridges in.



I'm just amazed all that has sat in a drawer unused somewhere. BTW, one cartridge is still full and the other is still sealed but empty with a line of sediment along one side.

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I've got a pair of Mont Blanc pens, which I need to photograph, so here's my typewriter in the meantime:


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Perhaps we need a typewriter picture thread!
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I've got a pair of Mont Blanc pens, which I need to photograph, so here's my typewriter in the meantime:


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My pal Fitz, gets them from somewhere in NYC and sent me twenty of them.

I'll ask him where he got 'em.
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I've got a pair of Mont Blanc pens, which I need to photograph, so here's my typewriter in the meantime:


Remington Model Seven Noiseless Typewriter, October 03, 2014 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


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Now THAT would solve my handwriting problem. But how in heck do I fit it in my top pocket?

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I have a Waterman Gentleman from the late 1990s, early 2000 era. I find their pens of this era very heavy, as it is lacquer over a brass shell. Too heavy to write with the cap posted.

I wonder if they could make a "M6" version with a zinc shell instead
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Here is my latest effort.
Not perfect, but it writes very well.

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