Sunday, May 9, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 193

~ Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, everywhere, for everything you do! ~ 🌷

 
In the previous blog post, we featured Christopher's full-sized Sheaffer 'Balance' Standard fountain pen. It was one of two vintage pens he'd restored and added to his collection. As promised, here is the other one...

 (photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

Christopher: "The other pen leans more to the feminine, as a Sheaffer Short Slender Balance and when I picked it up, both the cap ring and clip had been blackened. I have actually come across this before, especially with Sheaffer pens from the war period and the blackening was always professionally done. I am wondering if this was, in fact, a Sheaffer option for customers or done by the Military? Still, maybe not the best but definitely not my taste and with this particular point removed the blackening and underneath found the 14K Gold fittings were absolutely mint!"

"As for the overall plastic finish, well, Marine Green is one of my favourites and add the striated - Wow. So after giving this pen the once-over plus a good polishing, I inked it with the newly released Sheaffer Peacock blue and have been applying to my journal with great success."

What a lovely pen! Thank you, Christopher, for sharing yet another wonderful vintage find with us :)

Friday, May 7, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 192

A fountain pen with a timeless, elegant design - the vintage Sheaffer 'Balance'...

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

 Christopher: "Finally, two more pens I have just restored and added to my collection. The first, a Jet Full Sized Sheaffer Standard Balance, was a pen which I was going to sell. Still, after restoration and serving, the application to paper stock has just sold me personally. There is a noticeable difference between the full sized and the slim Standards. In fact, like the Montblanc 146, it really is a more practical pen for general use."

"I have found that a lot of the bigger vintage Sheaffer points tend to be of the more clerical type with an accounting lean toward the fine and harder nib. I guess that Sheaffer was most interested in the office workers in the 1920s and 30s. This pen has just such a smooth ink laydown and ever so consistent line. The quality is available as well, with 14K Gold Filled fittings to boot. Just love this pen and have including it in my pen round up for this week."

(We'll be featuring the other pen Christopher restored and added to his collection on May 9 :)

Many thanks to Christopher for sharing this classic vintage Sheaffer fountain pen with us!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 191

And now, more Delta goodness, courtesy of Jerred! Today's featured new acquisition is this '70s-inspired Delta fountain pen, in a colour which I love....

(all photos courtesy of Jerred ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Jerred: "This fountain pen is part of Delta's "Anni Settanta" line. This was a line of pens designed by Delta with the stated goal of bringing to mind the design ethos and colors of the 1970s. 

 This is the second fountain pen I've purchased from this line, the first fountain pen was the "Mini" pen that I've shown pictures of before. I said at the time that I was unsure if there was a "full size" fountain pen in this lineup, as information is very difficult to come by. As it turns out, there definitely was a full sized pen, and this is one such example in a very 70s burnt orange colorway."

"Compared to the mini version, the full sized Anni Settanta is longer and slightly thicker, and has a different finial. The clip is also quite different. The sections between the two pens are identical, as is the #5.5, steel nib." 

"The nib is marked as a medium but writes on the finer side, but is quite smooth and overall a pleasant writer."

Many thanks, as always, to Jerred for his contributions to our ongoing virtual "show & tell":)
(VPC members: if you have any new pens/inks/paper/accessories you wish to share, please email them to me and I'll post them here on our club's blog. Thanks in advance! ~Maja)

Monday, May 3, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 190

Our last in-person meeting was held in February 2020 and the meeting theme that night was "Multi-Coloured Fountain Pens". The theme was suggested by Candice who brought some eye-catching pens for the topic, including a couple of shimmery, iridescent ones. She'd said she'd purchased them from AliExpress.com for very little money, so I ordered a Yiren '405' fountain pen in a yellow-green colour. 

It wrote fairly well for a pen that cost $9.99 USD, but I didn't plan on buying any more (even though they came in several different colours) ... until I spotted these three Yiren '405' fountain pens for a great price on eBay a few months ago.

I placed an order and got all three  for $7.89 USD, including free shipping! 

(all photos by Maja ~ please click on images to enlarge)

The fountain pens look metallic, but they're actually made of a very light plastic and spray-painted (?) to create that cool gradient effect. The pens are feather-light -- 14 grams with an empty converter in place -- and yes, they are Lamy 'Safari' clones (or "tributes", as some pen folks call them)...

 

The pens post easily and are the same size (posted and capped) as "the real thing". They all came with a generic plastic ink converter (with a red turning knob - a nod to Lamy's proprietary converter??) that fits my 'Safari' fountain pens, but not quite as snugly as a Lamy converter. Not surprisingly, the Yirens also take Lamy ink cartridges. There are some notable differences between the Yiren '405' fountain pens and Lamy's 'Safari', though ...

...such as the fact that the Yiren pens are only coloured on the outside. That came as a huge shock to me... but what was I expecting from a pen that cost less than $3 USD ?!?!?

 

 

All three Yiren pens have a plastic finial that is very similar to the Safari's, but it lacks the tiny hole in the center of the cross that the Safari finials have. The '405's barrel bottoms (not shown) are very similar to a Safari's, but the Yiren's have a small circular indentation in them. 

 

Although I referred to them as "clones" earlier, there is no mistaking the pens for a Lamy product, as the Yiren brand name is clearly imprinted on the barrel end.

 

 
                            

The '405's steel nibs are all iridescent (aren't they pretty?) and have "YIREN" and the nib width ("EF", in this case) stamped above the company name...

 


...and yes, the Yiren nib fits perfectly on my Lamy 'Safari' pen! (above)



 (photos of the three Yiren '405' fountain pens and the green-yellow '405' fountain pen I bought in early 2020 from a different seller on AliExpress.com)

Interestingly, the yellow-green '405' pen was a much better writer out of the box- the other three all needed some minor nib-tweaking to increase their ink flow and smoothness. Also, the finial on the yellow-green '405's' cap was completely different-- a slightly-convex black plastic disc with a raised image of  stylized chrysanthemum (?) on it.

In summary: If you're looking for a great writer out of the box, I would not recommend the Yiren '405' fountain pens I bought recently. If you happen to get one that's like my smooth-writing yellow-green '405', well, "Yiren luck"! 😉 

All jokes aside, even if you get a '405' that needs some minor nib adjustments, you likely won't have spent a lot of money acquiring it...and they're great pens on which to practice your nib-tuning skills!

~Photos & write up by Maja

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Local vintage pen repair service ( also buying & selling old pens ! )

Longtime Vancouver Pen Club member Christopher Robertson (whose vintage pen set was featured yesterday :) has been repairing & selling vintage pens and pencils for several years, but recently asked if I could post his new pen restoration, service & sales ad card, so here it is:



If you have any questions for Christopher, please contact him directly at the email address above!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 189

It's always nice to be able to help friends identify their pens...

 A few days ago, I got an email that longtime VPC member Christopher sent to me about a mystery vintage fountain pen and pencil set....

Christopher: "Just finished restoring the pen & pencil set for my ever-growing collection. When I got the set, the nib had been pushed almost all the way into the section and I really had my doubts as to whether it had survived. Still, when I took the fountain pen apart and, in doing so, knocked out the nib and feed, both were in mint condition. This set is extremely well made. I would be prepared to bet that the nib is an early replacement, but no complaints in that department 'cause it is smooth as glass to write with and definitely semi flexy."

"So what that leaves is both a pen and matching pencil with absolutely no ID markings. If it was a model with clips, the ID would have probably been available and the same would have been with the original nib. At first glance, I would have said a Wahl set, but all of my Wahls are extremely well marked. My second guess would be Diamond Point or even Diamond Metal re the banding on both pieces. But I am stumped on this one and wondered if you had any ideas? I am still holding out for Wahl."

(all photos by Christopher ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Christopher's quick follow-up email: "I forgot to send you a snap of the Ring-Top fountain Lever Filler configuration. As you will see by the attachment (ie. the photo above), the Lever is not just a simple hinged bar like most, but has a second smaller bar which is also hinged on the Lever and opens up when the lever is extended out of the barrel but folds back into the barrel as the Lever is moved back into its seated position on the top of the barrel. A beautiful fine mechanism, and as with the rest of the pen, extremely well made. You can also see the end of the fountain pen which was covered by the cap in the last photo where I had the pen posted. Hope this helps with the ID."

I didn't get Christopher's photo showing the pen and pencil set, but I replied to him with my guess (just based on the photo above) because the barrel end looked very familiar to me. I said: "I thought I'd take a stab at the brand just based on the lone photo I got. The barrel end reminds me of a Carter 'Pearltex' ringtop."


(Turns out my guess was correct!)

Christopher's reply to me :"I am impressed and grateful. Funny but I have been hoping to score a vintage Carter Pen but in reality I already have one, LOL!"

 

He added: "I have attached a snap of the Lever filler configuration, which I gather is unique to this model."

Many thanks to Christopher for the photos of this charming vintage ringtop set and for giving me a mini pen mystery to solve! :)
~Maja

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 188

A few days ago, I got an email from VPCer Bruce T, who had been looking for a brown leather fountain pen since last summer. It took a while, but Bruce finally found one he liked!
Here's his story:

Bruce: "I am not a “serious” fountain pen collector but I do dabble in it, I only have about half a dozen pens but I do use one every day.

You may recall that I have been on the search for a leather covered fountain for some time. Occasionally I go online to search but have always been intimidated by price, condition or whatever. There doesn’t seem to be many fountain pens wrapped in leather.

One day in early April, Mrs. Google informed me that there was someone on ETSY who was offering leather clad fountain pens for sale. I had a look and lo and behold there was my pen. I looked closer and it seemed to be just what I was looking for!

It was someone in central China.

I took a chance and ordered one and it arrived here in 18 days."


(all photos courtesy of Bruce ~ please click on images to enlarge)

"As you can see from the photos it is a handsome pen, especially the Dragon Head on the clip complete with sparkly red eyes." 

"It measures 5 ½ inches when capped and 6 ½ inches posted so it's not small."


"The nib reads “Genius” and “Iridium”. It writes very smoothly."



"The top of the barrel (?) reads DIKAWEN and “891”."


"And now for the best part (as if the pen was not enough) it cost me $16.29 Cdn which included delivery and a converter as well as 30 cartridges!!!

I purchased it through ETSY who inform me that my credit card info was not shared with the vendor, so I feel good about that. Who knows what scams are out there in internetland.

The vendor goes by the name of ARCHchoice."

Our thanks to Bruce for sharing this cool new find with us!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 187

The vintage Parker '51' is a classic fountain pen that was first introduced in 1941. It was extremely popular, tens of millions being sold until Parker stopped official production in 1972. In 2002, the company released the Parker '51' Special Edition, an upscale version with Empire State Building-inspired caps in sterling silver and gold vermeil. The year 2021 saw the release of the all-new Parker '51' fountain pens. Honourary VPC member Glenn G. in Australia recently acquired three of them --a deluxe GT (gold trim) version and two CT (chrome trim) models---and was kind enough to send in a review and some photos for our blog. 

In Glenn's own words:

"The new version of the classic Parker 51 has proved controversial, with many Fountain Pen Network members slamming the new design.

I too wondered why they changed some of the classic features for no obvious functional benefit, but that’s what they did, and adverse comparisons do seem to be more about what the design is not, rather than what it is. That said, I would have liked to see a better range of nib choices… F or M is rather limiting!

Despite this, I bought myself a deluxe GT version in plum, and requested 2 examples of the standard CT version (midnight blue and teal) as more affordable family birthday presents."

(all photos courtesy of Glenn G. ~ please click on images to enlarge)

 

"The use of a screw cap rather than the traditional click-on design has attracted the ire of many, and it is indeed annoying at first… to my surprise, I kept trying automatically to click the cap on and off as if it were a classic model, but I was also amazed at how quickly I adapted to the change. I’ve not tried reverting to an original 51 to see how I react to the old-style fitting, but it will be interesting when I do. At least twisting the old style cap will not hurt it.

People have complained about scratchy nibs and poor ink flow; I’ve only inked the teal and the plum, both of which have had no such problems, and I have enjoyed using them both. I’m hopeful that the midnight blue will be no different, but I do realise that nib quality control can be an issue in many brands, including the other majors.

I did find that the teal pen tended to dry after a couple of days of disuse, which is a minor irritation that is easily dealt with; I’ve only just inked the plum as my next daily user, so I don’t know if it will be the same, but it seems likely given that they have the same feed/collector. If so, I can live with it."



"What IS annoying is that the CT pens come with a cartridge only, you have to provide your own converter, whereas the deluxe GT pen does have a deluxe converter included. To me, this is cheapskate, penny-pinching and miserly; depending where you buy it, a converter only costs about $11 retail, and is not much to expect when buying a $126 pen (prices are from Cult pens and now include our GST )."

 

"I rather expected the metal cap jewel to be ugly, not being a fan of the 1970s Parker 51 models’ caps, but I am please to prove myself wrong… it actually looks quite smart. 

As for feel, the new 51s are normal. I have not done a direct comparison. They didn't seem any different to make it worthwhile.

Would I buy a burgundy CT and maybes even a black GT, funds willing?... yes, I would, but it’s a very personal choice. For many others, the pen is anathema, a despised heresy that will never be added to their collections. So, as always, caveat emptor. 

Glenn."

Our thanks to Glenn for sharing his thoughts on this hotly-debated Parker reissue with us :)

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 186

Though known for their colourful writing instruments and imaginative designs, Delta's earliest offerings were decidely plainer in appearance. Here's one of those early fountain pens, a recent addition to Jerred's Delta pen collection....

(all photos courtesy of Jerred ~ please click on images to enlarge) 

Jerred: "This Delta pen is a bit of an odd duck. I've mentioned previously that Delta rebranded pens from other makers early on in their career as a brand, and this is one of those pens."

 

"I'm not sure of the actual maker as it has no markings on the body besides the Delta name engraving. For all the world it looks like a wooden kit pen, with a wooden cap, wooden body, dark gunmetal plated trim, and a plastic section. I've not been able to ascertain the wood used in the manufacture as I've only seen it listed as "burl wood", which does not pertain to any one type of tree."

 


"The section and nib are also a little bit odd, as the section is plastic, with gold trim and a two-tone gold plated IPG nib. As I said already, it looks more like a "kit" pen than anything from a major manufacturer. The nib is pretty generic, and wasn't very good.

All that being said, I'm quite sure that this is an authentic Delta fountain pen, and even more, I think the strange configuration in which it is shown here may be original as well. I've seen this specific model listed for sale a number of times, and in the same configuration (wood body, gunmetal trim, plastic feed with gold trim, two-tone nib). As always, finding information on these very early Delta pens is extremely difficult." 

Love that wood, whatever it is :) Many thanks to Jerred for sharing another one of his Delta finds with us!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 185

Today's spotlight is on three vintage Parker 'Jotter' ballpoints belonging to Trevor, and how he came to acquire them...

Here's the story, in Trevor's own words:

Another Tale of Bad Pictures

I seem to be a sucker for bad pictures, as I have once again looked at an ad for pens with terrible pictures and thought, “Hey, I should buy those.” I am very puzzled by this because nowadays, we all have in our pockets, an amazing photo taking device. Why is it so hard to take a clear picture? I may never know. Anyway, Shanin brought to my attention an ad for a lot of 10 pens from a seller in Nanaimo. If I squinted just right and tilted my head I could recognize 5 out of the 10 items in the lot. I saw three Jotters immediately. There were other things that I will tell about in a future review, but today I will focus on the Jotters. I felt there was enough value in the lot, made the deal, sent the dollars and a few days later a box arrived in the mail!

Upon opening the box I was greeted with the scent of musty car interior and old newspapers, and was taken to my happy place. So much nostalgia from the days spent in the shop with my dad and his restoration projects and visits to antique book stores. Lots of fun in this box of treasures… and now… the Jotters! These are quite special to me as they are my first “Vintage” Jotters. 

(all photos courtesy of Trevor ~ please click on images to enlarge) 

First up is: Black plastic barrel Jotter. Date code AI, made in England. The Date code tells me Q4 1982, but it has a flat button and brass threads… The brass threads were replaced with plastic in 1980, so a bit of a puzzle there. On the black barrel in silver is the H.M.S. Victory. The screening is in good shape considering the age. The Parker Ballpoint refill in blue was not in great shape, so I replaced it with my preferred Monteverde Gel in Blue/Black colour. 



Next up is a USA made Jotter without a date code. Also flat button and brass threads, so estimated 1973-1979 manufacture. It’s a “Window” model personalized for Coinamatic. Visible in the window are measurement conversions printed on the refill. Conversions for Length, Weight, Liquid, and Temperature are visible when actuating the button. Fun! Sadly the refill is bone dry. I’m not replacing it due to the unique nature of the printing. 


 Last but not least of these Jotters is a mid-1960s Parker “Girl” Jotter. Also known as a mini Jotter. Not much information is available on these but what little (see what I did there?) information I have found tells me these were made only for a short time. I was able to find two examples from 1965 and 1967. This one is made in Canada and has a round button and brass threads. Strangely comfortable to write with. The blue Parker refill was mostly dry and didn’t write well, so I installed a Monteverde Gel refill in pink. I’ve run out of Red, which would have matched the barrel. 

 

 
There are other interesting pieces in this lot, so I’m glad I took the chance. I’ll tell about the others soon."

The Parker 'Jotter' ballpoint first came out in 1954 and is still going strong, with new colours and patterns coming out every year. Many thanks to Trevor for sharing his thoughts and photos of this classic writing instrument with us!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 184

In honour of World Stationery Day today, we're featuring what some call stationery's best friend-- fountain pen ink! This particular ink is from the Netherlands and was recently acquired by VPCer Andy, who shares his impressions (and some very nice photos :) of it in this blog post.

In Andy's own words:
 
"Good day pen friends.

This week I would like to share my experience with Akkerman inks.

I believe this is the company's full name...........P.W. Akkerman Bij Koninklijke Beschkking H Of Leverancier Den Haag........oh good grief!?!

With this being my first bottle, I searched the pen forums and it seems one of the most popular blues is their #5 Shocking Blue.

Here are my thoughts:

(all photos courtesy of Andy ~ please click on images to enlarge)

A+ for presentation.

Gift wrap, Coffee candy, Business card

...nice touch!


A very sturdy box that houses the 60ml bottle Akkerman is famous for. 

And this is the famous bottle with the glass marble stopper thing-a-ma-jiggy.


A uniquely shaped bottle with a wide base for stability.

I can't quite place the bottle shape but is sure looks familiar.......Hmm......looks like Barbara Eden might pop out of it if I rub it too hard.

  Here's a writing sample with my trusty PenBBS 308 Blue Cloud with a fine nib. 

 

Ok.....is the Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue........well......shocking?

No....not really.....it's just ok in my books.

There are similarities in shade and contrast with Waterman Serenity Blue or Iroshizuku Asa-Gao.

I would much prefer the latter two inks.

At 32.23 Euro ($49 CDN) shipped to my door, it is the most I've spent on one bottle of ink. 

There is an upside to this transaction.

The Netherlands make damn fine coffee candy!!!

Thanks,

Andy"


Our thanks to Andy for another great review! (to see Akkerman's ingenious ink bottle in action, check out this segment of a YouTube video review).

Monday, April 19, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 183

Two weeks ago, I ordered a Cross 'ATX' fountain pen in "Brush Black" from Amazon's Warehouse, where returned/warehouse-damaged goods are resold, often at a substantial discount. The pen was less than half retail and I'd had *really* good luck with the Warehouse lately, so I thought I was on a roll...

(~ please click on images to enlarge~)

...but this is what arrived (in a Cross 'ATX' box) - a Cross 'Century fountain pen in the same colour and lovely diamond-patterned engraving as the 'ATX' I'd ordered.

(the nib & section have no scratches or defects--it's just the lighting/dust...and my photography ;)

I could have returned the pen, but there wasn't a black 'ATX' fountain pen listed in the Warehouse so I'd have had to pay full price for one. More importantly, the 'Century' fountain pen I got in error was in perfect shape, felt great in the hand (despite its slim profile), and I loved the way its Fine nib wrote... so I kept it. In the end, yes -- I wound up with a lower-priced Cross model, but it's a great fountain pen and a joy to write with :)

(~photos & write up by Maja ~ )

 

Side note: Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of our pen club's little "virtual show & tell"! Since our in-person meetings are on hold due to the pandemic, we've been featuring our members' newest acquisitions every other day (since April 20, 2020) here on our club's website. We're up to post #183 now, and I hope to keep it going until we can safely meet again. Many thanks to everyone who contributed by sending in their photos and write ups, and special thanks to René for the idea.

Stay safe, everyone!
~Maja

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 182

Today's featured acquisition is a beautiful vintage Waterman Nurse’s set (consisting of a thermometer case, matching fountain pen and matching mechanical pencil) belonging to Christopher... 

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)


Christopher: "I picked it up downtown from a dealer who has, on occasion, done me proud with the odd point. When I got the set, the boxed was trashed and in need of a lot of TLC. Fortunately, over the years I have had a lot of experience restoring vintage collectable and antique item packaging. As for the pen, it required a replacement nib which I nabbed from a duplicate Waterman nurse’s pen, resacking and a good polishing. The thermometer was in good shape and correct for the vintage and the pencil was news stand mint." 

 Many thanks to Christopher for sharing his lovely set (and great photo :) with us! I did a bit of digging and found an ad for a different version of a vintage Waterman's Nurse's set:


(advertisement from a May 1942 Saturday Evening Post of a Waterman Nurse's set consisting of two fountain pens and a matching mechanical pencil----see detail below---click to enlarge)

 

The Nurses' set in the ad above consists of a mechanical pencil and two slightly different fountain pens  - "one for day and one for night". It's hard to see, but one pen has a black band near the top of its cap and the other has a red band. The pen with the black band was meant to be filled with black ink and used for charting patient notes during the day, while the other pen was to be used with red ink for night charting by the nurse.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 181

Today we're featuring a handsome, affordable fountain pen made by Osprey Pens of California--the Osprey 'Scholar'--purchased by Stuart from the Vancouver Pen Shop last month ...

(all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Stuart: "Here’s some shots of my Osprey.  I like it very much - nice writer and comfortable in the hand."


  "And I like the way the brand name is rendered on the clip, bold and classic!"

 

"This pen may be as close as I ever get to a vintage Parker Duofold.  They are pricey!"

According to their website: "The Osprey Scholar was created in honor of the American School System. Machined from solid Acrylic rod stock, it is designed to be a rugged and dependable fountain pen for students and professionals! Available in many vibrant and classic colors, the Scholar has a long and slender feel. It scores well in stress, crack, and drop tests due to its solid construction. This fountain pen was designed to keep writing for decades with minimal maintenance." The site also notes that the first batch of Scholar fountain pens was created in 2016 for a class in California :)

 Stuart--many thanks, as always, for sharing your newest acquisitions with us on our blog!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 180

A few days ago, I got an email from VPCer Andy with an update regarding his Kaweco 'Dia2' fountain pen's nib. Here's Andy's email and the photos that accompanied it:

Hello pen friends.

As discussed in our last VPC Zoom meeting, I was not too pleased with the number sized nib on the Kaweco Dia2. It sported the stock 060 Kaweco nib/unit as on all their Classic, Sport, and Al / AC Sport models. This Dia2 is a full sized, classy looking pen which deserves a much more proportional nib to go with it.

(all photos courtesy of Andy ~ please click on images to enlarge)


  
(Looking sharp my friend....Get ready for a nib transplant!!!) 

 

$35 CDN from Beaufort Inks in the UK.



 A drastic difference in size with the Bock having much larger shoulders and a longer length. The nib unit is identical in size and thread as the stock Kaweco N060. 

 

The Bock feed is also different and I particularly like this design pattern of the fins.


The stock Kaweco nib/unit. 

And voila....we have successful pen surgery.


It looks and feels completely different. With that little extra length, I find writing more comfortable and precise. 

 


The Bock nib is smooth and is light to medium wet. I love the Kaweco fine nib which was exactly how this Bock wrote as demonstrated here in my writing sample.

It all worked out great and that's all for now folks.

Take care and see you on the 15th.

Thanks
Andy 

Great to hear that Andy managed to find a nice-looking replacement nib that's more in proportion to the size of the fountain pen...and for a good price, too :) Many thanks for sharing your "nib surgery" story with us, Andy!