Friday, May 27, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 377

Here's a special treat - a lovely fountain pen belonging to Candice that was made by a manufacturer we haven't featured before on our website. The company was founded in Paris in 1847, and is well-known for its jewelry and timepieces....and its iconic red box.


Read on!

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

Candice: "This is a Cartier Vendôme fountain pen that belonged to my parents, dating from the 80s. The nib is unmarked but is either 14 or 18k and the body is gold plated with a barley grain texture. It has a very unusual cartridge loading tray and takes equally unusual cartridges which are available at some Cartier boutiques still. The tray can be pulled out from the back end of the pen by hooking a nail into a tiny groove at the end and pulling the cover open. The cartridge goes into the tray and then the tray and cover are pushed back into the pen, opening the cartridge and loading the pen with ink."

"Definitely a pocket pen at just under 4 inches uncapped, with a cap that doesn't post on the back of the pen. The cap has a clip on it that stays retracted unless the top of the cap is pushed in. Since the pen shape is so unusual, the usability of this pen really depends on the personal taste of the writer and it would probably be too small and narrow to write with for most people, though the weight helps. It's quite a strange flattened shape to write with, the same shape as the cartridge, but has a substantial weight to it since it's mostly metal aside from the glued-in plastic section. I believe the pen design was meant to match a lighter that Cartier was selling at the time.

The nib is meant to be rotatable with a plastic wheel that was in the original box, but mine is lost to time. It wouldn't be hard to insert something into the hole at the back of the nib and turn it that way. As for the nib itself, mine had to be bent back into shape somewhat but now writes smoothly. It also reverse writes nicely."

"For pocket pen fans this is a unique piece that has a lot of hidden details in it-the spring loaded clip, the strange but oddly satisfying tray and the rotatable nib.
Worth looking into if you like small pens and want to make a bit of a statement as it's rather flashy!"

Wow. Our thanks to Candice for sharing this small beauty with us!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 376

Continuing with vintage desk sets...

If this beautiful desk set belonging to Stuart looks familiar, it's because we featured its bigger sibling in this old post from October 2021!

(all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge)
Stuart writes: "This is a lovely Eversharp desk set from the 40’s, with a simple but striking circular glass base, 4 1/2 inches round."

"The pen was probably re-sacced at some time - the nib looks to have been inserted further into the the section than usual."

"The pen functions fine, and is a nice smooth writer, as always with this brand."

 Many thanks to Stuart for sharing this great vintage find with us. We'll be featuring a modern fountain pen in tomorrow's post, so stay tuned :)

Monday, May 23, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 375

I always look forward to seeing what new vintage desk sets Stuart has acquired, so I was happy to get an email from him that started with "Here’s some shots of my new baby - another cool Parker Magnetix desk set!".  The Parker 'Magnetix' sets had pen holders that were held in place --but still able to swivel-- with the aid of a magnet in the base; there's a neat 1947 ad for a Parker 'Magnetix' desk set with a Parker '51' desk pen here. Without further ado, here's Stuart's own set!

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

Stuart continues: "The base is anodized black aluminum, with a brass centre band. There’s another version of this base that reverses the colour scheme."

"The main portions of the base are recessed trays, with the gold part raised up, so in profile it looks something like a compressed W: "
"The Magnetix socket on this one has been repaired - in the photo above, you can see epoxy that was applied to reattach the plastic socket to the magnetic steel ball. I don’t find it very noticeable; I might try and find an intact one some time."

 "The pen is the desk version of the Parker 51 Special, with a gold nib. It has a functional Aerometric filler, and writes a very smooth Medium or possibly Broad line, as shown in the writing sample. I’m dating the set as circa 1952-1956, based on my online research."

"A gold nib was added as an option to the 51 Special at some point after it was launched in 1950, and the blurb for Superchrome ink on the filler body was gone by 1957.

I’m very happy with this set, with its mid-century style and the great-writing pen! I love my Sheaffer sets, but these Magnetix Parkers are too cool to pass up."

The Parker 'Magnetix' sets came with different Parker desk pen models, as shown in this illustration by Fred Plewa that appeared in "Pen World" magazine. Our thanks, as always, to Stuart for sharing another wonderful vintage desk set with us!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 374

Back to vintage we go now, with one of Christopher's newest finds!

Christopher writes: "I do not think I have ever passed up an opportunity to score a Parker Vacumatic, since it remains one of my favourite fountain pens. Needless to say, when I ran across this exquisite Golden Pearl, double Jewel beauty, I just had to have it. One thing about Kenneth Parker was that he sure knew how to make Vacumatic pens, and the Pearl and gold finish on this particular Vacumatic is no less than brilliant and outstanding."

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

"The early 1940s were more or less the end of the double jewel Vacumatic pens and also, the matching jewels at either end were changed to jet, to the end of the Parker Vacumatic run. Still, the black does not in any way take away from the overall appearance, but in my view complements it. The fittings are 14K Gold filled and the cap sports the double rings, signifying that this model is a Junior. As for size, the Parker Vacumatic Junior mirrors the Parker Vacumatic Major with a overall length posted at 6 inches, but caps back to 5 inches. The style of Vacumatic filler is the middle of the road ‘Speedline’, with its long aluminum tube filler tube extended to be covered by an equally lengthy blind cap. Both the Cap and the barrel finish are rounded off by the finish on this blind cap which matches.

Returning to the cap again, it supports a vertical branded 14K Gold Parker arrow clip. Inside the cap, the grip section is black and holds a beautiful 14K Parker Vacumatic nib. This nib, I would have to say, writes with somewhat of a medium flex, not exactly common for Parker Vacumatic pens but ticks a box in my books.

Finally, the condition, once I restored and polished this pen, is very close to near mint, with a good deal of luster coming off the plastic. So am I moving this lovely into my collect? You be the judge!"

Christopher said that the background in the pen photo is a rare serigraph print of a 1931 Model J Duesenberg Tourster Ragtop, made using.a special process -- not just the usual printing with a 4 colours process, but with 16 colours, and then the print was both embossed and blind embossed to bring out the lines of the car. 

Our thanks to Christopher for sharing this classic vintage pen, and his serigraph of a classic vintage car with us!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 373

I've got a bit of an odd one for you today---it's a fountain pen that was described by its seller as "Old Stock OEM (unbrand) Triangular Solid Color Fountain Pen Fine Nib"  in this eBay auction. Two things drew me to pen - its appearance and its price :)

(click on images to enlarge)

I got it from eBay seller "office_supplies_pen" for less than $8 USD shipped ($4.99 + $2.90 shipping, to be exact) via a Buy-It-Now. At the time of my purchase, this mystery model was available in eight different colours -- red, blue, aquamarine, green, olive green, black, brown (mine) and clear -- but the aquamarine, green, olive green and clear ones are currently sold out at that seller's eBay store.

It's a clipless, triangular acrylic fountain pen that's light in the hand (17 grams with no converter in place) and light on the pocketbook, too. Yes, it looks like a poor man's OMAS 360 lol, but I think it looks pretty cool ...and for that price, why not???

Removing the snap-on cap reveals a clear section, black plastic feed and stainless steel nib...

The pen came with the twist converter shown above; I haven't tried it with any ink cartridges yet. Aside from some fancy scrollwork, the nib only has "Iridium Point" and "F" (for Fine) stamped on it - no manufacturer's name or logo.
The nib lays down a true Fine line and the pen is a consistent, if unremarkable, writer. It has a bit more tooth than I like, so I might smooth the nib out a bit.

Uncapped, the pen is approximately 13 cm long from nib tip to barrel end, and about 13.6 cm long capped.
The pen doesn't post, but I find it long enough to use unposted.

The grip section, like the body of the pen, is triangular and comfortable to hold. When the section is screwed onto the barrel, the sides of the section align with the sides of the barrel with a faint "click" sound. Similarly, the cap and barrel align when the pen is capped.

I'm not sure how to describe the acrylic, but you can see that it has a clear component and a reddish-brown component. I think that's called a double layer acrylic, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Whatever the correct term, the material looks very attractive. I like how its translucency obscures the converter inside, while still allowing some light to shine through the pen. The shade of brown is really nice and reminds me of the colour of black tea.

And then there's this odd-looking cap top (above)....

..and this triangular cutout on the bottom of the barrel...

I didn't realize why the manufacturer did that until I got another pen in the mail recently. Take a look at the cap top and barrel end of the Pelikan 'Twist' fountain pen I reviewed in the previous blog post:

What's that expression--- "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"?

(Note that t
he barrel ends of both pens are actually triangular shaped holes, so neither pen can be used as an eyedropper filler)

It's obviously trying to copy the Pelikan 'Twist'....but the no-name pen has a cool look to it already, so there really was no need for its maker to copy those small design features. I really like the no-name, but I don't regret paying an extra $20 CAD for my new Pelikan 'Twist fountain pen- it's a much better-made pen, and it comes with a very smooth Medium nib. Both are eye-catching fountain pens, though, and neither will break the bank. 

(photos & review by Maja)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 372

When I was looking up info on the Pelikan Snap ballpoint I reviewed last week in Pelikan's 2021 International Catalog, I spotted a Pelikan Twist® (model P457) fountain pen in the lovely "Shine Mystic" material. The Twist model has been around since 2013 and I bought one at the L.A. show in 2015, but I hadn't seen that particular finish before. The catalog said it was available "while supply lasts"... and when I checked, it said that this version came out in 2019. Fearing that it might sell out, I promptly ordered one from for $28.06 CAD + $3.95 shipping. And here it is...

(please click on images to enlarge)

It arrived, safe and sound, from the UK in the lightweight cardboard box shown in my photos. Despite the box's no-frills appearance, I applaud Pelikan for choosing environmentally-friendly packaging for their less-expensive writing instruments. The pen (which was made in Germany) came with a Pelikan long international ink cartridge containing their Royal Blue ink.

It doesn't post but the 'Twist' fountain pen measures about 5 inches from nib tip to barrel end, so it's comfortable enough to use unposted. Capped, it measures approximately 5.5 inches. The total weight of the pen (when empty) is 19 grams.

(above: the Pelikan name and logo - adult pelican and chick - tastefully embossed on the barrel)

The pen is made of an shiny, iridescent plastic that changes colour depending on the light:
The chameleon-like properties of the plastic make it tough to capture in photos, so I had to shoot it from different angles.

The pen comes with a steel nib that's marked "M" (for Medium) and it looks exactly like the nib on the Pelikan 'ilo' (which I reviewed last week), but it lacks the Pelikan logo. The pen is a smooth writer and is compatible for both left and right handers. The grip section shape does give it a "school pen" kind of vibe, but I'd say the same thing for Lamy 'Safari'/'Al-Star' fountain pens...and they're used by nearly everyone :)

I like the reassuring "click" sound when you screw the section onto the barrel. Like the 'ilo' model, the 'Twist's' triangular grip section has an ergonomic design, but the 'Twist's' is made of black plastic (vs. rubber for the 'ilo') and has more pronounced contours that keep your fingers in the proper writing position (kind of like a molded racing car seat). The 'Twist' might be better than the 'ilo' for someone with large hands because its grip section is bigger, but both models are very comfortable to hold.

Both the cap and barrel have a twist design, but the pen's sides line up perfectly no matter how you put the friction-fit cap back on. Uncapping the pen might take some time getting used to because it caps very tightly, and you might think you're going to pull the pen apart when you're uncapping it... but you won't :)

(Above: Triangular cutout on the end of the pen's barrel and circular Pelikan logo on the top of the cap -- note that the cutout on the barrel end is really a triangular shaped hole, so the pen can't be used as an eyedropper filler)

All in all, I'd highly recommend this fountain pen to someone that wants a well-made, eye-catching writing instrument that's very comfy to hold and use for longer writing periods. The 'Twist' comes in a large variety of colours and finishes (over 30 to date!) with a variety of grip section colours. Love the design but you're not a fountain pen fan? The Twist also comes in rollerball form.

(photos & review by Maja)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 371

As promised, here's the handsome vintage fountain pen I mentioned we'd be featuring today. Its proud new owner is Christopher, who sent in a great write-up about the pen along with a very nice photo of it. Enjoy!

Christopher writes: "The Wahl Company had a very interesting history, and long before it became one of the largest and most successful fountain pen manufacturers in the United States, it made business machines. In fact, the Wahl adding machine, which could be attached to a typewriter, was a popular option that the Remington Typewriter Company was selling."

"John Wahl was born in 1876 and was interested in anything and everything that would make him a profit. Subsequently, in 1915 he bought a controlling share of the Eversharp pencil company, that was at the time terribly successful in the US and international market. But so were fountain pens, and Wahl knew that to produce those too, he would have to carry on to invest in a top notch pen company. The Boston Pen company was just what the doctor ordered, and by 1917 Wahl added them to his corporation. The Boston Safety Pen Company had focused on quality product and innovation design, plus owned a number of very attractive patents, including the fountain pen lever filler and the novel roller ended clip. Wahl’s pencils, under the Eversharp banner, were all metal as were his early pens which came on the market in 1921, in both silver and gold. Still, and at that time, vulcanized rubber was in fashion, so Wahl turned to, and in July of 1922 bought, the Washington Rubber Company to accommodate the manufacture of hard rubber fountain pens.

Unfortunately, his acquisition of the rubber department was rather late in the game, because the DuPont Company was at that time offering both the Parker Pen Company and Sheaffer a plastic which was both lighter and came in a more colourful range of finishes, than the old standard hard rubber. Wahl prevailed and although the company did eventually turn to plastic for their pens, for a period they produced top quality hard rubber pens and pencils in a variety of attractive colours."

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

"In 1921, Wahl introduced a nib which would stand up to a lot of hard use and continue to write smoothly and consistently. It was branded the ‘Signature’ and applied to various Wahl pen models. Then in 1925, the company came out with the ‘Signature Pen'. It was a hard rubber flat top available in a number of different sizes and colour finishes. But unlike the previous Wahl pens, which sported the Signature nib, the Wahl Signature Pen had a special id branding on the cap, just below the top.

Personally, I was thrilled to score the largest oversized Wahl Signature pen in a stunning red hard rubber finish with gold filled fittings and a big number 6 Signature 14K gold nib. This is, to my mind, an outstanding pen for any vintage pen collector and ticks all the boxes when it comes to what is best in a good writing instrument. The finish is more toward a pastel orange and the long barrel comes with a lever filler. The nib I would have to say has medium flex but writes smoothly laying down a consistent flow of ink on paper. Needless to say, I am totally sold on this pen and thank you Mr. John Wahl for your most noteworthy efforts."

(Christopher mentioned the "special ID branding" of this model. If you left-click on the photo of the pen, then right-click & select "open image in new tab", and then left-click again you can see the "Signature" imprint that's just below the top of the cap)

What a fantastic vintage pen! Congratulations, Christopher, on your new acquisition and thank you for sharing it with us :)

Friday, May 13, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 370

It's Friday the 13th and I'm not the superstitious type, but I thought I'd snap a few shots of my new ballpoint with a bird that's considered a symbol of bad luck by some. As for me, I love ravens 😊
Meet my new Pelikan Snap® ballpoint (model K10) in the Copper colour, which I got from for $25.26 CAD ($20.27 for the pen + $4.99 shipping)! The pen arrived from Austria, safe and sound, in the simple, silvery Pelikan cardboard box you see below:

(please click on images to enlarge)

I wasn't familiar with this Pelikan model before I stumbled across it on Amazon, but I found out it was released internationally in early 2021, so it hasn't been around all that long. It's a cylindrical, all-metal, aluminum ballpoint with a pearl-lacquered barrel and conical brass tip. The clicker button, clip and tip are all
chrome-plated and, in fact, Pelikan states the pen is made of "100% recyclable metal".

The Snap is made in Germany and available in six metallic colours: Silver, Platinum, Gold, Rose gold, Copper and Frost(ed) Blue. Mine came with a Pelikan-branded ballpoint refill with blue ink, but it can also accept Parker-style ballpoint refills.

 To activate the ballpoint, you push the button (clicker) at the top of the pen. To retract the refill, you have two options--you can push the clicker, or you can press the top part of the clip (the first time I used it, I pushed the clip down towards the tip, but that's not how it works). This second option causes the refill to retract with a rather loud snapping noise (from which the model got its name, I presume). I strongly recommend using the first option if you're using the pen in a quiet setting.

It's a minimalist design, but I think it's a handsome pen, and I really like the copper colour and shimmery metallic finish. The part of the pen to which to the clip is anchored is glossy black, and pairs nicely with the copper-coloured barrel. The pen is completely unadorned except for the Pelikan name and logo, which are silk-screened onto the back of the barrel, just below the clicker button. The name and logo are very small and unobtrusive, which fits the minimalist look of the pen

The Snap is 14cm (5.5 inches) long, weighs 21 grams and is well-balanced in the hand, thanks to the brass tip (nosecone) which shifts the center of gravity towards the tip ("...thus enabling ergonomically optimized writing", according to their website). It's a fairly lightweight but girthy ballpoint --wider at the grip area than my Parker Jotter XL-- and it's comfortable to hold. Although it's an all-metal pen, I don't find my fingers slipping down the barrel when I'm using the pen; your experience may vary, though, especially if you hold the pen lower down the barrel. All in all, it's a nice-looking, well-made ballpoint that's pleasant to use and writes smoothly!  

 (~photos & review by Maja~)

Well, thanks for reading this short(er) review. We'll be featuring a handsome vintage fountain pen on Sunday, so keep an eye out for that!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 369

Here's a Pelikan 'ilo' fountain pen (model P475 M) I recently acquired after spotting it on eBay while looking for Pelikan school pens. I wasn't aware of this particular model, so I looked it up on the excellent website and saw that it was released in 2020 (export models were released in early 2021). I liked the way it looked, so I bought it and waited patiently for it to arrive...

From Pelikan's official website:

"Joy is one of the most beautiful feelings.

When you are completely on your own or when you are with other people, then it’s joy. When body and mind feel light, it’s joy.

We developed the Pelikan ilo for this distinctive feeling. True to the motto "inkredible joy", our fountain pen supports frequent writers and all those who want to become one.

Every essay, every love letter, and every notebook entry becomes an experience with the Pelikan ilo."

( ~ please click on images to enlarge ~ )

I got mine for  €23.14 EUR (€19.40 + €3.74 shipping), which is around $31 CAD, from an Italian eBay seller (eeemarket) who shipped it from the Netherlands. The seller sent it via trackable PostNL mail and it arrived, safe and sound, in a small Pelikan-branded cardboard box made for the 'ilo' model -- simple, yet effective packaging that's environmentally-friendly and biodegradable (yay!)

The 'ilo' is a German-made, lightweight, plastic fountain pen that weighs about 12 grams (with no cartridge in it). The pen comes in four colours (black, white, blue and red), each with a different grip section colour combination. Mine is the "red" model, but it's really a dark fuchsia colour, as you can (hopefully) see in my photos. The pen takes international cartridges and came supplied with one long international cartridge that holds 1.4ml of Pelikan Royal Blue ink.

Some quick measurements - pen's capped length: 5.25 inches, uncapped (nib tip to barrel end) length : 4.75 inches, posted length: 5.75 inches. The pen posts well, and given how light and well-balanced it is, I always use it posted.

The pen was designed for use by students, who require a pen that's comfortable to hold and won't tire the hand during long writing sessions (Pelikan also claims their "...soft-touch grip zone relieves pressure to the middle finger" 🤣). It is very comfortable to hold, and it's probably one of the most comfortable fountain pens I've used because of the design of its triangular grip and the silky-smooth material of which it's made. All in all, a very pleasant writing experience.

The nib is made of stainless steel and has no breather hole, but it has the Pelikan logo engraved/stamped on it. The nib is deeply embedded in the section, so you can't see the nib width marked on it (mine is a Medium). Because of this, the nib looks a lot shorter than it really is, but it's the same type of nib that's on most of the other modern-era Pelikan school pens (although all the ones I own lack the Pelikan logo on their nibs...Interesting 🤨...). 

I own several different Pelikan school pen models, so I knew what kind of writing experience to expect with this particular nib, and I was not disappointed - it's a very smooth writer. I did find mention of a Fine-nibbed version of the 'ilo'-- model P475 F -- on Pelikan's German site, but I haven't been able to find it for sale online (or any mention of it anywhere, except for their website).

The ink window is very conspicuous, so it's easy to tell if you're running low on ink ---very useful for students.

I love the dimpled texture of the pen - it looks cool and it's an interesting contrast to the über-smooth texture of the rubber grip section...

The clip is an odd bird as it seems to be made entirely out of plastic --no metal in it that I can detect -- and it doesn't clip well onto fabrics (it clips onto paper well enough). To be fair, the pen was marketed towards students, so I don't think it was really designed to clip onto shirt or suit pockets. One of the things Pelikan mentions about the cap is that it has "rollaway protection". That's true--it doesn't roll off even surfaces -- but don't all pens with clips have that feature?? (maybe I'm missing something lol).

(my apologies for the poor photo!)

The top of the cap (above) is adorned with a decorative inset - a small, light pink plastic medallion with the current Pelikan logo (adult pelican and chick) on it. I like the use of light pink in the finial, grip section and on the underside of the clip -- the contrast with the darker pink is visually appealing and makes the pen stand out in a sea of student pen competitors (it's actually what drew me to this model).

(Note: to see a super- enlarged image, left-click on the image to enlarge it, then right-click & select "open image in new tab", then left-click again)

 Regarding that small pictograph of the two hands on the back of the box (above) - that signifies that the pen is equally suitable for both right-and left-handed users (the company even mentions this on page 4 of their 2021 International Catalog); I love their close attention to detail!

Although it's marketed towards younger users, the Pelikan 'ilo' is a cool-looking fountain pen with modern styling. If you're looking for a well-built, lightweight fountain pen that's very comfortable to hold and use for long writing sessions, this might be the pen for you. Personally, I much prefer its looks to that of the current iteration of the Pelikano student pen; I really wish they'd redesign it (keeping fingers crossed!).

(photos & review by Maja)

Monday, May 9, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 368

A while back, Sherman decided to focus his fountain pen collecting and try to acquire "one decent pen from each decent brand".  Today we're featuring a very interesting fountain pen made by an Italian pen company - Sherman's  Marlen® Music Collection Violin Special Edition Black Fountain Pen with M Nib :

Sherman writes: "A brand that's seldom heard from this group, so I hope you enjoy this sharing... Bought in July 2021. Like its violin feature. However, always has hard start... so I decided to disassemble it to see what's going on! Result is quite surprising....

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

Never heard about Marlen, so according to my "One decent brand / decent pen", I bought this one, especially I love the Violin aspect.

First time fully disassemble it, aiming to give it a deep cleansing. Hope to avoid further hard start.

The clip has tarnish... strange. The center wand has no colour change! But the section ring was a bit corroded!

It came with a Schmidt Converter. It had a little bit of corrosion when I got it. Thought it was some defect. But now, it has a lot more corrosion! Strange but why????

Further investigation. There is a metal barrel inside the barrel, and I felt it has some corrosion. May be that's why the converter got corroded!

And I used the Elsterglanz to try it out. See how bad it is from the Q-Tip!!!!

So I used the Elsterglanz to polish the section ring. It is shiny again now.

The front side of the nib looks okay to me though the imprint of 1982 looked like a little bit corroded too!

Here comes the actual problem! The back side of the nib has a bit of corrosion. And it affected the same area on the feed! It has been washed, but not being cleaned by supersonic!

After supersonic bath, I can brush away those sticky stuff on the feed. But I needed to ensure the ink flow. So I used the Brass Sheet to give it a great floss. You can't believe that I could not slide it along from the end to the tip at first. But now it's all right.

Okay, the feed and the section can be easily aligned. I just pushed them in effortlessly. Good, like it.

Now it's back to normal, writes smoothly and the ink flow is great too!

The pen is gorgeous indeed. Not sure how long I can tolerate the tarnish on the clip.... Will see." 

Well done, Sherman! Thank you for sharing this beautiful fountain pen with us :)