December 2011 archive

Noodle, Shop

The pen aspect of Noodler\’s Ink has ben added to the maker\’s pages.  Possibly of even more interest, I\’ve actually posted some pens for sale in my Etsy storefront.

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Nib Creaper

Maker: Noodler\’s Ink. The initial Noodler\’s piston-filler came with a point made to match the size of the #2 points found in vintage pens, at least in as much as size variations between the old manufaturers allowed.  The idea was to offer a modern, robust body to allow the points from things like the Waterman …

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Ahab

Maker: Noodler\’s. The second pen made by Noodler\’s to mount a flex point, it is also the second to be a convertible.  One of the company\’s first pens mounted a press-bar filler which could be detached for eyedropper filling.  The Ahab can similarly be rendered into an eyedropper, but its filler is rather more unusual. …

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Noodler\’s Ink

I have described this company in its main manifestation in the Ink division.   While the more common direction is for pen makers to move into inks, it is not unknown for an ink maker to move into pens;  Pelikan and Carter are probably the best known examples of the phenomenon.  Noodler\’s is a source …

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Vector Mapping

An entry added for the Parker Vector, for those few who will care about such a mundane pen, and the threatened removal of the visitor map has, as you can (or can\’t) see, been accomplished.  There are also slightly fewer incorrect links in the Mug Shot pages attached to the History Department.

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Vector

Maker: Parker. The Vector is a development of a short-lived model called the FP1, which appeared in 1984 as a counterpart to the RB1 rollerball (one of which may be seen in Crispin Glover\’s hand during the family dinner scene in the early part of Back to the Future).  The Vector is shorter in the …

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How about a date?

The ink update mentioned previously is complete, and I have attached to the Parker page the semi-obligatory date-code decoding page.  All the cool kids had one, and I felt left out. Also, I propose a date of 11 December as the deadline to save the map you currently see to the right of this text. …

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Parker Date-Codes Reference

Jump to summary chart For those of us concerned with when a pen was made, Parker is the sweetest of all makers, in that many of their pen actually have a date printed right on them.  Not only the year, but which quarter of the year, will appear, giving a very clear sense of just …

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Montblanc

This company might be thought of as the inventor of the notion of \”boutique ink\”, since they were also one of the first companies to consciously abandon any notion of competing with ball-points and to focus on the prestige market.  My slight inclination to bolshevism makes me want to deride them for this, but they …

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Ink Scan Improvement

I\’ve learned a new trick with my scanner, which makes for slightly more true images of the inks. For the moment, this only appears on the Waterman page which I was using to test the new format (it had been lacking a sample until now anyway), but by Saturday morning the upgraded images will appear in all …

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