November 2012 archive

Happy Birthday to This!

It\’s a year since the site re-opened, and I\’m being a very stereotypic web-based self-promoting sort by mounting a contest to celebrate.  One need only put a (publishable) comment of some sort on this blog entry, and one has a chance at a rather nice little Parker \”51\”.  How might one resist?  Winner to be …

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Just a Mini Update

…because I\’ve added the TWSBI Mini to the ranks.

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Mini

Maker: TWSBI. I spent a certain amount of time pondering whether this pen should have its own page, or be considered a sub-model of the Diamond.  I\’m still not completely sure that I\’ve fallen on the right side of the decision, as the Mini is in many ways merely a short version of the Diamond. …

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Converting a Cartridge Pen into an Eyedropper

Tools you will need: Thumbs Discernment A small flash-light Silicone Grease Tools you may need: O-ring Lots of paper towels A washing machine Unlike most of the items in the Repair department, this set of directions is not aimed at returning a pen to a state of previous function, but at making it into something …

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Whose Idea Was This?

Two new pages, for pens whose existence I find slightly perplexing.  For Parker, I have the 95, which seems to have been developed to compete with the contemporary Parker 88, and for Sheaffer there\’s the Sentinel whose point seems mainly to undermine sales of the contemporary Sheaffer Fashion.  These are all from the late 1980s; …

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Sentinel

Maker: Sheaffer. This pen is something of an enigma, and I will not add a great deal of scholarship at the moment.  It is known to be a result of a collaboration between Sheaffer and Sailor, but what motivated that collaboration is unknown.  A ballpoint and mechanical pencil set under this name appear in a …

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95

Maker: Parker. The 95 was introduced as a replacement for the Arrow, and it would be entirely correct to view it as a small evolutionary stage away from that model.  With the caps left aside, there is little to tell one from the other apart from a very small difference in the tail decoration.  When …

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