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post #121 of 2579
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Originally Posted by SonicDawg View Post
Wow, I knew I was onto something good, just didn't know it's SO GREAT THanks! now I need to secure a nice velvet box to store it
Very nice! The 51 is a classic and they go for more than that nowadays depending on condition. Click here [Vintage Pens -> Parker -> Parker 51].

How do those fill up? Do you just press down on the bit in the middle with the nib in ink and then let go?

Oh FYI, rolled gold doesn't mean solid gold. It is merely another method of "gold plating" onto a metallic base. Rolled gold lasts longer than normal gold plate because the layer of gold is normally thicker than that of normal gold plating. Hence, a rolled gold cap is worth more than a gold plated one.
post #122 of 2579
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Originally Posted by SonicDawg View Post
Wow, I knew I was onto something good, just didn't know it's SO GREAT THanks! now I need to secure a nice velvet box to store it
heh MB charges 15X that amount for a solid gold capped FP!
post #123 of 2579
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The 925 sterling silver body, 750 gold plated MB Solitaire (145/6-size) cost $900 when my dad got it at a sale! Plus, the nib wasn't writing as smooth as my Lamy Safari and MB had to re-nib it... Talk about overcharging their customers. I can't complain much because my MB writes very nicely.
post #124 of 2579

Mont Blanc here

And I just blow slowly on the snowy tip to send cold air to my dared
As a note, in case you guys do not know (sorry if it is obvious), but the tip represent the snowy top of the Mont Blanc mountain, the highest french mountain at 4807m in the french alpes.I have skied in chamonix (I am a basic skier) and you go down slopes with the mont blanc in front of you. Quite an experience. Anyway ... therefore the pen.
Lionel
post #125 of 2579
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And I just blow slowly on the snowy tip to send cold air to my dared
As a note, in case you guys do not know (sorry if it is obvious), but the tip represent the snowy top of the Mont Blanc mountain, the highest french mountain at 4807m in the french alpes.I have skied in chamonix (I am a basic skier) and you go down slopes with the mont blanc in front of you. Quite an experience. Anyway ... therefore the pen.
Lionel
I used to live in Geneva so Chamonix was only an hours drive away! I've never skied down Mont Blanc because apparently, it takes days to get up there and a solid half day of continuous, hardcore skiing to get down! You probably have to be pretty pro to even attempt it.

I can just about get down most of the easy-intermediate black runs. The really narrow, steep, mogul-infested runs are real killers. I've never even dared to go down them! Chamonix is great fun during the summer too and the off-piste isn't too difficult depending on where you go. It's best if you go with a ski guide who will be able to take you on off-piste routes you feel comfortable with. ANYWAY!

So it's 4807m high then... on my MB nib, it says 4810 I guess MB got it completely wrong. 3m is a lot btw. 3m of Valhalla costs a fortune

Nice MB. That's a Classique PT ballpoint right? I don't really like BP even though the MB ones write pretty well. Try the MB rollerball. It's probably the smoothest writing pen you'll ever use! Also, I think that PT looks much nicer than GT. At the shop, they look about the same, but when you actually own one, you begin to appreciate the beauty of it.
post #126 of 2579
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Thanks to this thread I have just secured a Parker 51 from the 'bay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting
What do you guys think?
A nice find, but just keep in mind it may potentially need to be restored, since the seller doesn't mention it being a restored pen, and he himself states he doesn't have a clue about pens. When buying vintage pens, it's best to locate sellers that sell restored pens. A common problem is for the sacs to be dried up and cracked (the part that you depress and release to draw ink up the nib, there's a rubber bladder under that), and thus not be able to hold any ink. Parker 51s also have easily scratched bodies, a pen restorer would already have polished the pen back up to look practically like new.
post #127 of 2579
The mention above of the Parker 51 reminded me I had this sucker laying around.

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post #128 of 2579
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I used to live in Geneva so Chamonix was only an hours drive away! I've never skied down Mont Blanc because apparently, it takes days to get up there and a solid half day of continuous, hardcore skiing to get down! You probably have to be pretty pro to even attempt it.

I can just about get down most of the easy-intermediate black runs. The really narrow, steep, mogul-infested runs are real killers. I've never even dared to go down them! Chamonix is great fun during the summer too and the off-piste isn't too difficult depending on where you go. It's best if you go with a ski guide who will be able to take you on off-piste routes you feel comfortable with. ANYWAY!

So it's 4807m high then... on my MB nib, it says 4810 I guess MB got it completely wrong. 3m is a lot btw. 3m of Valhalla costs a fortune

Nice MB. That's a Classique PT ballpoint right? I don't really like BP even though the MB ones write pretty well. Try the MB rollerball. It's probably the smoothest writing pen you'll ever use! Also, I think that PT looks much nicer than GT. At the shop, they look about the same, but when you actually own one, you begin to appreciate the beauty of it.
The chamonix slope across the mont blanc is a 'red' one I think, I am pretty basic in term of skiing , not very elegant.
I have been contemplating the MB rollerball .. might do the jump at some point. WHen I got this one, I took the basic because I was not sure I would be able 'not to lost it'. At the office, I think in 5 years, somebody brought it back to the receptionist 3 times :-(
But the rollerball .. I am pretty sure i would like, basic again. I do not feel confortable carrying something more than 200 or 300$.
In french school, I always learned 4807 m , it has to be the truth ;-)
Take care
Lionel
post #129 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Vertigo-1 View Post
A nice find, but just keep in mind it may potentially need to be restored, since the seller doesn't mention it being a restored pen, and he himself states he doesn't have a clue about pens. When buying vintage pens, it's best to locate sellers that sell restored pens. A common problem is for the sacs to be dried up and cracked (the part that you depress and release to draw ink up the nib, there's a rubber bladder under that), and thus not be able to hold any ink. Parker 51s also have easily scratched bodies, a pen restorer would already have polished the pen back up to look practically like new.
Thanks for the advice. This is my very first vintage pen, even though I have no knowledge of maintenance and special care needed by their age. In seeing the pictures, I think the pen should be free of cracks, and that the dried ink on the tip makes me believe that it was recently written, perhaps prior to its auction. Regardless, where may I find sources for pen storing when I might end up needing so?
post #130 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Vertigo-1 View Post
A nice find, but just keep in mind it may potentially need to be restored, since the seller doesn't mention it being a restored pen, and he himself states he doesn't have a clue about pens. When buying vintage pens, it's best to locate sellers that sell restored pens. A common problem is for the sacs to be dried up and cracked (the part that you depress and release to draw ink up the nib, there's a rubber bladder under that), and thus not be able to hold any ink. Parker 51s also have easily scratched bodies, a pen restorer would already have polished the pen back up to look practically like new.
This guy's an absolutely genius with pens. Plus, he's got a passion for the 51s. I'm sure he'll be willing to do a full "tune-up" for a reasonable price.
http://www.richardspens.com/

A UK alternative would be this one: http://www.penhome.co.uk/index.htm
post #131 of 2579
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I just got two Moleskine notebooks: a large plain notebook and a rule reporter notebook. I finally understand why there is so much hype about Moleskine notebooks. They are very well made and look extraordinarily classy. The paper is also smooth and has a good weight to it. I'd recommend anyone looking for a fine notebook to consider Moleskine.
post #132 of 2579
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Originally Posted by SonicDawg View Post
Thanks for the advice. This is my very first vintage pen, even though I have no knowledge of maintenance and special care needed by their age. In seeing the pictures, I think the pen should be free of cracks, and that the dried ink on the tip makes me believe that it was recently written, perhaps prior to its auction. Regardless, where may I find sources for pen storing when I might end up needing so?
Richard Binder as mentioned above is one guy to go to, although I can imagine he has quite a waiting list...you probably won't get your pen back for at least a month. The guy I would go to for Parker 51s is Bill over at Pentrace.com's forum. He specializes in selling restored vintage pens. Here's a thread for one of the Parker 51s he was just selling (the price is high because it's a pretty rare model): http://members3.boardhost.com/PenMar...163802566.html. The more average Parker 51s with a brushed steel cap can usually be bought from him for around $50-60 when he has them available. I've bought one from him in the past and it arrived looking amazingly good. So good that I asked him if he could fix up one that I had that was pretty scratched up, he took it and fixed it right up to practically like new looking. Good guy to deal with.
post #133 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Naris View Post
Gah... that pen is beautiful. Too bad lefties have a hard time with fountain pens...
I use a fountian pen daily, and I'm a lefty. I don't see the problem.
post #134 of 2579
Since you've all made a nice investment in writing instruments, what better way to protect them and perpetuate Pen-Fi but to get the Pen Case. Here's one I bought last year and it has no sign of wear:
The Piquadro AC872 three pen case

There are others...

You can pick one up at Fountain Pen Hospital
post #135 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
Nice!
You got the fancy Visconti bottle. I settled for the plastic refill. (I'm Dutch. )
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I just looked at the bill for the Visconti Blue and I never new it was so expensive!!!!
So I'm on the Fountain Pen Hospital site and I'm presented with a choice of Visconti Blues: Royal Blue or Turquoise Blue. So, milkpowder and Lisa, which blue should I get (I like the blue earlier in the thread)?
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