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post #1516 of 2621

Contact Joel at http://www.ink-pen.com/contact.php.

Great work and fair prices.

He's a Parker guru.

Tell him Bob Roberts in KC sent you.

Good luck!

BG
 


Edited by BGRoberts - 8/4/12 at 1:11pm
post #1517 of 2621
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Originally Posted by iamdacow View Post

Hey can anyone help me out here, i have an old parker 51 which was handed down to me by my grandmother, however the problem is that the pen is not in working condition and it requires a change in nib, filler ect does anyone know where i can go to restore this pen? I would really appreciate it thanks:D

Is your 51 a Vacumatic or Aeromatic? A vac has a cap that removes from the back of the pen and reveals a pump, the Aerometric has a sac encased in a metal container with a squeeze bar inside the pen, you unscrew the barrel to reveal it.

If it is the latter before you send it away I highly recommend filling a small bowl with warm water with a couple of drops of hand soap in. Place the nib in the water and then squeeze the bar four times then take the pen out and squeeze the bar to empty it into the sink. Keep repeating this process until any traces of ink have gone then repeat the process several times with clean warm water. If this works then using kitchen paper gently tamp the nib and squeeze the bar so as to remove the remaining water then fill with ink and see if the pen writes. If so all is good and your good to go.

The Aerometric 51's are remarkable for their endurance and ability to survive years of dry ink and just flush to get them back working. I know from experience as I got one a few months ago from ebay that was not working and I did all i said above and now it writes like a dream!

The Vac though really needs professional care as it is a totally different beast and I recommend Bob's advice!
post #1518 of 2621

+1

The Parker 51's are very durable in my experience.

I've obtained many over the years that needed no more work than ianmedium describes,

They're one of my favorites.

 

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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post


Is your 51 a Vacumatic or Aeromatic? A vac has a cap that removes from the back of the pen and reveals a pump, the Aerometric has a sac encased in a metal container with a squeeze bar inside the pen, you unscrew the barrel to reveal it.
If it is the latter before you send it away I highly recommend filling a small bowl with warm water with a couple of drops of hand soap in. Place the nib in the water and then squeeze the bar four times then take the pen out and squeeze the bar to empty it into the sink. Keep repeating this process until any traces of ink have gone then repeat the process several times with clean warm water. If this works then using kitchen paper gently tamp the nib and squeeze the bar so as to remove the remaining water then fill with ink and see if the pen writes. If so all is good and your good to go.
The Aerometric 51's are remarkable for their endurance and ability to survive years of dry ink and just flush to get them back working. I know from experience as I got one a few months ago from ebay that was not working and I did all i said above and now it writes like a dream!
The Vac though really needs professional care as it is a totally different beast and I recommend Bob's advice!
post #1519 of 2621
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Is your 51 a Vacumatic or Aeromatic? A vac has a cap that removes from the back of the pen and reveals a pump, the Aerometric has a sac encased in a metal container with a squeeze bar inside the pen, you unscrew the barrel to reveal it.
If it is the latter before you send it away I highly recommend filling a small bowl with warm water with a couple of drops of hand soap in. Place the nib in the water and then squeeze the bar four times then take the pen out and squeeze the bar to empty it into the sink. Keep repeating this process until any traces of ink have gone then repeat the process several times with clean warm water. If this works then using kitchen paper gently tamp the nib and squeeze the bar so as to remove the remaining water then fill with ink and see if the pen writes. If so all is good and your good to go.
The Aerometric 51's are remarkable for their endurance and ability to survive years of dry ink and just flush to get them back working. I know from experience as I got one a few months ago from ebay that was not working and I did all i said above and now it writes like a dream!
The Vac though really needs professional care as it is a totally different beast and I recommend Bob's advice!
It's an aeromatic yeah I flushed it long ago and the ink flows fantastically but the nib damn we have a big issue my grandma didn't really take good care of it. Ooo the pain
post #1520 of 2621
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Originally Posted by BGRoberts View Post

Contact Joel at http://www.ink-pen.com/contact.php.
Great work and fair prices.
He's a Parker guru.
Tell him Bob Roberts in KC sent you.
Good luck!
BG

 
Ahh ok thank you so much. It's just hard to find someone who has the abilities to restore a Parker pen.
post #1521 of 2621
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Originally Posted by iamdacow View Post

It's an aeromatic yeah I flushed it long ago and the ink flows fantastically but the nib damn we have a big issue my grandma didn't really take good care of it. Ooo the pain

Oh thats such a shame then. So it is off to Bob's contact then. Great thing is the 51's are not that expensive to get sorted out and seeing as it has so much family value it will be worth it! Let us know how you get on!
post #1522 of 2621
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Perhaps, you could write in cursive "this is seoul, south korea" for us biggrin.gif when you get one.

Lol considering that I've never formally learnt cursive and my handwriting in general is just a little above average, I think I will spare the internet of my handwriting

post #1523 of 2621
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

 

Perhaps, you could write in cursive "this is seoul, south korea" for us biggrin.gif when you get one.

Lol considering that I've never formally learnt cursive and my handwriting in general is just a little above average, I think I will spare the internet of my handwriting

 

Ah, so you're a Doctor in residence!

post #1524 of 2621
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Ah, so you're a Doctor in residence!

I hope to be in the somewhat near future :)

post #1525 of 2621

By the way, are FPs practical for note taking during lectures and such? If so, what kind of paper/notebook is best?

post #1526 of 2621

Expense could kick in at some point. However, I've a long run with Rhodia. Try looking at Clairefontaine as well.

post #1527 of 2621
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Originally Posted by thisisSSK View Post

By the way, are FPs practical for note taking during lectures and such? If so, what kind of paper/notebook is best?

Absolutely! Mind, some are better suited that others. I would go for something fairly cheap with a large ink capacity which brings along TWSBI's excellent 540. Steel nib, large ink capacity and not so expensive that you would be heartbroken if you lost it.

As to paper, well, you could get away with cheaper paper if you use a fine nib as there will be less bleed and feathering but the Rhodia is a good choice and is made by Clairfontane as well

Staples environmentally friendly paper is excellent for FP's as well

If you wanted to go old school then the Parker 51 aerometric is pretty bullet proof, has a good ink capacity and is lovely to write with, also has a slip on cap which speeds things up as well. You can usually get a 51 special (a slightly cheaper version of the 51 with an octanium nib and slightly less fancy squeeze filler) on ebay for $25-$50 Don't worry about it being old, it will outlive you and me together!
post #1528 of 2621
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post


... Don't worry about it being old, it will outlive you and me together!

Is that a challenge? o.O

 

Haha ok thanks for the advice. I like the Parker 51 but I think right now I am debating between the TWSBI, the Pelikan pelikano, and the Lamy. Dunno tho. We'll see whats available (if at all) at the stationary place when I go next week.

post #1529 of 2621
You know, I would lose if it was. I was writing today with 68 year old 51 and it writes like a dream! I think the three your thinking of are great, the lamy's are bullet proof as well.
post #1530 of 2621
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

You know, I would lose if it was. I was writing today with 68 year old 51 and it writes like a dream! I think the three your thinking of are great, the lamy's are bullet proof as well.

wow talk about long lasting. Is ink/nib a big factor at this point? Or should I worry about that later?

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