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Sheaffer OS set

04 June 2015 - 01:35 AM

I don't often use the "G" word, but a pen that, for me, has been closest to a Grail has finally landed. I bought my first Sheaffer Ebony Pearl within a few months after becoming involved in pens (about 5 years ago), and I've always wanted an OS. I know, they can be had, but I wanted to find it the hard - and economical, if possible - way. I've been vigilant, and today the set below arrived, in excellent shape; a brief wipe-down with soft cloth show this to be as nice a condition as an 80-yr-old user pen can be. Sold to me by the single owner's son, I will give it a good home, and I'm quite happy. Once I've done a restore on it (dead sac needs replacing with silicone version), I'll put up some 'after' pics (below is one from the auction). This set me back < $90.00.



Moore B-15 cap needed

02 May 2015 - 01:33 AM

I received a BCHR Moore eyedropper, stamped B-15 on the end of the barrel. I thought the #5 nib was going to be ok, but one tip is gone, I'll see what can be done. The one thing I was certain of was that there wasn't a cap.


The barrel and section are in very nice condition, with little wear and discoloration, but I have not been able to find much of anything on this pen. Would anyone know how to go about sourcing a cap for it, or am I whistling in the wind? I've never looked for parts this old before.

Feed diameter and the replacing of nibs (vintage)

24 March 2015 - 05:23 AM

I'll try to explain briefly: attempting to resurrect a mid-20's mid-tier pen (M. Ratner and Sons). The nib was in very poor shape, and I have another nib I would like to put in, from a Moore pen. Being non-1st-tier, the original nib was (besides being a bit shorter than the Moore) somewhat thin. When I attempt to place the new nib and feed into the section, they won't seat far enough in, and the nib and feed are sticking out too far (not to mention being about 1/8" too long for the cap.


For a moment I thought about lightly taking down the diameter of the feed, but then I thought there might be leaks around the nib. So my question is: does one look for a different feed? Move on to another nib? or is there a modification that can be done to the original feed to accommodate the other nib?


Thanks, folks.

2015 Los Angeles International Pen Show

15 February 2015 - 07:03 PM

This is, essentially, a placeholder for people to share their experiences at the show. I await David's telling, as he looked very busy every time I saw him. It was, honestly, an odd show for me because of some personal issues, and I didn't completely get in the swing of it. Nonetheless, always love seeing old friends that I'm starting to collect (each pen show I meet more and more of the 'names' I've only heard about!) and catching up. Finally meeting Alan Goforth was nice, just sorry we didn't have time to hang out.


I hope anyone in attendance will talk about what they did, who they saw, post photos, etc.

Shrinkage: the end of the story?

22 January 2015 - 01:03 AM

An older pen experiences shrinkage in the cap; the threads bind a bit, it may even have a bit of trouble slipping on/off, and the band(s) may have become loose.


Is that really the end of the story, or are there any tips or tricks for resizing it back (closer?) to it's original dimension?