Remington lever filler, modified

Sometimes you see third-tier pens with intriguing plastics, like this Remington. Diamonds of metallic foil under a layer of clear plastic, slightly iridescent against a black background. Someone commented to me that it looked like urushi.

When I received the pen I discovered that nib, feed and section all had problems. The feed had a large crack, the tips of the nib tines were awry, and the section had distended.

I’d like to say that I fixed all of these, but I thought it would be more interesting and worthwhile to modify an Esterbrook section to fit the barrel 🙂

So there you are – an attractive Remington that can take any Esterbrook Renew-Point nib.

Length (capped): 13 cm
Length (uncapped): 11.6 cm (with a 9314-M nib)
Girth: 1.25 cm


Waterman 56, Ripple red hard rubber

Waterman 56 in Ripple red hard rubber. The 56 was the second-largest of Waterman’s lever-fillers produced in the late-1920s (the largest was the 58), and the Ripple ebonite was unique to the company.

This pen is really nice for regular writing: taller and fatter than the 52/54, with a large #6 nib that’s also the softest, flexiest I’ve ever had the good fortune to own – though I hesitate to call it a “full” flex nib.

Length (capped): 14 cm
Length (uncapped): 13.7 cm
Barrel girth: 1.3 cm

Parker Vacumatic Maxima, 1939, Canada-made

Recently got this Parker Vacumatic Maxima back from Ron Zorn, who did an awesome barrel repair! Here’s the pen now.

The pen before:

The repair involved Ron boring the barrel parts a bit to accept a celluloid sleeve, then solvent welding the parts to help to line up the halves better. He also filled the gap with liquid celluloid and let it cure for a number of weeks so that the repair would be as hard as the rest of the pen. Altogether the repair took at least a month.

Now this 1939 Canadian Vac writes again 🙂 Nice nib with some flex. For some reason the nibs on Canada-made Vacs have some flex, in contrast to US versions and their generally rigid nibs.

Length (capped): 13.5 cm
Length (uncapped): 12.3 cm
Girth: 1.4 cm at its widest