The pen featured in my last post, but cleaned up and with new sac and J-bar installed.
I couldn’t find a replacement nib so I left the original in.
It’s a very wet writer. I did bend the nib down closer to the feed, and reset nib and feed with hot water but the base metal (I suspect copper) is too malleable and is already bending away from the feed despite my best attempts to write lightly. The spoon tip digs into the paper on some upstrokes too, which is annoying.
Normally I’d be pleased to receive a pen I’d won on eBay, but when I drew this wrinkled envelope – resembling a small lumpy pillow – out of the mailbox and saw the postage label I became annoyed. The seller had charged USD15 for shipping and only sent the pen First Class International from the US – the cheapest possible rate. No insurance either. What a jerk.
But even worse: he was a negligent jerk. The seller hadn’t bothered to protect the pen. See what came out of the bubble envelope:
This joker had simply dropped an expensive decades-old pen in a sandwich bag, loosely folded some bubble wrap around it, and dumped everything into a thin bubble mailer with some crumpled brown paper and a couple of packing peanuts.
Many sensible sellers enclose their pens in a length of PVC piping – cheap and effective. Would it have killed him to at least use some scotch tape and swaddle the pen snugly in layers of bubble wrap?
The pen now has a significant crack running down across all the barrel threads and a hairline crack on the cap lip. Who knows whether the damage was already there or whether this idiot’s negligence is to blame. I’ve already asked for a refund.
The most recent Singapore fountain pen meetup on 4 July has given me new impetus to work on a few clunkers in my pen junk box. Often these were ill-considered, impulse buys.
I was a little disturbed to see that a Waterman Crusader had begun to develop fungus around the nib. But unsurprising considering how long it’s been neglected. I don’t think it’s worth the hassle of disinfecting and the worry of contamination, but I can’t bear to throw it away – yet.
The most promising candidate seems to be a green striated Sheaffer Craftsman. Minimal wear and brassing, lever working fine. The reason why I put it in the junk box: the fine nib is missing its iridium. Now I think I can smooth it into something that writes acceptably, but first I need to refit the nib and feed.
My first Touchdown restoration. Was lucky that there were no major problems with the pen. All I had to do was replace the sac and the O-ring and reassemble. It fills and writes just fine, with a sweet medium #33 nib.
I bought this one intending to resac it, and finally got to do so. My second repair job 🙂
Upon writing I discovered it’s a little thinner, a little shorter than I would like. I like the pen design though. Although released in the 1949 it seems to me to have a certain Art Deco look. Consider the logotype on the clip:
The metal cap is springy, which is a cute touch for a slip cap.