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Showing posts with label Parker. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Parker "51" Special -- Diamine Syrah

Here is a short review of my "new" Parker "51" Special in Burgundy, with Diamine Syrah ink. The paper used was Staples Sustainable Earth.

Enjoy! :)

Left to right:
1944 Parker "51" Vacumatic in Dove Gray
1950s Parker "51" Special in Burgundy (reviewed)
1942 Parker "51" Vacumatic in Cordovan Brown
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-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 10th, 2011 acquisitions to my collection

Here are some things that I bought yesterday while bumming around. I found the pack of Paper Mate American Classic pencils at a thrift store. A few of the pencils were missing, but 7 were intact and unused. I paid 50 cents for those, a very good deal in my opinion. 50% off the MSRP. I don't believe they make those pencils anymore, as they have been replaced with the Mirados last time I was at Walgreens. I bought the Waterman Black cartridges with an Office Depot rewards card I had, and I believe they're universal (can anyone confirm this?). The four items up top are items I found on clearance at a book store that specializes in selling books that are new, but out of print or leftovers from other stores. From left to right, a pack of Pentech erasers, two Paper Mate Mega-Lead pencils (I already have two in 0.5mm, so these will go great with my collection) One of which includes a spare eraser. They're similar to the Pentel Twist-Erase pencils in that they twist to reveal more eraser. They also come with 12 sticks of lead pre-loaded into the barrel. Wish I had those in college. I went through Bic-Matics like crazy. And lastly, I found a pink Parker Jotter in the bottom of the clearance box. Pink is not my color, but for only a dollar, I couldn't resist. I already have two Jotters, a ballpoint from 1986 and a red Jotter FP.

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If you're interested in purchasing any of these items, here are the Amazon links:
Waterman Black Cartridges: Waterman Fountain Pen Cartridges Black-8/Cd
Pink Jotter: Parker Jotter Pink Ribbon Retractable Pen, 1 Blue Ink Pen (1736845)
American Classic pencils: American® Classic Pencils, Pre Sharpened,#2
Paper Mate Mega Lead 0.7: Paper Mate Mega Lead 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil Starter Set (1739310)
Pentech Eraser Set: Pentech Eraser Set 7ct (27527)

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Parker Frontier Fountain Pen Review

Here is a review of my newly acquired Parker Frontier fountain pen with an Extra Fine nib. One thing I'd like to add that I didn't include in my review is that it looks and feels a lot like a lower end version of the discontinued Parker Insignia from the late 90s. It has a somewhat similar size/shape/cap/clip, etc. That's what it reminds me of, at least. :)

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Comments and questions welcome!

While my Frontier is from 1996, they still make the frontier and if you're interested in it, here is a link to it on Amazon: Parker Frontier Stainless Steel Chrome Trim Fountain Pen Medium Point

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fountain Pen Ink Review -- Parker Quink Blue-Black

Here is a review of the newer formula of Parker's Quink Blue-Black fountain pen ink. It was purchased on Amazon for only $8.25 shipped. Note: I made a "typo" in the review. The nib on the Esterbrook is a 9550, not a 9668. I got it mixed up with the 2668 on my other Esterbrook I bought at the same time. Whoops. :) Without further ado, onto the review... 

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Ink blot on paper towel

The ink & pen used in the review, note: the color of the ink in this picture is lighter/bluer than it really is.

In conclusion, I really enjoy this ink. I have read other reviews stating that it had no water-resistance, but it does appear to have a little bit of resistance. Most of the ink washed away, but there was still enough to read what was written even after I rinsed it once, swabbed it, rinsed it again, and swabbed it again and let it dry. I also read in reviews that it was more of a dark blue than a blue-black, and while it looks that way before it dries, I found that after it dries it turns into a nice, true blue-black. A great ink for under $9 shipped. Recommended!

Any questions or comments are most welcome.

To purchase on Amazon: Parker Super Quink Permanent Ink for Parker Pens, 2-oz. Bottle, Blue-Black (3007100)

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Antique Store Finds -- Esterbrooks, a Sheaffer's and a Parker

The first two pens I bought a little under a week ago were two Esterbrooks from a local antique store. I ended up paying $15 each for them. Both were functional from the start with pliable sacs. They passed the water test with flying colors, but I have yet to actually ink them. I'm trying to wait until I get some new colors to match the barrels. One is a blue "J" with a 9550 nib. The nib, cap & threads were stained with old ink so after some cleaning, soaking and flushing, it looks good as new. The other is a red "LJ" with a 2668 nib and looked to be cleaned before the previous owner stored it. That one did not require any cleaning, and the water I put in it for the test came out clear. Why can't all fountain pen owners be this courteous when they retire their pens? :) I have to say, I am impressed that the sacs are still pliable after over 50 years. Great pens. Here are some pictures of them (please note that these were taken before cleaning, so you will see the ink stains on the blue J):

Red LJ
Red LJ; 2668 Nib
Blue J
Blue J; 9550 Nib (before cleaning)

For the 2nd half of my post, I'll refer to my Sheaffer's Balance and Parker Depression Era pens that I bought while out of town at another antique store. I also bought two vintage ink bottles. One is from a Rexall pharmacy (Rexall Graph Blue-Black), the other is an old bottle of Blue-Black Sheaffer's Skrip.

The Balance has a Jade Green barrel from 1929-1932, which is slightly discolored and has a few small cracks that don't appear to affect the functionality of the pen. It has a Feather Touch 5 nib, which I do not believe is original to the pen and probably from the mid 30s. It also has the wrong cap, one from a 1930-1935 Marine Green Balance. I also purchased an empty bottle of Skrip Blue-Black from the same store. The ink has crystallized inside the bottle to create quite a work of art. It looks like bubbles and ice with some precipitates.

Sheaffer's Balance with an old bottle of Skrip ink
Sheaffer's "Feather Touch" 5; two-tone nib

The second pen is a Parker Depression Era pen with a black/green barrel and cap. The clip has considerable scratches and brassing to it, as do the three rings on the cap. Other than that, it appears to be in fine condition. The nib appears to be gold, and there is no indication anywhere on the pen as to what the actual model name is. The part that throws me off is the little rubber/plastic piece on the end of the barrel where the button filler is. I do not know if it came like that, or someone added it? I've never seen another one with that on there. I love the pen regardless, and can't wait to get it working.

Parker "Depression Era" cap with scratched/brassed clip & rings
Parker "Depression Era" pen
Parker "Depression Era" pen, uncapped.
I have to say that I love the color of the Parker, it really depends what angle you look at it for the marbling to pop out at you. If anyone has any further information on it, as to an actual model name and what the little rubber/plastic cap at the end is, I would greatly appreciate the information. Also, if anyone has information about getting a Jade Green cap to match the Sheaffer's, that would also be most helpful!

Edit 12/21/10 - I found out that the Parker is most likely a Challenger De Luxe from the 4th quarter of 1935 (date code on the nib/barrel is "45"). The little rubber cap on the end is likely a replacement fix for a missing blind cap. 

Edit 1/5/10 - Both the Parker and Sheaffer are restored. I'm using Quink Blue-Black in the Challenger and I will ink the Sheaffer with either Skrip Green or PR DC Supershow Green. The restorer (Phil Munson of Munson Pen Restoration) actually hooked me up with a new blind cap for it too, so it looks like it originally did. The 3 rings on the cap cleaned up nicely, and the only flaw with the pen now is just the scratching on the clip.

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Friday, December 3, 2010

My First Parker Fountain Pen -- A Parker 45 From 1967

I was so excited to get this pen in the mail. Only paid a hair under $20 for it as well. It's a Parker 45 with gold trim from 1967 made in the U.S.A. The pen appears to never have been used and it's in mint condition. The barrel is dark blue and matches my 1986 Parker Jotter ballpoint that my dad gave me. The barrel was very tough to screw back onto the nib section, but I got it eventually. The cap doesn't go on all the way and leaves a tiny gap, I'm guessing due to the age of the materials. Does anyone have any insight for getting the cap to go on all the way? I can get it on all the way, but I have to push really hard and it's very tough to get back off.

The pen has a medium stainless steel nib which writes very wet and came with the original converter and Quink washable blue ink cartridge. Here are some pics:

Original Paperwork

Next to my Parker Jotter

Pen + Original Cartridge + Original Converter

Writing Sample

Cap fitment issue, won't go on all the way unless using a lot of force

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Monday, October 18, 2010

More additions to my collection

I apologize for the delay since my last post. Here are the items I have acquired since the last update:

A sampling of my new Zebra Z-Grips and Paper Mate Write Bros. I already had a bunch of Write Bros. pens, but I loved these colors. I have more of both the Zebra and Write Bros., but I only pictured a few.
Some more stuff we found cleaning out the basement. A Bic Round Stic with a neat clear spiral design, 2 of my old Garfield pencils from elementary school, and a Parker Jotter of my dad's from 1986. It has the old name of the company he works for on it along with the date. I just bought some refills for it and can't wait to use it. I don't have many things of my dad's, so it means a lot to me.
Pentel Client 0.5mm Pencil
Pentel Client 0.5mm Pencil, Opened
From left to right: New Pentel Vicuna Ballpoint Pen (very similar to the Uni-Ball Jetstream), New Pentel Sharplet-2 0.7mm,  Bic Auditor's Fine Point Pen, Alexander Twist Pen, Vintage Sheaffer's Twist Pencil, Bic Ultra Fine, Vintage Pentel Quicker Clicker (needs new eraser/cap), Bic Roller Fine, Vintage Monroe Twist Pencil, Detroit Tigers promotional Bic Metal Point, 2 Pentel MGN6S refills, a Uni-Mitsubishi Boxy Eraser and a Pentel Ain Black eraser.
A special thanks to George @ My Supply Room for the Monroe and Sheaffer's pencils. The Pentel Vicuna is a very nice pen with hybrid ink similar to the Uni-Ball Jetstream, and I will be writing a review of that in the future. Stay tuned! By the way, does anyone know anything more about the Alexander pen company? I can't find much information about them at all. It's a nice looking pen.

-Derek (ThirdeYe)