I collect and refurbish fountain pens. I love them. I can just sit and look at them, polishing them lovingly with a soft jeweler’s cloth I have especially for the task.
The first fountain pen I ever got (which I still have) is a Waterman from the 80’s that I was given as my graduation present from high school. It was pretty expensive, or so I thought at the time. I have since collected well over 1500 fountain pens from all makes and models, super deluxe ultra expensive down to everyday use fountain pens. Except for the pen I got as my graduation gift, no fountain pen in my collection is made after 1950. That’s my cut-off point. The earliest pen I have is a British hard rubber pen from 1914. My favorite is actually a complete set (fountain pen and propelling pencil) from Parker made in 1932 in laminated jade celluloid. 76 years old and this set looks like it was made yesterday. Precision craftsmanship, superior detail, just beautiful. You would be hard pressed to find a writing instrument made today of this quality, with this style, and not pay through the nose.
I also refurbish these vintage writing instruments to get them in working order and like-new appearance when possible. I get all my materials and tools through a company in New York called The Fountain Pen Hospital. I trained myself through trial and error on less valuable models. I’m quite good at this point and can even repair cracked pen barrels with a nearly seamless end result. I even repaired pens for an antiques auction house where I worked during college. The auctioneer hated to sell them because seldom were they in working order and so he would get rather low bids on them. I would repair them, guarantee them for thirty days, and voila! Excellent bids on fountain pens at auction!
I think what I love most about them, besides the fact that they have all kinds of style, is that they are not disposable. When these pens were made the word disposable meant trash, something you would not want. I think it is a mindset we need to get back into.
So, that’s me for today!
Edit~ P.S. I added a photo of the 1932 Parker Vacumatic in laminated celluloid. That's me holding it to give a sense of scale.
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