The issue of fake pens is not something that should be taken lightly. Even if you aren’t buying modern, high end pens that are popular targets for fakes, you should still be aware that they exist elsewhere. Even in the vintage community you should be on the lookout.
Thanks to David Nishimura at Vintage Pens for shining a light on this dark corner of the community. David is a very well respected presence in the pen world and when he speaks, people listen. He doesn’t just point fingers, but backs up his accusation with solid data. Please view his post for all the details.
Quoting from David’s post:
A warning to anyone buying vintage pens on eBay: beware of the Korean seller “yeujeff”, formerly “jeffriad”. He is a notorious faker, specializing in Parker Duofolds and 51s. The pens on offer use some original parts, combined with newly-made caps and barrels. He appears to have sold quite a few forged Mandarin and bandless Duofolds, as well as fake demonstrator 51s. The new parts appear to be skilfully machined, complete with what appear to be factory imprints — which, however, are clearly laser-engraved upon closer examination. You can read more about yeujeff/jeffriad’s fakes here, here.
Please help others by sharing this information. Just think of you would feel if were deceived into spending such a large amount of money on a fake.