A couple of months back we mentioned David Nishimura’s post about uncovering an ebay seller from Korea who has been reproducing uncommon, high value Parker fountain pens, mostly Mandarin and bandless Duofolds, as well as fake demonstrator 51s, and selling them as the real thing.
In David’s second update he actually gets some hands-on time with some of the fakes and makes some startling discoveries. Some of the resin used by the fraudulent seller is homemade and David was able to spot stress cracks developing in a fairly new pen. David also mentions that of all the fakes produced, the 51′s in rare colors and demonstrators will be the most difficult to spot, especially without being able to compare it to a genuine example.
Most recently, David just noted that the seller has changed his named, again:
Quite a few name changes, and no wonder: rttrfb since September 12; yeujeff from June 9; jeffriad from June 28, 2011; koyo6te from March 27, 2011; yeu2002 from November 25, 2009; sasu159 from June 21, 2009; hasu4321 from October 16, 2008; and hasuk4321 from February 13, 2008.
David has a lot of good information about this topic so please stop by the links provided above for the full details.