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    Hello!

    I am an absolute newbie, but was gifted an old fountain pen. I've done a little bit of research, and it looks to be relatively rare. It's a Mabie Todd Swan Safety Inksight. If anyone knows anything about the pen, I would really love to hear about it. I was also curious about whether or not it should be cleaned, used, left alone, etc. I would love to use it, but I'm a bit nervous.

    Looking forward to starting a new hobby!

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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Hello and welcome to FPGeeks.
    Hopefully someone who knows about Swan Mabie Todd pens will come along to assist.
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Welcome! That looks like a really cool pen. I don't know a thing about Mabie Todd pens, though. I had no idea they made pens with ink windows.

    Before you do anything learn about the issues of hard rubber pens and discoloration and learn about what is safe to use for cleaning.
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Welcome to FPG. I can't say I know a lot about this pen which is an absolute rarity. I believe it to be a development of the Swan Safety Cap and therefore an eyedropper filler, a little over a century old. The structure over the nib is sometimes called an overfeed but may actually be intended to prevent the nib from drying out. The introduction of the clear inserts to allow viewing of the ink level is a neat piece of engineering and an early example of this feature. I see no reason why you shouldn't carefully clean the pen up and use it. The pen will have value as a collector's item.

    A post to the Mabie Todd Special Interest Group in FPN may give you a more knowledgeable response.
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Welcome

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    Welcome. Keep up posted.
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Quote Originally Posted by krasmussen710 View Post
    ...I was also curious about whether or not it should be cleaned, used, left alone, etc. I would love to use it, but I'm a bit nervous....
    If it came into my hands, I would leave it alone until I could have a specialist carefully restore it. There are Mabie-Todd collectors who will want your pen in as original condition as possible, and it is too rare and unusual for learning restoration techniques.

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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Welcome!
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by krasmussen710 View Post
    ...I was also curious about whether or not it should be cleaned, used, left alone, etc. I would love to use it, but I'm a bit nervous....
    If it came into my hands, I would leave it alone until I could have a specialist carefully restore it. There are Mabie-Todd collectors who will want your pen in as original condition as possible, and it is too rare and unusual for learning restoration techniques.
    It's a simple eyedropper. I see no reason why the OP should not clean and use it if that is his/her wish. That doesn't mean totally disassembling it.
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    A really nice example of an early Swan. As Deb writes, nothing remotely complicated - it's just an eyedropper pen.

    I'll bet that the nib is delightful, Mabie Todd is the absolute top as far as I am concerned.

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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Thanks for the nice welcome, everyone! I appreciate all the advice and compliments as well. I'll try to do a bit more research on it as recommended above too. Have a wonderful week! - Keith

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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Hello and greetings from your snowy neighbor in the north!

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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    It's a simple eyedropper....
    Oh!

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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    The things that are really good about it are the nib, as Cob says, the overfeed and those windows. I've been a Swan enthusiast for longer than I care to admit and I've only seen a pen rather like that once before.
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    Default Re: Hello from Phoenix, AZ!

    Hi Keith, interesting pen !


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