Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: An "Accurate" pen review

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    1,920
    Thanks
    449
    Thanked 1,495 Times in 687 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default An "Accurate" pen review

    As some may recall, a while ago I acquired a vintage fountain pen that had no branding on it except for the name "Accurate" engraved on the clip. The principal reason for this purchase was the desire to own at least one old ebonite pen, especially with a woodgrain effect to it. Unfortunately, as I subsequently discovered, this pen is in fact made of some other material - most likely a plastic of some kind. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant pen to use, or is now (more on this later).

    Here is the pen (apologies for photos, everyone knows I am not good with a camera).



    Some dimensions:

    Pen capped = 132 mm
    Body = 104 mm
    Body + nib = 129 mm
    Approx max girth of body = 13 mm
    Narrowest part of section is approx. 10 mm
    Section length = 15 mm


    Originally the pen would most likely have been fitted with a size 8 warranted gold nib. In this case the seller has replaced this with a large vintage Parker Duofold nib in an extra fine width. So it is fitting to give a quick comparison with a Parker Duofold Sr, thus:



    As can be seen, both pens are very similar in sizes. The Accurate pen is perhaps a 1 mm longer when capped, and seems slightly thicker overall. The length difference is more noticeable when uncapped, but still not too significant.



    The Accurate pen posts firmly, but ends up being 170 mm long! The balance remains largely unaffected.

    As can be seen, it is a lever filler. Not really anything I can add that most people already don't know about such systems. It works, and takes a reasonable fill of ink.


    A word about the nib. I would have preferred the original nib to maintain some degree of authenticity. The fitted Duofold nib was almost unusable when it arrived. At first I wasn't sure what to do with it, but I kept it aside and did some reading. With no little trepidation I endeavoured to align the tines and give the tipping the lightest of smoothing. Now it writes very well and will remain in my small collection.


    Overall, the Accurate pen is a nice larger size that would most likely fit the hand of the majority of writers. It is light in weight too.

    I remain committed to finding a vintage ebonite woodgrain pen, though expect it to be a long, long wait.
    The thing is, we're all pretty on edge at the moment. It would be great if people could be considerate of others in these matters. Not much else will change the situation beyond that. - Jon Szanto

  2. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Empty_of_Clouds For This Useful Post:

    azkid (March 28th, 2020), carlos.q (March 28th, 2020), catbert (March 28th, 2020), Lady Onogaro (March 28th, 2020)

  3. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2019
    Location
    Tennessee USA
    Posts
    329
    Thanks
    163
    Thanked 181 Times in 110 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: An "Accurate" pen review

    I felt your appraisal was inaccurate....just kidding. Thank you for posting.

  4. #3
    Senior Member azkid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Colorado, USA
    Posts
    1,656
    Thanks
    2,851
    Thanked 1,292 Times in 637 Posts
    Rep Power
    4

    Default Re: An "Accurate" pen review

    Nice work on the nib tine alignment. The two duofold nibs I have are pretty nice. I think that's a handsome looking pen too.

  5. #4
    Senior Member countrydirt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Pueblo, Colorado
    Posts
    406
    Thanks
    504
    Thanked 291 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    11

    Default Re: An "Accurate" pen review

    Very nice review. Thank you for sharing.
    I use a fountain pen and a paper planner - paperinkplan.wordpress.com

  6. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Dallas, as in the 80's TV Series
    Posts
    2,551
    Thanks
    1,725
    Thanked 3,211 Times in 1,159 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: An "Accurate" pen review

    The key here is that you've taken the first step into nib tuning (that includes smoothing). By doing this, you have moved beyond the total reliance on vendors to make you happy, which sometimes is tricky due to the personal preference factor.

    Notice that I am not saying that sellers (vendors) are off-the-hook from going above and beyond to make buyers happy.

    I always tell people that part of owning a fountain pen, is the tuning, just like any other instruments like guitar, violin, knife, etc.

    So, congrats.
    - Will
    Unique and restored vintage pens: Redeem Pens

  7. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    1,920
    Thanks
    449
    Thanked 1,495 Times in 687 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: An "Accurate" pen review

    Thanks, Will. I'm not completely comfortable with nib tuning yet of course, but a step in the right direction. Now to go look for an actual ebonite pen.
    The thing is, we're all pretty on edge at the moment. It would be great if people could be considerate of others in these matters. Not much else will change the situation beyond that. - Jon Szanto

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •