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    Default Pens that haven't aged well?

    I've spent the morning cleaning out a Parker 61 Capillary and it got me thinking about pens that haven't aged well somewhat successfully. To me 61's are pens that don't age well as there 3 common issues; arrows falling off, the capillary units getting blocked and the connectors failing on the cartridge converter pens.

    I know there a Sheaffer Plunger filler that is near impossible to service without a Lathe what other pens weren't made to last?

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    Default Re: Pens that haven't aged well?

    Celluloid Waterman’s 100-year pens certainly make the list
    So do Soennecken 111 -and 222 in bright colors, Eversharp Dorics in the same...
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    Default Re: Pens that haven't aged well?

    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
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    So do Soennecken 111 -and 222 in bright colors...
    And I'd still give every one of them a very loving home. Quite possibly my grail pens - especially a sea green Lady 111 *sigh*

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    Default Re: Pens that haven't aged well?

    Waterman Taperites are not exactly a pleasure to service. Many post-war plastic pens suffer from shrinkage - probably Platignum and Osmiroid are among the worst.

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    Default Re: Pens that haven't aged well?

    Quote Originally Posted by top pen View Post
    I've spent the morning cleaning out a Parker 61 Capillary and it got me thinking about pens that haven't aged well somewhat successfully. To me 61's are pens that don't age well as there 3 common issues; arrows falling off, the capillary units getting blocked and the connectors failing on the cartridge converter pens.

    I know there a Sheaffer Plunger filler that is near impossible to service without a Lathe what other pens weren't made to last?
    Just about all of the Omas 75th Anniversary (2000) limited edition Arlecchino celluloid FPs have fallen victim to acid degradation / crystallization. In ~five years time they have gone from > $1,000 collectables to pens you cannot even give away!! What a shame!

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    Default Re: Pens that haven't aged well?

    Quote Originally Posted by top pen View Post
    I've spent the morning cleaning out a Parker 61 Capillary and it got me thinking about pens that haven't aged well somewhat successfully. To me 61's are pens that don't age well as there 3 common issues; arrows falling off, the capillary units getting blocked and the connectors failing on the cartridge converter pens....
    It's a shame about the 61. Mine is a very nice writer, when it's not clogged, much nicer than the 51s I have, and the arrow has not fallen off. But yes, there's that clogging issue. And although that might be alleviated by a different choice of ink, when a pen gets clogged using plain old Namiki Blue, I have to think that it's not very practical.

    Well, at least I managed to write with it enough to learn to appreciate the nib, and I may try it again some time, just not soon.
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    Default Re: Pens that haven't aged well?

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
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    So do Soennecken 111 -and 222 in bright colors...
    And I'd still give every one of them a very loving home. Quite possibly my grail pens - especially a sea green Lady 111 *sigh*
    I can greatly empathize with that feeling—the 111 Superior was the most spectacular pen I ever owned...as ill-fated as they are.
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