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    Default Re: Reviews of some vintage fountain pens (will update)

    Hi! Yesterday I reviewed the middle model of this model line, but today I reviewed the youngest, slim/lady version.

    Waterman’s “Standard” Slim/Lady with glass cartridges (made in France) 1945-1953.

    The shape of this tool is identical to the all Waterman’s Standard line and yesterday’s reviewed Waterman’s Standard Middle – and this is cigar shape is made of black plastic. The filling system is glass cartridges of its proprietary Watermans format, which were produced in 3 sizes. The body consists of 3 parts: a section with nib, central body and blind cap at the end. Cap on thread, 2-starts thread, open/close in 1 and 1/4 turns.







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    Hey everyone! I don’t really like fountain pens with hooded nibs, and even less I like Soviet-made pens for various reasons, but since I got a pen to service which not yet in my knowledge base reviews, I decided to fix it. This is probably one of the most affordable among the pens desired by Soviet people who liked fountain pen writing, probably because it is a modified clone of the world-famous Parker “51”.

    Avtoruchka AR-65 "Soyuz" (made in USSR) Leningrad, ~1960-1990

    This fountain pen is a modification of the well-known Parker 51 with a Soviet captive(built-in) converter system. The section contains a tubular nib which is covered by hood, the captive converter is screw in the section on the left-hand thread. The body is not connected to the section, but to the body of captive converter. The cap on friction, hold to the extra lugs on the section and has an internal plastic cap to seal the nib. The cap is gold-plated and body is made of cyan plastic.







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    Default Re: Reviews of some vintage fountain pens (will update)

    Great work Andrew the plating looks more like foil or even worse edible gold leaves

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    Thanks. Yeah, the quality of Soviet mass products varied greatly, there were relatively not bad things, but there were those that crashed right in the hands.
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    It seems that the Soviets like captive things..

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    Default Re: Reviews of some vintage fountain pens (will update)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    It seems that the Soviets like captive things..
    The Soviets of that time, like modern China, liked to steal technology and then pass it off as their achievements. And most of received money went to weapons to scare the rest of the world.((
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    Another similar model from the USSR came to me to service with a stuck piston. It does not deserve a personal review, so I add its review to the early created one.

    Avtoruchka AR-17 MZPP “Sacco and Vanzetti” (made in USSR)

    The shape is cylindrical with flat tops and a slight thickening in the middle part of body, made mainly of plastic, and in this case black color. The filling system is traditional in USSR – a captive(built-in) converter. The cap on friction, made of yellow metal with beautiful deep satin finish “short dashes”.







    Full review: http://lenskiy.org/2019/09/modern-au...pp-ussr-ar-17/
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    Default Re: Reviews of some vintage fountain pens (will update)

    By this post, I want to close the theme of USSR “Shark tails” and not return to them again , and I want to review 3 tools of the same type, from the same manufacturer. This is the most desirable model in USSR from their time, because it almost copies the famous Montblanc 12 (14, 22,24,32,34), and is not like the most common Soviet models, Parker 51 clones.

    Avtoruchka AR-8500 | AR-806 "Shark tale" (made in USSR) Kharkiv’s “Orgtechnics” factory. ~1970-1990.

    Outwardly, this style was popular in the 60s and 70s in Europe, which was successfully copied in the USSR: cylindrical shape, with flat tops and a slight thickening in the middle part of body, made mainly of plastic, and in this case burgundy color. The filling system is common in the USSR – a captive(built-in) converter, which was called a piston filler in the USSR. The cap on friction, made of yellow metal which has a linear pattern in the form of longitudinal stripes.







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