I restored this pen for a friend. It’s a Danish-made Big Ben (I’ve written more about the Big Ben brand on some of my other postings). This one is a piston filler that needed some serious work. However, the end READ MORE
The 200-series of fountain pens was made by the Danish Montblanc factory from 1950 to 1954. They were made of celluloid, with an ebonite friction-fit section and a stepped barrel design, as can be seen in the photo below. Those READ MORE
We spent our summer vacation in Bologna, Italy this year, making occasional day trips using the local commuter trains to various must-see places. One of our day trips took us to Venice, and part of that trip included taking a READ MORE
Waterman’s early patent on feeder design, describing the mechanism of feeding the ink downwards to the nib while simultaneously allowing air back up into the reservoir.
I love the link to a Google Street View of the St. Lambert factory, which is now an apartment building – with the Waterman’s logo still above the front door…
Parker had such as success with the hooded nib design of the 51 that many other companies rushed to the market with their own versions. Parker, however, was smart enough to know a good thing when they had one, so READ MORE
This is a desk set comprised of a nib holder, a letter opener (in ivory) and a wax seal (not yet engraved). The “H Gr.” hallmark indicated that it was made by Hugo Grün, a silversmith working in Copenhagen from READ MORE