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Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions. Here's Why...
Posted by AndrewC
on August 26, 2014, 11:59 pm
A long time ago, shortly after I joined, I found a pen languishing in an antique store. $20. I rescued it and brought it home. I asked about it here on Pentrace, and learned all about the pen. And then it was time to make it work. For an entire day and more different people on this board talked me through changing the sac, and then replacing all the parts that fell out when I turned it wrong. This pen has an interesting lever set-up where it anchors to the end of the barrel. After time, it loosens up, and can be a pain to reset. I learned this part is called the "Profanity Inducer", which still makes me laugh just thinking about it. I did get the parts in, with the help of a special tool-a green Tinker Toy stick trimmed with a pocket knife. Later I learned, with help from the board, how to pull the screw out nib, clean it, and heat set the nib without turning the pen into a roman candle. I've done everything to the pen now except the lever box, and all with the help of the folks here. Here is a shot of the pen;
It is a Wahl Eversharp with a Medium nib that is marked Flexible, and boy is it. From a coarse hairline to a line just under 1/8th of an inch, and the flow always keeps up with the nib, even at speed. Although it may not look like much and only cost 20 bucks, this is a very valuable pen to me. It showed me the spirit of the people here and in the hobby, and every time I use this pen it reminds me of this. So, if you have a question, don't be afraid to ask. The folks here are pretty nice!
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