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Why some vintage pens are so pristine….

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Once in a while you run across a vintage pen that is pristine.  I mean the pen is gorgeous, clean, crisp, no brassing, in the box, just as perfect as the day that it was shipped from the factory.  How in the world did it stay that way?

Robyn and I have a theory.  We of course make allowances for things like the pen being NOS, from a store that closed with stock that wasn’t sold.  It happens.  But sometimes the pen has a name on it, or a note with the pen that says “from Madge to Pete with love,” or something like it.

Then you put ink in the pen after restoring it, and put the nib to paper.  YUCK!  The thing scratches, it blobs, it (as one client so colorfully put it) writes like a chicken foot.  It’s awful!!

That’s why it lasted so long.   Someone in the nib department was having a bad day, and the thing was a terrible writer!  It was tested (Thank you dear, it’s lovely!) and then put in drawer. (I’ll save it for special occasions, it’s too nice to carry every day).

The theory was proven yet again with a pen that I just received with an extra fine nib.  Some patient reshaping of the nib, smoothing, and all that and I have a great new pen.  But why didn’t the original owner say something?  Isn’t that what a warranty is for?

Any one else have a story to support our theory?