Tough To Beat a Classic

21 02 2009

In the last week, I’ve put a couple of pens in my stable back into the rotation after having been ‘on holiday’ for almost two years. First is a Sheaffer Lifetime Flat Top, in a black & pearl body. It’s faded a bit over the years, but oh, what a pen. Another is my Parker ‘Big Red’ Sr. Duofold. Both pens manufactured (I think) in the 1920’s. Both classics. Both dependable, smooth writers. One (the Sheaffer) puts down a fine wet line. The other an equally wet medium-to-broad stroke.

It’s a shame that 75+ years later, these titans of the pen world have gone downhill. To be fair, Sheaffer (in my humble opinion) has fared slightly better than Parker. All of their modern pens that I’ve sampled (and again, to be fair, is far from the whole line) have been very high quality pens. From their Frontier to the Sonnet, all have been good pens. But Parker….


My Mother gave me this formerly gorgeous Parker Sonnet in a burgundy red lacquer Christmas before last. It’s been a pretty lousy writer from day one. Skips, dries up easily. And just look at the beautiful lacquer job on this jewel. It looks like a bus has driven over it — multiple times. This is just from posting the cap. Never dropped, never abused. As I mentioned, this was a gift, so I’m not certain what was paid for it. Too much, I know that. Fountain Pen Hospital has them for $84 bucks. In my mind, it compares to Sheaffer’s Prelude (FPH has these too, $54 bucks) which is a FAR superior pen.

Just goes to prove, it’s tough to beat a classic.

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This Came in The Mail Today!

5 02 2009

I love the mail. Especially when a goody comes in it, addressed to me. Today was my latest eBay acquisition, a gray Esterbrook desk pen with a surf green ceramic base. Matches my hand-built (by me) Telecaster. Wicked Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pen:

The Guitar:

Could be long lost cousins……. Pictures don’t do the colors justice, but they really are close. Here is a picture recap of the restoration:


Please forgive my pictures. I WANT to be a good photographer; in my mind, I AM a good photographer. And then I see the results and….well…….I’m not giving up my day job. The pen turned out nice. The nib was new to me, a 9556. Nice smooth fine nib.

I love the mail………