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#236 The little plus and minus buttons...

Posted by 777 on 08 July 2011 - 05:24 AM

Hello again. :) I hope I'm not asking to many questions, but somebodies got too.

I notice that at the bottom right corner of each post, there is a small red and green button. You can vote the post up or down. I'm not exactly sure of this button as on the profile page of each member, it shows his/her reputation according to these buttons. If you click the green one, the member who posted whatever you voted up will get 1 good rating.

I'm not sure if this system will work too well as this is what I can see happening:

- First, you can vote your own posts up. Perhaps this is a feature that you can disable? I was testing this fact this morning and indeed, I've given myself 2 extra +'s.

- I'm not sure if people will use them very often. I noticed on forums and such that things like FB like buttons and twitter buttons don't get clicked very often. This is, of course, just my 2 cents... :) The problem with this is that, if people aren't really using the buttons, even those with hundreds of posts and excellent reputations will still have a banner on their page that says "neutral reputation".

Perhaps these are things that can be easily changed. I dunno... Again, this is just my suggestion. Maybe disable the ability to vote ones own post up, and also change the name of it from reputation to something like "popularity of posts". What are your thoughts on this?

I hope my wording isn't offensive at all. This is just a suggestion. Either way, I still love this forum!

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#215 Copper Esterbrook $1.50 Pen & Pencil Set!

Posted by 777 on 07 July 2011 - 05:33 PM

Well, this is my first post on this forum. I came over from the Fountain Pen Network after the marketplace changed... I love this new forum! Reminds me of the old days on FPN!

Anyway, I'm a well established and trusted seller over on FPN, so I'm going to strive to earn the same reputation here as well... :)

Today I have a very nice pen and pencil set that's in outstanding condition! It's an Esterbrook Dollar Pen/Pencil set in the color copper. This set is in perfect working condition and has been professionally restored by me. The pen takes ink, and writes very nicely. The pencil also works perfectly. It expels led when the top is pushed. It still has the double sided eraser and is mostly unused. The pencil is filled with about 5 pieces of the original lead (.036" diameter).

To get specific here's what was done with the pen: New sac installed and dusted in pure talc for smooth functioning. Nib was cleaned very thoroughly. The 9550 nib has been dip tested and tuned by me to ensure excellent performance. This is a great nib! It's an Extra-Fine that writes a true EX line. For this size of nib it's considerably smooth and is not to dry or to wet. 5/10 I'd say on the wetness scale. Pen was cleaned and polished to a gorgeous shine! This pens cosmetic condition is as near perfect you can get without being mint. Almost no micro-scratching at all. and absolutely no scratches, dings, cracks, or gouges.

The pen is a 1941-1942, H (Demi) model. It's on the small side but would make a superb pocket pen!

The only, only cosmetic quibble with this pen is this: the gorgeous 9550 nib has some very, very small dotted nib pitting spots. Just look at the pictures. If this bothers/discourages potential buyers at all please let me know. I can exchange it for a different nib per request. I'm just selling it with this one cause' it's original.

This is truly a stunning pen/pencil set that needs a loving home.

Price is $100.00 shipped (CONUS only) which I believe is a very fair price for this pen. I've seen sets in this good of condition go for over $150.00. Add $5.00 for international members. PayPal please.


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#4443 Deccan Advocate Junior: Ebonite Eyedropper

Posted by Mesu on 19 May 2014 - 06:59 AM

Deccan Pen Stores are renowned pen manufacturers from Hyderabad India, manufacturing handmade ebonite pens for over 60 years.
For sale are Advocate Jr pens from Deccan.
Available in 4 colors, these pens are the smaller versions of the popular model from Deccan, Advocate Sr.
The tapered section is very comfortable for extended periods of writing.
Colors: Green, Brown, Tan and Black   
Filling System: Eyedropper    
Dimensions: 14.5cm capped, 13cm uncapped, 17cm posted; Section Width: 0.9cm; Barrel width: 1.2cm   
Nib size: Medium (M)    
Price: $35 for each pen including registered shipping
Payment: Paypal
More pics can be found at: http://www.flickr.co.../103501065@N05/
For any queries about the pen or shipping, please send a PM or email.



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#277 Pen Buying Tips for Newbies

Posted by PointyThings on 09 July 2011 - 01:06 PM

I know many of you on FPC have been collecting for years, but I often have new collectors contact me about buying a pen.

So here are a few tips for those newer buyers to consider when shopping for a writing instrument. And although I reference fountain pen, this advice applies to any writing instrument.

Ask Questions

If a seller doesn't provide the information you need to make a decision, don't hesitate to ask questions before committing to buy. Be respectful, but don't be afraid to ask about condition, size, nib width, etc. After all, it's your money being spent.

And while some sellers will gladly provide writing samples, others (myself included) see little value in such samples (especially when we have lousy handwriting that doesn't begin to demonstrate what a pen can do in the right hands).

Do Your Homework

If you want to learn more about a pen's history, poke around the web. A number of websites contain great information, including Fountain Pen Network (FPN), Richard Binder's website, and many others. Consult more than one website to develop a consensus.

Handle lots of pens at shops, pen shows, and at club meetings. Nothing beats hands-on experience, especially if you have an expert right there to guide you.

You should also research prices before buying. Search past auctions and sales on eBay, here, FPN, Pentrace, and other pen sale boards for prices of pens that have sold. Always keep in mind that model, condition, color, and other variables will have an effect on prices.

Keep in mind that the lowest price isn't always your best price.

Restored pens from well-known and respected dealers will usually sell for more money than an unrestored pen on eBay. You often get what you pay for. If you want a restored pen from a name you can trust, with a solid return policy and even a guarantee, you will usually pay extra. There are exceptions to this rule, but always check the reputation of the seller before buying -- especially if you consider the pen to be an expensive purchase.

If you are interested in a new, modern pen, but are scared by the list price, consider buying a used one in good condition. It's a lot like buying a recent model used car. Let someone else pay the premium on the new car smell, so you don't have to :-) That way, if it turns out you're not thrilled with the pen, you can often sell it for what you paid.

Be A Little Brave

No pen will perform the same for every person. How you hold the pen, the ink and paper you use, all will affect how a pen performs. Sometimes (especially when you buy online), you have to take a chance. I'm not talking about undisclosed problems (like damage or flaws), but how the pen works for you.

Some dealers (often dealers of new pens) have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, no questions asked. I'll admit right now that many of us who sell the occasional vintage pen can't give such a guarantee. I'll back any promise I make about a pen, including its condition and that it will write well when used by someone who knows how to write with a fountain pen (if I sell it as restored). But I can't guarantee that you will like the pen's weight, balance, tactile feel or other more intangible qualities that are personal preferences.

That's where it's up to you to do your homework and visit a pen shop, show or club and handle pens in person to learn what aspects of a pen you might like. And, quite simply, take a chance and try the pen. If you don't like it, come here and sell it to someone who might like it better than you.

Make Sure The Pen Gets To You Safely

This is a pet peeve I have, especially for eBay. Many sellers who don't know pens (and a quite a few who do), will ship a pen loose in a bubble envelope. Don't let them do it!!!!

Always insist that a seller packs the pen carefully in a box to protect it from damage during shipping.

Some sellers wrap their pens in tissue or other cushioning material and slide the pen into a length of plastic PVC pipe. They then pack that into a box or padded envelope. It's almost impossible for a pen packed this way to be crushed or bent. However, I've had pens packed in PVC piping and padded envelopes arrive falling out of the envelope because the sharp edge of the piping tore the envelope. I still prefer boxes.

Also insist on shipping insurance, especially if the pen is being shipped within your country. International shipping poses different problems and solutions which I'll get into in a future post.

Be Flexible (you, not necessarily the nib)

In the end, be prepared to learn and make mistakes. Your tastes will change and evolve, so don't approach pen buying like an exacting science.

Buy some pens, try them out, get rid of those you don't like (or learn how to fix and adjust them), and buy some more.

Most of all, have fun.

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EDIT: This post doesn't begin to cover the issues of buying pens as a collector. That's a much bigger subject we'll tackle later.
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#220 Hello everybody!

Posted by 777 on 07 July 2011 - 06:55 PM

Hello to everybody on this forum! I want to first give a big, huge, THANK YOU to the creator of this forum!

I came over from the Fountain Pen Network after the market place changed. I found it to hard to use and was on the lookout for something new. I saw a few other boards pop up but all of them were complex...

Then, I found this one! Wow, it's just like the old days on FPN. I love it... :) Anyhow, I thought I'd introduce myself:

I'm Tyler Dahl, but I'm much better know as 777 of 777 Pen Repair. I run a home business restoring vintage fountain pens and grinding nibs. This has been a hobby, job, and passion of mine for quite some time now. I love it. :)

I like to occasionally sell pens in addition to repairing other peoples pens. Since the FPN market place went "goofy" I haven't been able to sell any pens at all... No one hardly looks at the for sale section anymore...

So, I look forward to doing some good business here with you all! I hope this forum will be fun and interactive like the old FPN market place.

That's all for now. :D I look forward to meeting you all, though I already know a few of you from FPN...

Best Regards,
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#5608 SOLD Universal Berlin 37 with flexy 14C OB nib

Posted by adam11 on 06 December 2015 - 11:14 AM

Rare oversized German piston filler made from celluloid and hard rubber, with huge original 14C OB nib, flexible and smooth. # cap rings and beautiful zig-zak pattern on the clear ink window.


This is a large pen, in MB 146 rang from less known Berlin manufacturer, but of superb built quality and with an incredible nib in excellent condition, without deep scratches, cracks or similar.


The new cork seal is installed and the pen is ready for use.



13.8 cm with cap on,

12.7 cm without cap,

16 cm with cap posted.


Price: SOLD USD, worldwide shipping included in the price.


Images are an integral part of the ad, so I ask you kindly to examine them in detail. If it's not explicitly stated otherwise, my pens are sold in as found condition, but always cleaned, inspected and ready to write. Feel free to make reasonable offers. First " I want it" will get the pen. The pen will be on hold and payment is expected in 24 hours. If you cannot make that deadline please let me know and I will work with you. If you have any further questions, please contact me.





















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#5238 Fountain Pen group for sale as is

Posted by FredRydr on 20 April 2015 - 05:30 AM

Edit the topic line accordingly.

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#4800 SOLD Staedtler 4290 Mars 14Ct M flexy

Posted by adam11 on 23 September 2014 - 03:22 PM

Staedtler 4290 Mars with an original crescent moon 14Ct M flexy nib. Excellent, mint condition large vintage German piston filler. Strong guilloche pattern with empty cartouche on the cap, excellent gold plating on the metal furniture. New cork seal installed, pen is ready to write. I only dip tested the nib and filled the pen with the water.

Incredible pen in superb condition.

12.9 cm with cap on,
11.7 cm without cap,
15.5 cm with cap posted.

Price: SOLD USD, worldwide shipping included in the price.

Images are an integral part of the ad, so I ask you kindly to examine them in detail. If it's not explicitly stated otherwise, my pens are sold in as found condition, but always cleaned, inspected and ready to write. As a rule, every pen I sell is at least dip tested; a writing sample makes much easier for you to see how does your future pen write.
Feel free to make reasonable offers. First " I want it" will get the pen. The pen will be on hold and payment is expected in 24 hours. If you cannot make that deadline please let me know and I will work with you. If you have any further questions, please contact me.








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Posted by major_works on 06 January 2014 - 12:28 PM

It would be very helpful if you would include prices in your for-sale listings.

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#3535 14k Cross Century Classic - almost NOS

Posted by colonelz on 15 October 2013 - 03:49 PM

This is a wonderful fountain pen.  My first was probably the best writing pen I've ever had, including German, Italian, English and other USA pens.  If I didn't have three, I'd snatch this one up!

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#3212 Blue, blue, blue and free

Posted by LeeBG on 01 July 2013 - 08:25 PM

I was over the moon excited to see this only to completely deflate to see that I am a year too late! It was very generous of you to offer these pens and I can't believe no one responded!
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#303 Conway Stewart Nelson Heritage

Posted by Bopa on 10 July 2011 - 01:57 PM

I bought this pen last year intending to put it into my regular rotation when I tired of my CS 100. BUt with time, my collecting focus changed (again, Duh!) and it remained enshrined forever within its 3 velvety boxes, its wonderful italic fine nib untouched by ink. So, I'm selling this great pen to raise some funds as I pursure Sheaffer Connaisseurs (for which I'm open to trading). Like the Duro series, the Nelson Heritage has a wonderful engraved pattern. The engraving pattern consists of interlocking diamonds, drawing upon the traditional Conway Stewart logo shape, running along the full length of both cap and barrel. This is a well-balanced pen in a beautiful deep green teal that blends blue and green in a pleasing shade, perfectly complimenting the engraving pattern. The cap and barrel are set off by rich jet black accents at cap top and barrel end, matched by the section. The 18 carat solid gold nib is plated with rhodium to match the sterling silver trim. The result is a classic understated writing instrument. You can read a review of this pen on FPN a while back. The CS Nelson Heritage was a limited edition, and this is pen number 25 of 50 (paperwork is included with the pen)Pen has been in its original box since purchase, never inked. Price includes all 3 boxes, paperwork (and pen of course) shipped priority insured in CONUS. Please use email to contact me with questions or for more photos: Email me

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Posted by Rick Krantz on 27 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

this sale is over. 



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#263 Hi From Whidbey Island WA

Posted by 777 on 09 July 2011 - 07:09 AM

Hello KenS! It's good to have another member here!

I don't think you talked to much. I enjoyed reading your story. :)

My father was a Marine as well. He flew jet planes for a living! I'll bet you enjoyed your job a lot. Thank you for your service to our country.

See you around the board!

777 - Tyler Dahl
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#25 SOLD--- Clairefontaine Linicolor Meeting Book only 2 left!

Posted by farseer911 on 01 July 2011 - 04:36 PM


The Clairefontaine Linicolor Meeting Book has defined spaces for meeting topic and purpose, date, notes and actions.
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Pages are microperforated for easy tear off. Sturdy and durable ribbed poly-pro cover. Contains 80 sheets of exceptionally smooth, 80 g, acid free paper.

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Size approx: 9 1/4" x 11 3/4". 328000

Only 2 remaining Green and Orange

MSRP is $19

Pricing is $16 shipped Con US for One

or take both for $28

Payment can be made via paypal.com, and the item will be shipped out the next business day.

you can contact me via PM off this page or email me off my profile page.
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#235 Registration not fully working?

Posted by 777 on 08 July 2011 - 05:10 AM

Finally fixed it!

Great job Karl! *round of applause*!

Looks much better now. :)

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#227 Hello everybody!

Posted by 777 on 07 July 2011 - 08:09 PM

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for being the first to post an introduction. I added the intro forum yesterday, after realizing that I had forgotten it.


Glad to have you aboard!


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It's good to be a member here. I hope to have lots of fun times here!

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#207 Pen Wraps **Sold**

Posted by Penfisher on 07 July 2011 - 08:55 AM

Store and protect your pen collection with a wrap. I have two very lightly used identical wraps that hold 10 pens each. Having a good wrap is cheap insurance and makes storing/transporting your pens a breeze.

$6 each plus shipping ($3 USA, $5 Worldwide) --- Sold, thank you.

Paypal please :)

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#1832 Special on Reproduction Wax Seals

Posted by jjlax10 on 11 February 2012 - 01:46 PM

I recently discovered Rocklove, a jewelry artist in New York City who shares my love of wax seals. She has acquired several seals and fobs in England, and has reproduced some of her collection in solid cast bronze. I was able to negotiate a special deal where members can get 10% off with the coupon "calligraphy" (without the quotes). The artist sells the fobs as part of a leather cord necklace, but has priced them special if you want the fob alone. For example, here is the fob with a seal of an old tall ship.



There is also a beehive and a dove and birdbath.




I am one the wax seal collectors on this message board, and from my experience it is hard to come by reproductions like this. There is a limited quantity available, so don't delay. The fobs are available for purchase here.

Don't forget to use the coupon code "calligraphy" for an extra 10% off.
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#1145 Platinum #3776 - BRAND NEW

Posted by teeitup418holes on 07 October 2011 - 09:08 AM

For sale is a beautiful BRAND NEW Platinum #3776 fountain pen equipped with a 14k Medium Nib. This pen is absolutely stunning, and if you have a Platinum or Nakaya fountain pen, you know how great their nibs are. This pen is brand new and has never been inked or tested. This Platinum Pen comes packaged in a nice presentation case and includes converter and an ink cartridge along with paperwork.

Platinum #3776
Black Pen with Gold trim
14k Medium Nib
Price: $105 shipped CONUS

Terms of Sale-All prices include shipping with delivery confirmation and insurance in the CONUS. I will ship internationally, but for an additional cost. The first person to say "I Want it" gets the pen. Questions do not hold the pen. If you would like to purchase this pen, please email me at teeitup418holes@gmail.com or you can PM me. Email is much faster for me though.

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