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Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:30:02 PM »
Thanks @K-2 and @InkyFingers
Oh my gosh - it never occurred to be to see about getting it repaired, I just thought that wouldn't be possible - will look into this.

Ok - I will definitely not use the Sumi ink and just have a bit more patience :D
I had seen on their website that Herbin was French, so was really surprised that every link I was getting seemed to be to American retailers and websites, that were charging shipping costs that were three or four times the price of the ink itself (understandably!). Even Herbin's website was giving me a list of US retailers which puzzled me. I'll double check my search settings are right and maybe I need to change the keywords I'm using or something.
I hadn't seen that shop in Dublin at all either so thanks so much for the recommendation. I'm based in Donegal, but I actually have a trip to Dublin planned in a couple of weeks so the timing here couldn't be better. I can see a lot of the trip's budget being reassigned to visiting here - it looks to be a beautiful shop ;D I will contact them them beforehand to see if they still do repairs.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: July 01, 2021, 08:47:12 AM »
Thank you for these recommendations @Cyril Jayant ... I will keep searching for those nibs. At least there's hope. I'll keep trying for the inks aswell to get something suitable. Even if I use it for monoline projects to start with to see how the nib behaves and what pressure it can take!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: June 30, 2021, 07:03:49 PM »
! Apologies for so long in coming back, life has been a bit hectic recently so I've had to put this aside! Thank you @Cyril Jayant for your comment, its very much appreciated and you have given some great advise!
I spent some time this evening cleaning and polishing the parts. The nib has come up beautifully, but unfortunately that has revealed quite a large crack in it. I hadn't seen it before, as it was so dirty! I have tried fitting it all back together and it does all go back nicely, but with a crack like this, I'm going to assume that I will not be able to fill the pen as intended and will be doing as @Cyril Jayant has suggested and just use it as a dip pen...if even that is possible!!! I will try doing so search to see if I can find a replacement one, but from what Cyril has said that may not work out either!!!
On the ink, I've looked at the ones you have suggested @K-2 , and they look you say, the bottles are fabulous! But unfortunately I'm finding it difficult to get somewhere to ship here to Ireland. Would Sumi ink be OK to test with, or another high quality fountain pen ink...Ferris Wheel Press inks would be one that I would be able to source here?

Thanks again for all your help, you really have gone beyond my expectations when I posted this!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:21:19 PM »
Oh thank you so much for the recommendation....I'll go look them up...I'm so looking forward to trying it!
I haven't done too much to the body of it yet, so will try to clean it up at bit now too per your earlier advise!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: June 18, 2021, 03:40:32 PM »
Just thought I'd hop on this evening to give a wee update. I've been following the brilliant instructions from @K-2 soaking the nib unit in water and the ammonia solution and trying to ease the pieces apart and tonight I've finally been able to separate them! I can believe how much ink has come out of them, but already its looking so much better! On to the next stage now!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: June 07, 2021, 06:01:23 PM »
Thanks Erica.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Vintage Pen
« on: June 07, 2021, 03:24:48 AM »
Wow K, thank you so much for such a detailed and informative answer.
Yes, thankfully I am right handed and just holding the pen and testing the flex on it, I'm hoping that the angle will be ok, but it's great to know that the nib could be replaced if need be!
Looking forward to trying this out. While it will be long process, the steps as you have laid them out make it very approachable!
Thanks so much again! I'll let you know my progress!


Tools & Supplies / Vintage Pen
« on: June 06, 2021, 04:14:21 PM »
Hi all,

This is my first proper post here after some time browsing and thoroughly enjoying the forum, so I hope I'm doing this correctly and have posted this into the correct section! Please correct me if not!

I'm looking for some advise about a vintage/antique pen. This pen belonged to my great grand-mother, who died in the early 1920's when my grandmother was just a baby, so this gives some idea as to the age of the pen. I've attached some photos for reference.
I started calligraphy in September 2020 and it would mean so much to me if I was able to bring this pen back to life and use it, if it is possible! It is a truly stunning pen and feels really lovely in the hand However, given my lack of experience, I'm afraid that I might do damage to it!

There is an inscription on the very top of the pen and looks to be "Waterman Pat'd FESY (or possibly FE5Y) 12 & Nov '84. Sterling". The nib has the inscription "Waterman Ideal New York".

Would anyone be able to advise me or point me to any useful resources about how it properly use this. It does appear to be a fountain pen that I would fill, rather than one I would dip, but I'm wondering about how to fill it. From Googling, I did find a vintage instruction booklet that looked to be a similar built pen that seemed to say that I would fill the actual barrel of the pen with a dropper and then screw back on the top but I'm not sure if I was interpreting this properly. Also, am I ok to use the same type of inks that we would use in a fountain pen today, or should I looking for a particular type of ink to use.

Any advise about properly cleaning/repairing it, or just advise in general about using vintage pens like this would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your help and looking forward to hearing from you!

Introductions / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: March 27, 2021, 03:38:14 PM »
Only just seeing these replies now! Thanks so much everyone!

Introductions / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: March 15, 2021, 06:31:38 AM »
Thanks Erica  ;D

Introductions / Hi everyone!
« on: March 14, 2021, 05:08:45 PM »
Hi There!
My name is Carol and I'm from Ireland. I'm a newbie to Calligraphy - I've just completed the ShowMeYourDrills series of courses from The Happy Ever Crafter. I started out using brush pens, but switched to pointed pen half way through and I'm completely hooked!!!
I heard about the forum through the episode of the Calligraphy Podcast that Erica featured on and just had to check it out! I can't wait to delve into the posts - they look brilliant!!!

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