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  1. Slivovitz

    Anyone else fancy Parker 21?

    There you go then. If the hood unscrews from the feed, then you have nothing to lose by trying to fix it. Let us know how it goes. I'm reasonably certain that these are meant to be held in place by a mild adhesive like shellac. You post made me curious enough to take out my three Parker 21s...
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    Anyone else fancy Parker 21?

    I would rather you get some more answers from people who actually know what they're talking about, but for what it's worth, here's my input. :confused1 If you epoxy the hood with it still in place, there is a risk of epoxy seeping its way inside the hood and gunking up the feed, making the pen...
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    Should Schools Bring Back Cursive Handwriting?

    Hmm. Not having been taught by nuns, or by any teachers who used the knuckle whacking method, I don't have those associations. They have nothing to do with the usefulness of cursive, though, or anything else for that matter.:001_unsur
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    Anyone else fancy Parker 21?

    I see. In that case it may very well not be a crack. Good luck with the pen.
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    Anyone else fancy Parker 21?

    Well, just because a pen may be prone to a particular flaw doesn't mean that nothing else could go wrong. And most 21s are probably just fine. But the cracking problem is well enough attested that it's worth checking for this if you have a leak. Remember, this can be a very fine crack, hard...
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    Anyone else fancy Parker 21?

    I've read that the 21s had a tendency to develop hairline cracks in the hood. Although hard to see, ink will leak out of these. The fix is to replace the hood. Obviously not a part that's still made, but pen repairers usually seem to have some around. I have three 21s, one of which had this...
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    Should Schools Bring Back Cursive Handwriting?

    Interesting. I recall in junior high and early high school I would write out my reports in cursive, and give them to the retired typist across the street to be typed up. I did some sort of errands for her in return. I took our school's typing class (manual typewriters) when I was a sophomore...
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    The Future of the Drafting Pencil

    For mechanical pencils, I rather like the old 1.2 mm size leads for writing, and have some old Scriptos, Wearever Scripto knockoffs, Autopoints, and even Esterbrooks to go with them. But the pencil that rides in a shirt pocket along with the fountain pen of the day is a Pentel Kerry 0.7 mm, 2B...
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    Should Schools Bring Back Cursive Handwriting?

    Yes, probably. I just think that it's possible to get too focused on one thing like this, and not evaluate the quality of education as a whole. Cursive was a basic skill when I went to school, and probably still should be. But teaching kids how to write elegantly doesn't teach them to write well.
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    What's in your pocket today?

    I don't post much on B&B any more. Just not a lot to say, I guess, but I still follow this forum, at least. Sometimes I'll have a couple of pens inked with inks that I'm getting tired of, or perhaps I want to use different pens entirely. I'll end up writing with those pens a bit more, just to...
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    What Are You Reading?

    I'm reading Among the Believers: an Islamic Journey, by V.S. Naipaul. I like Naipaul's travelogue books. This one was published in 1981, so it's interesting to read it in light of all that's happened since.
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    The oldest coupon you've ever redeemed.

    I'm actually not a drinker, although there is a reason for the handle that I won't get into here. :redface-new: But I think I actually will save this coupon.
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    The oldest coupon you've ever redeemed.

    I haven't posted in one of the shaving forums here in quite a while. To the extent that I'm still active in B&B, it's mostly in The Nib. Today I was going to post a photo in the "what's in your pocket" thread of my Pelikan M205 with replacement M400 medium nib (and Sailor Jentle Doyou ink) and...
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    Recommendation for minimalist FP pouch?

    My first recommendation is to carry your fountain pens in a shirt pocket. If you don't wear shirts with pockets, my second recommendation is to get some shirts with pockets. :redface-new: But if you want a minimalist pen pouch, they don't get much more minimalist (odd phrase, but let it...
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    POTUS'S Pen in the Oval Office

    Often, when signing multiple copies of a document at a signing ceremony, presidents have used a different pen for each copy and handed them to people present. I suspect that establishing the provenance of such pens later would be nearly impossible, as it would depend on both word of mouth and a...
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    Buying my first FP

    It occurs to me that the four fountain pens I have inked now could all be described as used, but three are actually vintage, from the 1940s and earlier, and the fourth, from the 1980s, is a no longer made model. If a pen is still being made, and you're not actually going for some luxury model...
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    What's in your pocket today?

    Waterman's 12 PSF, Namiki Blue ink. Probably my oldest pen; I believe it's from the World War One era.
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    What does your blotter look like?

    That's a very nice vintage blotter and pen holder. Thanks for the picture. What I was actually interested in, though, for this thread, was the business end of the blotter, how it looks after being used for a while. Here are the three rocker blotters I have in my writing area. The one on the...
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    What's in your pocket today?

    The day may not be quite melancholy, but it is raining. When I go out in a bit, my pocket will probably hold one of these two pens, a Pilot Murex with De Atramentis Document Blue ink, or the Sheaffer 3-25 Flat Top with Pilot Blue-Black. Also, not pictured, a Pentel Sharp Kerry mechanical...
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    Curiosity Got Me to Peek Into the Nib, and Now it Begins

    I have found fountain pens to be a deeper rabbit hole than wet shaving. I keep spreadsheets on my purchases, and while I won't give actual numbers, the fountain pens, along with dip pens, inks, papers, and a few accessories, have cost me much more. On the other hand, although I appreciate a...
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