Parker Vacumatic Golden Pearl

I know this blog is called Flex & Other Follies and I always rattle on about vintage flex, but: I was at the London pen show in October and spent a grand total of £201 on a variety of things: a pen case/box, more pens, more inks, and stuff... and the largest purchase I made... Continue Reading →

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Waterman 42 1/2 V (1920s)

The little brother of my 12 1/2 VS, I got this on eBay on Fountain Pen Day last year, but it leaked ink everywhere when I tried to fill it. Clearly it needed restoring, but I never got around to it until recently: And what a process it was! I had to take it apart.... Continue Reading →

Eversharp Skyline Standard (1940s)

I’d read so much about Eversharp nibs and how they were supposedly incredible at flex. Well... The answer is yes. I got this off r/pen_swap and it was everything I expected! The Skyline was released in 1941 and ceased production in 1950. It came in three sizes, of which mine is the medium “Standard” version sporting... Continue Reading →

Mystery vintage metal pen!

Exploring the world of vintage pens means you come across one or two pens put together from working parts sometimes. But this is quite something: A pen with no brand markings on it, with a working lever that looks original, a clip that emerges undamaged from the screw cap, and a checkered pattern that runs... Continue Reading →

Summit Cadet Model S-100 (c. 1929)

After paying a couple times for pens to get restored, how better to dive deeper into this rabbit hole than trying it out for myself? I took a gamble on this because the nib looked like it could possibly have a little flex. Either way, a £17 pen shipped needing what looked like a fairly basic... Continue Reading →

TWSBI 580AL Pink (modified!)

This pen was bought specifically for modding, after reading several reviews from people who have successfully hacked some pretty cool nibs onto their pens. Here we go: Other than having the odd creaky-piston moment, my 580AL works very well, and at under £50 due to Christmas sales, it was a bargain indeed. I got mine... Continue Reading →

Pilot Murex

More than 40 years after its creation, this design still looks sleek and modern. I jumped on one on Reddit for $200 and it came in excellent condition, save for a little cosmetic issue with the feed (more on that later). I already had money set aside for it and had been looking for it... Continue Reading →

Pelikan 400NN Brown Tortoise (1950s)

I jumped on this one because Pelikan no longer makes anything near the range they used to have, both in terms of pen shapes as well as nib types: The 400NN was developed after the 400N was a “neu” version of the old 400, which looks like the modern M400. The finial and knob gradually... Continue Reading →

Montblanc Slimline (1980)

Another Montblanc I didn’t buy... My mother gave this to my father almost forty years ago and it has made its way to me after not being used for most of the intervening period. (I guess it’s sensible to keep expensive pens away from the kids.) For such a slim pen, it has a total... Continue Reading →

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