Saturday, March 12, 2016
Fountain Pen Tuneup
About a year ago I bought a new Parker fountain pen from a store in London, England. The problem was that when I used it, it was "scratchy" instead of smooth as silk. So I set it aside. Recently I discovered that pen nibs can be "tuned up" by specialists to make them write properly. Several days ago there was a story in Newsday about the Long Island Pen Show this weekend. So off I went. This is a photograph of a woman about my age, who "tunes up" fountain pen nibs, and she is considered one of the best around. She is working on someone else's pen, using a very fine motorized polishing wheel. Then she uses other extremely fine abrasive cloths to finish the work. Look at her hands! This work is really hard on the hands. They are battered and ink stained, but the mark of a superb craftsman. I had my pen fixed at another booth, (because I just happened to end up there first) and now it writes perfectly!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:09 PM