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Nib Noise * Volume 16 Number 7 * October 2017

Welcome to Nib Noise. We hope you'll enjoy reading this month's issue.

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*** The 23rd Annual Ohio Pen Show Is Almost Upon Us ***

The 23rd Annual Ohio Pen Show will be happening the first weekend of
November (November 2-5). Barbara and I will be on hand for all the
festivities -- where will YOU be?

The Ohio Pen Show is one of the greatest shows on the circuit. It's
famous all over the world for the quality and quantity of vintage pens
that you'll see. Meet your fellow collectors in a warm and friendly
atmosphere. There are extra events for weekend pass holders, including
two, count 'em TWO, auctions, one on Thursday the 2nd and the big one on
Saturday the 4th. Oh, and did I mention the pizza party on Friday?

With Weekenders' events cranking up on Thursday (30 trading tables) and
running all day Friday (160 tables), and two full public days on the
weekend, this year's show will be the ideal way to make up your Holiday
wish list nice and early. As always, there will be exciting new products
and all those vintage pens I mentioned, as well as that fabulous auction
action. The Ohio show offers a grand time, and it's really not to be

In case you haven't already made your reservation, Terry and his minions
will be happy to sell you a Weekend Pass when you walk in the door on
Thursday, so you needn't miss out on the variety of evening events.

For much more information, visit the show's Web site:

If this will be your first-ever pen show, be sure to read my pen show
virgin's guide:

As always, I'll be regrinding and tweaking nibs while you wait. We use a
list, like your favorite restaurant, so you can enjoy the rest of the
show while you await your turn. (But we don't have those buzzy hockey
puck things...) Bring a pen, and share a little time with friends at our
table while I jazz up your writing experience.


If you have pens that need repairs other than nib work, you can hand
them to any of the several repairers who will be working at the show. We
recommend Mike and Linda Kennedy of Indy-Pen-Dance, Martin Ferguson of
Martin's Pens 51, or Ron Zorn of Main Street Pens.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  We hope to
see you there -- come and join the fun!

*** Hands-On Nib Workshop in Ohio ***

Ably seconded by Linda Kennedy of Indy-Pen-Dance (sixth-year protégée)
and Brian Gray of Edison Pen (second-year protégé), I will be giving my
hands-on nib smoothing seminar at the Ohio show. It happens Sunday
morning, beginning promptly at 8:30. Attendance for hands-on guidance is
limited to 16 registered participants. Registration for the workshop
will open promptly at 9:00 Eastern time on Friday October 20, at this

If registration is filled up before you get to the page, you are still
welcome to audit the workshop; we'll have extra copies of the handout
for you, and we'll take questions from auditors just as from paid
participants. If you decide after the workshop that you'd like to try
working with your own pens, Mike and Linda at Indy-Pen-Dance will have
complete kits of the workshop materials for sale at their table.

*** Broad Strokes ***

This month I've written a profile of a seriously exciting, and very
cool, pen I first encountered at this year's Washington DC show, the
World War II-vintage Graphomatic Inkmaker. And because the Inkmaker is
no longer usable, the article also discusses the Inkmaker's less exotic
sibling, the Colonel, a working example of which is inked and in my
pocket as I write.

To help you find articles that have been edited recently, I've added a
handy new heading right at the top of the reference index, listing the
five most recently edited pages.

*** Missing Your "Pen Show Tray" Fix? ***

If you are bemoaning the disappearance of my monthly "Pen Show Tray" and
haven't yet latched onto the new monthly tray from Indy-Pen-Dance, you
can do so very easily. Just point your browser at this page:

*** Barbara's Attic Is Your Source for Great Restorable Pens***

We continue to offer assorted miscellany in Barbara's Attic, including
occasional new trays of restorable pens. Right now, there are two, count
'em TWO, twenty-pen trays of excellent pens for your collection or your
pocket. Most of these pens are eBay priced, but they've all been gone
over by someone who — unlike so many eBay sellers — actually knows
something about pens: me. Some are ready to roll, some will just need
cleaning, and a few will require minor restoration. These things are
noted in the tray dsescriptions.


*** The Pen Doctor ***

The Pen Doctor is a regular visitor to the Nashua Pen Spa, and every so
often he puts a few prescriptions up in our site's reference section.
Each month, I'll be reprinting one of his prescriptions here.


Q: Frank Dubiel, while noting that the shell of a Parker 51 must touch
the nib, says that if it contacts the nib too tightly it will restrict
ink flow. Is heating the shell and either pressing the nib against the
shell or the shell against the nib a reliable means of increasing or
decreasing the flow in a 51?

A: I’m afraid that this is one area in which Frank missed the target. He
got his information from a Parker repair manual that was printed just
after the “51” was released. The point of having the shell touch the nib
was to ensure that capillary action would carry ink to the nib’s slit —
but the feed will do the job just fine when adjusted right, especially
if it was made in 1946 or later so that it has an ink fissure. The shell
does not need to touch the nib. It should be close to the nib so that
writing pressure won’t bend the nib upward and damage it, but a slight
gap is perfectly all right. Also, as you mention, if the shell is
pressed too firmly against the nib, it can force the nib downward and
close the slit, cutting off the flow entirely.

Adjusting the flow can be done entirely by adjusting the width of the
nib’s slit, and that’s how I recommend you do it.

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