After recently acquiring a vintage Parker fountain pen with a semi-flexible nib, I decided I’d also like to find one with a fully flexible nib (like the one shown above) for even greater line variation. I’d most likely use it for adding words and phrases to my artwork, so I’m not looking for it to be a daily writer and am not willing to make a large financial investment.
After missing the end of one eBay auction of a Wahl eyedropper pen (you fill the pen with ink via an eyedropper) with full flex, (it sold for $33) I found a different auction for the above Mabie Todd Swan pen and promptly entered a max bid of $25.
As I am such a big spender, I ended up losing the auction by a mere $485.00. Yep, you read that right. Sold for $510.00 and I felt silly, having placed a bid on something I knew nothing about. And it’s not like I’m not a member of the Fountain Pen Network… I could have asked around, but I guess I didn’t want to draw attention to the auction and lose out on it. (Ha!) I guess I should have known that the pen was something special by the inclusion of 8 high-res images and a You Tube video specifically shot to demonstrate the use of the pen.
Noticing that several images (and the video) happen to feature one of the Rhodia #8 pads, I wrote to the seller, Rob Morrison of www.vintagewriting.com to ask his permission to use one of the photos here on Rhodia Drive. Not only did Rob agree to let us use the photo, he offered the following testimonial to Rhodia well:
“I love Rhodia paper and use it for the writing samples for most of the pens I sell. It’s the best paper I’ve found in notebook form for fountain pens — resists feathering, shows ink in true colors, etc. And the grid pattern is handy for comparing different nibs.”
For now, I’m off to do a little more research and see if there is some kind of vintage flex nib pen that I can acquire for under $50. Please enjoy Rob’s video which shows the capabilities of a full-flex nib.