I just want folks to know that there is hope for any pen! Even if it looks really bad. Let's get on with it:
It's not often that I nickname a clients pen. However, this is one case where I just had to. The name simply came to me, and you'll see why in a minute here.
I present to you: The Ugly Vacling.
Here he is. Not to bad, that is, until we take a closer look...
No, that's not silver trim. It's actually supposed to be gold! When I saw the cap-ring, I thought, "No way, there can't be gold trim under there!".
To really crown this ugly vacling, it needed a special nib.
Oh yes, mangled!
Twisted, bent, and kinked.
Probably took a nose-dive in the pond, and hit rock bottom. :)
So, what to do with such an ugly pen!? Well, the obvious choice - restore it. After an hour or so of hard work, some sweat, and a few intense moments, we are now presented with a much different sight.
What I see here is a swan, that once was an ugly vacling. :)
The beauty of sparkling gold trim is once again seen!
Lucky for me and the client, there was little-to-no corrosion of the metal furniture - just tons and tons of dirt.
And how about hat nib?
I would say that it's looking much better now.
There you go! It's always a sweet thing to see a hopeless pen become a great daily writer for someone. This client is currently enjoying his renovated Vacumatic, and I think the Vac is enjoying it too. :)
Have a good one folks, and remember, no pen is beyond saving, so long as there is a pen left to work on!