So...Sunday was rough. A crushing Patriots defeat left me with a few options. I could go crazy or I could go downstairs, pull out a few pens and get some work done. I opted for the pens. (Crazy right?)
I was rummaging through the archives and came across a Mabie Todd Eternal 44 that I had forgotten about. I wrote about it back in 2008 and one of the comments from Mr. Munson was to "restore this, it's a beauty." So that's exactly what I did.
The usuals were needed; a good breakdown (I am talking about the pen, my emotions were already shot) ultrasonic bath, scraping and probing (again...the pen,) new sac, polish, polish, polish and I was really happy with the results. Its near perfect and if I were shipping this one out, I would have spent a little more time on it, but in the end this one is for me and I wanted to see how much it would come back while still catching some of the 4:00 Eastern games.
There's what I was looking for: "ETERNAL" hanging out near the end, gleaming. There's huge sense of accomplishment in restoring these pens. I am glad I took the time to notice the details and what needed repaired. Eternal apparently stood for the Lifetime guarantee. Right below here on the end is 44 over the E.T.N. initials.
I reassembled everything, threw in some ink and good news...no leeks! Happy day. Of course I used this for two days straight before the review, so it could use a little wiping down but you get the idea. (You foodies got the joke right?) Leeks? Not funny if you have to explain it.
chew on it. You have saved me a ton of work by not doing that. I have seen prices all over the place for these. Some people are selling the nibs for $60, but I am keeping this one.
The nib is a #4 and BROAD! Tasty, wet and fun to write with. To be honest...broad nibs are not exactly my cup of tea. I like to write tall and skinny and these just do not allow for and I feel like my handwriting suffers. EF is usually best for me but in this case it is a welcomed change.
Call me Mabie...(funny right?)