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March 2017



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Something of a very minor personal tragedy...

The worst news of the day, alas, is that while I was on my way out the door this morning, my beloved Pelikan pen met an unkind fate. It's always had a tendency to slip out of its cap (the threads were a little loose) and as I was tucking it into my pocket it made a break for it and dashed itself upon the floor. And snapped clean in half across the barrel, just above the grip.

This is the pen I bought myself in celebration of my first novel sale, and it's been my preferred signing and drafting pen ever since. So any of you who have a signed book from me, unless I was caught shy of a pen and just grabbed a random ballpoint, it was quite possibly signed with this one.

Alas! I am sad all out of proportion to the death of a material object.

I have other pens. This is not a crisis.

But I liked this one best.


ETA: Yes, I do plan to send it to a repair place. However, I have seen a fair number of dead fountain pens in my life, and my suspicion is that this one has joined their ranks. It's a Pelikan 215, a piston and not a catridge pen, so there is no separable nib unit. When I say the barrel is broken, I mean the body of the pen, not a replaceable piece. So I would really appreciate it if everybody would stop advising me to just get it fixed, because it's upsetting.


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Sorry to hear of the loss.

It wasn't just a random material object, though. It had special meaning to you, and that made it important.
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Perhaps it can be repaired.

broken pen - Sigh

I have a similar pen. The good news is that the broken piece can be replaced retaining nib etc. I know one company that has a "Fix It" guru on staff that fixed my fountain pen in less than ten minutes. If you're interested, I'll send the name by email
Sign - it IS a tragedy as only fountain pen users will know in their ink-stained hearts.

Edited at 2008-11-26 07:50 pm (UTC)

Re: broken pen - Sigh

There is no broken "piece," I don't think. The barrel of the pen snapped, across the reservoir. I could put the same nib in a different pen, I imagine.

But sure, send me the name.
I was going to say that I bet you could get it fixed depending on how bad the break is.

But, yeah, tragedy. I remember seeing that pen at a signing and thinking it was very cool.
Well, my plan is to send it off. but I'm pretty much resigned to being told that it's not salvageable.
My sympathies. Not random at all, as material objects go.

my condolences

I have a fountain pen I love. I'd be all upset if I lost it.

I did have one that I dropped onto the train tracks one time when I lived in new york. I considered jumping down to get it.

hope your day goes better, anna
RIP pen.
Wishing you the best re: the repair option...
Alas. I'm going to send it off, but I expect the news will be bad.
Alas, poor Pelikan. You knew him well, Horatio Bear.

Edited at 2008-11-26 08:10 pm (UTC)
Sad that, nibs bear the history of their use
the barrel, feed, and cap are likely OK
the section can be replaced
If the nib is undamaged it should be repaired

Fountain Pen Hospital in NY is one place but
you should be able to find a good referral to
someone closer from fellow writers.
The barrel and reservoir, if you were to read my post and the comments, are the part that broke.

Very sorry! These originally utilitarian objects do become emotionally somewhat loaded through time, don't they?

I hate it when something I love breaks.

However, your shipment of dead parrots and silly walks is on the way.
Dead parrots! Dead pens! Much the same.
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