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A few weeks ago I picked up a lot of random stuff out of eBay & in it was this unusual little piece. It's a Black Celluloid Piston filler called Colima. I've never heard of them. Anyone know anything about these?

Well the piston was snapped in 3 pieces & I just don't have any stray piston bits to repair it properly. So I removed everything from the inside & welded the turn knob down to the barrel. The section unscrews, so now it's an eye dropper filler that holds a TON of ink. The ink view window is crystal clear.

After the conversion I turned my attention to the nib to see if it's aligned/smooth etc etc. I nearly dropped a load in my shorts when i got a close up look. It's a (deep breath) Steel semi-flex left foot oblique broad stub. (and exhale...lol). (The nib is stamped with "Garantifrt 1a Qualitat" (with 2 dots over the A in qualitat) I THINK this is German but honestly I just don't know for sure. Laying the nib text aside, everything else about this pen just screams German manufacture.

Everything was as it should be so I filled it up and INSTANTLY fell in love.

It's 4 5/8" capped, 5 7/8" posted & 1/2" OD at the cap band. So it's a smaller pen about the size of a Pelikan M200. Unposted it's just too small for me to use, so it's one of the few pens I own that will be posted while in use.

The second the nib touched paper this became an instant favorite & slid right into the 'ain't never gonna sell it club'. It's probably not worth much & really even if it was I'd still never let it go, it's just that amazing to me. 

I've seen a LOT of nibs over the years & only a very few have grabbed me like this one.









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great find Dennis! never hear this one but it sounds very interesting... "semi-flex left foot oblique broad stub"... awsome!!! congrats!

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The only word other than awesome that came to mind when I was writing was WOW!!


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Nice one, The Gods of "The Bay" smile kindly down on you





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Nice! The German styling used to be (and is) rather conservative, so I suppose it is from the Fifties. That wasn't exactly the time of flex nibs, so this is rather special.

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Very interesting. I was thinking early/mid 1940's myself, but I confess I don't know nearly as much about 'obscure' German brands as I'd like to.

I wish everyone could try this one out.

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If the Germans put as much into the engineering of their earlier fp as they do with their motor vehicles, they should be well worth looking into. .....and they'd probably write very fast too!! LOL

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I have something that looks similar but with no name on it.

1920's and perhaps well into the 1930's there were a lot of small family firms that got their parts from the big factory's and made their own pens.

I have three with no name anywhere and one called a Leander...she was a famous "German" movie star/singer/dancer from Sweden, just before and during WW2.
I also got a head with 6 sides that screws nicely into a bottom that don't belong....at least they screw together. From my inherited pens.

On the whole the nibs are screwed, missing the nib's end...or they would be in the working pens.
Spare parts...perhaps.



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A lot of people suffer from a fear of steel nibs. And to be honest there are some incredible writers out there without any gold on them.


congratulations on the find!

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superb flexible nibsmile thanks for sharing this nice example. This a german brand perhaps it is an unknown underbrand of pelikan or MB? Who knows.



-- Edited by georges zaslavsky on Saturday 2nd of January 2010 03:28:23 PM

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georges zaslavsky wrote:

superb flexible nibsmile thanks for sharing this nice example. This a german brand perhaps it is an unknown underbrand of pelikan or MB? Who knows.



-- Edited by georges zaslavsky on Saturday 2nd of January 2010 03:28:23 PM



The most flexible nib I've ever used was a steel Osmia.  That little pen could really show line variation.

 



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Hell, look at the sheaffer school pens. I have yet to see one of those nibs that wasn't an excellent writer out of the blister pack. The NN's are great steel nibs too.

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I have a nice, ruined, semi-flex steel Osmia plain no number nib, that my wife's idiot uncle tried to stub and failed, back in the when.

I have a very nice semi-flex Osmia Supra on a 540 Osmia-Farber-Castell.

I also ended up with a Soennecken wet noodle needing re-tipping...as soon as my money tree in on the balcony, germinates.

Flexible nibs lay more in the future for me. I'd have to learn to write first.

-- Edited by Bo Bo Olson on Thursday 10th of June 2010 06:12:18 AM

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