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What to Watch Out for When Starting a Pen Collecti
What to Watch Out for When Starting a Pen Collection
Discounts for defects:
- Any missing parts, damage, discoloration, or unusual wear
to any segment of the pen reduces its value.
- A working pen in mint or near mint condition – 100%
- Cap missing – less 33%
- Cap damaged or discolored – less 5 to 33%
- Clip missing – less 15 to 20%
- Cab band(s) missing – less 15 to 20%
- Filler lever missing – less 15 to 20%
- Inner cap missing – less 5 to 20%
- Pen body badly discolored – less 25 to 33%
- Nib missing – less 10 to 25%
- Nib missing iridium – less 10 to 25%
- Broken or missing feed – less 5 to 15%
- Section damaged – less 5 to 15%
You Should Not Buy:
I. Pens that have a lot of problems or need difficult repairs.
II. Piston-rod filler pens (Sheaffer and Whal-Eversharp) from
the 40s and 50s that are not in perfect shape, because
they are very difficult and expensive to repair.
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