Ebonite fountain pen – Eboya

That’s irregular though, Eboya undertakes a repair of the fountain pen other than its own products. You can learn such repair works through their blog on web dated May 6, 2015.
The production for Parker 75 has begun in 1964. It’s a masterpiece of a fountain pen; however the production has stopped in 1994. It employed pure silver (sterling silver) for a barrel axis and a cap. The pen hired the checkered pattern from the cigarette case, which had owned by a development staff, Kenneth Parker, and he incorporated it in its design. Being wrapped with a sense of quality, the Parker 75 enjoyed brisk sales from the begging of the release. The Parker 75 has the characteristics to control the angle by turning a 14-karat gold nib, depending on a habit and the preference of the user. An aluminum ring of the barrel upper end had a scale attached, which added the standard mark “0” for the initial release products.
When you hold the Parker 75, it’s still light even though made of pure silver showing a certain quality and dignity. Well, this is a really Parker made, I can be convinced with an excellent writing touch. The masterpiece is now only available at secondhand market. The fortunate owners must treat it carefully and should try not to break it. I am one of the blessed owners with such a good luck too. My Parker 75 is one of the fountain pens having been grown up obediently in my hand.
Let me go back to the story, the blog of Eboya on May 6, 2015. The Parker 75 was in desperate state when it brought in Eboya for repair work. Everyone thought that the pen was dying and had to be thrown away as it was useless to perform due to the cracks on its upper end barrel. Mr. Noritoshi Kanesaki, a fountain pen craftsman at Eboya, has then begun to remanufacture each part of the broken pen one by one. He remade an upper end barrel, a pen core, and internal ink feeding system, a ring having been brass-processed, as well as prepared the spare parts. He restored the Parker 75 in a better condition for use than the original. The pen was reborn by his hands.
Kanesaki notes, “As an aside, the pen was repaired 1mm longer than the original. Some clients may have been recognized though; this pen tends to get dry quickly if you have not used it for long. When you close a cap, a gap will be created between a stopper part of the upper end barrel at inner cap and external cap. This gap seems to be one of the causes for dry ink. When you modify the inner cap and make the upper end barrel, why don’t you make the body longer and improve its performance at the same time? That’s what I thought. I have succeeded in filling a gap in the end and the clients could hear the clear sound of clicking when he closed a cap”.
He has even fixed the flaw that the Parker 75 solidifies the ink at nib after being not used for a long time.
On the blog of, 11th, February, 2015, you can read the story that Kanesaki has restored the Mont Blanc Meisterstück 149 (hereafter called “Mont Blanc 149”). Mont Blanc 149 is considered as it was produced in the 1950’s and is also another masterpiece unavailable at the current market. Mont Blanc as a writing instrument maker does not exist now, but Richemont Group as one of their brand series owns it.
The old Mont Blanc before having been acquired by Dunhill in 1980’s used to keep manufacturing a high quality writing instruments over the years. Richemont Group bought the Dunhill in 1993 and Mont Blanc has been incorporated under the umbrella of the Richemont Group. The president who is from Richemont and took office of Mont Blanc Corporation said at the party hosted by German pen magazines, “The writing instruments produced by us is now no more articles of utility, but they are accessories. The fountain pen lovers were so disappointed all over the world when they heard it.
Mont Blanc Corporation has been moving forward its path on the multiple business administration, selling watches, fragrances, leathers, cufflinks, tie bars, and bracelets. Sixty percent of their sales in 2013 were occupied by fragrances or leathers as opposed to the writing instruments, such as fountain pens, that has turned out to be placed off-center of the business. As a matter of course, the investment on R&D or production for the writing materials is less and a fountain pen with a craftsmanship accommodated as in 1950’s are no more produced. Therefore, Mont Blanc 149 made in 1950’s is a masterpiece which you would never ever have on your hand. Kenesaki had restored such Mont Blanc 149 desperately broken and brought in a factory, Eboya, in the end.
I don’t want you to misunderstand that Eboya mainly undertakes repairing works for fountain pens. They are absolutely Japanese artisans, “Takumi”, who manufactures their original pens following their customer’s order. On the other hand, we should think about the fact that they have the perfect technology to reproduce the world well-known masterpieces of fountain pens. Furthermore, they use ebonite to produce their original fountain pens.
Ebonite is a synthetic resin created by mixing sulfur with natural rubber using a unique heat treatment. It’s familiar as the material used in a mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone. However, plastic alone is unable to produce the right sound. What is needed is the addition of natural rubber, with the flexibility to absorb the excess vibrations. Also, you can never taste a pipe tobacco deeply with plastics. If the structure of a smoke path is poor, tobacco tastes bitter and smoker’s throat or tongue will be damaged. It is important that a mouthpiece, as one of a smoke path, should never have any gap with a pipe body. And that’s essential to feel a slightly elastic when you hold a pipe between your teeth.
Ebonite is a flexible material derived from natural rubber, but hard enough not to attenuate over the years. Being adhered to a pen body, it gives you a feeling like sticking to your finger when you grab a pen. It’s hard thus it’s durable. Even though ebonite is such an outstanding material, it’s difficult to be processed; therefore other more easily processed synthetic resins have taken its place. For fountain pens, other synthetic resins have replaced with ebonite, such as hard plastics, resin casts, metals, and woods.
Eboya still has a technology to make fountain pens using such a difficult material to be reproduced, the ebonite. They have a skill to offer you an eternal companion of a fountain pen. Why can Eboya do it? Let me tell you the reason in Part 4.
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