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DIY: Automatic Closet Light

Our walk in closet lighting has been a problem for a few years. You see, the single bulb light is a pull chain type fixture. There is no switch on the wall to control it. Those fixtures are rather cheap. I have replaced the pull chain several times and I am not sure what it is but they don’t seem to last very long. I was fed up having to replace the pull switch and I was determined to add a wall switch to the light fixture to lessen the hassle of replacing the pull chain switch every year. While at the hardware store I passed by the outdoor lighting section and a light literally turned on above my head. That’s when it hit me. Continue reading “DIY: Automatic Closet Light”

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Eversharp Skylines and an Aurora

One Aurora and two Eversharps.

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From Left to right, Aurora Idea, Eversharp Skyline Standard Size, and Eversharp Skyline Demi size.

This is not a review, as these pens are no longer produced, sort of. I’ll explain later. You can find vintage/antique examples on eBay or Etsy very easily. They are moderately priced and make excellent writers but may be better suited to desk use as the plastics can become brittle. If you are interested in owning one, look for those that have already been restored. Unless you can get them for a really good price, restoring them (replacing the ink sac) is risky since the brittleness issue might make for a broken pen, if you attempt to restore them yourself.

A close up the Eversharp Skyline stub.
A close up the Eversharp Skyline stub.

I’ve enjoyed the look of Eversharp Skylines for a while and the cap shape and striated celluloid colors intrigue me. I present to you my two Eversharp Skylines and one Aurora Idea. An obviously Eversharp inspired modern pen, also no longer produced. According to Richardspens.com

I’ve enjoyed the look of Eversharp Skylines for a while and the cap shape and striated celluloid colors intrigue me. About 2 years ago I was able to purchase my first Skyline (The demi-sized version.) I present to you my two Eversharp Skylines and one Aurora Idea. An obviously Eversharp inspired modern pen, also no longer produced.

According to Richardspens.com:

In 1941, the Wahl-Eversharp company introduced a new fountain pen called the Skyline. Strikingly modern in appearance, the Skyline was designed by Henry Dreyfuss (U.S. Patent NoD132,663 for the body and No D132,664 for the clip), who also streamlined the steam locomotives of the New York Central Railroad’s famed 20th Century Limited. You do not need a very sharp eye to detect a strong resemblance between the locomotive shown here and the Skylines on this page!”

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20th Century Dreyfuss Streamlines 4-6-4 Hudson Locomotive.

My Green/Red striped Dubonnet (Burgundy color) is a standard size with a black section and ink window denotes it as an earlier version. You can just make out the ink window in the picture below. It is the shinier part of the section just above the cap threads.

The ink window is just above the cap threads on this Eversharp Skyline.
The ink window is just above the cap threads on this Eversharp Skyline.

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Later versions lost the ink window and switched to a section that matched the color of the barrel. This as shown in my demi-sized version with gold filled cap. Incidentally, the Demi still has the original price sticker that says they sold for $9.75. The Demi also has a factory medium stub.

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Did I mention I really like the striated cap on the Eversharp Skyline?

Before I really knew anything about the Eversharp Skyline I ended up with an Aurora Idea in a forum trade. It is an obvious modern take on the Skyline. I found in my research, the Aurora Idea looks to have been a lower end offering by Aurora, as many describe it as a school pen. Mine did not come with a converter but someone told me that Parker converters work well in these pens. They were correct and the Parker slide converter works okay in it. The only issue is there seems to be something in the barrel that catches the end of the converter. When you unscrew the barrel, the converter catches on something inside the barrel and is disconnected from the section. A screw type Parker converter does not do this but is a very tight fit. You have to really crank down on the barrel to get it to screw closed. Eventually, I feel that stress will crack the barrel, so I put up with the slide converter issue.

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Aurora Idea. A close up of the nib and cap engraving. The engravings are reminiscent of the striated celluloid on the Eversharp Skyline.

The Wahl-Eversharp name was revived a few years ago and you can now buy modern versions of the same Skyline design. The link is provided for your convenience and there is no affiliation with me or my blog. 

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my collection and please comment if you would like to see more posts like this. I have many more antique pens I would like to share if anyone is interested.

I am by no means an expert on Eversharp Skylines. Most of the information I know about them comes from Richardspens.com and PenHero.com. Please visit those sites to learn more. There is also a book about Wahl Eversharp available for purchase. Every purchase helps keep this blog going. Wahl Eversharp: An Illustrated History

Thank you for reading.

Ivan

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Schon DSGN Pen Review UPDATE

 

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The D1 refill Adapter next to the Fisher Space Pen Refill.

 

Just an update to the review I posted of the Schon DSGN Stainless Pen. Shortly after my review was posted, Ian announced that he has an adapter available for his pen that will allow you to use D1 style refills instead of the Fisher Space pen refill. My preferred refill for this type of pen is the Zebra D1 and it works fine. The adapter is a plastic sleeve that accepts the D1 refill then you drop it in the pen. The only thing I noticed is that the adapter is 1 mm short compared to the Space Pen refill and the tip did not protrude from the pen fully. I just tightened the set screw a little more and it took up the slack. The price might be a little steep for what it actually is but only you can decide if $15 is worth the price to be able to use D1 refills in your Schon DSGN pen.

 

 

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Pictorial: Retro 51 Tornado Popper Flying Tiger LE

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The Flying Tiger LE version was hard to resist.
Retro 51 Tornado Popper Flying Tiger LE – A pictorial review.

I have already reviewed the Retro 51 Tornado and you can read it here. Nothing has changed as to my opinion on the pen. You can read my review here. The review is almost three years old and with exception of the cosmetics, it is the same pen.

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