|Pen tube. Want one?|
This is my first PIF on FPGeeks after being given my first pen wrap there, and it means a lot to be passing on something to that community in my own small way.
Anyhoo: the giveaway is of another soft-on-the-inside, hard-on-the-outside Parker 51 (or 61) daily carry tube. This version is a slight improvement over the one PIF'd on FPN a few months ago. The ethos remains the same:
- hard exterior, soft interior protection for a daily carry pen,
- small enough to toss in a day bag with the rest of your gear,
- but strong enough to ward off damage.
The major change...is in the cap, which is put together in a way that looks neater, makes better use of the available space, and now presents the 51's celluloid cap jewel with an uninterrupted expanse of 100% silk. It's kitted out with a nitrile rubber O ring for added security too.
|The hard shell of the Diamine screw cap contains an impact|
absorbing cushion of 6mm thick soft foam,
lined in 100% silk.
is as before:
The outside is a rigid PET plastic preform (approx 3mm thick), which is an excellent hard barrier against crushing, bending, twisting, scratching and cutting forces. Hostile synonyms are no match! Shattering - pah! Smashing -pishaw! Spiflicating - pish tosh!
|Size comparison with Parker 51, 61, and a pair of specs. |
Background - a nifty new 4 pen cloth wrap from alc3261.
The inside is lined with 3mm thick non-toxic, UV resistant closed cell soft foam (60 on the 00 shore scale), to absorb the stress of impact strikes and abrasion. To protect the 51's delicate celluloid jewels against the
concentrated force of end on strikes, the top and bottom get 6mm of foam, lined in 100% silk.
|The sole in-focus photo I managed to snap |
of the tube's soft foam interior lining.
BIG THANKS...to Diamine Inks for the supply of speckled style caps, hugely appreciated guys & gals.
|Last group photo before they go their separate ways |
(one is already en route to Alabama).
Superfluous photo slideshow:
I do hope the FPGeeks forum makes a speedy return. If you think you'd find this PIF useful, here's a direct link to my ill-fated post, assuming the forum comes online again soon: