I was picking through my jar of spare nibs some days ago when I came upon a Slimfold nib, an oblique stub. I thought the spares reserve was no place for such a glorious nib and I decided to see if I could pick up a cheap but attractive Slimfold, not a difficult thing to do as there is usually no great demand for them.
Paging through eBay’s list of Slimfolds I came upon one with good gold plating. I put in a bid and got it for a good price. It arrived a day or two later, a nice pen in its original box. Except that it wasn’t a Slimfold, it was a Duofold Junior. I accept that this error was partly my own fault. There wasn’t a good nib picture and I should have asked the seller what the number was on the nib, but I assumed that he knew what he was doing and could tell the difference between a Slimfold and a baseball bat. How wrong I was!
When I had finished growling and snarling I decided to keep the pen. It’s a nice example of a pen I didn’t really want but after a wash and brush up and some write-testing I’m sure someone will want it. As I still need a Slimfold I returned to eBay to have a look at their offerings. The first Slimfold listed was actually a Parker 45!
I suppose compulsory retraining of eBay pen sellers isn’t likely go down well and the ignorance of sellers can actually work to the buyer’s favour on the odd occasion, when a Platinum is listed as a Platignum for instance.
Thankfully I have been offered a Slimfold by someone who knows his ps and qs so my immediate problem is solved, for which I’m grateful. I have learned a lesson however, one that I had previously learned long ago but had become a little careless about.