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Giovanni Probably Knows More About This Pen...
Posted by Michael McNeil
on September 29, 2017, 5:40 am
|...than I do. I got this pen a few months ago with some others. When I first picked up the pen to look at it, I thought it was going to be a Soennecken and was surprised that it was a different brand. It is marked "A.S.C.O." inside of a diamond, on the barrel. I did not recall ever having seen the brand before. I could not find anything on the internet about it. I finally remembered that I have Letizia Jacopini's two volume set of books on the history of Italian fountain pens. I found out that A.S.C.O. was a subsidiary of Aurora. The pen appears to have basically been styled after the Parker Duofold and it is also a button fill, very much like a Parker. ASCO pens were intended to be used as advertising writing instruments for companies, governments, etc. The nib is marked Rover 585 and is very flexible. The size of the pen is about the length of a 20's Duofold "Special", but slightly larger in diameter. The pen happens to be discolored, the trim has brassing, but I really like it. All I did when restoring it was replace the ink sac, wipe down the clip and I polished the nib and smoothed the nib tip.
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