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May 24: An eight-sided silver Japanese pen made by Ikoma c1939

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May 23: Eversharp Golden Symphony, 2nd Generation, number 705 in Burgundy, c1949-1950

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May 22: Eversharp Symphony, 3rd Generation pen with a brushed steel cap, c1951-1952

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May 21: Eversharp Symphony 1st Generation model 500 Red c1948

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May 20: The Sacless Blackbird Fountpen BT200/60 Black and Clear by Mabie Todd c1937-1940

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May 19: The Sacless Blackbird Fountpen BT200/81 Green Gold and Black by Mabie Todd c1937-1940

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May 18: The Sacless Blackbird Fountpen BT200/82 Blue Gold and Black by Mabie Todd c1937-1940

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May 17: Conklin Chicago pen c1940-1943

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May 16: Conklin Glider c1944-1946

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May 15: Wahl Eversharp Coronet Gold and Green Shell Pyralin c1936-1941

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May 14: Sheaffer Snorkel Masterpiece c1952-1959

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May 13: Wahl Eversharp Coronet c1936-1941

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May 12: Parker Duofold Greenwich special edition 1999

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May 11: Parker 105 c1979-1982

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May 10: Two Parker Duofold Big Reds one c1928 and one c1992

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May 9: Classic Pens CP1 Targa by Sheaffer 1990

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May 8: Wearever Lady Fair cartridge pens in shell pink and the wave pattern, c1958-1960

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May 7: Black Giuliano Mazzuoli Moka 3 in 1 fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pen c2008

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May 6: Cleo Skribent Linea. Arte c2005

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May 5: Mabie Todd Swan Solid 14 Karat Gold Hand Engraved Overlay Eyedropper c1914

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May 4: Aurora Limited Edition Firenze Sterling Silver Fountain Pen c2007

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May 3: Wearever Lady Fair cartridge pen in plum and mesh pattern, c1958-1960

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May 2: Parker Duofold Centennial China 60th Anniversary released 2009

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May 1: Conklin Glider c1944-1946

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April 30: Classic Pens LS 12 Shimarisu (Chipmunks) maki-e on the Parker Duofold Centennial 2004

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April 29: Classic Pens LS 11 Nihonrisu (Squirrels) maki-e on the Parker Duofold Centennial 2004

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April 28: Wearever Pacemaker c1954-1960

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April 27: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Mandarin Orange 1956-1959

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April 26: Wearever Lady Fair cartridge pen in shell pink and mesh pattern, c1958-1960

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April 25: Waterman Man 100 Gold "Specimen" c1988 forward

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April 24: Previously unknown navy blue Wearever squeeze filler fountain pen c1955-1957

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April 23: Sheaffer Lifetime 2000 fountain pen, c1963-1964

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April 22: Waterford Marquis Arista Prism Purple Fountain Pen, c2005-2007

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April 21: Lambrou Pens LB4 Tahiti with yellow gold vermeil trim, released 2017

Waterman Corinth c1950-1951

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Waterman Corinth c1950-1951

This Waterman Corinth model was short lived, being offered from the fall of 1950 to the fall of 1951. It was also known as the Executive in Canada. It was sold in both Standard and Taperite versions in Maroon, Slate Blue, Grey or Jet (black) for $8.75, and with a matching "Selfeed" Metermatic pencil for $5.00. Sets came in a Royal Blue display box. Waterman traded on its earned reputation for excellent nibs and touted in advertising that its pen points were hand ground. Find out more about this excellent pen!

Kamakura-bori lever fill fountain pen with Morgan nib c1930s

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Kamakura-bori lever fill fountain pen with Morgan nib c1930s

This highly detailed kamakura-bori pen is from an unknown Japanese pen maker from the early to mid 1930s. It is a lever fill fountain pen fitted with a number 3 Morgan nib. Not much is known about the Morgan pen company, other than Morgan nibs appear on premium quality pens from the 1930s. Morgan may only have been a nib maker.

Marukin hard rubber eyedropper pens c1932-1934

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Marukin hard rubber eyedropper pens c1932-1934

Marukin was a Japanese maker of high-end fountain pens in the 1930s and the two pens in this article represent two of their hard rubber offerings. According to the Winter 2006 Pennant article, “Collecting Japanese Pens,” by Stan Klemanowicz, the two pens in the article are somewhat rare and were made by Kinichiro Kasahara in 1932-1934 for Marukin. The hard rubber patterns on these pens are eye catching, especially because the cap top, cap, barrel, plunger knob and section are all made from the same material.

Wearever Squeeze Filler c1955-1957: An unsolved mystery

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Wearever Squeeze Filler c1955-1957: An unsolved mystery

When I first saw this pen I thought it was an unknown late variation, c1956-1960, of the Wearever Pennant. The cap is the same style metal sleeve over plastic inner cap used on every Pennant where the plastic, which always matches the barrel color, has a coin edge exposed at the cap lip. The clip is the same design as the later model Pennant, a flat face with USA stamped at the top, followed by WEAREVER and a trio of lines down to the tip. The fact that the metal cap sleeve was a highly polished chrome plate was something new, but didn't throw me off. I figured I had a new Pennant variant to go with ones that have gold plated cap sleeves.

Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

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Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

Ishi-Shoten, also known as Ishi & Co., was established in Tokyo in 1925 by pen maker Yoshinosuke Ishii. Following the lead of Pilot, who began making maki-e pens in the 1920s, Ishi-Shoten, though a small company with initially as few as ten workers, began competing by making inexpensive maki-e pens. Ishi-Shoten used the four diamond trademark, yotsubishi in Japanese, and the mark can be found on the clip top on most pens. This pen is decorated using the kawari-nuri, or free patterns, style, where the artist is open to decorate the urushi surface with new ideas.

Parker 51 Snake by Ariel Kullock c1990s

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Parker 51 Snake by Ariel Kullock c1990s

Parker's first Snake pen was introduced in 1906 as the #37 sterling silver Snake and the #38 gold snake. The snake was a metal overlay on the hard rubber Lucky Curve pen and had green rhinestones for eyes. This Parker 51 Snake pen was created by Argentine artist Ariel Kullock.

Parker 51 Mexican Overlays c1945-1955

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Parker 51 Mexican Overlays c1945-1955

At some time near or after the end of World War II, Parker 51 pens with customized sterling silver caps by Mexican metalsmiths began to be offered in Mexico near the border with the United States. Many of these pen caps were heavily reworked with new engravings and with gold overlays being added made of hallmarked 14 karat gold or unhallmarked 10 karat gold.

Parker VP Very Personal Pen User Guide 1962

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Parker VP Very Personal Pen User Guide 1962

There are more than 90 vintage pen user guides online in our library, thanks to contributors like YOU!

John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c1938

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John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c1938

Fresh with some new catalog and pricing information, we track down more on this gorgeous inlaid black and pearl pen.

Sheaffer Balance Blue N3TC c1931-1932

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Sheaffer Balance Blue N3TC c1931-1932

Sheaffer only took one shot at blue in the Balance line, and only from 1931 to 1932. Named simply "Blue," many collectors call this finish "blue and black" as the darker blue discolors to a muddy black shade. Offered only on lower rank non-White Dot pens, this blue color is sought after and pens with excellent color fetch high prices.

Wearever Advertising on Railway Express Agency Trucks c1946-1947

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Wearever Advertising on Railway Express Agency Trucks c1946-1947

In August, 2015, after a trip to the Washington, D.C. Pen Show, I was contacted by Tom Heath, who furnished the photos in this article. He told me they represented an advertising campaign on the sides of Railway Express Agency delivery trucks in New York City by David Kahn, Inc. for its newest Wearever pen lines. You never know what mysteries unfold from the side of a delivery truck!

Sheaffer Snorkel Fern Green 1957-c1959

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Sheaffer Snorkel, Fern Green 1957-c1959

Avocado. That was my first impression seeing a Sheaffer Snorkel Fern Green pen. Some people have less flattering names for this color. It's lighter than the very common Pastel Green and darker than Sage Green. Many collectors say it's one of the most difficult colors to find, especially a pen with a Fern Green cap and barrel. How does it compare to the other two Snorkel greens and when was it made? Find out!

Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph c1955-1959

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Sheaffer Snorkel, The Two Triumphs c1955-1959

For some reason the Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph pens don't get a lot of press. The Triumph is a handsome pen, all gold filled with long engraved lines in sets of five running the length of the streamlined cap and barrel. What makes the Triumph particularly interesting is that Sheaffer made two versions. Find out more about BOTH Triumphs in this new article.

Indian Fountain Pen / Pencil Combo c1930s

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PenInHand: Indian Fountain Pen / Pencil Combo: An unsolved mystery

The Indian fountain pen / pencil combos are one of the more attractive pens from the 1930s. They are also one of the lower tier brands that lack any primary information. What do we know about these pens? Why Indian? There is a lot of pen folklore and speculation here. Some facts and deductive insights about these dazzling pens.

Waterman Reflex da Vinci

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PenInHand: Waterman Reflex da Vinci: Two fun, yet very collectible, value priced pens

It's not every day that a fairly ordinary pen becomes a hot collectible. Sometime between 1995 and 2000, Waterman introduced Reflex fountain and pushbutton ballpoint pens in two screen printed designs to honor Leonardo da Vinci. Because of the primary colors of the two designs, the two versions are often referred to as the "red" da Vinci and the "blue" da Vinci. Read more about these dressed up entry level pens that are hot collectibles now.

Norma Pencil Company Advertising Gallery

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UPDATE: Norma Pencil Company advertising

We've updated the Norma Pencil Company advertising page, including a slideshow of 7 original advertising scans. Use the controls to advance, go back, and click to view full screen!

Wearever De Luxe "Mother of Pearl" c1940-1943

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Major Update: Wearever De Luxe "Mother of Pearl" c1940-1943

This Wearever De Luxe model is reminiscent of a favorite collectible pen, the Sheaffer Ebonized Pearl Balance pens made from 1934 to 1939. The green pearl pattern pen originally shown in this 2003 article is now joined with a brown pearl pen picked off eBay in 2016. More information is included about the pen, dating, and the unique, patented nib unit.

Venus Campus Pen Blue c1953

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PenHero 365: Venus Campus Pen Blue c1953

What could you get for a dollar in the 1950s? How about a "Pen-N-Ink" combination, with FREE ink that matches your pen? And the ink bottle comes with enough ink for twenty-five fillings! Can't beat that!

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Pen Show Calendar

Updated as of May 15, 2017!

May, 2017


Chicago Pen Show
May 4-7, 2017

Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA

Pen Show Poland Katowice
May 6-7, 2017

Kino Kosmos
Katowice, Poland

Nuremberg Pen Show
May 13, 2017

Tafelhalle Theatercafé
Nuremberg, Germany

Eastern Pen Show
May 14, 2017

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Cambridge, UK

June, 2017


Triangle Pen Show
June 1-4, 2017

Embassy Suites
Cary, North Carolina, USA

Turin Pen Show
June 3, 2017

Officina della Scrittura
Torino, Italy

Midland Pen Show
June 25, 2017

Guildhall, Bore Street
Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK

July, 2017


Miami Pen Show
July 14-16, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport
Miami, Florida, USA

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News Article Links

Where Fountain Pens Are Saved and Sold Neighborhood Joint, By Emily Brennan, The New York Times, March 15, 2017

Plenty Pen: 4-in-1 Pen with Plenty of Features 2017

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Plenty Pen: 4-in-1 Pen with Plenty of Features 2017

Write, draw, erase and use a stylus: Just flip it!

Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017

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Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017

A new minimalistic pen + notebook + leather cover combination.

Wink Pen First Edition Fountain Pen 2017

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Wink Pen First Edition Fountain Pen 2017 PenHero.com, January 22, 2017

Caran d'Ache Astrograph Limited Edition 2016

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Caran d'Ache Astrograph Limited Edition 2016 PenHero.com, January 27, 2017

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The Coolest Fountain Pen Goes To: Richard Mille's RMS05 Charmian Leong, The Peak Magazine, March 14, 2016

The Richard Mille RMS05 Is A $105,000 Pen With A Mechanical Heart Iunal Giumali, A Blog To Watch, February 24, 2016

SIHH 2016: Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen Alexander Linz, watch-insider.com, January 29, 2016

Richard Mille Made a $105,000 Mechanical Fountain Pen Stephen Pulvirent, Bloomberg, January 21, 2016

The RMS05: Richard Mille’s New Signature Charles Edwards-Freshwater, Lux Worldwide, January 19, 2016

Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen 2016

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Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen 2016

Lambrou Pens LK2 Dignity 2016: Soar with the eagles!

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Lambrou Pens LK2 Dignity 2016: Soar with the eagles! Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, April 27, 2016

Cross Year of the Monkey Special Edition Collection 2016

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Cross Year of the Monkey Special Edition Collection 2016 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, December 11, 2015

Porsche Design Tec Flex Gold Special Edition 2015

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Porsche Design Tec Flex Gold Special Edition 2015 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, October 11, 2015

Waterford Pallas Marsala 2015

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Waterford Pallas Marsala 2015 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, October 9, 2015

Porsche Design Solid Gold Limited Edition 2015

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Porsche Design Solid Gold Limited Edition 2015 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, October 7, 2015

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10 most expensive pens in the world Jagran Post, October 1, 2015

Le stylo BIC / The Ballpoint pen France-Amerique, October 1, 2015


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