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March 29: Sheaffer Autograph II lever-fill fountain pen c1946

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March 28: Sheaffer Snorkel Autograph and Signature fountain pens c1952-1959

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March 27: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Passion in Flame Red 2016

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March 26: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Harmony in Forest Green 2017

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March 25: Sheaffer Autograph Vacuum-fil fountain pen c1946

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March 24: Parker 75 Perlé (22 karat gold plated) c1983-1994

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March 23: Sheaffer Statesman Carmine with cap top White Dot c1944-1945

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March 22: Yotsubishi Japanese eyedropper fountain pen decorated with abalone strips, c1955

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March 21: Yotsubishi eyedropper fountain pen with shut-off plunger, decorated with cherry blossoms, c1957

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March 20: Tsuishu kamakura bori pine and crane eyedropper fountain pen, c1925

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March 19: Wearever Zenith navy blue c1944-1950 with a sterling silver cap band

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March 18: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Celestial in Space Blue, 2016

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March 17: Classic Pens AL4 Minori (Harvest) on the Classic Legend fountain pen 2006

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March 15: Sheaffer 3 Friends Of Winter Pens 2011

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March 14: Sheaffer TM Thin Model Autograph with Music Nib c1950-1951

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March 13: Waterman Crusader Taperite c1947-1948 in blue and grey

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March 12: John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c1938

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March 11: A custom carved wood pen by Shoukei c1957

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March 10: Yotsubishi Shakuhachi design fountain pen c1955

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March 9: Two Sheaffer Balance Blue fountain pens c1931-1932

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March 8: Classic Pens CP5 Modern 1999

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March 7: Classic Pens CR2 Bamboo Prototype 2010

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March 6: Parker 51 Aerometric Mark II in dark blue c1969

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March 5: Parker Vacumatic Golden Web 1936-1937

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March 4: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Integrity in Amethyst Mauve 2017

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March 3: Aurora 85th Anniversary Limited Edition 2005

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March 2: Sheaffer Intrigue Bright Chrome, 2002-2004

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March 1: Platinum Urushi Maki-e #3776 Century Sansui (Landscape) Fountain Pen, current production

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February 28: Moore Fingertip Seaspray Pearl fountain pen c1946-1950

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February 27: Platinum Urushi Maki-e Sakura (Cherry Blossom) fountain pen, current production

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February 26: Parker 51 Aerometric Demonstrator c1950

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February 25: A set of Cleo Skribent fountain pens 2005

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!

Eversharp Slim Ventura 1953-1957

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UPDATE: Eversharp Slim Ventura 1953-1957

We've updated our article on the Eversharp Slim Ventura, the last high end quality fountain pen marketed by Eversharp before the company was sold to Parker. The new pen was introduced in 1953 and shared its name with the prior lever-fill Ventura, which was not much more than a revamped Symphony sporting a new cylindrical cap. Check out all the new details and the updated larger pictures!

Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece c1942-1944

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PenHero 365: Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece c1942-1944

What does the word "masterpiece" bring to mind? If we turn to a dictionary, we are told it is "a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship," and "an artist's or craftsman's best piece of work." A pen with that name would have to stand up the very highest standards. Let's take a look at the war time top of the line Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece c1942-1944.

Sheaffer Snorkel Fiesta Red

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PenInHand: September, 2015: Snorkel Fiesta!

Fiesta Red is one of the brightest and boldest colors in the Sheaffer Snorkel palette and will draw the eye in any collection. If you like Snorkels and bright red pens, you will find any Fiesta Red pen a challenge, both in difficulty and price!

Vaporite Brush Pen c1946-1956

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Vaporite Brush Pen c1946-1956

An update to our article on the Vaporite Brush Pen with some new photos and details. Will the Vaporite Brush Pen sneak into your rotation and become your everyday user? Maybe if you're Banksy. The pen does what it was made to do - write really big letters and stuff. This is the pen world's blunt instrument. If huge is your passion, this is your pen!

Ultra Fountain Pen c1958

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PenGallery: Ultra Fountain Pen c1958

I stumbled onto the Ultra Fountain Pen line while on an annual trip to Maine. Would these pens be sensational to write with? Would the Ultra Fountain Pen live up to its billing as, "One of the World's Finest Fountain Pens?" That's a towering claim, indeed. And all the way from Italy! I bought the lot and took them home for closer inspection.

Sheaffer Imperial, Model AS9 c1960

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PenGallery: The First Sheaffer Imperial, Model AS9 c1960

Less celebrated or obscure pens are interesting simply because they represent a mystery that needs to be solved. A favorite non-pen collecting activity is reading or watching mysteries, especially those of the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Join us in solving the mystery of this uncommon Sheaffer Touchdown pen that bears the Imperial name!

Lambrou Pens LK1 Serenity 2015

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PenInHand: Lambrou Pens LK1 Serenity 2015: A stunning artist's proof pen in gold trim

The new Lambrou Pens LK1 Serenity is the brain child of one of the Lambrou Pens working group members, it was born from the LR7 Moonlight. They wished for a wolf, in sterling silver howling at the Moon, with a second wolf nearby. This month's PenInHand article is about a one-off artist's proof LK1 in stunning gold plated trim.

Waterman Vanguard c1960-1967

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PenHero 365: Waterman Vanguard c1960-1967

When I first ran across one of these lightweight sold color pens in a cup in an antique store, I thought they were all plastic Parker 51 knockoffs. The stamping on the clip was so faint I didn't notice it at first, but I did see the "MADE IN ITALY" stamped on the barrel. Looking again and seeing "WATERMANS" stamped lightly down the length of the clip made me wonder even more. Is this a knockoff made in Italy and using the Waterman name?

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Updated as of February 28, 2017!

March, 2017


Arkansas Pen Show
March 17-19, 2017

North Little Rock Wyndham Hotel
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Barcelona Pen Show
March 18, 2017

Hotel Montblanc
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Austrian Pen Show
March 26, 2017

Hotel CITY
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April, 2017


Cologne Pen Show
April 1, 2017

Leonardo Royal Hotel
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Long Island Pen Show
April 1-2, 2017

Hofstra University Student Center
Hempstead, Long Island, New York, USA

Northern Pen Show
April 2, 2017

Dalmeny Hotel
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Florence Pen Show
April 8, 2017

AC Marriott Hotel
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Atlanta Pen Show
April 21-23, 2017

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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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

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Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen 2016

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

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