Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 2118 Wahl-Eversharp Black Chased Hard Rubber
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 2118: Wahl-Eversharp: Black Chased Hard Rubber
Riding the line between extra-fine and fine, the classic Wahl-Eversharp is a fun vintage pen experience. The Greek key chasing on the black hard rubber is nearly perfect. The big problem is that the cap has a chip missing in the front under the clip and cap band. Everything seems stable, and it is difficult to see in the photo. Click the headline for a closer look. The 14k gold nib also is a replacement from the 1940s. It writes really well, but it isn't the original nib. We put a new ink sac in the pen, and it is ready to write. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2112 Parker Parkette
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $25.00
Vintage Pens: 2112: Parker: Parkette
Parker stayed open to all markets of pen buyers during the Great Depression with its second-tier "company" Parkette. Among the only lever-fillers Parker ever produced, this Parker Parkette has been restored with a new ink sac. It can be a good first step into vintage pens, as it writes well enough, but it also has a few issues. There are a couple cracks in the cap lip, and there is moderate to heavy wear on the cap and barrel. The top of the clip shows some corrosion. Click the headline font to the the slightly crimped steel nib. In our hand, it writes a nice-enough medium line with a little feedback. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2111 Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 2111: Sheaffer: Triumph Lifetime
As World War II drew to a close, most companies had a series of pens with victorious names. The Sheaffer Triumph went through many permutations. This is one of the rarer lever fillers, with the White Dot logo on the tail. Many of these pens were vacuum-piston fillers that were intended to last a lifetime but turned out not to last more than a couple years. The Triumph nib, with its intentionally upturned point, would remain in production on Sheaffer's TouchDowns and Snorkels. The 1/10th 14k gold-filled cap was a big upgrade, and it looks pretty good except for a dimple at the top, a little dent below and to the right of the clip and light wear. The barrel has a few deeper scratches and a little bulge at the tail and a smaller one around the middle of the barrel. We replaced the ink sac. The 14k gold nib writes a wet, firm extra-fine to fine line with a little feedback, as you get in most extra fines. Nice thick grip which makes for easier writing. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2098 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2098: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
Although Esterbrook J-model pens were the pens that taught the Baby Boomers how to write with a fountain pen, the J-model got its start in the 1930s with these Esterbrook Dollar Pens. The company began perfecting the bright plastics like this sapphire blue in the '30s. This was the larger model that is easier to grip. There are no cracks and we restored the pen with a new ink sac. The embedded pocket clip is still on tight. It has a little wear from use, but it still looks good. The imprint is strong for "R. Esterbrook" but the "Made in USA" is faded. The biggest flaw is the short lever, which was a replacement from a different brand of pen performed long before we got this pen. It works well, but it is definitely not the right brand. The big attraction is the rare 9314-B nib! It is an oblique stub that writes a very nice smooth line that goes from extra fine to at least 1mm wide. Click the headline for a good look. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2097 Esterbrook Icicle SJ-1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 2097: Esterbrook: Icicle SJ-1550
Red makes for a nice Esterbrook Icicle SJ model fountain pen. This is another of the very rare Esterbrook colors. The red isn't quite the ruby lollipop red of the more traditional models. It has a bit more brown in it, but it is distinctly different from the copper. Fully restored, this is another great pen. It has a couple very small scratches, and very small clamp marks on the section from an earlier repair. The clip is on tightly, but there is a little gap between where it ends and the cap. It has a new ink sac. No cracks, no barrel imprint. The steel 1550 nib writes a needle-thin extra fine line pretty well for a steel extra-fine. It has a little feedback but it is pretty good with a light touch. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2095 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 2095: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-9556
Esterbrook collectors love these very hard-to-find "Icicle" designs. This Esterbrook LJ model is not only the rarer copper color with an icicle pattern, it appears to have never been used! The inner cap looks almost as clean as when it left the factory. Someone might have dipped this pen or twice over the years, but it definitely wasn't a daily user. There are little scratches from being rattled around drawers or a shoebox. No cracks. It has a new ink sac. The steel 9556 nib was considered a big upgrade nib that was advertised as being for "fine writing." We gave it a quick test, and it does indeed write a firm, fine line that is smooth with some light feedback. 12.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2091 Waterman Taperite
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 2091: Waterman: Taperite
Waterman Taperite fountain pens were popular during World War II. This one is distinctly of the war in its olive drab section and barrel, sporting a star under the clip. We replaced the ink sac with a new one. The pen is in good working order, but the cap and barrel have light scratches. The hooded section features the most wear with many scratches from the metal grip of the inner cap. The 14k gold nib writes a fine line. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2090 Majestic Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2090: Majestic: Fountain Pen
It isn't often that you can find a gold-nibbed vintage pen for less than $40. Majestic pens were a third-tier pen maker back in the 1930s and '40s. This attractive brown-striped pen has a brand new ink sac and is ready to write. It also has a clear ink-viewing window. There are some scratches and wear on the pen. No cracks in the lip of the pen, but the very top has either two little cracks or deep scratches. Armed with a 14k gold nib, this pen writes a medium line with a little feedback. Technically, the nib has a little flex, but it isn't really a flex writer. Yet, if you want practice honing a nib to make it a flex, this might be a good nib to try your hand while not spending a fortune. 12.4cm capped.
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