Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 2262 Sheaffer Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 2262: Sheaffer: Lifetime
In our humble opinion, you can't beat the incredible quality of the Sheaffer Lifetime nibs of the 1920s. The solid 14k gold nib on this Sheaffer Lifetime Jr. writes a very smooth, wet extra fine line! It is incredible. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. The green celluloid has discolored a bit, and the ebonite section is scratched and has a chocolate hazing. There are no cracks in the pen, but there is moderate wear and light scratching in the cap and barrel. The clip and cap band have some brassing. The white dot on the flattop cap meant the pen has a warranty for the lifetime of the original owner's life. 11.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2261 Sheaffer Craftsman
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 2261: Sheaffer: Craftsman
Striking red-and-black stripes of the rarer "carmine" coloring on this Canadian-made Sheaffer Craftsman Lifetime looks good. We restored it with a new ink sac. The cap has a small hairline crack in the lip. Both the cap and barrel have moderate wear and scratches. Maybe 1% brassing on cap ring. The firm two-tone 14k gold nib writes an extra fine line with a little feedback. The section is in solidly, but it isn't 100% "in," as you can see in the photos. Click the headline for close-ups. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2241 Mabie Todd (Swan) Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 2241: Mabie Todd (Swan): Fountain Pen
Green stripes and marbling make for a really handsome Swan Mabie Todd & Co. fountain pen. Even with a lot of wear and a little discoloration, this pen looks great to us. No cracks, but it definitely has cosmetic issues. We restored the vintage pen with a new ink sac. Even the inkfeed is missing "combs" or "teeth," but the 14k gold original nib writes a really nice fine line! There is a swan imprinted into the flat top of the cap. Click the headline for close-up photos. 11.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2229 Esterbrook SJ-2968
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2229: Esterbrook: SJ-2968
Few pen companies have had the privilege to teach nearly an entire generation how to write, but Esterbrook was one such company. In the 1950s, Esterbrook SJ-model pens such as this one, as well as other J-series pens, were the most requested pens to be used by high schools and shorthand schools! Affordable, easy to maintain and easily customized with screw-in replacement nibs, it is no wonder these pens were the fountain pens of the Baby Boomers. We restored this one with a new ink sac. It has moderate surface wear on the cap and barrel, but there are no cracks. The imprint is still strong. The steel 2968 nib was an upgrade nib for "broad writing." When you find the sweet spot on the nib, it is a very smooth broad writer. 12.8cm 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: 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: 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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