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Vintage Pens: 2118 Wahl-Eversharp Black Chased Hard Rubber
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
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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: 2115 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 2115: Parker: Vacumatic
The 1930s and the Great Depression were tough times, and this double jewel Parker Vacumatic looks like one tough pen. We have restored it to great working order with a new diaphragm. The 14k gold nib writes a very nice fine line with a hint of feedback, as many fines feel to us. What makes it so tough? It doesn't have a single crack, but it is covered in scratches and deep dent-like impressions. The lockdown filler works great. It just has a lot of cosmetic flaws. Good imprint with a 1937 date code. Minor brassing on the clip and cap bands. Think of it as a pen with a whole lot of character that still works like a champ. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2114 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 2114: Parker: Vacumatic
As the Roaring Twenties ended, Parker wanted to innovate a pen more impressive than its Senior Duofold. The company wanted a pen that could hold unfathomable amounts of ink without a rubber ink sac. What would be millions of today's dollars were spent on researching and designing the THE VACUMATIC fountain pen. Parker Vacumatics used a vacuum-pump rubber diaphragm to fill an otherwise empty and see-through barrel. This hard-candy-red-marbled vintage pen was one of the earlier designs. It also was the first time Parker used its now globally renowned arrow logo. The date code is mostly faded away, but we think we see hints of a 2 or 3. We restored the lock-down filler with a new diaphragm. You can still see through parts of the barrel, but other parts are too badly stained. Click the headline for close-ups. The nib is 14k gold and writes a pretty nice wet medium line. It looks a little wonkier in the photo than it writes. Just light traces of feedback. Wider bodied but 12.1cm 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.
Vintage Pens: 2089 No Name Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $35.00
Vintage Pens: 2089: No Name Fountain Pen
Bright green, white and yellow stripes make this classic no name brand fountain pen look like something Dick Van Dyke might have written with in "Mary Poppins." It's a cheeky pen with a lot of life left in it. We replaced the ink sac. Its Iridium Tipped nib writes a very firm fine line. We suspect that this nib is a replacement from long ago. The cap and barrel have light wear but no cracks or serious blemishes. The clip seems to be on strong and tight. You can see the lever ring through the plastic, but every thing seems to be working well. It is a nice fat pen, which makes it easier to grip for longer periods without cramping your hand. 11.2cm capped.
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