Friday Night Lapis Dance

Time to get down with a Lapis lazuli Parker Duofold Senior! This stunner is in great condition with a cap that has nearly perfect color. Even the nib has a little flex. Clean imprint, no cracks!

Liquid Lead pencils were the most radical invention in pencils since the invention of the click-advance mechanism. They operated like a ballpoint pen refill, only with a liquid graphite. Today's Parker 51 set sports such a pencil with a working refill.

You will love writing with the semi-flex size 4, 14k gold nib in our Conklin Crescent "G" 3 pen from the turn of the last century. Its line goes from extra fine to nearly 2mm wide! You'll see it has a couple little issues, but it also look brand new.

Sheaffer Legacy pens are pretty impressive on their own, but when you add in a factory stub oblique nib, this nearly mint condition Bronze model is a take-your-breath-away type of preowned luxury pen.

Alexander Dumas is our all-time favorite author, and we are excited to have the Montblanc Writers Series Alexandre Dumas fountain pen. Gently used and smooth writing. This Mont Blanc pen is a modern classic.

Another New Old Stock Esterbrook CH Purse Pen graces our vintage pens page, but this time it is a dusty rose pink! Best of all, it comes complete with a huge oblique stub nib!

If you haven't written with the retro looking Waterman Charleston fountain pens, you are really missing out. Classic styling in a modern pen that is very smooth. 

We sell more Esterbrook J-series pens in a year than any other brand and model. To help keep you satisfied, we've added a good deal on a daily user grade Esterbrook J-model pen in black with an upgraded 9550 extra-fine nib.

We ain't kiddin' about today's additions to the site. You'll find a great vintage pen in our Esterbrook J-model. It is candy-apple red and fully restored with a smooth medium nib. If you prefer modern pre-owned pens, our Waterman Charleston ballpoint might be right up your alley.

Curious about vintage pens? Try our 14k gold nibbed Parker 45. It is a stylish delight from the 1960s with very little wear. A great treat to play with in this time of pandemic.

We are super excited to offer a N.O.S. Conklin 20NL fountain pen to start this week. It is a stunner that comes complete with its original Christmas-themed box! It even has a flexi nib and original pricing sticker band. What are you waiting for?

Holding off on buying the Parker Duofold Esparto fountain pen because we didn't have the matching ballpoint? Well, now you are out of excuses. Our sterling silver ballpoint Parker Esparto Duofold is in mint condition and in great working order.

Gold-filled caps are nice on the Sheaffer Crest, but a first-year 14k gold snorkel tube is even cooler. We have one such pen with a pastel green barrel that is fully restored and ready for action.

We added two great burgundy pens to the site. One is a luxurious Waterman Gentleman rollerball pen. The other is a fully restored Sheaffer Admiral with a surprisingly smooth 14k gold nib.

Our Cross Century is no average pen. It is a handsome, minty fresh Tapestry model in 14k gold-fill. It works great and looks stunning. No dents, scratches or other blemishes. 

Montblanc 146 pens are most commonly found with gold-plated trim, but our latest version sports the highly sought after platinum plating! In great working order, its 14k medium nib is a real treat with which to write. Pre-owned luxury pens at their best!

20th century Sheaffer pens were the very definition of dependable and stylish. We recently flooded our vintage pens pages with a growing selection of Sheaffers from the 1940s into the 1950s. These were the glory days, and we have plenty more still to come.

We added an incredibly clean modern Waterman Demonstrator fountain pen. It looks just like the Phileas model. Not a trace of staining in it. What are you waiting for? Corrupt it with your favorite ink.

Save big on a great daily driver with our Waterman Phileas fountain pen. Barely used, it sports a smooth medium nib and a new ink converter. Stunning blue patterns on the cap and barrel might inspire great writing as you gaze into its depths.

Smooth writing nibs are always a treat, and we think you will love our Waterman Preface fountain pen. Plated in silver, it looks great, but we think your favorite part will be filling it with ink and setting its lovely 18k gold nib to paper and blissing out on fluid experience.

We are safely back from the delightfully fun Arkansas Pen Show. At the moment, there is no Covid-19 in my county. The website is and will remain open for business. Updates and new pens are coming soon. We're going to rock sequestration like no other! Be well. Stay safe.

The crowd was a little smaller today, but everybody was sure in a good mood...and a buying mood. Although we have heard no official word from other pen shows, the crowd consensus was that this might be the last one for a little while. It was so great to chat, eat, drink and be merry with everyone in Little Rock. We can't wait to see all of our pen friends at shows around the country as soon as the pandemic ends. In the meantime, we love you and wish all of you the best of health and luck.

Wow! Great crowd and high energy. Pen lovers are dedicated, and we love them. We're a big happy family of inky addicts. After a busy day of life on the show floor, we cut loose with an afterhours pen party at the hotel bar. Thanks to Cary and Esterbrook for all of the door prizes!

Day 1 of the Arkansas Pen Show was a big hit. News on TV scared everybody by the night before the show started with rapid changes in the national story, but, so far, pen lovers are united in a positive, healthful show. A steady stream of showgoers have made this event a ton of fun so far. We've never seen this much hand-washing (and this little hand shaking) at a pen show before, but it has been a positive sign folks are heeding warnings, taking precautions and making the most of their inky passions. Can't wait to see y'all on Day 2.

We are taking the highway south to the Arkansas Pen Show. This is a super fun show with a ton of friendly folks. If you live anywhere near Little Rock, come have a blast with some awesome people, pens and ink! Oh, and chocolate bacon!

One of the first injection-molded pens included our latest Jefferson fountain pen, a subsidy of the same company that owned Wearever. Unlike Wearever, this vintage pen comes with a semi-flex gold nib! Fully restored and ready to write.

Vintage pen enthusiasts will love the smooth-writing, wet-noodle 14k gold nib of our latest Mabie Todd Swallow! It is a flawed pen, but the nib is remarkable. The pen has been fully restored, and it is ready for some incredible writing action.

Check out our latest collection of Stipula pens. These Italian pens don't have the corona virus and are ready for lots of writing action while they are still in nearly mint condition!

We love Sheaffer TouchDown filler pens, which is why we are pleased to bring you a really handsome, gold-filled capped Sheaffer Tuckaway Crest. A short pen, it has a large appetite for extra-fine writing.

No. We wouldn't dare post a cap on the tail of a pen and ruin its finish or split its cap lip. We ARE posting more vintage pens and preowned luxury pens for sale, again. It just took us a little while after the show to recover. Happy writing, everyone!

It is always so exciting to go to a new show! We got to meet some long-time customers face-to-face for the first time. We met loads of fun new people. Plus, we got to have fun with a lot of old friends on the circuit. Oh, and we loaded up on some great new vintage pens that you'll be seeing soon.

Whoa! Big crowds today at the Baltimore Pen Show. I didn't have a chance to sit down and catch my breath until 20 minutes after the show formally ended. It was so great to chat up so many people and share so many pen stories and adventures. Plus, it was great to watch the eyes light up on people as they experienced the discovery of a perfect nib or filling system. What a delight!

We made it! After a brutal 14-hour drive, we arrived for lots of pen show fun. Day One was a great casual set-up morning, where we caught up with old friend and met some regular customers in the flesh for the first time. By 11 a.m. the show was hopping with great traffic and many new friendships being formed. Lots of interest in vintage pen made the day even more worth while. Plus, we might have found a fun new pen deal for you!

For the next week or so, we will be on the road to the Baltimore Pen Show. It should be a great show, and we really hope to see you there. Please continue to order from the site, in the meantime. If we catch your orders in time, we'll remove them from the show offerings and mail them back as soon as we get home. Unfortunately, there's always one or two pens that sold out from under the site. Please be aware. If that happens, we'll refund your money.

A stunning blue Signum Orione fountain pen was spotted on our preowned pens pages. It is a very handsome pen that writes with a smooth fine line. Pretty good for an iridium nib!

If you love the Italian design of Signum pens, you will be wild for our buttery smooth writing Nova models. Each preowned luxury pen is in nearly mint condition with stunning colors.

We just restored a lovely, like-new Parker 51 Demi fountain pen and pencil set. It has a new diaphragm in the pen, and both are ready for plenty of writing. The vintage pen has a great fine nib. Plus, you get its original presentation box.

Our latest Wahl-Eversharp Personal Point pen has a fairly rare 14k gold nib that is stamped "Flexible." It writes an insanely smooth medium to juicy 2mm or a little more. Fully restored, this is an incredible vintage pen.

Visit our pre-owned luxury pens pages, and you will see a growing assortment of Signum pens from Italy. In addition to being great writing instruments, you'll be dazzled by their colors.

Parker Vacumatics are always sure to warm our filling-system obsessed hearts. We have a great one from 1945 with an extra-fine nib. We restored it just the other day, and it will be a great work horse.

Italian luxury takes front and center with our pre-owned pens. This one is a pearl-grey stunner. It is the Signum Nova fountain pen. If the color doesn't knock your socks off, the buttery smooth nib will.

We added a pair of Sheaffer ballpoints for this sleep Sunday. One is a brushed steel Targa. The other is a minty fresh blue Balance II. Both come with smooth working refills.

Celebrate St. Valentine's Day in style with a fantastic NOS Sheaffer Imperial fountain pen in our vintage pens pages. It has a TouchDown filler and the sought-after, super-smooth dolphin nib. Or write the best love letters with a juicy broad nib that is buttery smooth on our stunningly translucent-blue Sheaffer Connaisseur.

Most people hope that their vintage pens looks just like they rolled off the assembly line. Fans of our Conklin Endura Symetrik fountain pen and pencil set will not be disappointed. An incredible green celluloid practically glows with its minty radiance. It even has a semi-flex nib!

If you like ultra-rare two-tone Parker Duofold nibs, you'll like our vintage pen of the day. It is a streamlined Parker Duofold Jr. set with that killer nib. Yet, if you prefer buttery smooth fine-medium nibs, you'll go gaga for our stunning Waterman L'Etalon!

Looking for more rare Parker 51s? We have a Flighter set that includes a fountain pen and pencil. The pen is a classic aerometric filler. The brushed-steel is in great condition. Perfect for display or use as a vintage pen.

Visit our vintage pen pages to find a complete set of harder-to-find Parker 51 Signet pens and pencils. These are the gold-filled models of the pen from the early 1950s. They include a fountain pen, ballpoint and pencil! Buy them individually or together.

Sheaffer Connaisseur pens offer the best of 1920s sensibility with more modern insides and a dreamy, smooth 18k gold nib. It even comes with its original converter. A pre-owned luxury pen classic.

We have a great Parker Duofold Centennial fountain pen. It looks like new, and it has a smooth, medium nib. Ideal for business and pleasure.

We've been selling out of Parker 51 fountain pens a lot lately, and we finally got in a small collection for your pleasure. It starts with a few very nice gold-filled cap models.

Have you always wanted to learn the art and science of restoring a vintage pen? Visit our blog to learn the joys of restoring a lever-filling fountain pen! Check out our pen repairs made easy.

Sheaffer Triumph pens are some of the highest-end TouchDown filler pens made between 1949 and 1952. We have a great one that is dent-free but engraved on our vintage pens page. Fully restored, it writes well and is ready for action.

We have added to pens with mixed parts to our vintage pens pages. First up is a handsome black oversized Sheaffer Balance with an oversized two-tone Parker Vacumatic Maxima nib! Then there's a Parker 51 with a vacumatic body and aerometric cap! Both fun and fully restored.

Our last Sheaffer Targa for a little while is the harder to find Imperial Brass model. It is in great condition, without any dents or deep scratches. Better yet, it writes sooo delightfully smoothly with a fine point nib of 14k gold.

Want to learn more about identifying fake Montblanc pens? Our latest blog post gets into 2 recent phonies that a customer gave us to share with you.

Few things are as stunning a heavy, solid sterling silver Parker Duofold Esparto fountain pen. We have one that looks new in the box. Comes with all of its boxes. You need to see it to believe it.

Everybody needs a great pen and pencil set, and we've just added three different colors of the Waterman Laureat line! Start a collection or make them your daily drivers.

Wow. Our Waterman Phileas pens sold out quickly. Today we add a couple more, along with some Waterman Experts. All of them are great looking, dependable daily drivers. Be sure to check them out in our preowned pens section.

Waterman Phileas pens remain extremely popular after their discontinuation. We bring you three of these great, affordable pens: 2 fountain pens and 1 rollerball. Great preowned pens for daily use.

We take half the work out of starting a serious Waterman Hemisphere pencil collection with 4 different color models that are in great working order. Most of them are in great, aesthetic condition. Best of all, they are quite affordable.

Difficult decisions must be made in life, and we're choosing--right or wrong--to start calling the Sheaffer Targa a vintage writing instrument. The oldest ones are more than 40 years old, and most pen newbies are decidedly in the "vintage" camp. As the owner of the company now qualifies as vintage by that definition, he boldly asserts vintage is distinguished and not a slur. And while "OK Boomer" doesn't quite apply to him...c'mon, the writing's on the wall. OK X'ers. :)

Sheaffer made an almost mythical pen in the Half-Balance, which married a Balance cap with the older flat-tailed barrel design. It is nearly impossible to verify an original vs. a pen made from parts. Whatever ours is, it is priced to sell and will deliver lots of extra-fine line writing pleasure.

Presidential pens are often discussed on these pages. We have a souvenir pen from the White House in the 1980s with a copy of Ronald Reagan's signature on it. A Parker Classic ballpoint pen that we are making an honorary vintage pen.

Sheaffer Legacy pens are reliable head-turners, but the Emperor's Silver model might take your breath away. We added a rollerball version and will be adding a fountain pen model on Saturday!

If fountain pens frighten you off, check out our bargain on a preowned Montblanc ballpoint Classique. It is in great working order, and it costs only a fifth of the new pen's price!

Complete with its original boxes and a converter, we have a Montblanc Classique 144 from the 1970s. Though it might have been dipped or filled once, we think it is new old stock. Cool monotone 18k gold nib!

We've wanted to carry oblique stub nibs in the 2000-model of pens from Lamy for ages, and now we can finally offer them. Coming in black makrolon, our Lamy 2000 is brand new, direct from the factory in Germany!

If you like putting the caps-lock down on the word RARE when defining your collection, check out our Parker Duofold desk pen in MANDARIN YELLOW with a carved wooden desk base featuring a FISH! Works well, writes great. You will love.

Sheaffer Targa pens are always attractive, but this one made from sterling silver really sets a high bar. Paired with a buttery smooth extra-fine nib, it will steal your heart for sure.

We added a couple more bargains on Montblanc pens. Each is a more modern design that will be sure to turn heads in new-old-stock condition. A fountain pen and a ballpoint. You better snatch them up quickly.

Little pens don't often turn heads, but our Waterman Lady Agathe is no ordinary pen. Its stunning color scheme looks as if will be the most impressive part of the fountain pen, but then you try the nib and have a brief glimpse into heaven.

Regardless of whether you like your Waterman pens modern or vintage, this is your lucky day. Our vintage pens page has a very nice Waterman #5 from the late 1920s. Our preowned luxury pens page has an oh-so-smooth Waterman Edson in ruby red!

One of the most easily recognized status symbols of the world, the Montblanc 149, is a beautiful German writing instrument. We have a great one from the 1970s, complete with its box. Such a smooth writer!

Did Montblanc know that it would confuse a lot of "Star Wars"-loving pen fans with a name like Starwalker? Regardless, we have a nearly mint Montblanc Starwalker ballpoint pen.

From the Great White North of Canada comes a classic Sheaffer 5-30 Balance pen from the 1930s. This vintage pen has been fully restored, and it writes a delightfully smooth extra-fine line.

Damascus steel is a rare and beautiful early form of steel. William Henry uses it to decorate its luxury pens. We have a great deal on one such William Henry Chablis ballpoint on our preowned luxury pens pages.

Sheaffer pen fans will like our immaculate pre-owned Targa. It looks minty fresh, and it has a working original squeeze-bar converter. Looks like it just stepped out of the 1980s.

Usher in the new '20s with a classic from the Roaring '20s! We have a stunning oversized Big Red Parker Duofold waiting for you on our Vintage Pens page. All original parts and a dreamy smooth medium nib. It really is the cat's pajamas.

Holy cats! We just got the rarest of Lamy nibs for Safari and AL-Star pens in stock. You can find the rare "Left Hand" steel nib from Lamy, AND two-tone 14k gold Oblique Medium and Oblique Broad nibs also for the Safari and AL-Stars! Snatch 'em up fast because we doubt we'll ever see more.

Entrancing azure blue celluloid casts its spell on this Parker Vacumatic Major from the 1940s. Fully restored, it writes a remarkable "Japanese-style" extra-fine line very smoothly.

Vintage Pelikan pen collectors will love our 1950s tortie Pelikan 400NN! Fully restored with a new piston seal, this classic, gold-nibbed fountain pen is a joy with which to write and stare at.

Oh, sure. Everybody knows the stylistic design masterpiece known as the Rotring 600 fountain pen. But, have you ever seen the Rotring 700? We have this more uncommon gem on our pre-owned pens page!

Do you have a beautiful pastel blue Esterbrook Purse Pen? We have one that comes with a box and instructions. Fully restored with a new ink sac, it is ready for daily use but stunning enough for display.

We have a lovely looking BHR Morrison's Black Beauty on our vintage pens page. We've lowered the price and improved the photos for your purchasing pleasure.

Chicago just wasn't cold enough for us, so we're moving to Wisconsin! What?! During the holiday season?! Yeah, yeah. We know. But what's that old John Lennon saying, "Life's what happens when you're making other plans." True love is a good enough reason to go for the holidays and beyond. Sooo, in the meantime, please be patient with us as we take a couple days to pack, move and unpack. Thanks!

Mont Blanc pens are among the most popular in the world, and we think you are really going to like our deals on our latest Montblanc pen additions to the website. All of them are in great working order.

Vintage pen fanatics will rejoice with the arrival of our beautiful and rare Conklin fountain pen that isn't an Endura or Symmetrik but a lower tier pen that is hard to find.

Retro 51 are among the most popular "new" pens of the past couple decades. With colorful and creative designs, modern pen lovers have been snatching them up. We are now offering many of the rarer early versions of these preowned pens.

If you haven't visited our Trading Post in a while, we have at least a dozen new offerings posted within the past week. These pens are sold directly by their owners, and the Trading Post is a great place for you to sell some of your treasures for waaaaay cheaper than certain popular auction sites.

Vintage pen aficionados might love a Parker VP, which meant Very Personal. It was the foundation pen that set the state for the Parker 75. We just added another working one...this time with a gold-filled cap!

Enjoy a minty-fresh Sheaffer Balance set in an almost entirely clean (not discolored) pearl-and-black design. Both writing instruments are oversized. The pen writes a great medium line with a very firm nib. A must for vintage pen lovers.

Who doesn't want a Parker 51 to be dent free? Especially when it is a gold-filled Signet model? Our latest vintage pen looks marvelous, and it is in great working order, too!

Don't wait until summer to go snorkeling. Check out our Sheaffer Clipper Snorkel fountain pen. Fully restored, it is a handsome edition to your collection. It comes complete with its box and papers!

We really like the classic cordovan brown color on our Parker 51. You can find it on our vintage pens page. It is fully restored and ready to write or display!

Classic 1920s' Waterman #7 pens are very popular with their flex nibs like this "Red" model. It has a great minty fresh red ripple design and is fully restored. Yet, the 1.2mm flex in the medium semi-flex nib will really get most collectors going.

Special Edition Pilot Vanishing Point Icicle pens are great for at least psychologically beating the heat. We have one frosty blue wonder that looks great with minimal wear. Such a smooth nib, too!

The Parker Sonnet in "Chinese Laque Amber" is a stunner for ballpoint pen fans. Definitely are rarer color for the line, we think these are the most beautiful of the Sonnets.

Our latest Parker 180 has an incredible cross-cut design in gold plate! Definitely one of the rarer models, it is beautiful to look at in its nearly flawless state. Of course, the double-sided nib is a great draw. Great vintage pen.

We were surprised by how quickly people snatched up our Parker 45 click ballpoints. Our final one just posted, and it is a handsome black and steel design. The cap clicks, which is our favorite feature.

Parker 180 fountain pens were a really clever invention. It has a single nib that writes two different widths. Our green one writes an extra-fine line AND a smooth medium!

Remember, ThePenMarket.com also is your home for great vintage pen restoration. All customer repairs move to the front of the repair line, which means we plan on maintaing our one-to-two week turnaround time on your pens!

If you have any questions, please give us a jingle or ask at
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Buy, Sell, Trade Vintage Pens and Ephemera
Welcome to the ultimate pen market for vintage pens, antique pens and collectible fountain pens, pencils, inkwells, blotters, writing ephemera and vintage fountain pen repairs. We specialize in selling restored vintage Sheaffer, Parker, Waterman, Esterbrook, Wahl-Eversharp, Conklin, Mabie Todd (Swan), Moore, Mont Blanc, Pelikan, Aikin Lambert and every other brand of fountain pen we can get our hands on.

Best of all, we offer pen enthusiasts a chance to post their own vintage pens, gold nibs, parts, and other writing instrument-related items on our Trading Post - a giant online "want ads" for fountain pen buffs.

So whether you're looking for yourself or for a gift for a graduate, business associate, writer, lawyer, doctor, teacher, scrapbooker or lover, there's a good chance you'll find it on ThePenMarket.com.

Thank you for shopping, and enjoy your visit.