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Vintage Pens: 6154 Sheaffer Craftsman
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 6154: Sheaffer: Craftsman
Social media excels at telling us we misidentify these pens as Sheaffer Craftsman pens. However, we're pretty sure that is what this is. We restored this lever-filler with a new ink sac. These pens came out in the mid- to late 1940s, and the war rationing was evident in this skinny cap band. This vintage pen was heavily used but remains free of cracks. It does have substantial wear and a really deep scratch on the cap, down and to the left of the pocket clip. The black color of the pen helps to hide the blemishes. You will write a wonderful extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. The nib sounds scratchy but writes surprisingly smoothly. Click the headline for a close-up. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6081 Sheaffer Statesman
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 6081: Sheaffer: Statesman
Our favorite Rube Goldberg filling system in vintage pens has to be the Sheaffer Snorkel. Over-elaborate...but also great for sucking the last drops of ink out of a bottle. We restored this Sheaffer Statesman set with a new O-ring, ink sac and point seal. Cosmetically, it is in very good shape with only light surface wear. You will write a firm extra-fine to fine line with a little feedback. All of that is pretty standard for these conical "Triumph" nibs made of "palladium silver." The pencil remains in great working order and is cosmetically also near excellent with only light surface wear. The vintage pencil comes with a few .9mm leads and the hardened remains of the original blue eraser. Box included.
Vintage Pens: 6042 Esterbrook Transition-1461
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 6042: Esterbrook: Transition-1461
It is nearly impossible to tell if the Esterbrook Transition pen is an authentic one or a repairman's marriage. We aren't sure, ourselves, but this pen does have a rarer cap with a three-banded black "jewel" on top and no "Esterbrook" written in the clip. We restored it with a new ink sac and new 1461 steel nib. Our vintage pen has some wear from use, but there are no cracks. The clip has a little jiggle, but it doesn't spin. You will write an extra-fine to fine line that is surprisingly smooth for a 1000-series nib. Mind you, that there is still a little feedback, but this isn't a bad nib by any means. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6040 Sheaffer TouchDown Gregg
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 6040: Sheaffer: TouchDown Gregg
Know why this pen looks so beat up? Click the headline for a close-up and clue. This was the hard working, everyday-reliable pen of a secretary or journalist. How do we know? See that funny mark that looks like a Japanese symbol on the section? This pen was custom made for devotees of the Gregg Shorthand writing method. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac and O-ring. The TouchDown filler is fun and easy to use. If you're Sheaffer TouchDown or vintage pen curious, you can't beat the price on this pen. You will write an extra-fine line with its two-tone 14k gold nib. It has a little feedback, but it feels good and responsive to the paper beneath the tip of the pen. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6038 Sheaffer Canadian TouchDown
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 6038: Sheaffer: Canadian TouchDown
Sheaffer USA only made these chocolate-brown Sheaffer TouchDown-filling fountain pens with wide barrels in 1949. For now, we are going to assume the same of Sheaffer Canada, where this lovely vintage pen was made. We were surprised to find that this pen had been restored shortly before we got it. The sac is still very pliable, and the O-ring seal is strong and well lubricated. You will write an extra-fine line with its two-tone 14k gold nib. If you can write without pressure, there is almost no feedback. Standard writing pressure nets a little feedback. Click the headline for photos. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6034 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $799.99
Vintage Pens: 6034: Parker: 51
Don't be so quick to blow past this rather average looking Parker 51 set. More than a double-jewel set from 1946, these writing instruments offer something extra special. A very close examination will reward you with hallmarks for solid 14k gold. The caps are gold-filled, but the pocket clips, tail-jewel tassie and pencil's nose cone are all solid 14k gold! This was a special upgrade feature that is rather uncommon in the wild these days. We are selling these pens for our friend and legendary pen repairman Stuart Hawkinson who replaced the diaphragm in the vintage pen. No engravings mar the caps. The pen cap is dent free. The pencil has a small impression on the back of the cap. Under close examination the pen shows a fair amount of wear from use but no cracks or ugly scars. You will write a nice extra-fine line with the 14k gold nib of the pen. The pencil uses 1.1mm leads. Click the headline for a close-up.
Vintage Pens: 6012 Sheaffer TouchDown
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 6012: Sheaffer: TouchDown
Sheaffer Cadet? Sheaffer Admiral? We never fully grasped the naming conventions for the Sheaffer TouchDown pens before they switched to Snorkels. Yet, a rose by any other name...we can still restore. We replaced the ink sac and O-ring in this vintage pen, and now it works great. You will write a dry extra-fine line with its two-tone, 14k gold Feather Touch nib. The pen looks great on a passing glance. Yet a close inspection will show it has many scratches and a little discoloration. No cracks. No brassing. Click the headline for close-ups. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6006 Esterbrook J-1461
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 6006: Esterbrook: J-1461
The color match of this married Esterbrook J-model fountain pen looks better in the photo than in real life. The cap is a much deeper red than the barrel. The cap also looks pretty jankety. Nevertheless, there are no cracks and the cap is on tightly. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. We also gave it a new 1461 nib straight out of the box. You will write a firm, extra-fine line with a little feedback. Definitely not a museum piece, but a nice enough daily driver. 12.6cm capped.
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