Vintage Pens

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Vintage Pens: 3737 Mont Blanc Carrera
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 3737: Mont Blanc: Carrera
Vrrrroooom! Racing at you in top gear is a classic 1970s Montblanc Carrera, made in conjunction with the fabled German sports car company Porshe. This slick pen is in close to mint condition. It only has a little wear on the black section from the cap sliding on and off. More importantly, this pen comes with its really hard-to-find tire desk stand! While it might not be difficult to find these pre-owned luxury pens, the tire desk stand is areal treat. The cap of the pen fits in the wheel hub, and if you turn it a quarter turn, it locks into the tire by engaging the pocket clip. To the best our knowledge this pen only uses standard international short cartridges. Its steel nib writes a medium line with a little feedback. The pen by itself measures 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3742 Esterbrook LJ Icicle Teal
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 3742: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle Teal
Teal really pops on this Esterbrook LJ Icicle fountain pen. Aside from a couple little marks on the cap or barrel, this vintage pen looks like it just came of the assembly line! It has been restored with a new ink sac. Rarer than the standard J-series designs, it was still the pen that was most used by Baby Boomers learning to write with an "ink pen." The color might be our favorite feature on this pen, its simple screw-out nib is our other favorite feature. As they made at least 3 dozen different point sizes that are still easily available, we love how easily customized it is. No cracks. The steel nib is a 2556 model that was advertised as being for fine-point nib. We find it writes a surprisingly smooth, firm fine line. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3741 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3741: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Esterbrook pens are best know as the brand of pens that taught an entire generation of Baby Boomers how to write. Easily customized and very affordable, these pens were often required by high schools and various trade schools. Our Esterbrook LJ model above is especially special because it is a rarer "grey icicle" model. Icicle pens had long striped designs, unlike the standard models. Our vintage pen looks as if it just rolled off the assembly line. No cracks, only the lightest traces of wear. Our favorite features on Esterbrooks is their removable, screw-out nibs. A steel 2668 nib graces this pen, and it writes a very smooth fine line. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3740 Conklin Sub Endura
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 3740: Conklin: Sub Endura
It took us a while to track down some answers for this pen. We finally discovered, courtesy of David Isaacson's inimitable website, that this was an unnamed model Conklin pen. He calls it the Conklin Sub Endura, as it was neither a Symetrik nor an Endura. It was meant as a lesser model for those who couldn't afford Conklin's higher end pens. While he had seen many of these pens in the past, he had only seen this maroon-and-pearl-grey pen once before. Ours is fully restored with a new ink sac. No cracks and minimal wear. Its only real problem is brassing on the cap bands. Write a nice fine line with a hint of flex with this original 14k gold nib. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3732 Sheaffer Lady Skrip Sert
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 3732: Sheaffer: Lady Skrip Sert
Modernizing the tradition of Ladies' pens, Sheaffer made the Lady Skrip Sert series in the middle of the 20th century. These slender, clipless pen were ideal for keeping in a hand bag. Plus, they sported a convenient new feature: disposable plastic ink cartridges! Aside from a couple little dark spots that might be tarnish on this golden lace version of the pen, our vintage pen is in very good condition. The palladium nib has a deep scratch on its surface, but it won't effect the writing. Click the headline for a close-up. It writes a firm, fine line with a little feedback. Unfortunately, these lovely pens wrote with a slender version of the Sheaffer cartridge and converter that is no longer available. We don't have either. Thus, until you find one, this pen is a dip-only or display model. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3727 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 3727: Sheaffer: Balance
The pearl parts of this late 1920s or early 1930s Sheaffer Balance fountain pen are some of the purist original color that we've ever seen. Unfortunately, part of the barrel has a little discoloration. As a vintage pen, it has been fully restored with a new ink sac. It sports an original inkfeed and 14k gold nib. Click the headline for a close-up. The nib writes a fine-medium line with a little feedback. Longer but also skinnier than the official oversized pen. 14.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3726 Parker 75
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3726: Parker: 75
Parker 75 pens could probably be considered the last daily, luxury fountain pen put out in mass production of the fountain pen era. Originally released in the 1960s, this is a more modern French-made Parker 75. We love the chrome barley pattern. The pen is in good general condition, but there are a couple little dents in the barrel. The biggest one is easy to miss, as it is no larger than the head of one of those colorful sewing pins, so we circled it in the photo. The nasty red oval makes it look worse that it is. Almost nobody would notice it at a casual glance. The pen fills with cartridges or a modern Parker converter, which is included. The nib can be rotated for a better writing angle with the ergonomical section grip. Its 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine line. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3725 Parker VP
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 3725: Parker: VP
The Parker 75 is one of the most popular fountain pens from the vintage pen era. However, that pen never would have been as popular if it wasn't for its original incarnation as the Parker VP! The V.P. meant Very Personal. What made it and the 75 so personal? The ergonomic section grip AND rotating 14k gold nib! Nibs are stationary in most pens. In the Parker VP, you can carefully rotate the nib in the ergonomical grip to custom fit the writing angle to your hand! Parker only made the pen for a couple years because the glass (or glass-like) ink-view/nipple assembly for the aerometric filler cracked too easily. Luckily for you, the entire filling unit is in great working order on this classic pen. The pen was heavily used and shows wear on the cap and barrel, but there are no cracks. Its original 14k gold nib writes a broad line. Click the headline for a close-up. 13.3cm capped.
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