Vintage Pens: 2368 Sheaffer Special
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Our favorite Rube Goldberg filling system is back with this Sheaffer Special snorkel filler! In an effort to keep up with the ever-improving mess-free ballpoint technology of the 1950s, Sheaffer created these ingenious vintage pens. Push and twist the blind tail cap counter clockwise to reveal a little snorkel tube from under the nib. Pull back on the tail cap, stick the snorkel in ink, push down on the tail cap, wait a second and then turn the tail cap clockwise until the snorkel is fully retracted! The nib never gets inky, and there is no mess to clean. We fully restored this one with a new ink sac, point seal and O-ring. The open "Palladium Silver" M6 nib writes a really nice firm medium line. The cursive script on the nib was a slightly rarer variety of the nib. Click the headline for close-ups. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2367 Sheaffer Frankenpen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Sheaffer once made a Lifetime fountain pen with a torpedo cap and flattail body. However, we think this is either the work of a clever con man or just somebody trying to make a complete pen from two halves. The barrel and nib are of a 1920s Sheaffer Lifetime Junior-Size. The cap is of a 1930s junior Balance. Together, they make a great pen. We found it this way and restored it with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel each have a fair degree of wear. There is no brassing; nor are there any cracks. The 14k gold nib with original 1920s inkfeed write a very nice, firm medium line. 11.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0511 Waterman C/F
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Waterman heralded the disposable cartridge era of fountain pens with its Waterman C/F (Cartridge/Fill) in the 1950s. Although cartridges were first introduced into pens back in the 1910s with glass and clay cartridges, neither was practical. The Waterman C/F used plastic. We include an original 1950s plastic cartridge in this pen! You can refill it using a syringe. We strongly doubt modern cartridges or converters will fit in this pen. The 14k gold nib writes a nice fine line with some feedback. The pen is pretty beat-up looking. Most of the original gold plating is worn off. Heavy scratching and wear covers all of the plastic surfaces. Basically, this is a good user-grade model with which to experiment and expand your vintage pen collection. Click the headline for close-ups. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1265 Pelikan 400NN
Filling Mechanism: Piston Filler
Every vintage pen collection needs a classic Pelikan 400NN. Ours has been fully restored and is in excellent condition. There is some light wear. The only major issue is heavy brassing on the clip. The original 14k gold nib writes a reasonably smooth medium line. It tends to sing a bit when it writes. The inkfeed has a slat that is broken off. It doesn't affect anything, but you should know about the cosmetic damage. The little black cap jewel features a mama pelican with 2 babies. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2344 Esterbrook Classic M2
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Why spend so much time collecting pens one by one when you can buy a whole set at once. A colorful follow-up to the SM-series is the Esterbrook Classic M2. Our collection features 6 different color pens with chrome caps: black, red, turquoise, sage, blue and grey. Not all new-old stock, some of these pens were users, such as the black one. We replaced the ink sacs on them as needed, but some were still in perfect condition. The caps are all interchangeable, but it should be noted that 3 of the 6 have splits in the chrome outer shell. The metal inner shells seem fine. The black pen barrel show light wear. The sage barrel has some flaking or chipping near the imprint. Some caps still have their original price stickers. The nibs are still replaceable like the J-models: 2550, 2555 Gregg, 2556, 2555 Gregg, 2555 Gregg, 2555 Gregg. Set includes original filling instructions and papers dated from 1959. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2341 J. Harris & Co. Black Chased Hard Rubber Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Hard rubber AND flex nib fans will love this rare treat. It is a J. Harris & Co. fountain pen from New York. We're guessing it is from the early 1920s, after the company switched from slip to screw caps. The chasing is clear but worn in places. The company logo is worn but visible on the cap. The clip has a company logo off-center and difficult to read. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. The Warranted 14k gold nib is very flexible and goes from extra fine on a slant to 2mm on a down stroke. The nib has a little feedback and will take a little getting used to. We smoothed it a bit, but you'll still get a little scratch. No cracks, a few scratches...The biggest flaw is a large bulge in the tail, which was caused by 90 odd years of pressure from a mis-set (but working) J-bar. We left it mis-set, as the pen and J-bar are so old and frail, it risked ruining the pen. J. Harris was the parent company of the Ambassador, Congress, University and Majestic pen brands. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2338 Esterbrook J-9450
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Esterbrook pens taught America how to write with a fountain pen. Among the most requested for use by high schools, secretarial schools and shorthand instructors, these vintage pens were easily customized with screw-in nibs made for every job imaginable. Our Esterbrook J model pen is the largest of the line, as it is the company's widest barrel pen for an easier grip. We restored it with a new ink sac and a straight-from-the-box, brand-new upgrade 9450 nib. Click the headline, and you can see it has a weak factory imprint. It writes a nice firm, extra-fine line. There is only light wear on the cap and barrel. No cracks. Clip is on tight. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2336 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Love barely scratches the surface of our feelings for this classic Parker 51. While most engravings look rather lame, this "Olive Crooks" really stands out as a very specially engraved design. Click the headline for a better close-up. We have no idea who she was. We just love the engraving. PLUS: This is a rarer amber jeweled Parker 51 1/10th 16k gold-filled cap, with the lifetime blue diamond on the clip. We restored the Vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. No date code on the barrel, but it looks more like "teal blue" than "cedar blue," which would make it 1948. The 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine line. About 99% of extra-fine nibs feel a little scratchy to us, and this is no different. Light wear and scratching on the body. No cracks. Cap has a few little dimples but not deep dents. 14.4cm capped.