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April 27: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Mandarin Orange 1956-1959

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April 26: Wearever Lady Fair cartridge pen in shell pink and mesh pattern, c1958-1960

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April 25: Waterman Man 100 Gold "Specimen" c1988 forward

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April 24: Previously unknown navy blue Wearever squeeze filler fountain pen c1955-1957

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April 23: Sheaffer Lifetime 2000 fountain pen, c1963-1964

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April 22: Waterford Marquis Arista Prism Purple Fountain Pen, c2005-2007

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April 21: Lambrou Pens LB4 Tahiti with yellow gold vermeil trim, released 2017

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April 20: No name Japanese pen similar in design to a Parker 51 Aerometric c1950s

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April 19: Unknown maker Japanese eyedropper fountain pen inscribed Seishi Bosatsu c1930

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April 18: Popura eyedropper fountain pen from the early to mid c1930s

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April 17: Unknown maker Japanese two design kamakura bori lever fill fountain pen with Morgan nib c1930s

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April 16: Well grey marble eyedropper fountain pen with Sailor nib c1940s

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April 15: Uetosi eyedropper fountain pen with S.S.S. nib c1940s

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April 14: Yotsubishi fountain pen with Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

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April 13: Sheaffer Tuckaway Vacuum-fil Autograph pen and pencil set c1946-1947

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April 12: Porsche Design P’3105 Pure Black fountain pen c2011 to 2017

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April 11: Classic Pens LR4 Muse on the Parker Duofold by Paul Rossi, 2001

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April 10: Waterman Executive Fountain Pen Blue c1950-1951

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April 9: Classic Pens LR1 Eagle Chief on the Parker Duofold black by Paul Rossi, 2001

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April 8: Porsche Design Tec Flex Gold Special Edition 2015

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April 7: Classic Pens LR5 Alaska on the Parker Duofold by Paul Rossi, 2001

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April 6: Sheaffer Balance Autograph Ebonized Pearl Lever-fill c1934-1935

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April 5: Classic Pens LR Lighthouse by Paul Rossi on the Parker Duofold 2001

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April 4: Conklin Nozac Word Gauge Black c1934-1935

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April 3: Classic Pens LR2 Harvest by Paul Rossi on the Parker Duofold 2001

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April 2: Conklin Endura Reptilian Pearl Gray c1935-1937

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April 1: Classic Pens LR3 Woodland Oak fountain pen, by Paul Rossi, 2001

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March 31: Parker 51 pen and pencil set with a custom sterling silver cap, c1950s

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March 30: Classic Pens LS 10 Inochi (Life) on the Parker Duofold, 2004

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March 29: Sheaffer Autograph II lever-fill fountain pen c1946

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March 28: Sheaffer Snorkel Autograph and Signature fountain pens c1952-1959

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March 27: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Passion in Flame Red 2016

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March 26: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Harmony in Forest Green 2017

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March 25: Sheaffer Autograph Vacuum-fil fountain pen c1946

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March 24: Parker 75 Perlé (22 karat gold plated) c1983-1994

Wearever Squeeze Filler c1955-1957: An unsolved mystery

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Wearever Squeeze Filler c1955-1957: An unsolved mystery

When I first saw this pen I thought it was an unknown late variation, c1956-1960, of the Wearever Pennant. The cap is the same style metal sleeve over plastic inner cap used on every Pennant where the plastic, which always matches the barrel color, has a coin edge exposed at the cap lip. The clip is the same design as the later model Pennant, a flat face with USA stamped at the top, followed by WEAREVER and a trio of lines down to the tip. The fact that the metal cap sleeve was a highly polished chrome plate was something new, but didn't throw me off. I figured I had a new Pennant variant to go with ones that have gold plated cap sleeves.

Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

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Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

Ishi-Shoten, also known as Ishi & Co., was established in Tokyo in 1925 by pen maker Yoshinosuke Ishii. Following the lead of Pilot, who began making maki-e pens in the 1920s, Ishi-Shoten, though a small company with initially as few as ten workers, began competing by making inexpensive maki-e pens. Ishi-Shoten used the four diamond trademark, yotsubishi in Japanese, and the mark can be found on the clip top on most pens. This pen is decorated using the kawari-nuri, or free patterns, style, where the artist is open to decorate the urushi surface with new ideas.

Parker 51 Snake by Ariel Kullock c1990s

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Parker 51 Snake by Ariel Kullock c1990s

Parker's first Snake pen was introduced in 1906 as the #37 sterling silver Snake and the #38 gold snake. The snake was a metal overlay on the hard rubber Lucky Curve pen and had green rhinestones for eyes. This Parker 51 Snake pen was created by Argentine artist Ariel Kullock.

Parker 51 Mexican Overlays c1945-1955

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Parker 51 Mexican Overlays c1945-1955

At some time near or after the end of World War II, Parker 51 pens with customized sterling silver caps by Mexican metalsmiths began to be offered in Mexico near the border with the United States. Many of these pen caps were heavily reworked with new engravings and with gold overlays being added made of hallmarked 14 karat gold or unhallmarked 10 karat gold.

Parker VP Very Personal Pen User Guide 1962

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Parker VP Very Personal Pen User Guide 1962

There are more than 90 vintage pen user guides online in our library, thanks to contributors like YOU!

John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c1938

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John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c1938

Fresh with some new catalog and pricing information, we track down more on this gorgeous inlaid black and pearl pen.

Sheaffer Balance Blue N3TC c1931-1932

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Sheaffer Balance Blue N3TC c1931-1932

Sheaffer only took one shot at blue in the Balance line, and only from 1931 to 1932. Named simply "Blue," many collectors call this finish "blue and black" as the darker blue discolors to a muddy black shade. Offered only on lower rank non-White Dot pens, this blue color is sought after and pens with excellent color fetch high prices.

Wearever Advertising on Railway Express Agency Trucks c1946-1947

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Wearever Advertising on Railway Express Agency Trucks c1946-1947

In August, 2015, after a trip to the Washington, D.C. Pen Show, I was contacted by Tom Heath, who furnished the photos in this article. He told me they represented an advertising campaign on the sides of Railway Express Agency delivery trucks in New York City by David Kahn, Inc. for its newest Wearever pen lines. You never know what mysteries unfold from the side of a delivery truck!

Sheaffer Snorkel Fern Green 1957-c1959

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Sheaffer Snorkel, Fern Green 1957-c1959

Avocado. That was my first impression seeing a Sheaffer Snorkel Fern Green pen. Some people have less flattering names for this color. It's lighter than the very common Pastel Green and darker than Sage Green. Many collectors say it's one of the most difficult colors to find, especially a pen with a Fern Green cap and barrel. How does it compare to the other two Snorkel greens and when was it made? Find out!

Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph c1955-1959

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Sheaffer Snorkel, The Two Triumphs c1955-1959

For some reason the Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph pens don't get a lot of press. The Triumph is a handsome pen, all gold filled with long engraved lines in sets of five running the length of the streamlined cap and barrel. What makes the Triumph particularly interesting is that Sheaffer made two versions. Find out more about BOTH Triumphs in this new article.

Indian Fountain Pen / Pencil Combo c1930s

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PenInHand: Indian Fountain Pen / Pencil Combo: An unsolved mystery

The Indian fountain pen / pencil combos are one of the more attractive pens from the 1930s. They are also one of the lower tier brands that lack any primary information. What do we know about these pens? Why Indian? There is a lot of pen folklore and speculation here. Some facts and deductive insights about these dazzling pens.

Waterman Reflex da Vinci

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PenInHand: Waterman Reflex da Vinci: Two fun, yet very collectible, value priced pens

It's not every day that a fairly ordinary pen becomes a hot collectible. Sometime between 1995 and 2000, Waterman introduced Reflex fountain and pushbutton ballpoint pens in two screen printed designs to honor Leonardo da Vinci. Because of the primary colors of the two designs, the two versions are often referred to as the "red" da Vinci and the "blue" da Vinci. Read more about these dressed up entry level pens that are hot collectibles now.

Norma Pencil Company Advertising Gallery

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UPDATE: Norma Pencil Company advertising

We've updated the Norma Pencil Company advertising page, including a slideshow of 7 original advertising scans. Use the controls to advance, go back, and click to view full screen!

Wearever De Luxe "Mother of Pearl" c1940-1943

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Major Update: Wearever De Luxe "Mother of Pearl" c1940-1943

This Wearever De Luxe model is reminiscent of a favorite collectible pen, the Sheaffer Ebonized Pearl Balance pens made from 1934 to 1939. The green pearl pattern pen originally shown in this 2003 article is now joined with a brown pearl pen picked off eBay in 2016. More information is included about the pen, dating, and the unique, patented nib unit.

Venus Campus Pen Blue c1953

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PenHero 365: Venus Campus Pen Blue c1953

What could you get for a dollar in the 1950s? How about a "Pen-N-Ink" combination, with FREE ink that matches your pen? And the ink bottle comes with enough ink for twenty-five fillings! Can't beat that!

Eversharp Slim Ventura 1953-1957

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UPDATE: Eversharp Slim Ventura 1953-1957

We've updated our article on the Eversharp Slim Ventura, the last high end quality fountain pen marketed by Eversharp before the company was sold to Parker. The new pen was introduced in 1953 and shared its name with the prior lever-fill Ventura, which was not much more than a revamped Symphony sporting a new cylindrical cap. Check out all the new details and the updated larger pictures!

Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece c1942-1944

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PenHero 365: Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece c1942-1944

What does the word "masterpiece" bring to mind? If we turn to a dictionary, we are told it is "a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship," and "an artist's or craftsman's best piece of work." A pen with that name would have to stand up the very highest standards. Let's take a look at the war time top of the line Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece c1942-1944.

Sheaffer Snorkel Fiesta Red

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PenInHand: September, 2015: Snorkel Fiesta!

Fiesta Red is one of the brightest and boldest colors in the Sheaffer Snorkel palette and will draw the eye in any collection. If you like Snorkels and bright red pens, you will find any Fiesta Red pen a challenge, both in difficulty and price!

Vaporite Brush Pen c1946-1956

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Vaporite Brush Pen c1946-1956

An update to our article on the Vaporite Brush Pen with some new photos and details. Will the Vaporite Brush Pen sneak into your rotation and become your everyday user? Maybe if you're Banksy. The pen does what it was made to do - write really big letters and stuff. This is the pen world's blunt instrument. If huge is your passion, this is your pen!

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Updated as of April 8, 2017!

April, 2017


Cologne Pen Show
April 1, 2017

Leonardo Royal Hotel
Köln, Germany

Long Island Pen Show
April 1-2, 2017

Hofstra University Student Center
Hempstead, Long Island, New York, USA

Northern Pen Show
April 2, 2017

Dalmeny Hotel
Lytham St Annes, UK

Florence Pen Show
April 8, 2017

AC Marriott Hotel
Florence, Italy

Atlanta Pen Show
April 21-23, 2017

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

May, 2017


Chicago Pen Show
May 4-7, 2017

Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA

Pen Show Poland Katowice
May 6-7, 2017

Kino Kosmos
Katowice, Poland

Nuremberg Pen Show
May 13, 2017

Tafelhalle Theatercafé
Nuremberg, Germany

Eastern Pen Show
May 14, 2017

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Cambridge, UK

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News Article Links

Where Fountain Pens Are Saved and Sold Neighborhood Joint, By Emily Brennan, The New York Times, March 15, 2017

Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017

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Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017

A new minimalistic pen + notebook + leather cover combination.

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Wink Pen First Edition Fountain Pen 2017 PenHero.com, January 22, 2017

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Caran d'Ache Astrograph Limited Edition 2016 PenHero.com, January 27, 2017

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The Coolest Fountain Pen Goes To: Richard Mille's RMS05 Charmian Leong, The Peak Magazine, March 14, 2016

The Richard Mille RMS05 Is A $105,000 Pen With A Mechanical Heart Iunal Giumali, A Blog To Watch, February 24, 2016

SIHH 2016: Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen Alexander Linz, watch-insider.com, January 29, 2016

Richard Mille Made a $105,000 Mechanical Fountain Pen Stephen Pulvirent, Bloomberg, January 21, 2016

The RMS05: Richard Mille’s New Signature Charles Edwards-Freshwater, Lux Worldwide, January 19, 2016

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Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen 2016

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Lambrou Pens LK2 Dignity 2016: Soar with the eagles! Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, April 27, 2016

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Cross Year of the Monkey Special Edition Collection 2016 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, December 11, 2015

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Porsche Design Tec Flex Gold Special Edition 2015 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, October 11, 2015

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Waterford Pallas Marsala 2015 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, October 9, 2015

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Porsche Design Solid Gold Limited Edition 2015 Jim Mamoulides, PenHero.com, October 7, 2015

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10 most expensive pens in the world Jagran Post, October 1, 2015

Le stylo BIC / The Ballpoint pen France-Amerique, October 1, 2015


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