After a month off, The PENguin returns with some big news and the same fine pens with a few fine additions.
Our biggest news is the approach of an all-new website, the most major revision to the site since we began selling more than fifteen years ago. The new site will not only look new and improved, but it will put a lot of new information more easily at your fingertips than ever before.
The ordering process will be streamlined, modernized, and updated, and pens will be more fully described and more clearly displayed.
On the back end, the site will enable me to instantly update and add new arrivals. We will be able to offer a wider array of pens from the US, Germany and Italy and the Rick’s Pens feature will become more active as I curate my collection and pass along to others some of the pens that I began with.
For now, however, the old site remains and we have a wide range of the usual pens—Parkers, Pelikans, a few Montblancs and a scattering of the classic pens we usually carry. The LA Show allowed me to resupply our usual Pelikans and add a few others. I’ll announce those in the next few days, but look for new 100s, 100Ns, 400s and the like.
Beginning this week I will also re-create day-by-day our recent trip to Cuba. If you are interested and follow us on Facebook or Twitter you will get notifications as I chronicle our travel from eastern Cuba to Havana over two weeks.
So we are back in business. Come and get the pens and if you are so inclined I hope that you will enjoy.
For everyday use, especially in the field, the Kaweco Sport is a classic. What we offer here is our broadest selection ever of vintage used and new-old-stock Sports, including some dead-rare models. So check out the Sport Page that we have created for this event. There are some great pens and some great prices.
We also have added some everyday and extra special knives to Knives section, so if pens and knives are your deal, check them out.
And note that we still have a very nice selection of pens left from our Fall arrivals. Those are listed below.
Bounty from Ohio
The Ohio Pen Show is always great fun. Buying, selling and hanging out with friends, not necessarily in that order. If you ever go to just one show, this should be it.
Just click on the images for more detail on each pen.
First up is a Montblanc 149 with silver bands, for many a “grail” pen.
Another uncommon oversize pen, the Reco 501.
An affordable vintage Montblanc.
As clean a Lizard 101N as you are likely to see, and in the box.
October also brought a small trove of extraordinary pens. The most notable is a small 18 Carat hammered gold overlay Kaweco 601 5/3,
In 1987, having
gone to the brink of extinction and being
saved by Swiss bankers and Asian investors,
Pelikan built its first oversized pen, based
on the early postwar design of the famed
Pelikan 400. The M800, as the new pen was
designated, was intended to compete with
the larger pens of its long-time rival, Montblanc.
The new pen was a departure and, presumably,
a necessary risk, for the company. The gamble
paid off and over the next few years the
Pelikan M800 emerged as arguably the finest
pen of its era.
those of you who want to wear your
allegiance to Pelikan front and center,
we are pleased to offer these belt
buckles. They are cast in bronze
by a leading pen collector who is
also a jewellry maker. They are just
under two inches in diameter and
have a bracket that allows you to
put them on any 1 ¼” belt. We can
also offer them in sterling silver.
The brass buckles are $175.00 plus
shipping and we can supply them with
a belt for $205.00.
year marks twenty-seven years of
pen collecting for me. I began with
Sheaffers and Parkers and then looked
to the classical "big four," of
American pendom, Parker, Sheaffer,
Watermans and Eversharp. In the mid-1990s,
I decided to focus narrowly on Parkers.
Then in 1997, I became interested
in Pelikans. More recently I have
added an interest in oversize German
pens, modern and a few vintage Italian
pens and a representative sample
of the classical American greats.
Today my collection is probably
smaller than it was a decade ago,
but far more coherent. For more see
the About Me page.
If you wish to learn more about Pelikan
pens please follow this link
to the illustrated Pelikan History article
I wrote for PenTrace. The purpose
of PENguin is to offer other collectors,
and anyone else who is interested,
first rate, fully restored pens to
add to your collection or for daily
use. All pens offered here have been
fully restored by me or by German
craftsmen who I trust and are guaranteed
to you for two years. (Please note
that this guarantee is not transferrable.)
I want you to be able to use or enjoy
your pens as much as I do.