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Some views of our recent road trip through the South.

By the time you read this we will have gone through The PENguin’s busiest month, August, with the DC Show at the start and the San Francisco Show at the end. Asd much as I enjoy working through the website, it’s always great to meet people in person and help them face-to-face find the right pen.

And it is clear that building the new website is going to take a lot more time than I or my designer thought it would. So we are currently in the midst of our largest site maintenance in some time. Dozens of new pens have been put up, a few more knives and the clearance continues. So there is lots to look at. And there is still much to do, so I will give you some highlights of what is not yet up on the site.

A few highlights:

  • A large Kosca rolled gold overlay in barleycorn panels. At 5 ¾ inches (14.4 cm) it is the largest Italian overlay I have ever seen. At $495 this piston filler would be 4x the price if it were German.
  • A green Mont Blanc Monte Rosa. At $175 a steal, this pen is mint and unused.
  • A substantial Montblanc 216 at just $275.
  • Some time ago we sold a bunch of Matador Express pens and I have not gotten any more in a while. Finally one, at $125.

And a couple of reminders about things on the site that you may have overlooked:

  • The Grieshaber #8 is a spectacular pen.
  • We have a very nice Swan user grade black hard rubber 46 set (pen and pencil).
  • A buckskin Parker 51 in very nice condition.
  • We still have the red Kaweco and a pair of Recos. Check them out.

Our First-Ever Sitewide Clearance Sale!

Instead of moving a lot of pens currently on this website to the new one, I’d rather send them to you. Throughout the site there are some very deep discounts available, so while you are binge watching your favorite series, browse the site for some extraordinary bargains. They can be found anywhere and everywhere.

And throughout the summer keep coming back, since we will be adding additional pens at discount throughout the summer. Bookmark us and make us part of your summer reading list!

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.

For 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.

Click here to buy this item or get more info.

Purpose, Pens and Pelikans

This 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.


It’s been a while since we updated the Pen Traveler. As many of you know, we love to travel and now that we are both retired (me, sort of) we are doing much more of it including annual two month road trips throughout America. The 2016 trip took us through the South and you can find a fuller account of that trip on The PENguin Blog.

You can also enjoy a sample of images from our travels past and recent.

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