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Spring is a time of renewal and in California, after the best rainy season in more than a decade we are enjoying the bounty of nature. Before we get to pens here are a few images from our late April trip to the Marin coast.



The April flowers have also brought with them a bounty of pens from a very wide range of sources both in the US and in Europe. There are almost too many to list, but I shall try to do so.

The ordering process will be streamlined, modernized, and updated, and pens will be more fully described and more clearly displayed.

Let’s start at the beginning with the Pelikan 100. These pens are becoming increasingly hard to find, but I now have half a dozen to offer. And remember that all of them have been gone over by me and I assurte that they are authentic, none of the mismatched parts that too often you find on these pens when they come from lesser sources.


Another vintage Pelikan classic is the tortoise 500, Pelikan’s gold-fill capped model from the 1950s. There is no more elegant metal capped pen than these. I have two in superb condition, get them while they are available.

In addition please note that we have several more recent new old stock Pelikans:

  • M620 Piazza Navona
  • M800 in blue stripe
  • M800 in red stripe
  • M800 1000 Year Austria
  • Originals of Their Time M110 White Gold


We continue our spotlight on Kaweco, adding this month a large handful of truly spectacular pens. Of all the Kawecos, among the most highly prized were the models in red, blue, green and gray marble. We have just a few available 187 and 189 models. Once these are gone I am not sure we will be able to offer any more. And, of course, we still have a fine selection of Sports, from the first black hard rubber safety to the pens of the 1970s.

As we continue our transition to a new site, we have not fully updated the current site, but suffice to say that we have many more pens from MontBlanc, Parker, Pelikan, and many others that are not listed. Just ask if you don’t see what you seek. We may well have it.

And, regardless of whether or not a pen purchase is in your plans, do take time to enjoy the bounty of Spring wherever you may be (unless of course you are in the southern hemisphere in which case enjoy the glories of autumn).

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.

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