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Beginning April 6, The PENguin will close as once again this year we take to the open road for the months of April, May and the first half of June. This time our destination will be the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

As before we will blog the trip for those who care to follow and we will take special orders and keep up on correspondence as fun allows.

If you would like to order a pen, we ask that you do so by the first of the month.


As promised we are updating the page mid-month to reflect our acquisitions from the Los Angeles Pen Show. In truth, however, we did not purchase or consign a lot there, simply because our inventory is already pretty varied and substantial. But a few things crawled into our hands, most notably:

A lightly used Pelikan White Tiger. These are spectacular pens and if you have forgotten what they look like here is a representatibve image (from Novelli). The pen has no box or papers, what you see is what you get. $1,800 with some choice of nib.

The modern Montblanc 146 is one of our best sellers and this one has a spectacular 14 K two tone OB nib. The rest of the pen presents as nearly new. $350. I’ll take this opportunity to point out that we have a pretty good range of vintage and modern Montblancs including a modern 144, celluloid 144 and 146 models, a 236 and wartime 234 ½ and 334 ½ models. And more.

We have a number of Pelikan M800s in black. The highlight of the bunch is a first year (1987) pen that can be had with a BB 14 K nib. That pen is $725. They don’t get better than this. We have others in the price range of $425-525, depending on nib. Pelikan keeps raising the prices of the new M800 and that drives up the aftermarket. They also have discontinued production of the more exotic nibs so if you have any plans to acquire a Pelikan M800 this is the time to do so. We also have a Pelikan Wall St. set, ask.

And we still have the jade custom replica. I’m going to blow this out at $750.

We also have just three of the M101N red tortoise remaining. How about $475 for these?

Other recent additions include a trio of Aurora 88 and 98 P and K models ranging in price from $125 to $275.

We are in the process of dramatically expanding our inventory of Parkers. Stay tuned, but for now we have a good range of Parker 51, 61, 65 and 75s, just ask. It’s not too early to start thinking of spring graduation gifts.

We also have, still, our quartet of Waterman’s Patricians. These are great pens, so I have to conclude that my prices are too high. So here we go:

  • Most interesting is an Onyx set. They are almost always discolored and this set is no exception, but the discoloration, on the pen only, is moderate and even. Otherwise a superb set at $1,400 for both pieces. Now $1,100
  • A turquiose. This has a most uncommon, but original clip but is missing as is the bottom medallion. Color is darkened but true. A good sound pen at a bargain price. $995. Now $850
  • Finally a nacre (jet and pearl) pen. This one has an imprint for the “Star Salesman Club.” Average discoloration. Nacre is hard to find. $1,100. Now $750.

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 more. Our most recent trip was to Spain. We began at the Madrid Pen Show and then spent a couple of weeks going from Bilbao to Zaragosa, to Barcelona and then Valencia and ending up in Granada. If you follow my blog, you know, since it now seems to deal more with travel than pens. So above you see a few of my images from Spain.

In January we went down to Southern California for a quick trip to see friends, and I’ve not yet blogged that. Next up will be the Northeast Corridor edition of our Lap of America, starting in April with the Chesapeake and taking us all the way up to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward’s Island. Stay tuned.

In the meantime enjoy a sample of images from our travels past and recent.

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