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The Return of The PENguin

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.
A Lincoln!
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.

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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