Other Pens

Or, Everything That Isn’t a Sheaffer!

Here you will find everything that works and is not a Sheaffer! This includes high-end writing instruments like my Visconti and Cross pens, all the way to my 99¢ Chinese pens and some off-brand or ‘third tier’ pens. Don’t be fooled, though – there are some fantastic treasures here!

Left: A lovely vintage Waterman Ideal Nº 05521/2V (gold filled “Gothic” overlay) Fountain Pen & Pencil set, in its original box, with instructions.
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Arnold Grey & Red Stripe M 14K Eversharp
Lever-fill c 1935-45 Working
Lovely color, a shimmering steel grey with marbled red stripes, bound by smart black pinstripes. The nib on this was pretty much past saving, so it’s since gotten a transplant: a spare section//feed/nib assembly from an Eversharp Skyline. It fit like a dream, so now this pretty pen sports a silky smooth 14 M nib!
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Baoer Amber Amber Lacquer M/F GP Steel
Cartridge/Converter c 2010 Working
I found a batch of these for a really low price, and thought I’d give them a try. Like many Chinese pens, they run a little dry for my tastes, but these are a solid, well-built pen that performs well. The clip is especially robust, as it has a spring hinge built into the cap.
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Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Limited Edition Rose Gold Demonstrator #343/1898 2-Tone Steel M
Crescent c 2014 Working
I’ve wanted a Crescent-filler forever, and I adore demonstrators. This was therefore, inevitable! Add in the rose-gold trim and I was in love. My first bona fide numbered LE, too! Gorgeous pen in a really stunning finish.
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Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Zebra (Black and White Swirl) Blackened Steel M
Crescent c 2014 Working
From wanting a Crescent for years, I suddenly have two! This one is more likely to get used (I intend to baby the LE for a while at least) and it’s a striking pen; I always get comments on it. A nice solid performer, tough I will admit, it’s a bear to flush clean!
Cross Townsend Black Lacquer M 14 K/B 14K
Cartridge/Converter c 1995 Working
(B nib shown) Both of these are fantastic! In fact, all my Cross Townsends are great writers, smooth and elegant. They are big and weighty, but I like a pen with a substantial feel.
Cross Townsend Cardinal Red Lacquer XF Two-tone 18K
Cartridge/Converter c 1995 Working
Another wonderful Townsend pen. This was probably the first XFine nib I ever really came to love. The Cardinal red lacquer is gorgeous; no photo I have seen does this pen justice.
Cross Townsend Medalist Chrome XF 18K
Cartridge/Converter c 1998 Working
I am slightly less fond of the bright chrome; it seems a little brash. I don’t know why; just the deep, rich black, red & brown lacquers seem so much more elegant. Still, like all my Townsends, this is a superb instrument.
Cross Townsend Sienna Lacquer F 14K
Cartridge/Converter c 1995 Working
And another fantastic Townsend. Like the Cardinal, the Sienna lacquer is gorgeous; the photos I have just don’t do it justice.
Custom-made Wood & Turquoise M Steel
Cartridge/Converter c 2012 Working
This is a custom made pen by a local craftsman. I’ve seen varying examples of these, but this one is just gorgeous! It was a gift, and wow! Hand turned wood barrel & cap, veined with turquoise, and a silky-smooth German iridium nib.
Dewen Millenium Black Lacque w/gold F/M 14K GP
Cartridge/Converter c 2000 Working
Dewen is a Chinese brand, and while it’s not one of the more well-known (that I’ve seen, which isn’t saying much) it seems to put out a decent pen. One of the smoother, wetter GP Chinese nibs I’ve used. My only quibble is the brushed steel section – it seems out of place on an otherwise very classy-looking pen.
Eversharp Colonial GF Pinstripe M Iridium
Lever-filler c 1940 Working
A former project pen, with be a lovely fine nib. GP ‘pinstripe’ body, with unobtrusive personalization. A bit fine for my tastes, but with a bit of flex, and a smooth writer.
Eversharp Skyline Black w/GF Derby F-M 14K Flex
Lever-filler c 1940 Working
Finally! I have my Eversharp Skyline! This is a masterpiece of 1940s Art Deco styling, and it’s a fantastic writer. Smooth nib, with an easy, subtle flex. Wonderful!
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Golden Rule Black Chased Hard Rubber 14K Flex F/M
Lever c 1920 Working
Golden Rule made pens in New York in the 1920s. When the daughter of the founder finally decided to get rid of all the defunct company’s assets years later, they were purchased by Fred Krinke of the Fountain Pen Shop in Monrovia, CA, which is where I bought this pen. It’s a mint, NOS black chased hard rubber, with the only restoration a new sac. It’s a gorgeous, silky, flex F/M nib. This is a find!!!!
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Jinhao 250 Green Marble/Splash GP Steel
Cartridge/converter c 2012 Working
Another pen I decided to take a chance on. I like to have a good number of pens handy that I can give away, loan, or just be able to knock about, and this fit the bill. It’s a really nice writer; wet and smooth. Sadly, the cap WILL NOT stay on, no matter what I do. Short of hammering it onto the pen, I’m at a loss. Pretty, but won’t get much use.
Krone Stretch Oasis Blue w/Sterling M 18K
Button fill w/blind cap c 2008 Working
I love this pen! It’s a little jewel in the hand, with really classy Sterling trim, and a nib like silk. It’s small capacity, though, and I have a hard time getting much ink in it. If I can get it filling, it will be a favorite! (I’m tempted to just put in a bigger sac.)
Laban Sterling Set Sterling over Black resin B GP Steel/Iridium
Cartridge/Converter, Pencil c 1990? Working
A stunning pen, in very good condition. Both pen and pencil bear a lovely art nouveau sterling sliver over black resin. The pen cap and the pencil both have a block incorporated into the pattern for initials, but both are unengraved. I don’t know much about this set, but the pen writes beautifully. The nib is smooth, but it was a little hesitant at first. A through cleaning seemed to get it going, and now it writes like a dream.
Lamy 99 Turquoise M Stub 14K
Piston c 1950 Working
NOS, in perfect condition, with sticker. Fantastic little pen, with a smooth piston filler, nifty little visulated ink windows, and a fairly smooth medium-ish semi-hooded nib.
Lamy 99 Desk Pen Black M Italic 14K
Piston c 1950 Working
Also NOS, in perfect condition. A desk pen with a slightly stubbier profile than my 2 Sheaffer desk models, but with a smooth piston filler, small visulated ink windows. Has a smooth medium-ish semi-hooded nib, but with an odd oblique to it that I don’t quite have the hang of (may be a lefty problem!) Still, a lovely desk pen, that fits perfectly in a black marble base I scored at an antique shop ages ago.
Lamy Al-Star Purple Metallic F Steel
Cartridge/Converter c 2010 Working
One of two Lamys that were brought back for me direct by my husband from P.W. Akkerman in Amsterdam, and my first Al-Star/Safari type pen! Lightweight, but substantial, and a nice writer. This will be a great about town pen, and I love the color!
Lamy Dialog 3 Black Matte F/M 14K GP
Cartridge/Converter c 2013 Working
This pen is different from any other instrument I own. Another gift from Amsterdam, it is sleek, modern, almost stealth. It’s kinda sexy! It’s also a retractable, along similar lines as Pilot’s Vanishing Point. It’s weighty, and the matte finish is silky smooth and cool in the hand. And it writes easily as smoothly as the best and butteriest vintage nib I have. Superb craftsmanship and engineering, and a really amazing writing experience! (Nib photo is stock)
Levenger L-Tech Stealth Black B Steel
Cartridge/Converter c 2013 Working
My first Levenger, and so far I’m impressed! This was a gift from my amazing husband (like the two above it, and more) and I adore it. It’s a smooth responsive bold with a really wet feel. It’s a hefty pen, something I prefer, and it is even engraved just for me!
Mabie Todd Swan Green Marble Nib
Lever fill c 1940s Working
A former project pen, now a nice vintage writer. Gorgeous green marble body with no discoloration, basic alloy clip. Cap bands are loose, but the cap is solid. It’s been fitted with a new sac, and writes well. Nib gives a little feedback, but nothing major. The barrel has a split in the end. If I get VERY brave someday, I may try to repair that!
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Montblanc 585 Burgundy Resin M 14K
Piston c 1970 Working
My first MB, and an appropriate one for that. Known as the “economy” MontBlanc (as if!) this is still a very nice piece of writing equipment. Thirsty piston fill and a smooth 14K nib. The screaming blue visulated section is a little odd, but this seems to be a solid pen that will get its share of use.
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Mont Verde Intima Volcano Grey M Black Steel
Cartridge/Converter c 2012 Working
A really gorgeous pen! The ‘smoke and fire’ swirl with the black furnishings and nib make a really striking combination. On the lighter end weightwise, but balances well in the hand. When this pen works, it’s a dream. It tends to hesitate a lot, however. It’s been sidelined until I get the chance to do a thorough cleaning and ‘flossing.’ I am hoping that corrects the flow issues, because I love this one.
Namiki Falcon Black with GP Soft F 14K
Cartridge/Converter c 2009 Working
This is one of the ‘soft-fine’ nibs from Pilot that is supposed to strike a balance between flexy nibs and stiffer writers. It took me a while to warm up to this pen, but now it’s a regular in the rotation. I’d love to try one of these in a fine, as I think the contrast would really play up the flex of the ‘soft’ nib.
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Pelikan 200 Demonstrator 300 14K M nib
Piston c 2011 Working
I nabbed this on a clearance with a stock 1.1 stub steel nib. I wasn’t impressed. I decided to fork over for a 3xx 14K M from The Writing Desk, and now I love it! I adore demonstrators, particularly piston fillers, and this one is fantastic. My one gripe was that the ring that holds down the clip was perpetually loose…. thanks to Pelikan’s repair service, that’s been fixed, and this is now a favorite! (Shown here filled with DeAtramentis Neroli, a lovely spring green floral scented ink; perfect for spring!)
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Pilot Metropolitan Purple Leopard Steel F
Aero Converter c 2013 Working
The Pilot Metropolitan has made a bit of a spalsh in the pen market. It’s a good, solid pen, writes beautifully, has a good solid heft, and a range of very attractive finishes. What makes it remarkable, it the price point; under $20. THis pen can hold its own against any number of much pricier pens. I picked this one up in LA, in a fine no less! (FIne nibs usually don’t suit me, but this one is smooth and wet enough for me, but still gives me the fine line I prefer for annotating in books (yes, I do that; I’m an academic!). Worth every penny and then some! I must note that the finish is a little fragile; I had a sizable ding in the finish only a few weeks in, and I tend to baby my pens….
Reform 1745 Green & Black F/M Iridium 2-tone
Piston c. 1980s Working
Sweet little NOS Reform, with a smooth piston fill. When I got this, I despaired of it as a bit of a scratchy, hesitant writer. A couple years on, and with more experience, I did some tweaking, nib tuning, and so on, and Presto! It writes like a dream.
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Remington Copper & Steel Marble F/M 14K GP
Lever c 1940? Working
I think Remington is another sub-brand, much like Arnold. The appointments are a fairly low-grade metal, but the body is beautiful with no discoloration, and the nib is surprisingly smooth, especially for a fine. Project pen I nabbed on the cheap, and with a little TLC, it’s now a lovely little vintage writer!
Romus Majestic Demonstrator M GP Steel
Piston c 2013 Working
It’s funny; I got this not too long after I got the Pelikan 200 above; both clear piston-fill demonstrators. The Pelikan cost me just over $200 (pen and replacement nib), and the Romus cost me $20 for three of them. SO far, the Romus has gotten more use! I was stunned by the way this pen writes! It doesn’t have quite a solid a feel as the Pelikan, but it’s close. So far it’s been an exemplary performer! Highly recommended; you’d be hard put to get more for your money!
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Soyus Gold Quill Soviet Gold Fill Pinstripe F/M 14K ‘583’
Piston fill c 1960s Working
Lovely and rare pen from Soviet-era Russia. Made in Leningrad in the 1960s, it has the ‘State Standard Mark, a pentagon with the initials ‘CCCP.’ A lovely writer, about the same size as a Sheaffer GP Imperial, though a touch lighter.
ThINK Pen Gatsby Havana (green marble) Steel M
Converter c 2014 Working
This was a bit of an impulse buy (FPN’s sale mailings are deadly!) but it is a really attractive vintage-looking pen. SO far its performance has been hit or miss, but I suspect a serious cleaning and a bit of flossing will clear it up. Great pen to write with, though, in terms of size/weight/balance.
Unknown: Green Crackle Green w/Gold, roll clip F GP Iridium, ‘Paris’
Cartridge/Converter c 2009 Working
I don’t even know who made this pen! The nib says ‘Iridium Point Paris,’ and that’s it. It’s sturdily made, with a nifty roll-clip, and for the $6 I paid, it’s a darn fine writer. I bought it for my son, and I wish I’d snagged two. This is one of those no-names that really did pay off….
Visconti Opera Elements “Fire” Red/white swirl, red cap M 18 K
Cartridge/Converter c 2007 Working
Do I need two Visconti Operas? Well, sure! These are just such stunningly luxurious pens, they seem almost decadent to own, never mind use! Still, I use them often, because they just feel so darned good in the hand. This is from the “Elements” collection, and is much like its cousin below. However, this one features a nifty ‘twist-click’ cap mechanism that I really like. And naturally, a dream to write with!
Visconti Opera Special Edition Ruby Red, Black cap M 18 K
Cartridge/Converter c 2007 Working
Ah, Visconti, how I love thee! The fact that I am a bit of an Italian history buff just adds to my love for these pens. (Sidenote: in the Middle Ages, the Visconti coat of arms was a basilisk devouring a child. Ghastly, right? But even today, you can see that greedy serpent on the front of any Alfa Romeo. True thing!) This pen is pen lust embodied. Crimson marbled with gleaming gold, a big, engraved nib that writes like silk… It’s love! I keep this one inked up with my other Italian love, Dante Alighieri, the ruby red ink from De Atramentis, although I have found that with the Noodler’s Eel ‘Rattler Red,’ I get even more expressive writing from it.
Visconti Van Gogh Maxi Evergreen M 22K GP
Cartridge/converter c 2000 Working
Another beauty from Visconti. Plated nib, but still an excellent writer, especially now that it has been given the famed Pendleton Point ‘stub’ treatment. Shimmering green with golds and browns – no photo will do it justice. Nice hefty feel in the hand, and holds loads of ink. Fantastic spring-loaded clip, too.
Wahl Eversharp Desk Pen Woodgrain Ebonite F 14K Flex
Lever-filler c 1920 Working
I simply love the woodgrain ebonite pens, but this is the first I’ve seen that isn’t the ‘rosewood’ color. It’s a fantastically grained desk pen, with a restored lever filler, and a big juicy nib marked ’14K Flex.’ What more could a pen-geek want?
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Wahl No. 3 GF Overlay Greek Key F 14K Flex
Lever-filler c 1920 Working
User-grade Wahl clip-style gold-filled pen. Tiny little pen, with a nice Greek key chased pattern on the GF body. Fully restored, with a lovely flexy fine nib. Has a few areas of serious brassing on the lip of the cap, and engraved “Mandy,” but otherwise in fantastic shape.
Wahl Eversharp GF Overlay Ringtop F 14K Flex
Lever-filler c 1920 Working
Lovely little Wahl ringtop, with a super-fine nib. I don’t generally like super fines, but this one has an intriguing bit of flex, so I think it has potential. Another dainty little pen, in fantastic shape.
Waterman Ideal Nº 3V Steel Quartz Celluloid F 14K flex
Lever c 1930 Working
This may be one of those great writers that’s not as showy as some other pens. It’s a nice steel-grey marble shot with russet, with silvertone appointments. But the nib is a smooth, flexy champion. Does gorgeous copperplate style script, or it will with practice….
Waterman Ideal Nº 0552½ V Gold-filled “Gothic” overlay F 14K #2 flex
Lever & pencil c 1930 Working
I had to put a quarter in the nib shot, so you can get an idea how impossibly dainty it is! The nib is fairly flexible (though falling well short of what I’d call ‘wet-noodle’) and writes a gorgeous copperplate script, and puts down a nice smooth line without variance as well. Pencil still has lead, and these darlings are in such beautiful shape! With the original blue velvet box, with vintage Waterman’s instructions!
Waterman Kultur Reflectis Orange F Steel
Cartridge/converter c 2012 Working
This is essentially a simplified (in other words ‘cheaper’), version of the Phileas. Solid reliable, no muss no fuss pen. What gets me it the colors in the Reflectis series! It says Orange, but really, it’s orange, red, pink, gold, even hints of green in certain lights. (This may be a crazy way to describe it, but Sally Hansen made a nail polish called Amber Ruby that had the same multi-color, iridescent shimmer, and I loved that, too. Very eye-catching finish!
Waterman Kultur Reflectis Green F Steel
Cartridge/converter c 2012 Working
Same exact pen as above, but with a green, blue, purple shimmer. (Yes, there was a nail polish like this, too! LOL) These are both stunning pens, and generally solid writers.
Waterman Lady Patricia Rose Red Pearl Ink-Vue Semi-flex F-M 14K
Double-action lever/bulb c 1932 Working
Another tiny jewel from Waterman. This one has the ‘Ink-Vue’ barrel, and a modified double-action lever/bulb fill mechanism. In superb shape, with great clarity, no discoloration.
Waterman Phileas Black M Steel
Cartridge/converter c 1990 Working
After finally realizing the virtues of my blue Phileas, I leapt at the chance to grab another one when a member of FPN was selling the kit for around $30. Oddly, it doesn’t *quite* behave as well as the blue, but it’s still a great little pen.
Waterman Phileas Blue Marble M Steel
Cartridge/converter c 1990 Working
I bought this pen for a relative over 15 years ago. She gave it back, so I gave it to my mom, and SHE gave it back! Now that I’ve messed with it again, I’m not sure why I kept giving it away. It’s a nice solid little pen. Granted, it’s fairly lightweight plastic, and the marbling isn’t exactly subtle (I think it’s a printed design, but I can’t be sure), and the nib is steel, which is generally not my preference. Still, it’s a smooth and reliable writer, fairly wet, not skippy or scratchy. A good pen to take along when I’m just out and about, and would be afraid to take some of my treasures.
Wearever Pioneer Flattop Jade Green Celluloid M 14K #4 Semi-firm
Lever c 1920 Working, but rough
This pen may have some of the best coloring for 1920s jade celluloid I have ever seen. It’s absolutely brilliant. Some brassing to the cap band and lever, but minimal wear. Has a good sac and the nib seems like it’s a smooth writer, but the tines are a smidge out of alignment. Something I will doubtless send it our for one of these days. Sweet little ringtop pen.

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