Pens, Other

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Arnold Pinstrpe

Color: Grey & Red Pearl Stripe
Material: Celluloid
Filler: Lever-filler
Date c. c 1935-40
Nib: M 14K Skyline
Working? No

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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Dewen Millenium

Color: Black
Material: Lacquer
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. c. 2000
Nib: F/M GP Steel
Working? Yes

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.

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Golden Rule

Color: Black chased
Material: Black hard rubber, GF trim
Filler: Lever-filler
Date c. c. 1920
Nib: 14K Flex F
Working? Yes

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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Huashilai Bookworm (I think?)

Color: Black and amber pearl with filigree bands
Material: Resin & Chrome
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. c. 2005
Nib: M 22KGP
Working? Yes

I bought one of these years ago, and was so unhappy with it that I gave it away. I love the color though, so I tried again, and am much happier with the second one. (Of course I know much more about how to tweak a misbehaving pen, which may have something to do with it!)

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Krone Stretch

Color: Aqua pearl w/Sterling
Material: Resin/Celluloid
Filler: Button-filler
Date c. c. 2008
Nib: M 18K
Working? No

I love this pen! It’s a little jewel in the hand, with really classy Sterling trim, and a nib like silk. It’s got a really 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.)

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Soyuz Gold Quill

Color: Gold
Material: Gold fill
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. 1970s
Nib: 14K M
Working? Yes

Lovely little Soviet-era pen, complete with the CCCP mark of quality. 14 Nib, fixed converter filler, and an amber ink window. This is a great little pen all on its own, but its Soviet heritage makes it all the more interesting!

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Unknown Unknown

Color: Green 'Crackle'
Material: Lacquer over brass
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. c. 2009
Nib: F P Iridium
Working? Yes

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. I have looked many times, and never seen another one like it. This is one of those no-names that really did pay off….