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Scroll down through the entire page - new pens are scattered throughout.

The first firm "I wants it!" gets the pen.

Pen #2541       Waterman Crusader    Flex nib!      SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: lever
Point:  medium flex
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS  By the time the Crusader was made, Waterman had passed  the peak of it's quality, but they were still decent pens.  The caps are aluminum, with a snap fit clutch.  The  medium flexible nib lays down a nice juicy line.  Not wet noodle, but neither is it just a nib with a little spring to it.   No dents in the cap, and is clean  aside from a couple of flea size scuff marks.  Fully restored and ready to write.

Pen #2515        Sheaffer Balance II nib with pen attached      SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:  medium 14K
Imprint:   Size:  5.65"
COMMENTS  OK, so the description is a bit tongue in cheek,  but  the nibs by themselves list for $155 and they're not making any more.  The nib unit will also fit the Connaisseur pens.  The nib in the pen is a nice, smooth medium - a solid 0.6mm line.  A little wide for my tastes, but it is a nice writing pen.   The solid color Balance II pens weren't as fancy as their marbled brethren, but the material is much more reliable.

Pen #2536        Sheaffer Imperial VIII       $117

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated cap
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  Touchdown
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS Grey Sheaffer Imperial VIII.  Touchdown filled with a clean gold filled cap.  The VIII was the top of the Imperial line (except for the gold filled Imperial Triumph).  Gold filled cap, inlaid nib, but unlike its big brother the PFM, not gold plate at the end of the blind cap.   The nib on this pen is an exceptionally smooth extra fine, which lays down a nice wet, crisp line.   The pen is freshly restored with a PVC sac installed and a new 0-ring in the nib unit.  Nice pen!

Pen #2538        Sheaffer Targa  1005 set      $187

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS This Sheaffer Targa set is the classic gold plated fluted pattern.  No dents,  no dings, the BP  has a good black refill, the FP has a piston converter.  The pen has been cleaned and serviced.  In the original box with papers and an unopened package with 2 cartridges.   The cap has a new cap clutch, so it closes with a satisfying "snap!"

Pen #2505        Parker  Milleraies  75       SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS The  Milleraies finish is gold plated with  fine vertical lines.  Both the nib and pen are made in  France - thus the round section and the "fat feed" nib assembly.   The converter is the old style red/blue plastic twist converter.  No dings, no dents, no brassing.

Pen #2535        Streamlined Duofold Jr    $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  button
Point: fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  4.72"
COMMENTS This is a streamlined Duofold Jr from the 1930s....   the style that Parker copied when they made their  Big Red in the 1970s.   I find that I prefer the streamlined design over the flat tops of the 20s.  The Jr is a comfortable size pen for every day, general writing - not too big, not too thin.  The curved section is comfortable to grip, and the cap posts firmly.  The clip is an original clip, no brassing on the clip or cap band.  The nib is a smooth fine, Vacumatic style nib, and the pen has a vacumatic style feed.   Some wear in the middle of the imprint, but still quite readable.   

Pen #2519        Montblanc 234 1/2         $497

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  piston
Point: med stub steel 4 1/2
Imprint:   excellent Size:  5.0"
COMMENTS  This is a WWII era Montblanc 234 1/2 .  Quite the contrast to the pens made in the USA in the same time period.  The pen is celluloid, but bandless, with a stamped ring in both the barrel and blind cap. The filler is marked D.P.R. with a serial number following.    Because of the shortage of gold in Germany in the era, the common nib was a  4 1/2 steel nib.   The pen is marked BB, but I would describe this nib as more of a slightly left oblique medium.  No cracks,  chips or tooth marks, the star on top is intact.  The pen has been restored with the proper cork material.   A gold extra fine 4 1/2  nib is available and can be installed for an additional $50.

Pen #2515        Rosewood hard rubber Eversharp Ringtop      SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  hard rubber
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: Lever
Point:   Eversharp 14K fine
Imprint:  crisp Size:  4.4"
COMMENTS  I think that the rosewood hard rubber used by Wahl Eversharp in the 1920s  resulted in some of the prettiest pens ever made.   This pen is in excellent condition, no brassing to any of the trim.   The imprints which is at the top of the cap, are never very deep on these pens, but this one is clear and clean - you can still see the little ridge on the sides pushed up when it was stamped on, on the sides of many letters.  Fully restored.

Pen #2543      Esterbrook J  9556 nib        SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:  fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS   I never pass up an  Esterbrook if its decently priced and has a 9000 series nib.  Many of them have found their way into my collection, and are there to say - even your basicJ.  This one is in  excellent condition,  and is fully restored, the nib smoothed and tested.  Nice rich color too.    I figure the pricing this way - by the time you buy the pen,  pay postage both ways  and have it restored, you're most likely well over what I'm charging.  This way you order the pen all restored and don't have to wait - instant gratification (or as instant as the USPS will allow).

Pen #2540       Sheaffer  22 Student Special       $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: BCHR
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: Lever
Point:  fine 22 student special
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.4"
COMMENTS  I don't think that I have had a chance to handle one of these before, let alone have one to offer for sale.  The nib is marked "22 Student Special".  The pen is black chased hard rubber, the color is original - the pen has not been blackened.  The no cracks,  trim is clean, no brassing, and while not crisp,  the chasing on the pen is still  sharp and deep.  The nib is a smooth fine.  

Pen #2545        Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway     $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: plunger
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.3"
COMMENTS  I always think of these as rather funky pens.  The Tuckaway is like the Kaweco Sport in that its a short pen, that never the less is comfortable to write with when posted, and extends past the back edge of my hand.  But if you're planning to hand write the book of Psalms,  plan on refilling frequently...  Tuckaways in general don't hold a heck of a lot of ink because they're so short.  Fully restored, no flaws, no dings, no brassing, good plating on the nib, and of course fully restored using our long life, high grade synthetic rubber materials.

Pen #2544        Burgundy Sheaffer  Statesman      $167

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: Touchdown
Point:  fine
Imprint:   n/a Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS The Statesman is one of my favorite pens - the nibs are BIG, and size the same as the Valiant, so the largest pen Sheaffer made at the time.  They almost seem to be too big for the pen, but they are smooth, great writing pens, and this one is no exception.  These pens were made for 1 year - 1949 to 1950, and are often referred to as "fat Touchdown" pens because of the larger TD tube VS the TM or thin model Touchdown pens that followed.  The sac is the same size as was used in the PFM, so held a good bit of ink.   Fully restored including a new 0-ring in the barrel and a PVC sac that will outlast any latex sac out there.  No brassing to the trim, great plating mask in the nib.    I'm still tempted to pull this one back and keep it because it writes so nicely.  Buy it, and keep me from yielding to temptation.  

Pen #2533       Sheaffer Balance Set   MINT!    $147

Overall Grade:  MINT
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: none  Filler: lever
Point:  fine
Imprint:   CRISP Size: 5.6"
COMMENTS Here's a real gem that we came across recently.   Otto apparently wasn't a fountain pen user.  The pen was never inked, and is in absolutely mint condition.  Crisp imprint, perfect trim, the sticker still on the pencil.   The section is as clear and bright as you'll ever find one, the plating on the nib perfect.    Its sad really, because the nib feels like  the pen will be a nice writer.   The box is in nearly perfect condition too.    But there's the name in the barrel.  You can look at it as a pen that belonged to someone else, or you can say that the pen is named Otto Sneider.   Whatever the case, its an exceptionally clean set, and you can be the first one to ink it.... unless you decide that you want me to fill it and test it before we end it out to you.  Just let me know when you write to order the set.

Pen #2507        Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel      $137

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  initials  JLL engraved
              on the cap band.
Filler: snorkel
Point:  medium
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS  The Sheaffer Saratoga was one of three open nib model pens.   Sheaffer was pushing their Triumph nib pens, so the open nib pens didn't get a white dot, though everything except the nib unit and snorkel tube was the same.  The same.  ...except no dot.    This pen is in excellent condition, fully restored, and of course a PVC sac has been installed instead of latex, so it won't fail and leak if you use a fancy ink in it.   It should last a good long time even if you don't!   

Pen #2531      short  Sheaffer Balance        $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:  fine
Imprint:  Crisp Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS This is a standard diameter  Balance, but a bit shorter - just a tad under 5"  It fits well in a polo shirt pocket.  (I don't suggest carrying pens in pants pockets.  Ouch!)  Very clean with no brassing, crisp threads, crisp imprint, and a nice fine nib.  Fully restored.   

Pen #2460             Sheaffer Military Clip Balance       $137

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: plunger
Point: fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS:  A brown Military clip Balance.  Military clip not because its short, but because it is a standard clip turned upside down and folded over the top instead of  on the side of the cap so that the cap could sit low in the pocket, and the flap of a military shirt pocket could be buttoned closed.   ...at least that was the argument.  I still smile to myself when I look at the picture of a couple of Jimmy Doolittle's crew looking at a globe, and there's the Sheaffer Balance proudly sticking up and displacing the pocket flap in a military publicity picture.  Someone no doubt had a cow when they saw that.  The  pen is clean, no cracks,  a nice smooth nib,  good imprint, and of course fully restored using our high grade rubber materials.

Pen #2435             Sheaffer Military clip Balance           $137

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler:  plunger
Point: fine #5 Feather Touch
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:  This military clip Balance is exceptionally clean.  No brassing, excellent imprint, a nice smooth #5 nib.  Though not the bright green color of a NOS barrel, there is nice transparency in the celluloid.  Except for the absence of the white dot and a lifetime nib, the parts are identical to the Lifetime version of the pen, but they cost (both past and present) a little less than the white dot version.    Fully restored using our high grade synthetic rubber products.

Pen #2506         Parker Thuya Laque 75 set      $177

Overall Grade:  mint
Metal:  excellent Material: lacquer over brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included   
Point:  18K fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS  This is a mint Thuya Lacque Parker 75 pen and ballpoint set, both made in France,  dating from 1981-1990.   The nib 18K is marked France, and has the "fat feed."  The cap of course has the longer plastic inner cap, and closes tightly.  The converter is an earlier metal converter with a PVC sac installed.    The lines in the ballpoint are a bit darker than the fountain pen.  

Pen #2542        Black Waterman Crusader    flex nib!      PENDING

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: lever
Point:  fine flex 14K
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS   I rarely have Waterman Crusaders, and rarely have to repair them, but on the same pen hunting expedition we managed to turn up two.  Always entertaining to open the first time, we were quite successful - so the pen has been restored.  Very clean with no brassing.  I should look as good as this cap does when  I reach the age of 68!  A fine full flex nib.  Not wet noodle, but typical Waterman Flex.  (Note the long shoulders on the nib)  

 







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