This is a prototype I did on the weekend to find out:– whether I was able to turn a pen from solid brass, – whether it would be too heavy to use, and – how durable the finish would be READ MORE
The Mabie, Todd & Co. began in New York in 1860’s and were exporting pens to the United Kingdom through their London office, established in 1884. Apparently, their “Swan” model became ubiquitous to the point where the name was used READ MORE
A well-researched history of the beginnings of the Waterman brand.
The modern Penol company has started to put photos of the Christian Olsen Collection online. Anyone interested in Penol pens will find this to be a great resource for identification – or just browsing.
The Wahl Pen was introduced in 1921 and featured an all-metal cap and barrel with a lever filler. The thin barrel with integral end cap meant that a larger ink sac could be accommodated, with a larger ink capacity than READ MORE
This black and pearl Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Petite was made in the USA in the either 1929 or 1930. Although the Balance production ran well into the 1940’s, there were slight changes to the design that can be used to READ MORE
The 226 (see this posting for the logic behind the Montblanc numbering system) was made in Denmark between 1941 and 1954. The #6 nib has no iridium tip and was in rough shape when I acquired the pen – but READ MORE