Wahl Pen No. 4

The Wahl Pen dates to the 1920’s – before the “Eversharp” addition was made to the brand name. This example is one of the shorter all-metal pens made by the company at that time. As you can see in the dimensions below, it’s 6 mm shorter, but more than 3 g heavier than the other Wahl Pen on this site, shown here.

The lever on this pen is somewhat atypical – but an intentional part of the design. As can be seen in the photo above, it’s quite short, but what’s more interesting is the slightly bowed shape. It protrudes slightly from the barrel, but there’s no risk of catching it on a pocket, since the end of the lever curves back into the pen.

This is a small pen, a bit too short for my hand – especially because it cannot be posted securely without a risk of removing more of the gold plating on the metal barrel. The brassing at the end of the barrel indicates that someone else has not worried too much about this in the past 90 or so years. There are also a couple of dents here and there – one of which can be seen on the lower side of the barrel in the photo above.

The clip is secure, and the #4 nib is extremely flexible, but with a good spring. There is an area on the barrel for name engraving, but it is still blank. 

Total weight: 19.0  g
Body weight: 12.6  g
Total length (not posted): 110.0  mm
Total length(with cap): 116.2 mm
Barrel max diameter: 10.3 mm
Cap max diameter: 11.0 mm


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2 Replies to “Wahl Pen No. 4”

  1. R.Schmidt

    Regarding “Wahl Pen No.4”
    Hello dear Collector,
    Happy Christmas to you! While searching for infos on Wahl pen I arrived at your well
    documented page. I have a Wahl Pen No.4 in perfect condition, It’s a lovely little pen!
    I am a newcomer as far as Fountain Pens are concerned. I have fountain pens from
    different US, GB, French and German makers, I like foremost PARKER, WATERMAN and
    PELIKAN fountain pens. My Question: Where can I find a price indicator for fountain pens.
    In advance many thanks indeed and best greetings.
    R. Schmidt

    • geoff


      I don’t know of any single place that can be used as a go-to reference. I often use eBay and a survey of various websites to find out a going price for a given model, although this can be misleading, since an auction can go higher than a real value if there’s someone out there that REALLY wants that pen… Also, geography matters: I’m in Denmark, so sometimes, this means that some prices are quite different than they are in other places.


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