Penol Ambassador #5

Penol’s top-of-the-line pen was the Ambassador series, which started production in 1942. The third series in the line was started around October of 1946 and lasted less than a year. Alongside this production, a new model called the Ambassador #5 was made, using a number of different materials that, interestingly, were the same as the Parker Duofolds made in the UK in the 1940s. (source: Penol Pens and Pencils, João P. Martins & Michael Miloro)

This particular pen is the burgundy and black marbled and was made in June, 1947, as is evidenced by the “647” under the imprint.

The top of the cap and the blind cap over the filling button, as well as the “jewels” that crew in to hold the clip and rings are all ebonite. These were all quite faded, so I gave them a gentle wet-sanding on the lathe (starting at grit 1500 and working up to 12,000) to bring them back to black.

Total weight: 16.6 g
Body weight: 9.6
Total length (not posted): 118.3 mm
Total length(with cap): 132.1 mm
Barrel max diameter: 11.6 mm
Cap max diameter: 13.7 mm


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