Feeling and intellect
The feeling conveyed by a noble fountain pen with a gold nib remains incomparable. The slender shape and good balance of the Classic propelling pencil and ball pen mean that they sit comfortably in the hand. Well engineered mechanisms and robust details, such as the spring-loaded clip made of solid metal, ensure that the joy of using them is as timeless as the design.
The Classic writing implements come in platinum-plated versions, in ebony, in pernambuco or in grenadilla wood, each combined with platinized fittings and a finely ribbed barrel. The natural differences in grain and colour mean that every writing instrument made from them is unique.
Shown below – Ebony Fluted and Platinum Plated Fluted
Weight 42 grams
Length Closed 137.9 mm
Length Uncapped 131.1 mm
Barrel Width 10.9 mm
Section Width 8.7 mm
Nib – 18k Gold
at section 5.4 mm
shoulders 7.2 mm
section to tip 18.6 mm
Sources Graf Von Faber Castell, Penrealm
The Kaweco Sport is small sized pocket pen introduced in 1913. It was a BCHR small short safety pen that was marketed to officers and sportsmen to carry in their pockets. In 1929, Kaweco went bankrupt but in 1930 the company’s name and design was bought and Kaweco was reborn. During this time, Kaweco produced other pens like the Cadet, Dia and Student. The Sport became an ebonite piston filler.
Fig. 1 BCHR Kaweco Sports, the second has a gold overlay.
Fig. 2. Available models of the Kaweco Sport, around 1920.
Fig. 3. Kaweco Sport piston filler from the 1940’s.
Fig. 4 1940’s Kaweco Sport disassembly.
The iconic Parker Duofold was introduced in 1921. The first models were large at 5.5 inches capped and was made of orange hard rubber. The pen was quite expensive at $7 or about $100 counting for inflation.
The Duofolds of the time came in the standard size, Junior, Special and Lady. The Lady featured a Chatelaine, also known as a ring top was used to hang the pen around the neck. As time went on, other sizes and variants were produced. The were filled by a button filler mechanism.
Production stopped for the Duofold in 1933 but continued on well into the 40’s in the European market.
Fig. 1 Parker Duofold exploded view illustrating the various parts of the pen. Source.
Fig. 2 An Advertisement from the 1920’s that show the various types of Parker Duofold pens and pencils.
The Parker Duofold was an innovative design that was often imitated but never bested by anyone else.
A great resource that has a lot of great historical information on the Parker Duofold already exists. Tony Fischier of parker collector.com has put together a wonderful resource, referenced here:
Fig. 3 1926 Senior Parker Duofold “Lucky Curve” Big Red.
In 1946, the Duofold design was changed for the UK market. By the end of the 70’s they were no longer produced. There are a lot of variations of the models that were produced in this time frame. The UK Duofolds featured a Aerometic filling system and gold nibs.
Please see the excellent reference by Tony Fischier:
Fig. 4 Blue Duofold Maxima, Top. Red Duofold Demi, 2nd from Top. Black Duofold Maxima, 3rd from Top. Red Duofold Standard, 4th from Top.
In 1988, the Parker Duofold was revived to celebrate the companies centennial. Called the Duofold Centennial, it featured a series of Fountain Pens, Rollerballs, and Pencils. Later on, they introduced the International line which also took up the Duofold design but were smaller than the Centennial models. These new Duofolds made use of cartridge converters instead of the button filler mechanism of the vintage models.
Fig. 5 Modern Parker Duofold Big Red Centennial.
Fig. 6 Duofold International Orange, Top. Duofold Centennial Orange, Bottom. Source.
Launched in 1933, the Parker Vacumatic featured a vacuum filler and beautiful alternating laminated pearlescent and clear celluloid. This allowed you to see the ink level in the pen. The models produced in the 30’s were the highlight of the Vacumatic series, they featured all metal filling units, 2 tone nibs and double jewels (one at the top of the clip and one at the bottom of the barrel).
Fig1. 1938 Emerald Double Jewel Parker Vacumatic with Lockdown Filler.
Fig. 2 1937 Double Jewel Maxima Vacumatic.
Fig. 3 1940 Vacumatic Imperial. These are rare as only a few were produced.
Parker also offered a junior line of these pens that were simpler and smaller. They did not feature two tone nibs and the jewels were black. However, the juniors were available in more pattern and color options. Near the end of the 30’s, the line was simplified and there were four configurations available:
- Debutante – this was the smallest configuration.
- Standard – this was the midsize configuration.
- Maxima (1937 to the end of production) – this was the largest configuration.
- Maxima Slender – this had the thickness of the standard configuration and had the length of the Maxima.
Fig. 4 Left: Lockdown Filler. Right: Speedline Filler. Source
The Speedline filler was introduced in 1933 and the Lockdown filler was introduced in 1937. In 1939, metal parts we replaced with plastic. The Vacumatic ended production in 1948.
Fig. 5 Green Vacumatic Debutante.
The Parker 51 made its debut in 1941. The pen featured a hooded, tubular nib and used a multi-finned collector that was designed to work with the “Superchrome” fast drying ink to give the user a consistent wet line that dried very fast. The pen originally came with a Vaccumatic filling system and in 1948, was upgraded, which is debatable, to a Aerometric filling system.
Fig.1 Parker 51 Vaccumatic, disassembled.
Fig. 2 Parker 51 with Aerometric filling system.
The “Superchrome” ink that was introduced with the pen was highly alkaline and was to only be used with the Parker 51 and its smaller variant, the Parker 21.
Fig. 3 Parker Superchrome ink in blue black.
Production of the Parker 51 stopped in 1971. However, it was reintroduced in 2002 in a lookalike model called the Parker 51 Special Edition. Also, in 2004 a larger lookalike, the Parker 100 was released.
Montblanc first produced safety and eyedropper fountain pens in 1909. At that time they had three different types of pens, a round capped safety pen, a flat top safety pen and a round capped eye dropper pen. They also came in short and long variants.
Tony Fischier at parkercollector.com has a wonderful section on the history of Montblanc pens, especially the earlier years. Instead of rewriting this information, we proudly link to his site here:
Fig.1 Rouge Et Noir No. 7 Safety Pen nibs, from a short and long models.
Fig.2 Rouge Et Noir Safety Pens, long and short models.
Another great resource is a German website fountainpen.de. It has a lot of information on Montblanc pens, including the vintage ones. It also has information on the Astoria Pens that Montblanc bought out in the 1932.
Fig. 3 Montblanc Simplo Safety Pen. This pen is why the name Montblanc was chosen. The black ebonite and the white star cap represents the tallest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc.
The Nettuno 1911 is a Limited Edition Pen
Limited to 911 specimens
#6 Size – 18k Nib with Nettuno logo (Bock) – friction fit
Sterling Silver Trim
Cartridge/Converter – uses threaded converter
Weight – 37 g
Length Open – 137.8 mm
Barred Width – 15.0 mm
Section Width – 12.2 mm
Pelikan was the first company to implement the differential piston mechanism that allowed the piston to move faster than rate in which the piston knob was turned. This allowed for faster, more efficient filling. This piston mechanism was introduced in 1929 and is still used in all of its Souveran series fountain pens.
In the 1950’s, Pelikan introduced the model 400 which had green and transparent stripes on the barrel that looked like the striped pants of a Stressmann style suit, and thus this model was nicknamed the Stressmann. All Pelikan pens that feature that striping pattern are referred as such. In the 1980’s they introduced additional Souveran series pens.
There is already a great resource out there that gives excellent information about vintage Pelikan models, Pelikan_collectibles.com, which we reference here:
Fig.1 100 Model in green celluloid
Fig.2 100N in Lizard finish.
Fig. 3 Pelikan 400
Fig. 4 Pelikan 400N
Fig. 5 Pelikan 400NN
Available Modern Models:
The souveran series are top tier current production of Pelikan fountain pens. Many models have special editions. The basic colors are the same for all models.
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Fig.1 – M800 Stone Garden
Fig.2 M1000 Raden Sunrise
Fig. 3 M800 Green Stripe
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Fig. 4 M900 Toledo
Fig. 6 M900 Toledo with presentation box.
Classic Series (Piston)
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Classic Series (Cartridge)
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