Back in the Saddle
Sorry for the radio silence. We spent last week in Chicago visiting family and friends. Rest assured we are back in full swing here at ThePenMarket.com now. Today we highlight an unusual third-tier pen called the Hi Writer
. Fully restored, its most unique feature is a smooth, semi-flex steel nib!
Latin American dancing serves as inspiration for our Montblanc Boheme Paso Doble Rouge
fountain pen. Gently used and coming with its original boxes, we find this to be among the best looking pens of the Boheme line.
If you have always been curious about how well Nooder's Inks hold up to UV light and how they test with a pH meter, you really need to read our blog. We examine 11 Noodler's Inks
to see how they fare. We were quite surprised by the results!
We just landed a New Old Stock Omas Galileo
fountain pen. Complete with its box, papers and unique telescope lens case made of lucite, this is a astronomically cool pre-owned luxury pen.
Vintage pen fans, try not to drool when you see the stunning bronze-brown of this Parker Moderna
with a True Blue-like white and blue coloring in almost mint condition. Fully restored, it comes complete with its working matching pencil!
Celebrate Labor Day with the ultimate baseball player themed fountain pen. Behold the Krone Babe Ruth
fountain pen! Only 288 were ever made, and it contains a sliver of wood from one of the Sultan of Swat's actual game-used bats!
Today is the 78th anniversary of the end of World War II. Rejoice with the "MacArthur" Parker Duofold
50th Anniversary pen! New Old Stock, we have a true collector's piece complete with all of its original boxes and papers.
Once you get a taste for sterling silver snake pocket clips, your bank account may never forgive you. Ease your way into this new obsession with the comparatively affordable Montblanc Rouge et Noir
In 1995, the Omas Marconi
paid tribute to one of the men who invented wireless radio communication. Most of the pens were made of plastic or silver, but our's is solid 18k gold! New Old Stock, complete with boxes and papers!
Cooler than cool. The Parker Duofold Geometric
is ice cold. We love the amber design with what looks like flying toothbrushes. More than a fountain pen, it is a set that has been fully restored and writes beautifully.
If you like all the beautiful vintage pens you see on our website, we are the ones who fix the overwhelming majority of them. We can fix your pens, too. We fix lever-fillers, button-fillers, Vacumatics, TouchDown pens and Snorkels. We also give discounts on 5 or more repairs in a single order. Don't be afraid to reach out and see if we can fix your pens. We can usually turn around most basic repairs in 1 to 2 weeks.
Vintage pen fans might be excited to see our semi-rare Parker Duette Jr
sets. We just uploaded a great green-and-gold set that has been fully restored. The design is soooo of that era. We love it. Nice writer, too.
If only the high seas were as smooth as our New Old Stock limited edition Pelikan Blue Ocean
. Not a trace of ink to be found in this great pen. Comes complete with all of its original boxes and papers!
Based on the 1935 Pelikan 101 fountain pen, the limited edition Pelikan Originals of Their Time 1935
fountain pen is a hybrid vintage-modern beauty in a stunning marbled jade green. It looks just like the original, only made with better materials and a smoother nib! New Old Stock!
One of the rarest vintage Parker Duofolds
is the blue-on-blue lapis design. We just found one in amazingly good condition in the junior size. Fully restored, it is a great vintage pen for collecting or use.
We don't believe in abandoning perfectly good, working fountain pens just because they are cosmetically challenged. All pens need love, and we show lots of love to daily users that were heavily used and come with some cosmetic flaws. Here are two great pens that are imperfect but wonderful writing pens: a mandarin Parker Duofold
and Caran D'Ache Leman
Pre-owned pens showcases our final Franklin-Christoph fountain pen for the foreseeable future. Our Franklin-Christoph 46
is dazzling in green and quartz pepple designs. Better yet, it sports a semi-flex 14k gold nib for your intense writing pleasure.
We haven't favored our pencils page for too long. Now we are once again adding great vintage pencils to the site. Leadheads might really enjoy our streamlined senior-sized Parker Duofold
in burgundy and black.
A Parker Duofold Jr.
looks even better when streamlined. We added a remarkable model in black to our vintage pen pages. It also comes with a fire hose of a 14k gold nib.
Parker Vacumatics known as Long-Majors aren't impossible to find, but they aren't everyday finds, either. We just so happen to have added a silver-pearl Parker Vacumatic Long Major
from 1938 to our vintage pens page.
Double-jeweled Parker Vacumatic
s are special enough, but today's blue-pearl beauty is nearly perfect and its celluloid is a stunning yellow-green, just as it was when it rolled off the assembly line! As a bonus, it comes with a smooth medium nib!
As far as the kids are concerned, summer is coming to a close. Sunset is coming on more quickly, and the light is getting to that magical golden hue that is so delightful this time of year. We added a golden pearl Parker Vacumatic
set to match this time of year's look. Fully restored and ready for many more summers of wonderful writing.
It is nice to see Franklin-Christoph 46
pens hitting the second-hand market. Ours is a lovely preowned pen with a great blue-and-copper swirl. The nib flexes from extra-fine to a little more than 1 millimeter wide!
What do you get when you cross a Waterman Gentleman and Waterman Rhapsody? You get a Waterman Gentle Rhapsody
. That is what we are calling this sterling silver cap and barrel from a Gentleman blended with the nib and section from a Rhapsody. Plus that double broad nib is buttery smooth!
Not all of the great pens were in DC this weekend. We have plenty of great pens. We just added a stunning blue-and-grey Parker Duofold Vacumatic
from 1945. Its best feature is a large Parker "V" nib! Fully restored and looks sharp.
Examine the Montblanc Rouge et Noir Metamorphosis and see which is authentic and which is fake. Our Drippy Musings blog will help to separate fact from mythology.
Preowned luxury pens are always a treat when they are in like-new condition. Our S.T. Dupont Lady features a stunningly beautiful Chinese lacquer design that makes the pen look as if it is wrapped in a pure gold thread. BUT, the pen is perfectly smooth.
Sorry, had to play on the Beatles a bit for today's Parker V.S.
fountain pen. Made in 1947, this vintage pen has been fully restored for use today. It is in great condition, too. If you prefer our preowned modern pens, our Cross Townsend
in Sienna Lacquer is an exquisite luxury pen that is too often overlooked.
Factory stub nibs are a rare treasure on Sheaffer PFM
pens. Yet, on a PFM-V in green is a real treat. This glorious vintage pen has been fully restored and is ready a loving new home.
Want to make the most of our New Home Page
, check out our brief tour of the changes on our Drippy Musings blog
. Plus, be sure to let us know what you want as we will continue to update the look and functions of the world's greatest writing instrument website.
We just like the Duke Ellington classic "Prelude to a Kiss," but a well crafted love letter using our metallic bronze Sheaffer Prelude
might just net you that kiss. One of the last American-made Sheaffers, it is a handsome and affordable addition to your collection.
Welcome to the new and improved ThePenMarket.com! Our new homepage more easily lets you search for pens that are On Sale!
; New Arrivals
and well as brands and nib sizes in new drop-down Vintage Pens and Pre-Owned Pens menus! Best of all, we now have a search feature to explore the website.
Not impossible to find in the States, but not an everyday find either: the 1950s' English Parker Duofold
. We just added a handsome teal-green model that looks great and writes even better. A great vintage pen!
s are among our favorite pens, and we have a very nice early example with a cap and blind-cap jewel. It is the silver-pearl color and in great working order. Nice, smooth nib, too.
Parker always led the market in cool new filling systems. Its Parker Urban Ingenuity
looks like a fountain pen but it really writes with a rubber-tipped marker refill. A clever looking pen for our modern era.
Our Visconti Mirage
fountain pen has a very cooling effect on your desk during these dog days of summer's worst heat. It is a handsome pen with a unique texture and a beautiful color.
Start your week with a nearly perfect Sheaffer Imperial
fountain pen with a rarer barley corn design in sterling silver! This grand pen writes a nice broad line with its 18k gold inlaid nib.
Kaco is a new luxury brand coming out of China. It isn't ready to take on Montblanc, but it is could be a real up-and-comer. Our Kaco Master
is a bargain for a pen with a 14k gold nib. See the future today.
Short weeks really fly by. Today we've got some especially nice pens. On the vintage pen side of life, we have a almost new looking sterling silver Parker 75
. On the modern side we have a stunning music nib on a standard 1911 Sailor
The 4-day holiday weekend here in the U.S. means this Wednesday really feels like a Monday. We just uploaded a beautiful minty-green Sheaffer 5-30
set that is nearly perfect. Too beautiful to describe. AND the vintage pen sports an accounting nib!
Whether you keep all of your fingers tonight or lose one (We're lookin' at you Frank.), we've got the pens to help you write smoothly and easily in the days and weeks to come. Perhaps it is time you declare your independence it our stunning vintage pen...a nearly perfect streamlined black senior Parker Duofold
Lucky for you, we just added a Sheaffer Craftsman
fountain pen. We restored this vintage pen from the 1940s with a new ink sac and O-ring. It is a good daily driver, too.
The 4th of July is coming up fast. Why not treat yourself to a pen by the National Pen Company
for this National holiday. Stunning green looks close to mint condition!
You don't need platform shoes to dance with our silver-plated Dunhill Gemline
fountain pen. Its smooth broad nib is easy like Sunday morning.
Meet the entrepreneurial genius who resurrected 3 very famous pen brands from obscurity. His name is Robert Rosenberg, and he revived Conklin, Esterbrook and LeBoeuf
, among others! He makes a special interview appearance on today's Drippy Musings Blog
The modern Conklin All-American
fountain pen of the Brownstone design is handsome enough to want to own on its own merit. However, ours comes with an original 14k gold vintage Conklin nib! It is a sweet semi-flex writer for your summer scribbling.
We've just added 3 Esterbrook SJ
pens to our vintage pens
site. So far there is red, copper and sapphire...with more still to come. All have been restored with new ink sacs.
Justin Timberlake might have brought sexy back, but our Conklin Duragraph
is bringing Omniflexi back. This is a modern revival Conklin that looks like new and comes with all of its boxes.
America's newest national holiday is a good time to reflect on the definition of freedom and liberty. Perhaps a new pen will help you sort out those meanings for your life. We highly recommend our limited edition Conklin Nozac Word Gauge
fountain pen. An oversized recreation of the original classic, it is a delightful writing pen.
Treat yourself to a modern Parker Duofold Big Red
, even if you aren't a father. It is a real knock-out of a fountain pen.
Pastel blue makes for a sunny Sheaffer Valiant
fountain pen. We just restored one such vintage pen with a new bladder, point seal and O-ring. Best of all, it is a smooth medium writer.
Fans of nearly perfect 1920s Sheaffer pencils will really love our Sheaffer MH
. This gold-filled beauty is in great working order, and it comes with a lead and B eraser.
Who wants only perfect writing instruments? Today we've got some bargains on some great working but not so great looking pens
Party like it is Chinese New Year 2015! We just added the special edition Cross 2015 Year of the Goat
fountain pen to our preowned pens pages. We think the pen is New Old Stock, even if the box looks a little beat-up.
If you are looking to up your luxury game in the world of pens, you might want to try the very smooth writing Cartier Diabolo
fountain pen. Its a real gem for a preowned pen.
Vintage pen fans, it has been a little while since we've thrown a little love your way. You are in luck today with our sleek black Parker Slimfold
from England. As the headline gave away, it has a smooth oblique nib that many might kill for.
Preowned pen lovers will delight in our tortoise shell Bexley
fountain pen. Not only does it look close to brand new, it writes like a buttery smooth dream. It is difficult to pass up this medium-point 18k gold nib!
If you haven't gotten into the joy of Bexley pens, you might very well love our Bexley Poseidon Magnum II
fountain pen. It significantly enlarges a vintage Pelikan design for your oversized writing pleasure.
Out of the ashes of the old Omas pen company rose the Armando Simoni Club fountain pens. Named after the founder of Omas and using the materials leftover at the old company this new pen company was born. Check out our Armando Simoni Club Studio
fountain pen on the preowned pens page.
Who doesn't need a good Parker 51
for a daily driver in your rotation. We just restored a handsome one from 1945. It might show some wear, but it writes a wonderfully smooth medium line.
Who says we're stuck on old European pen lines? Our preowned pens now sport India's Ranga
ebonite giant pen in a blue-and-tan motif. Better yet, it features a nice semi-flex nib!
Examples of original jade green on Sheaffer pens from the late 1920s and early 1930s can be difficult to find. Yet, we are proud to offer a fantastic Sheaffer Lifetime Ringtop
with great color, though not perfect, and a great nib.
might have been a Depression era subbrand for Parker, but this red-marbled pen with gold-plated trim is really fantastic looking. Very sophisticated, and it has a semi-flex nib!
So, we added a confusing but beautiful little pen that looks like a Visconti Van Gogh Mini
, but we aren't certain that is what it is. Especially not with its generic (and super smooth) steel replacement nib. Adorable, fun to write with and we haven't a clue what it really is.
Finding a semi-flex nib in a Parker Vacumatic
is a challenge, but we just added one such pen to our vintage pens pages. Fully restored, this is a standard grey pearl model from 1942.
If you delight in sturdy feeling semi-flex nibs, you will enjoy our Conklin P4
fountain pen. Not only is it fully restored, you can write from extra-fine all the way up to 1mm wide. A classic vintage pen!
Pelikan released the Pelikan Graphos
set for technical drawing in the 1930s. We just listed one such set with nearly all of its original nibs! A classic vintage pen set.
If ever a pen looked like it was in search of Neo from "The Matrix" it would be our Eversharp Skyline
in an emerald "modern stripe" design. Also known as the "moire" design, it is a beautiful vintage pen.
Our Ancora Santini
appears to capture a roiling fire in acrylic with its "red pearl" finish. This luxurious pen also writes beautifully with a semi-flex 18k gold medium nib.
Sailor fountain pens
top our pre-owned pens page with two great options. A like-new green demonstrator with leather pouch and a black-flecked amber 1911. Two great fountain pens from one of Japan's best pen makers.
fountain pens showcase the artistry of Italian craftsmanship, and our preowned pen is in like-new condition! Striped in black, the orange barrel is a tiger of a design. It even writes great with a 14k gold fine-point nib!
The operetta "Die Fledermaus" gets a loving tribute (along with its composer Johann Strauss) on the fountain pen version of the Montblanc Johann Strauss
. Get the complete limited edition set.
Montblanc Johann Strauss
rollerball pens are a clever limited edition with a violin's bow for a pocket clip. It also comes complete with a music box! New Old Stock!
There aren't many innovations in filling systems these days, but the Pelikan Level 5
offered a mess-free tail filler back in the 1990s. We have a new old stock model with its original inkwell still full of ink.
One of the all-time classic pen designs is the Wahl-Eversharp Skyline
. We just added one to our vintage pen pages. This vintage pen has been fully restored, and it writes a broad line!
The Montblanc Homage to JFK
is a handsome burgundy ballpoint pen with rose-gold trim. It is a large pen with a little heft, too. Ours comes complete with its original boxes and papers.
It is understandable if you normally shy away from steel nib pens. But, the steel nib on the Pelikan P40 Pura
fountain pen is surprisingly smooth. A great blue-and-chrome pen designed for cartridge lovers.
We just slashed some prices on our Omas Galileo
rollerball, Omas Cinema
rollerball and our Scarlet Omas Paragon
rollerball pens. Don't let these beauties slip through your fingers.
Subtle beauty is the ace up the sleeve of the special edition Montblanc Rouge et Noir Tropic Brown
fountain pen. This preowned pen is New Old Stock. We love the rose gold accents. Another great treasure for your collection.
Start the week right with a special edition Montblanc Rouge et Noir Heritage Spider Metamorphosis
fountain pen. Our preowned pen is in like-new condition. We love the spider in its web on the cap of this pen.
Okay. That sounds a bit odd, but we just uploaded 3 different leather pouches to carry your favorite pens. Look for them on our preowned pens
For a while there it was all Sheaffer Snorkels all the time, but now we are back on a Parker kick. First up is a handsome black streamlined Parker Duofold Junior
with a great medium nib.
Special editions are nothing new on our site, but today we feature our first Pelikan Black-And-Silver
rollerball from 2008. It has a handsome silver-inlay design reminiscent of 1950s Exotica Design and the Space Age.
If you want the breath-taking experience of Howard Carter opening King Tut's tomb, try the impressive Montegrappa Luxor
! It comes in a pyramid box practically wrapped like a mummy and resting in a sarcophagus. Sterling silver and blue celluloid make for a luxury pen experience like no other.
This isn't only a Parker Duofold Junior
. Oh no. Our vintage pen is minty-crisp with a gentle stub nib! Fully restored, this is one pen you don't want to let slip past you.
Vintage pen fans, rejoice. We've just picked up a beautiful, rare Waterman 12SF
fountain pen from the early 19-teens. Complete with its original box! Although we could not restore it, it does look great and belongs in every serious Waterman collector's collection.
Check out our limited edition Omas Europa
fountain pen. Its diamond-studded blue-and-gold design is quite handsome, annnnd, this pen is New Old Stock! Never used. Pretty amazing for a preowned pen.
We are celebrating the end of winter and start of spring in style with the New Old Stock Caran D'Ache La Modernista
. Inspired by the birth of modernism and the 1888 World's Fair in Barcelona, this stunning sterling silver and rhodium pen is a real treasure, complete with frosted-glass seashell inkwell.
If you've always wanted a Sheaffer PFM Demonstrator
or a Montblanc Patron of the Arts Louis XIV
fountain pen still sealed in the box, this is your lucky day! We have each of these rare treasures available on our vintage pens pages and pre-owned pens pages.
Our blog explores the Sheaffer PFM
and what to look for when collecting these amazing vintage pens.
As far as preowned luxury pens go, few are as stunning as the blue and golden filigree of a Patron of the Arts Mont Blanc Prince Regent
fountain pen. We have one of these elusive blue beauties still sealed in its original plastic baggie.
Celebrate Presidents' Day in style with the limited edition Krone Abraham Lincoln
fountain pen. Imbued with the Great Emancipator's DNA, this great pen is new old stock, complete with all its papers and boxes.
Cartier is synonymous with exquisite taste and style in everything from jewelry to writing instruments. Our preowned pen of the day is a silver-plated Cartier 150
, celebrating the company's grand history in style. Even better, yet, is the fact it is New Old Stock, still sealed in its original box.
A shiny blue Sheaffer PFM-III
is now available on our vintage pens page. It is a fully restored classic fountain pen that is a must for anybody who loves writing with vintage pens. A great daily user and collectable.
How about a little love for our Trading Post
. We've had a ton of new pens go up in the past few days. Be sure to give a look-see for some good bargains.
Yeah, we were feeling pretty cocky the other day with our green-and-silver PFM-I. Today we offer up a very nice, fully restored Sheaffer PFM-III SET
to begin waiting for the Eegies chances for next year.
You'll know who we are rooting for when you see our great green-and-silver Sheaffer PFM-I
fountain pen on our vintage pens pages. A fully restored daily user, this pen is ready to fly smoothly across your paper.
How can you possibly be getting tired of our Sheaffer PFM Parade when we keep bringing out some really beautiful examples. Our grey PFM-III
set is the rarest of the standard colors, and they both write oh-so-smoothly. Vintage pen restoration at its best.
We've worked our way up to the top of the line with a Sheaffer PFM-V
fountain pen. Black barrel and gold-filled cap, these were the pinnacle of Sheaffer luxury starting in 1959! Fully restored vintage pen!
The juggernaut of Sheaffer PFMs continues with our rare, still stickered, Sheaffer PFM-V pencil
. It has a grey body and gold-plated cap. Not an easy find for most vintage pencil lovers.
Upgrading to a Sheaffer PFM-III
meant having a 14k gold nib and gold accents on the cap. We just added a lovely married set of black pen and pencil to our vintage pens page.
Luxury pencils don't always get the attention that they deserve. We recently added a couple Pelikan Souverän
pencils to our pencil pages. These are handsome, gently used writing instruments.
Vintage pen fans will love our new collection of Sheaffer PFM
fountain pens and pencils. We will be adding one a day and have lots beautiful colors to come...maybe even one with no color!
For all of those writers who are a little naughty by nature, we've got a great oblique nib for you. Smooth, wet, nice line variation. Oh, yeah. You're gonna love this preowned Pelikan Souverän M800
Our classic Sheaffer Snorkels come on a comin' with this fully restored Sheaffer Valiant
set. This was saw a tiny bit of use and wear, but it looks close to new. It is a spiffy lookin' pastel green and a great vintage pen.
We have two great burgundy colored vintage pens. One is a N.O.S. Waterman C/F
, and the other is a stunning N.O.S. Sheaffer Special
. Each is new in the box with their complete papers.
Next up is a pristine Sheaffer Saratoga
set in dark green. The TouchDown filler was restored, but everything else is stunningly close to perfect. And in the original box.
Will the wonders never cease?! We just uploaded 3 vintage pens that have never been used! Complete with their original boxes and papers, each pen set is pristine after at least 70 years! Check out our vintage pens
page to see what they are.
We added two classic Sheaffer Targas
to our vintage pens pages. Yeah, yeah. We know. Many still consider them preowned pens of the modern era. Regardless, they are still very handsome pens that work great. The Sterling Silver Targa
writes an especially smooth fine-medium line.
We won't tell you when, but some time today we're posting the ultimate vintage pen for fans of hyper-flexible nibs. It is a Morrison's Filigree
pen that has been fully restored. Best of all, its 14k gold nib can flex up to 2mm!
Our Trading Post
is a happening place. For only $5 you can list a pen for sale, too. You keep your pen until someone pays you for it. There are no other fees or commissions from us, after you've paid your $5.
Not every vintage pen is a beauty queen. However, ugly pens need love, too, and we've added two great working Parker 51
s for real bargain prices based on their cosmetics.
Incised cap bands are highly desirable and fairly rare on Esterbrook Dollar
Pens, but we just added a great grey one to our vintage pens page.
Esterbrook fans will love the latest minty-green Dollar Pen
we just added to the site. It has a rare 3550 SUNBURST nib! It is a hard-to-find beauty that writes well.
Enjoy a flash of spring this January with our stunning vintage jade green Parker Duofold
Senior. If you prefer to kick it with a modern ballpoint. You can't go wrong with our green-and-gold Cross Metropolis
It's new year's eve, and if you need a tuxedo for your desk, check out our great selection in both vintage and modern. One is a shiny black senior Parker Duofold
and the other is a sterling silver and black Xezo Incognito
limited edition rollerball pen.
During the past two years or so you likely have seen several limited edition LeBoeuf Greg Norman
fountain pens. Today we post our last of these limited tributes to the great golfer. One last chance to take a bite of The Shark.
We just got a senior Parker Duofold
set in Lapis Lazuli blue that comes pretty damned close to perfection. It ain't totally perfect, but it is close enough represent in most museum worthy collections.
With the warmth of a winter fire, our Golden Brown Sheaffer Balance
will shine its way into your heart. Fully restored, this pen looks almost mint. It writes well, too!
Preowned luxury pen fans rejoice! We have a huge Omas Milord
fountain pen in Bronze Arco. Aside from a few tiny marks on the cap and barrel, we don't think this pen has ever been use! Gorgeous!
A "Shadow Wave" that is! We just restored a handsome grey pearl Parker Vacumatic Shadow Wave
fountain pen. Despite some wear, it writes and works well.