Parker Duofold in Disguise
Long, slender and very elegant, we have a vintage Parker fountain pen that defies convention. It looks like a Duofold, has a button-filler like a Duofold, but it isn't marked Duofold, Jack-Knife Safety or Lucky Curve on the barrel. It does have a Lucky Curve 2 nib but the Christmas tree feed is missing its lucky curve.
Pocket pens date back to at least the 1920s with this small Conklin 2P crescent filler pen on our vintage pens page. Fully restored, it sports a semi-flex nib that goes from whisper-thin to about 1mm. Not bad for a pen that is under 50 bucks.
You can't help but notice that we've added a slew of desk pens to our vintage pens page. Everywhere we go we find desk pen bases without a pen. Well, we finally found all of those pens without a base! What stands out most is our Waterman Ripple in blue and yellow with a "Purple" nib!
More lux than Montblanc, check out the vermeil tail cap on our Omas Milord ballpoint pen! That's solid sterling silver dipped in gold. It looks, works and writes great. Take a gander before it is gone. Another great preowned luxury pen.
They aren't shabby for guys, either. Our big find this week is a maki-e finish on an S.T. Dupont rollerball pen with a seemingly diamond-studded clip.
Luxury pen fans might want to take special notice of our green-and-gold Waterman Carene Deluxe ballpoint pen. It has some wear, but there are no major issues with the pen. It writes so beautifully with a wider grip and a little extra heft to build momentum as you write.
Lamy created a clever writing instrument that writes like a pen when you twist the barrel one way. Twist it the other way to engage a .5mm pencil! A genius Lamy Multi-Pen.
But we did restore two wonderful Parker Vacumatic Majors with new diaphragms. Our latest editions are the emerald pearl and grey pearl designs. Great nibs, too. Such good vintage pens.
Even fountain pen lovers need a ballpoint every now and again, and our Pelikan K200 click ballpoint DEMONSTRATOR definitely makes using a ballpoint way more fun. It works perfectly and only has light wear from previous use. A green dream.
The twin vacumatic Parker 51 desk set dresses it up nicely, while giving you something fun to write with at a moment's notice. Fully restored, great nibs. It isn't perfect, but who is? Your office mates will be impressed.
Vintage pen fans gather around for a special jade senior Parker Duofold Lucky Curve! Check out this rare Lucky Curve nib imprint. A must for fans of the Parker Duofold.
Show the business world what you're made of when you sport this Montblanc Classique ballpoint at interviews, sales meetings and customer conferences. They'll never need to know that you paid only 25% of the original retail price! Preowned luxury pens at their best.
Everybody wants a trusty Montblanc 149, and we have a bargain on one for you! In spite of a little damage on its cap, it is in excellent working order with a smooth writing fine-point nib. Impress clients and influence managers by showing you've got the king pen of the business world.
We uploaded one last great semi-flex Sheaffer #2 from the 1920s to our vintage pens pages. Fully restored, it looks as if it has a nearly perfect green-gold finish. A rare treasure, indeed.
We uploaded a vintage pen by Sheaffer and a modern preowned pen! The vintage pen comes direct to you from the 1920s. Great wavy chasing and a sharp imprint plus a smooth fine nib. On the preowned pen side, there's a handsome dappled red Sheaffer Prelude ballpoint.
Vintage pen fans will appreciate the rarity of a Sheaffer 46 Special pen with a factory stub nib! We have one such unicorn fully restored and in nearly perfect condition.
What is not to love about Pelikan bringing back its beloved, rare coral-colored M101N?! Smooth, beautiful and in nearly mint condition! Great preowned luxury pen.
We rarely sell parts pens, but we have two different bundles of Conklin Nozac pens and desk pens for your restoration pleasure. They are on our vintage pens pages, but we don't think they'll be available for long.
Preowned pen fans, you'll love our Visconti Michelangelo ballpoint pen. It is spotlessly pristine and it writes beautifully. Green and burgundy subtly run through its textured caramel cap and barrel.
Ever wondered what the green Sheaffer Lifetime Flat Top fountain pen looked like when it rolled off an assembly line, before it discolored? You can take a look at this lovely pen from 1933 or so. Plus, it writes divinely. A vintage pen for the ages.
Vintage pencil fans will delight in our jade-green and gold-filled Sheaffer Flat Top pencil. It sports a 1.9mm lead and is in mint condition and in perfect working order.
We add another great vintage pen today from the Sheaffer Balance line. This is the standard-sized model of the striated golden brown color. It looks stunning in the autumn light in nearly mint condition.
Sheaffer's rare color carmine dazzles on our oversized Sheaffer Balance from 1937. Yet, we think carmine sounds much more like the first name of a leader in the mafia, which hadn't been completely broken when this pen was made. Ours is fully restored and in practically mint condition.
We up the ante on Sheaffer perfection with a jade green oversized Balance. Not a trace of discoloration! If it wasn't for some brassing, this pen would look like new, straight out of Ft. Madison. A nearly perfect vintage pen.
Preowned pen fans might love our new Sheaffer Intrigue in Stenciled Matte Black. A super, smooth writer, it has a clever little cartridge/converter filling system that is unique. Comes with rare Intrigue converter.
Our blog keeps growing with more Decameron 2020 stories. Art Cerf delivers another of his "Tales of the Pandemic" with a truly inspired story called, "Death & Mrs. Brock."
We also add a lapis blue Parker Duofold ringtop pen to the vintage pens page. A little more discolored and flawed, it still has a great little extra-fine nib with some flex.
Enough with the modern Duofolds, we just added an oversized senior Parker Duofold in lapis blue! Barely discolored, it really is blue! Fully restored, it comes with a killer 14k gold, smooth extra-fine nib and a Christmas tree inkfeed.
None was more thrilled than I when Parker brought back the classic Duofold name. It is doubly gratifying to see the venerated Mandarin yellow turned into a buttery-smooth writing luxury pen for today's era.
O.K. New York might have serious travel restrictions, but our Visconti Manhattan is just as stunning in a burgundy-and-clear striped celluloid. Almost new in the box, this piece belongs in a museum of design.
Joining our preowned luxury pens section is the much beloved Omas Paragon scarlet red rollerball pen! Nearly mint condition, complete with its original boxes.
At long last, we have a Montblanc Hemingway Limited Edition Writers Series fountain pen! Gently used, it looks brand new. Complete with all of its boxes and papers! The very first of the Writers Series pens.
That would be the smoothest writing vermeil Sheaffer Nostalgia with which you've ever written! Sterling silver plated with gold radiates in a classic floral pattern.
We just added a super-smooth writing Wasp Clipper fountain pen by Sheaffer. It looks like something out of "The Matrix." And it writes like something out of this world! You'll love it.
An essential for any vintage pen collector is an oversized Sheaffer Lifetime Balance. We just restored one with a beautiful green viewing window. Almost perfect if it wasn't for the brassing.
If you want a real blast from the past, check out our Sheaffer Balance Lifetime with a "Telephone Dialer" on the tail! If only its jade green wasn't nearly perfect and 14k gold nib so damned smooth!
We never honestly thought we'd be so lucky as to showcase an original Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece from between 1942 and '45. It is very rare and made of 14k gold! We've restored ours and it has a great art deco design.
Witness a rare Conklin Endura fountain pen with the navy blue and bronze color scheme. Its 14k gold nib is its pride and joy. It writes a fine line, and you can put a little flex in it.
We close out the week with three Montblanc Classique writing instruments in the color known as "Bordeaux." It was discontinued about a decade ago, even though it was quite popular. Now it is highly desired. Happy shopping.
Sheaffer Craftsman pens were and are great, reliable, attractive daily writers for vintage pen fans everywhere. If you Japanese extra-fine nibs and a proven workhorse, our carmine colored restoration is the pen for you.
Mont Blanc 147 Traveler fountain pens are among the most requested on ThePenMarket.com, and now we finally have one complete with its custom black-leather case.
Complete your Vacumatic collection with one of the slightly harder to find Debutante sized pens. This one is the lovely golden pearl "tiger eye" color scheme in celluloid. Fully restored with a new diaphragm. Includes an extra-fine nib.
Leather pen cases are an excellent way to preserve you favorite pen as you take it on your travels. We have a handsome black-leather Mont Blanc pen case for a single Classique style fountain pen or ballpoint.
Parker Vacumatic Debutante's are great vintage pens, especially when they are fully restored. We think you'll really enjoy its smooth, fine nib. Great blue model from 1947.
Hey, if it worked for the Marx Brother and Queen, why not us. We just added a great Waterman LeMan Opera fountain pen to our preowned pens page. While it is a stunning pen on its own. We especially love its juice broad nib!
Though they come from two different eras, our Parker Duofold Jr. and Waterman Laureat have a very similar deep-red marbled or mottled designs. The Duofold has several rarer design features and a great nib, and the Waterman is a dependable daily writer.
Montblanc wows us with its Bordeaux/Burgundy colored LeGrand ballpoint pen. We've been trying to track one down for years, and now we have one that works great, minimal wear.
Rollerball pens are great for those who like the writing of a fountain pen mixed with the simplicity of a ballpoint pen. Omas Bronze Arco fans like all of that and fabulous styling.
Among the hottest selling pens on earth are preowned Omas pens. The company went out of business a few years ago, and everybody has been trying to snatch up an Omas ever since. We add a real joy of an Omas Milord fountain pen. This one writes oh-so buttery smoothly.
Looking at our latest vintage pen, an L & C Hardtmuth Astra, it is easy to spot similarities to Pelikan and Parker. Fully restored and writing well, it will be an excellent addition to your collection.
Demonstrator pens weren't a big deal when Visconti released its Voyager model around the turn of the millennium. A very limited edition pen, now, ours is in like-new condition.
While the Sheaffer Pen For Men model had a name that doesn't necessarily sit well with modern conventions, it was a devastatingly awesome pen. Wide-barreled, snorkel filling, smooth writing inlaid nib! It is difficult not to love it.
Check out the rare twist-filling mechanism on our Mabie Todd Swan 2060 fountain pen. It is in good working order, and you might even enjoy its semi-flex #6 14k gold nib!
We add a handsome Parker 61 Flighter fountain pen to our vintage pen rolls. This one is the MK III model that comes with its original converter, although it can also take modern Parker cartridges, too!
Radiant amber caps and barrels help to make our Visconti Pericle rollerball pen attract a lot of all the right attention. It looks nearly mint with its glowing color. Affordable luxury.
It looks like a vintage pen, but we've added a clever little postal scale from the 1930s or '40s to our collection. It was designed to measure the weight of mail up to 8 ounces!
We've added more of our top selling brand to the site. Check out our Esterbrook pages for fully restored J-models in green, grey and blue.
Pelikan pens are the bee's knees in our world. Try our preowned Pelikan 800 for an exquisite fountain pen writing experience. It allows you to feel the paper under the nib without weighing you down. Write all day, and you likely won't cramp up...or run out of ink with this tanker.
We have a super-special treat for you! Its an amazingly fresh looking Montblanc 342 fountain pen in great working order with a factory-made oblique nib of 14k gold.
Everyone needs a great Pelikan Souverän 800 in their collection. Our rollerball pen is a large, handsome pen in the famed straited green design. It has minimal wear and looks great.
Sheaffer Snorkel pens are great for their overcomplicated filling systems. We love the fully restored Sheaffer Admiral with its new ink sac, O-ring and gasket. Its 14k gold nib writes a very nice fine line, too...even though it is marked medium.
After far too long, we have new merchandise posting again on our vintage pens and preowned pens pages. We might start a little slow, but we promise many great treasures to come in the following weeks.
We moved! AGAIN! It's been a damned busy year here at ThePenMarket.com. We moved in December to Wausau, Wis. Eight months later, we moved to Connecticut! My fiancé got what is looking like her dream job, and I wasn't going to say no to that, as I can sell pens anywhere in the country. And just like that, I'm living on the East Coast. It is so cool to be back. I spent a lot of summers in New England as a kid, and now I'm back for the first time in 35 or so years! It is a joy to be back, and I cannot wait to explore...if it wasn't for that darned Covid-19. As such, I'm working as quickly as I can to get your favorite vintage and preowned luxury pen site back up to its awesome self.
Summer is finally here, and it is time to make the most of it...even if your vacation is really a staycation. Have fun with pens while you are at it. Write postcards (vintage or modern) ordered from all over the internet to tell people where you might have gone. Start writing that book you've always talked about. Pen a short story or two. Or maybe it is time to set down that your autobiography. Whatever you do, we'll be here with all of your writerly needs.
Wishing nothing best to all the fathers out there, including our own! Better yet, my dad has delivered another great sci-fi blog story for his "Tales of the Pandemic" on our Decameron 2020 Project.
We have a great 1987 Waterman LeMan Briarwood ballpoint pen for sale on our pre-owned pens pages. It almost looks as good as new. It writes beautifully. Quite the handsome addition to your desk.
Check out our Conklin Crescent 2NL ("non-leakable") fountain pen. This CBHR pen is crisp, restored and sports a stunning 14k gold #2 nib that is a wet noodle flexi from XF to 2mm wide!
Smooth and extra-fine nibs don't usually go together, but they do on our Parker Duofold Jr. in orange Permanite. It is a great daily driver for vintage pen fans and newbies who don't mind a bargain on a pen with cosmetic issues.
Have you had the pleasure of writing with a Waterman Exception ballpoint, fountain pen or rollerball? Luxurious and nicely weighted, these preowned pens are a treat for work and pleasure.
Write an insanely smooth medium line with the 14k gold nib in our red Parker 61 fountain pen. Already flushed, this vintage pen is ready for great daily use.
We just added a Conklin Crescent 30 to die for. Its amazing 14k gold wet noodle nib goes from XF to roughly 2mm wide! Fully restored, this beauty is actually also in mint condition.
Fantastic nibs are the key to two amazing Waterman fountain pens. Vintage pen lovers will thrill at the site of a hand-engraved sterling silver Waterman 452 set with a delightfully flexi nib. Fans of juicy bold nibs will love the buttery smoothness of our preowned Waterman Phileas.
Ever wanted to experiment with a vintage pen? Try out our Conklin Glider, as it is very experimental. We restored it but don't know how well it will hold together. Writes great, though.
Happy Birthday, Dad! The most frequent contributor to our Decameron blog gets deep on Biblical proportions with "The Story of Job: Part 2." Not a bad way to celebrate his latest trip around the sun...while in lockdown.
You need to see the rare Pansy Panel design of our Waterman's 0512 1/2 VP fountain pen. It is beautiful. Although there is some wear, it still looks museum worthy. Nice semi-flex nib, too!
Fully restored for your writing and viewing pleasure is our orange-and-black ripple Waterman 52 1/2V fountain pen. Nice flex in the nib from extra fine to 1mm wide!
If it wasn't for a teeny-tiny bit of missing tipping from our Waterman 12 woodgrain eyedropper pen, this vintage pen would be a nearly factory perfect. No cracks, minimal wear, sharp imprints. Stunning. Even the nib is flexi. Too bad about that tine missing its tip.
A little larger around than the 12, our Waterman 14 has been fully restored for your writing pleasure. This vintage pen has a semi-flex nib that can write up to 1.7mm or so. It looks pretty close to mint.
Come see and a smooth XF nib flex to 1.5mm. That's what you'll get on our Waterman 12 PSF fountain pen. This fully restored pen is in great shape and will write like a dream.
Waterman 52 pens look amazing in orange hard rubber with the ripple design. We are pleased to showcase such a pen. Plus, it has a flexi nib! Ideal, in minty fresh condition! It was even made in Canada.
What is a Saturday night without a trip to the multiplex? Oh, shit. That's right. They're all closed. Well, on today's blog post, I try to bring some forgotten gems from the silver screen of yesteryear to you.
Whether you prefer vintage pens or modern pens, we have a weekend of Waterman writing instruments for your writing pleasure. Our vintage models harken all the way back to the 1920s!
We are swimming some vintage Waterman's pens and modern. If you like flexi-writing eyedroppers, you just have to see our Waterman #12. No cracks, in great shape. Ballpoint fans will like our rare click-cap ballpoint.
It isn't factory, but our Parker 75 has a really cool custom-made snake pocket clip. The sterling silver vintage pen still works great and comes with a smooth fine nib!
Sheaffer TouchDown pens were only made from 1949 into 1952, and among the designs, brown is one of the harder colors to find...until now. We have one on our vintage pens page! Great smooth fine nib, too!
Rollerball pens have a certainly notoriety among fountain pen collectors, but we think we might change some folks minds once they see the luxurious preowned Pelikan 650 rollerball pen on our site. Why? It has a vermeil cap...sterling silver plated in gold!
At first we thought it was a banged-up Parker 61, and then we took it apart. The guts look brand new. Not bad for a vintage pen that is mostly a parts pen. And if that isn't enough to trip your trigger, we have a really smooth, wet writing Waterford Pallas on the preowned pens page.
Parker Duofold Jr. fountain pens from the 1920s are the bees knees for anyone who can't quite afford the seniors. It is more of a standard size pen that is easier for many hands to hold, and it writes just as well! We think you might enjoy this fully restored vintage pen.
We think you might switch to ballpoint fandom when you see our Waterford Beaumont. It has a gleaming golden cap and a truly stunning tortoise shell barrel design. Best of all, it is very affordable.
Vintage pens were best in the 1920s, and we happen to love the Sheaffer Balance. Elegant, colorful, simple with an easy-to-use lever filler and reliable gold nib. We've got a great green pen and pencil set waiting for you.
Pop over to the Drippy Musings blog for the thrilling conclusion to my story, "The Fencing Champion." I hope you like it. Our Decameron 2020 project is on a roll. It is a great way to beat those quarantine blues.
If you can only pick one pen today, do you go for the vintage Sheaffer Milady Balance in nearly perfect rose glow celluloid or do you snatch up a classic Montblanc 149 for half the price of a brand new one?
Sheaffer Combo pens are rare treasures, especially when the pearl & black design is 95% perfect. You'll only find a slight amount of discoloration. Fully restored, this vintage writing instrument sports a working pen and pencil half!
Check out the beauty of our first-year Sheaffer Crest fountain pen. A fully restored vintage pen, it is a knock out for any collection. Its gold-filled cap and golden pearl/tiger eye finish go great together.
On the Decameron 2020 Project, my own contribution details an exciting story about swordfighting at the national championships. It is part 1 of a 2-part story that I'm calling, "The Fencing Champion."
It always surprises us when extra-fine nibs are smooth, but our Sheaffer 3-25 pen in black has one such smooth XF nib. Do up the Roaring '20s in style.
Another Parker Vacumatic graces our vintage pens page. This one is emerald pearl with great barrel clarity. Fully restored, it writes a splendid fine line.
We restored a great grey pearl Parker Vacumatic from 1946 with a new diaphragm. It writes a really nice wet, fine line. Good color but some deep ambering of the celluloid.
Vintage pen fans will freak out when they see the awesomeness of our long, slender orange Sheaffer 3-25 fountain pen. It is in excellent condition, has been fully restored and sports a very nice 14k gold fine-point nib!
Usually when pens break, it is the cap that breaks. Well, today's Sheaffer has a 7-30 cap that is in great condition and a regular Lifetime pen and barrel. A vintage pen classic that writes wonderfully.
We just added a juicy, wet writing Mont Blanc 146 from the 1970s. It is marked as being from West Germany. This classic cold warrior writes wonderfully well, and works wonderfully.
Our parade of vintage Parker must-haves continues with the legendary Parker Duofold senior Big Red. Fully restored, it writes like a dream. Great imprint, no cracks. Permanite orange.
One of the very rarest colors of the Parker 51 line is called Yellowstone, although many people refer to it as Mustard Yellow. We have one in stunningly nice condition that you don't want to miss.
Nancy Bach is back with a great new sci-fi story for our Decameron 2020 Project. The story is called "The Taste of Brown" and we think it is out of this world!
Light-up your day with the charm and glamour of the 1950s with our Sheaffer Lady Skripsert pen in the rare Brocade Silver design with all of its "brilliants."
We consider our Parker 51 Demonstrator from 1941 to be one of the rarest pens we've ever offered for sale. This is a true gem with all original pieces. Plus, aside from a couple dips over the years, we don't think this pen ever held ink. There was no trace of a diaphragm in the pen when we opened it up!
Looking to experiment with vintage pens. It is difficult to go wrong with a fully restored Parker Duofold Junior of the streamlined variety. There is lots of life left in this iconic pen that was already someone's best friend in the office in the 1920s.
Art Cerf delivers a new short story for this weekend's Decameron 2020 Project. We're calling this one "Lester Duncastle."
Time to get down with a Lapis lazuli Parker Duofold Senior! This stunner is in great condition with a cap that has nearly perfect color. Even the nib has a little flex. Clean imprint, no cracks!
Liquid Lead pencils were the most radical invention in pencils since the invention of the click-advance mechanism. They operated like a ballpoint pen refill, only with a liquid graphite. Today's Parker 51 set sports such a pencil with a working refill.
You will love writing with the semi-flex size 4, 14k gold nib in our Conklin Crescent "G" 3 pen from the turn of the last century. Its line goes from extra fine to nearly 2mm wide! You'll see it has a couple little issues, but it also look brand new.
Sheaffer Legacy pens are pretty impressive on their own, but when you add in a factory stub oblique nib, this nearly mint condition Bronze model is a take-your-breath-away type of preowned luxury pen.
Alexander Dumas is our all-time favorite author, and we are excited to have the Montblanc Writers Series Alexandre Dumas fountain pen. Gently used and smooth writing. This Mont Blanc pen is a modern classic.
Another New Old Stock Esterbrook CH Purse Pen graces our vintage pens page, but this time it is a dusty rose pink! Best of all, it comes complete with a huge oblique stub nib!
If you haven't written with the retro looking Waterman Charleston fountain pens, you are really missing out. Classic styling in a modern pen that is very smooth.
We sell more Esterbrook J-series pens in a year than any other brand and model. To help keep you satisfied, we've added a good deal on a daily user grade Esterbrook J-model pen in black with an upgraded 9550 extra-fine nib.
We ain't kiddin' about today's additions to the site. You'll find a great vintage pen in our Esterbrook J-model. It is candy-apple red and fully restored with a smooth medium nib. If you prefer modern pre-owned pens, our Waterman Charleston ballpoint might be right up your alley.
Curious about vintage pens? Try our 14k gold nibbed Parker 45. It is a stylish delight from the 1960s with very little wear. A great treat to play with in this time of pandemic.
We are super excited to offer a N.O.S. Conklin 20NL fountain pen to start this week. It is a stunner that comes complete with its original Christmas-themed box! It even has a flexi nib and original pricing sticker band. What are you waiting for?
Holding off on buying the Parker Duofold Esparto fountain pen because we didn't have the matching ballpoint? Well, now you are out of excuses. Our sterling silver ballpoint Parker Esparto Duofold is in mint condition and in great working order.
Gold-filled caps are nice on the Sheaffer Crest, but a first-year 14k gold snorkel tube is even cooler. We have one such pen with a pastel green barrel that is fully restored and ready for action.
We added two great burgundy pens to the site. One is a luxurious Waterman Gentleman rollerball pen. The other is a fully restored Sheaffer Admiral with a surprisingly smooth 14k gold nib.
Our Cross Century is no average pen. It is a handsome, minty fresh Tapestry model in 14k gold-fill. It works great and looks stunning. No dents, scratches or other blemishes.
Montblanc 146 pens are most commonly found with gold-plated trim, but our latest version sports the highly sought after platinum plating! In great working order, its 14k medium nib is a real treat with which to write. Pre-owned luxury pens at their best!
20th century Sheaffer pens were the very definition of dependable and stylish. We recently flooded our vintage pens pages with a growing selection of Sheaffers from the 1940s into the 1950s. These were the glory days, and we have plenty more still to come.
We added an incredibly clean modern Waterman Demonstrator fountain pen. It looks just like the Phileas model. Not a trace of staining in it. What are you waiting for? Corrupt it with your favorite ink.
Save big on a great daily driver with our Waterman Phileas fountain pen. Barely used, it sports a smooth medium nib and a new ink converter. Stunning blue patterns on the cap and barrel might inspire great writing as you gaze into its depths.
Smooth writing nibs are always a treat, and we think you will love our Waterman Preface fountain pen. Plated in silver, it looks great, but we think your favorite part will be filling it with ink and setting its lovely 18k gold nib to paper and blissing out on fluid experience.
We are safely back from the delightfully fun Arkansas Pen Show. At the moment, there is no Covid-19 in my county. The website is and will remain open for business. Updates and new pens are coming soon. We're going to rock sequestration like no other! Be well. Stay safe.
The crowd was a little smaller today, but everybody was sure in a good mood...and a buying mood. Although we have heard no official word from other pen shows, the crowd consensus was that this might be the last one for a little while. It was so great to chat, eat, drink and be merry with everyone in Little Rock. We can't wait to see all of our pen friends at shows around the country as soon as the pandemic ends. In the meantime, we love you and wish all of you the best of health and luck.
Wow! Great crowd and high energy. Pen lovers are dedicated, and we love them. We're a big happy family of inky addicts. After a busy day of life on the show floor, we cut loose with an afterhours pen party at the hotel bar. Thanks to Cary and Esterbrook for all of the door prizes!
Day 1 of the Arkansas Pen Show was a big hit. News on TV scared everybody by the night before the show started with rapid changes in the national story, but, so far, pen lovers are united in a positive, healthful show. A steady stream of showgoers have made this event a ton of fun so far. We've never seen this much hand-washing (and this little hand shaking) at a pen show before, but it has been a positive sign folks are heeding warnings, taking precautions and making the most of their inky passions. Can't wait to see y'all on Day 2.
We are taking the highway south to the Arkansas Pen Show. This is a super fun show with a ton of friendly folks. If you live anywhere near Little Rock, come have a blast with some awesome people, pens and ink! Oh, and chocolate bacon!
One of the first injection-molded pens included our latest Jefferson fountain pen, a subsidy of the same company that owned Wearever. Unlike Wearever, this vintage pen comes with a semi-flex gold nib! Fully restored and ready to write.
Vintage pen enthusiasts will love the smooth-writing, wet-noodle 14k gold nib of our latest Mabie Todd Swallow! It is a flawed pen, but the nib is remarkable. The pen has been fully restored, and it is ready for some incredible writing action.
Check out our latest collection of Stipula pens. These Italian pens don't have the corona virus and are ready for lots of writing action while they are still in nearly mint condition!
We love Sheaffer TouchDown filler pens, which is why we are pleased to bring you a really handsome, gold-filled capped Sheaffer Tuckaway Crest. A short pen, it has a large appetite for extra-fine writing.
No. We wouldn't dare post a cap on the tail of a pen and ruin its finish or split its cap lip. We ARE posting more vintage pens and preowned luxury pens for sale, again. It just took us a little while after the show to recover. Happy writing, everyone!
It is always so exciting to go to a new show! We got to meet some long-time customers face-to-face for the first time. We met loads of fun new people. Plus, we got to have fun with a lot of old friends on the circuit. Oh, and we loaded up on some great new vintage pens that you'll be seeing soon.
Whoa! Big crowds today at the Baltimore Pen Show. I didn't have a chance to sit down and catch my breath until 20 minutes after the show formally ended. It was so great to chat up so many people and share so many pen stories and adventures. Plus, it was great to watch the eyes light up on people as they experienced the discovery of a perfect nib or filling system. What a delight!
We made it! After a brutal 14-hour drive, we arrived for lots of pen show fun. Day One was a great casual set-up morning, where we caught up with old friend and met some regular customers in the flesh for the first time. By 11 a.m. the show was hopping with great traffic and many new friendships being formed. Lots of interest in vintage pen made the day even more worth while. Plus, we might have found a fun new pen deal for you!
For the next week or so, we will be on the road to the Baltimore Pen Show. It should be a great show, and we really hope to see you there. Please continue to order from the site, in the meantime. If we catch your orders in time, we'll remove them from the show offerings and mail them back as soon as we get home. Unfortunately, there's always one or two pens that sold out from under the site. Please be aware. If that happens, we'll refund your money.
A stunning blue Signum Orione fountain pen was spotted on our preowned pens pages. It is a very handsome pen that writes with a smooth fine line. Pretty good for an iridium nib!
If you love the Italian design of Signum pens, you will be wild for our buttery smooth writing Nova models. Each preowned luxury pen is in nearly mint condition with stunning colors.
We just restored a lovely, like-new Parker 51 Demi fountain pen and pencil set. It has a new diaphragm in the pen, and both are ready for plenty of writing. The vintage pen has a great fine nib. Plus, you get its original presentation box.
Our latest Wahl-Eversharp Personal Point pen has a fairly rare 14k gold nib that is stamped "Flexible." It writes an insanely smooth medium to juicy 2mm or a little more. Fully restored, this is an incredible vintage pen.
Visit our pre-owned luxury pens pages, and you will see a growing assortment of Signum pens from Italy. In addition to being great writing instruments, you'll be dazzled by their colors.
Parker Vacumatics are always sure to warm our filling-system obsessed hearts. We have a great one from 1945 with an extra-fine nib. We restored it just the other day, and it will be a great work horse.
Italian luxury takes front and center with our pre-owned pens. This one is a pearl-grey stunner. It is the Signum Nova fountain pen. If the color doesn't knock your socks off, the buttery smooth nib will.
We added a pair of Sheaffer ballpoints for this sleep Sunday. One is a brushed steel Targa. The other is a minty fresh blue Balance II. Both come with smooth working refills.
Celebrate St. Valentine's Day in style with a fantastic NOS Sheaffer Imperial fountain pen in our vintage pens pages. It has a TouchDown filler and the sought-after, super-smooth dolphin nib. Or write the best love letters with a juicy broad nib that is buttery smooth on our stunningly translucent-blue Sheaffer Connaisseur.
Most people hope that their vintage pens looks just like they rolled off the assembly line. Fans of our Conklin Endura Symetrik fountain pen and pencil set will not be disappointed. An incredible green celluloid practically glows with its minty radiance. It even has a semi-flex nib!
If you like ultra-rare two-tone Parker Duofold nibs, you'll like our vintage pen of the day. It is a streamlined Parker Duofold Jr. set with that killer nib. Yet, if you prefer buttery smooth fine-medium nibs, you'll go gaga for our stunning Waterman L'Etalon!
Looking for more rare Parker 51s? We have a Flighter set that includes a fountain pen and pencil. The pen is a classic aerometric filler. The brushed-steel is in great condition. Perfect for display or use as a vintage pen.
Visit our vintage pen pages to find a complete set of harder-to-find Parker 51 Signet pens and pencils. These are the gold-filled models of the pen from the early 1950s. They include a fountain pen, ballpoint and pencil! Buy them individually or together.
Sheaffer Connaisseur pens offer the best of 1920s sensibility with more modern insides and a dreamy, smooth 18k gold nib. It even comes with its original converter. A pre-owned luxury pen classic.
We have a great Parker Duofold Centennial fountain pen. It looks like new, and it has a smooth, medium nib. Ideal for business and pleasure.
We've been selling out of Parker 51 fountain pens a lot lately, and we finally got in a small collection for your pleasure. It starts with a few very nice gold-filled cap models.
Have you always wanted to learn the art and science of restoring a vintage pen? Visit our blog to learn the joys of restoring a lever-filling fountain pen! Check out our pen repairs made easy.
Sheaffer Triumph pens are some of the highest-end TouchDown filler pens made between 1949 and 1952. We have a great one that is dent-free but engraved on our vintage pens page. Fully restored, it writes well and is ready for action.
We have added to pens with mixed parts to our vintage pens pages. First up is a handsome black oversized Sheaffer Balance with an oversized two-tone Parker Vacumatic Maxima nib! Then there's a Parker 51 with a vacumatic body and aerometric cap! Both fun and fully restored.
Our last Sheaffer Targa for a little while is the harder to find Imperial Brass model. It is in great condition, without any dents or deep scratches. Better yet, it writes sooo delightfully smoothly with a fine point nib of 14k gold.
Want to learn more about identifying fake Montblanc pens? Our latest blog post gets into 2 recent phonies that a customer gave us to share with you.
Few things are as stunning a heavy, solid sterling silver Parker Duofold Esparto fountain pen. We have one that looks new in the box. Comes with all of its boxes. You need to see it to believe it.
Everybody needs a great pen and pencil set, and we've just added three different colors of the Waterman Laureat line! Start a collection or make them your daily drivers.
Wow. Our Waterman Phileas pens sold out quickly. Today we add a couple more, along with some Waterman Experts. All of them are great looking, dependable daily drivers. Be sure to check them out in our preowned pens section.
Waterman Phileas pens remain extremely popular after their discontinuation. We bring you three of these great, affordable pens: 2 fountain pens and 1 rollerball. Great preowned pens for daily use.
We take half the work out of starting a serious Waterman Hemisphere pencil collection with 4 different color models that are in great working order. Most of them are in great, aesthetic condition. Best of all, they are quite affordable.
Difficult decisions must be made in life, and we're choosing--right or wrong--to start calling the Sheaffer Targa a vintage writing instrument. The oldest ones are more than 40 years old, and most pen newbies are decidedly in the "vintage" camp. As the owner of the company now qualifies as vintage by that definition, he boldly asserts vintage is distinguished and not a slur. And while "OK Boomer" doesn't quite apply to him...c'mon, the writing's on the wall. OK X'ers. :)
Sheaffer made an almost mythical pen in the Half-Balance, which married a Balance cap with the older flat-tailed barrel design. It is nearly impossible to verify an original vs. a pen made from parts. Whatever ours is, it is priced to sell and will deliver lots of extra-fine line writing pleasure.
Presidential pens are often discussed on these pages. We have a souvenir pen from the White House in the 1980s with a copy of Ronald Reagan's signature on it. A Parker Classic ballpoint pen that we are making an honorary vintage pen.
Sheaffer Legacy pens are reliable head-turners, but the Emperor's Silver model might take your breath away. We added a rollerball version and will be adding a fountain pen model on Saturday!
If fountain pens frighten you off, check out our bargain on a preowned Montblanc ballpoint Classique. It is in great working order, and it costs only a fifth of the new pen's price!
Complete with its original boxes and a converter, we have a Montblanc Classique 144 from the 1970s. Though it might have been dipped or filled once, we think it is new old stock. Cool monotone 18k gold nib!
We've wanted to carry oblique stub nibs in the 2000-model of pens from Lamy for ages, and now we can finally offer them. Coming in black makrolon, our Lamy 2000 is brand new, direct from the factory in Germany!
If you like putting the caps-lock down on the word RARE when defining your collection, check out our Parker Duofold desk pen in MANDARIN YELLOW with a carved wooden desk base featuring a FISH! Works well, writes great. You will love.
Sheaffer Targa pens are always attractive, but this one made from sterling silver really sets a high bar. Paired with a buttery smooth extra-fine nib, it will steal your heart for sure.
We added a couple more bargains on Montblanc pens. Each is a more modern design that will be sure to turn heads in new-old-stock condition. A fountain pen and a ballpoint. You better snatch them up quickly.
Little pens don't often turn heads, but our Waterman Lady Agathe is no ordinary pen. Its stunning color scheme looks as if will be the most impressive part of the fountain pen, but then you try the nib and have a brief glimpse into heaven.
Regardless of whether you like your Waterman pens modern or vintage, this is your lucky day. Our vintage pens page has a very nice Waterman #5 from the late 1920s. Our preowned luxury pens page has an oh-so-smooth Waterman Edson in ruby red!
One of the most easily recognized status symbols of the world, the Montblanc 149, is a beautiful German writing instrument. We have a great one from the 1970s, complete with its box. Such a smooth writer!
Did Montblanc know that it would confuse a lot of "Star Wars"-loving pen fans with a name like Starwalker? Regardless, we have a nearly mint Montblanc Starwalker ballpoint pen.
From the Great White North of Canada comes a classic Sheaffer 5-30 Balance pen from the 1930s. This vintage pen has been fully restored, and it writes a delightfully smooth extra-fine line.
Damascus steel is a rare and beautiful early form of steel. William Henry uses it to decorate its luxury pens. We have a great deal on one such William Henry Chablis ballpoint on our preowned luxury pens pages.
Sheaffer pen fans will like our immaculate pre-owned Targa. It looks minty fresh, and it has a working original squeeze-bar converter. Looks like it just stepped out of the 1980s.
Usher in the new '20s with a classic from the Roaring '20s! We have a stunning oversized Big Red Parker Duofold waiting for you on our Vintage Pens page. All original parts and a dreamy smooth medium nib. It really is the cat's pajamas.
Holy cats! We just got the rarest of Lamy nibs for Safari and AL-Star pens in stock. You can find the rare "Left Hand" steel nib from Lamy, AND two-tone 14k gold Oblique Medium and Oblique Broad nibs also for the Safari and AL-Stars! Snatch 'em up fast because we doubt we'll ever see more.
Entrancing azure blue celluloid casts its spell on this Parker Vacumatic Major from the 1940s. Fully restored, it writes a remarkable "Japanese-style" extra-fine line very smoothly.
Vintage Pelikan pen collectors will love our 1950s tortie Pelikan 400NN! Fully restored with a new piston seal, this classic, gold-nibbed fountain pen is a joy with which to write and stare at.
Oh, sure. Everybody knows the stylistic design masterpiece known as the Rotring 600 fountain pen. But, have you ever seen the Rotring 700? We have this more uncommon gem on our pre-owned pens page!
Do you have a beautiful pastel blue Esterbrook Purse Pen? We have one that comes with a box and instructions. Fully restored with a new ink sac, it is ready for daily use but stunning enough for display.
We have a lovely looking BHR Morrison's Black Beauty on our vintage pens page. We've lowered the price and improved the photos for your purchasing pleasure.
Chicago just wasn't cold enough for us, so we're moving to Wisconsin! What?! During the holiday season?! Yeah, yeah. We know. But what's that old John Lennon saying, "Life's what happens when you're making other plans." True love is a good enough reason to go for the holidays and beyond. Sooo, in the meantime, please be patient with us as we take a couple days to pack, move and unpack. Thanks!
Mont Blanc pens are among the most popular in the world, and we think you are really going to like our deals on our latest Montblanc pen additions to the website. All of them are in great working order.
Vintage pen fanatics will rejoice with the arrival of our beautiful and rare Conklin fountain pen that isn't an Endura or Symmetrik but a lower tier pen that is hard to find.
Retro 51 are among the most popular "new" pens of the past couple decades. With colorful and creative designs, modern pen lovers have been snatching them up. We are now offering many of the rarer early versions of these preowned pens.
If you haven't visited our Trading Post in a while, we have at least a dozen new offerings posted within the past week. These pens are sold directly by their owners, and the Trading Post is a great place for you to sell some of your treasures for waaaaay cheaper than certain popular auction sites.
Vintage pen aficionados might love a Parker VP, which meant Very Personal. It was the foundation pen that set the state for the Parker 75. We just added another working one...this time with a gold-filled cap!
Enjoy a minty-fresh Sheaffer Balance set in an almost entirely clean (not discolored) pearl-and-black design. Both writing instruments are oversized. The pen writes a great medium line with a very firm nib. A must for vintage pen lovers.
Who doesn't want a Parker 51 to be dent free? Especially when it is a gold-filled Signet model? Our latest vintage pen looks marvelous, and it is in great working order, too!
Don't wait until summer to go snorkeling. Check out our Sheaffer Clipper Snorkel fountain pen. Fully restored, it is a handsome edition to your collection. It comes complete with its box and papers!
We really like the classic cordovan brown color on our Parker 51. You can find it on our vintage pens page. It is fully restored and ready to write or display!
Classic 1920s' Waterman #7 pens are very popular with their flex nibs like this "Red" model. It has a great minty fresh red ripple design and is fully restored. Yet, the 1.2mm flex in the medium semi-flex nib will really get most collectors going.
Special Edition Pilot Vanishing Point Icicle pens are great for at least psychologically beating the heat. We have one frosty blue wonder that looks great with minimal wear. Such a smooth nib, too!
The Parker Sonnet in "Chinese Laque Amber" is a stunner for ballpoint pen fans. Definitely are rarer color for the line, we think these are the most beautiful of the Sonnets.
Our latest Parker 180 has an incredible cross-cut design in gold plate! Definitely one of the rarer models, it is beautiful to look at in its nearly flawless state. Of course, the double-sided nib is a great draw. Great vintage pen.
We were surprised by how quickly people snatched up our Parker 45 click ballpoints. Our final one just posted, and it is a handsome black and steel design. The cap clicks, which is our favorite feature.
Parker 180 fountain pens were a really clever invention. It has a single nib that writes two different widths. Our green one writes an extra-fine line AND a smooth medium!
Remember, ThePenMarket.com also is your home for great vintage pen restoration. All customer repairs move to the front of the repair line, which means we plan on maintaing our one-to-two week turnaround time on your pens!
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