• Pilot 78G Fountain Pens on Sale
    18 Oct 2014 • Teri Morris • Pens of Interest, What's New

    Pilot 78G: Add character to your every day writing

    Looking for inexpensive line variation in order to add more expression to your writing? Many customers come to us on the hunt for flex, when really all they are looking for is a way to add character to their every day writing. The popularity of the custom “cursive italic” grind at pen shows and in work shops (our own included) is a testament to the addictive nature of the subtle italic. By luck or design, Pilot’s venerable 78G fountain pen sports enjoyable italic nibs on their B and BB pens, and those are the only nib sizes

  • 31 May 2014 • Teri Morris • Opinion & Blather, What's New

    Pen Posse at PSP – Sunday, June 8, 2014

    Join us Sunday June 8th at Peyton Street Pens 239 Peyton Street, Santa Cruz (831) 425-3794 Visitors welcome starting 1pm, and people usually hang out till 6pm or 7pm. Food and refreshments in the mid-to-late afternoon. Even though we’re not a conventional pen shop, as most of you know, we’ll have pens to look at and try out. We only throw the doors open a few times a year! It’s very informal, usually just a few dozen people hanging out, playing around with pens and ink. The SF Pen Posse has a wealth of knowledge and fistfuls

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    7 Feb 2014 • Teri Morris • Buying Guides, What's New

    International Shipping Update

    We ship over half of our orders to addresses outside the United States, using the US Postal Service. We have shipped literally thousands of packages worldwide, and we try to offer a range of methods that will suit most customers. FIRST CLASS The majority of our orders ship via first class mail insured for a cost of around $9.50, so we are really pleased to see the postal system add E-Delivery Confirmation as a free service for many countries. This feature is available in the following countries: Australia Belgium Brazil Croatia Denmark France Germany Great Britain Ireland

  • Supremacy #8 Warranted Nib
    14 Nov 2013 • Teri Morris • Pens of Interest, What's New

    Nib of the Month: Wet Noodle Warranted #8 on an Oversized Supremacy

    In stark contrast to our last “Nib of the Month” (admittedly posted two months ago, how time flies) which revolved around a salvaged new old stock nib, this time around we are featuring a rather spectacular super flexible Warranted #8 on an equally lovely oversized pen. For those of you on the hunt for highly flexible pens that aren’t priced like Waterman “Pinks,” we have always recommended the so-called third tier American makers. In fact, we have a category for these underappreciated 1920s-30s manufacturers on our web site. Roughly half will feature the generic “Warranted” nibs, and

  • Eversharp Symphony Flexible 1/2 Stub
    4 Sep 2013 • Teri Morris • NOS News, Pens of Interest, What's New

    Nib of the Month: Eversharp Symphony “Flexible 1/2 Stub”

    First of all, I’m writing about this nib because it literally caused my jaw to drop when I came across it while sorting thru our latest batch of new old stock 1960s Eversharp Symphonys. Secondly, try to ignore the surroundings in the photo below. New old stock pens are not always pretty, and some are too far gone to be one of our “seconds” offerings. Sometimes you can only salvage the nib, but in this case ooh-la-la, it was quite a nib.   The name says it all, but before you get excited and say “where can I get

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    31 Jul 2013 • Teri Morris • Buying Guides, Pens of Interest

    A New Resource for Sheaffer Collectors

    We just rolled out our latest project …. a photo listing of Sheaffer models. These are pens we’ve handled over the past year or two. It takes five web pages to fit them all in. We’re calling it the Sheaffer Identifier. Sheaffer List Part 1 – Early HR, Flat Tops, Balance, WASP, and Triumph/Crest Sheaffer List Part 2 – Touchdown, Snorkel, Fineline, Imperial, PFM, Lifetime Cartridge Pen Sheaffer List Part 3 – Lady Sheaffer, Quasi-Imperial, Targa, and Sheaffer School Pens Sheaffer List Part 4 – Legacy, Balance 2, Nostalgia, TRZ, Fashion, Connaisseur Sheaffer List Part 5 –

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    2 Jul 2013 • Teri Morris • How To, Uncategorized

    How to Increase the Ink Flow on a Parker Super 21

    Though we’ve recently come to the end of our supply of new old stock Parker Super 21 fountain pens, we want to reach out and assist anyone suffering from the dreaded dryness that afflicts some of these pens. Basically, the nib tines are just too darn tightly clenched and ink can’t make it to the page. They need to be gently eased apart a tiny fraction of a fraction. We suspect this may have been a problem for Parker from the get-go on some of the production runs of the Super 21. Okay, here’s what we do:

  • Four Eversharp Symphony Models
    23 Apr 2013 • Teri Morris • NOS News, Pens of Interest

    Symphony — Eversharp’s Last Good Pen?

    Poorly documented, largely overlooked The Eversharp Symphony was launched in 1948 and couldn’t have had a more auspicious beginning. While the company’s previous major model, the Fifth Avenue, had some shortcomings that prevented it from catching on with the public, the company hoped to reproduce some of the success enjoyed by the iconic Skyline model which had achieved sales superiority in the mid 1940s. The Skyline had been designed by famous industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss, and for the Symphony the company went to another famous consumer-goods designer, Raymond Loewy. The first generation Symphony pens (aka model 500) can be

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    25 Mar 2013 • Teri Morris • Pens of Interest, What's New

    Some very unusual Sheaffer Imperials

    We came across these ballpoints recently in a collection we purchased. They don’t match any of the 1970s Sheaffer Imperial models we know. They are all gold plated, but the patterns are unfamiliar. The barrel patterns remind us a little of the various gold plated patterns on Parker 75s. These may have been a response to those popular metal pens. Here’s a close-up of the barrels. The clips are very interesting in that they are not plain, they feature two different lined patterns, and one has a high relief “hob nail” pattern that matches the pattern on the

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    6 Mar 2013 • Teri Morris • NOS News, What's New

    Eversharp Symphony Fountain Pens are Back in Stock

    New Old Stock, Various Models, Flexible and Manifold Nibs About a year and a half ago we created a bit of a stir with our new old stock Eversharp Symphony pens. People responded very well to the notion of “vintage flex” on a new old stock pen. While our “seconds” with cosmetic imperfections were around for a few months, the ones in perfect condition sold out rather quickly. Well, we’ve made arrangements for a rather large purchase of these pens, and as we get them cleaned up and restored with a new sac we are adding them