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2015 San Francisco Pen Show - August 28-30

2015 San Francisco Pen Show – August 28-30

By Teri Morris | Buying Guides, What's New

We only do one pen show a year, and this year we are doing it with gusto! We’ll be taking three tables, with a big focus on vintage flex and our Indian-made ebonite and acrylic models. We plan on having enough space so that our visitors can take their time testing the pens and comparing. We have a lot of pens that are a one-time combination of vintage nib and ebonite cap+barrel, and they need to be seen and handled in person to be accurately evaluated. You can count on lots of special pen show pricing on [&hellip

International Shipping Update

International Shipping Update

By Teri Morris | Buying Guides, What's New

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 [&hellip

A New Resource for Sheaffer Collectors

A New Resource for Sheaffer Collectors

By Teri Morris | Buying Guides, Pens of Interest

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 – [&hellip

“Seconds” means ….. what?

By Teri Morris | Buying Guides, NOS News

I’ll confess we use the notion of “seconds” to suit our own situation. In a normal retail setting, a “second” is an item that suffered some problem during the manufacturing process and picked up a blemish as a result. In the world of new old stock pens, we stretch the definition to cover the imperfections our pens sometimes pick up during their 40 odd years in storage. We clean them up as best we can, and have a high level of confidence that they will write perfectly. Then we offer them to the world as a solution [&hellip

Observations on Flexible Nibs

Observations on Flexible Nibs

By Teri Morris | Buying Guides, Opinion & Blather

Gentlemen such as Mauricio Aguilar (www.vintagepen.net), Richard Binder (www.richardspens.net) and John Mottishaw (www.nibs.com) have forgotten more than I’ll ever know about flex. That being said, we handle a lot of flex nibbed pens and have an enthusiastic group of customers who haunt our FLEXIBLE NIBS category. And so I’d like to make the following observations: No good objective reference or guide can be readily employed to standardize the discussion. It’s possible to measure pressure against a surface, but the equipment to do so is far from easy to obtain or operate. You will know a “wet noodle” [&hellip