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Pilot 78G: Add character to your every day writing

Pilot 78G: Add character to your every day writing

By Teri Morris | Pens of Interest, What's New

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 [&hellip

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

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

By Teri Morris | Pens of Interest, What's New

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 [&hellip

Nib of the Month: Eversharp Symphony

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

By Teri Morris | NOS News, Pens of Interest, What's New

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 [&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

Symphony -- Eversharp's Last Good Pen?

Symphony — Eversharp’s Last Good Pen?

By Teri Morris | NOS News, Pens of Interest

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 [&hellip

Some very unusual Sheaffer Imperials

Some very unusual Sheaffer Imperials

By Teri Morris | Pens of Interest, What's New

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 [&hellip