Goldfink #12 Safety
Goldfink is a vintage name in the pen world. You can find pens with that name made from the 1910s to about the 1960s, with the 1930s being the peak of their popularity. The brand name was taken over and revived (somewhat) by FPN member Tom Westerich who is more famous for selling pens on penboard.de in Germany (although I seem to find him mostly in Italy nowadays). Tom does not seem to have a website just for his pens, but you can find his current offerings on sale on penboard.de in the Goldfink section of the shop. Tom makes all of his pens by hand on a lathe, without the aid of fancy computers. Pens can be made of celluloid, acrylic, and hard rubber, but I have seen one recently that has a wooden barrel. He seems reasonably flexible on the materials he will use. The pens vary in size, price and filling mechanism – button, twist and eye dropper seem to be what I have seen him offer.
The pen I have is the Goldfink Safetyfiller no. 12 size, short version, red mottled ebonite. (That the long name from the website.) The pen is a slightly updated take on the old #12 size safety pens from the 1920. Although he is not specifying a maker, it sure looks a fair amount like the old MB pens to me. The pen does offer some technical advantages over its historical counterparts with a few rubber O seals to keep ink where it belongs.
The pen is a real beast in terms of size, but it is still plenty light. It holds a lot of ink (although I have never measured) and is easy to use. The nib is a 14K nib. It was made by Bock and is their large #8 size. It is stamped with Warranted and the gold content as this is more representative of what you might find on a vintage pen. The body itself is hard rubber and is this prone to fading, which my pen has already started to do. However, the level of craftsmanship is truly top notch. From a smooth twisting action to extract the nib to a good tight seal, the hand-engraved name on the cap, to all the little knurling on the cap and barrel, this pen feels like it was made with a lot of care to high tolerances. Even the feed is ebonite and has a groove to allow the safety in on the cap to settle in without issue when the pen is capped. I also like that the threads are next to the nib which gives ma a lot of comfortable options to hold the baton, er I mean pen.
The clip is not original. The first owner of the pen had it made. I think it originally had some plating that is now gone. I actually do not mind it in its current form as it looks a little vintage and funky.
The pen comes apart easily for cleaning and I have no complaints. Each component feels well-made and robust. The downside of this pen (and all safety eyedroppers) is that it is not ideal for jotting quick notes. If you are the kind of person who carries a pen in your short pocket, this is not the pen for you. It also cannot be posted, but it would be ridiculous to post anyhow.
Tom lists this pen for sale on his website at 1,680 Euros ex. VAT and 1,999 Euros with VAT included. Not a trivial amount by any means. A lot of work goes into making the pen so maybe the price is reasonable. Maybe he does not like making this pen and wants to discourage orders? You can judge value for yourself. I can say you are unlikely to see another one at any local pen clubs!
Here are a few comparison picks to help you judge size. One pen is a Pelikan M800 and the other is an MB 149. All pens are lined up at the bottom when the photos were taken.
Edited by zaddick, 26 May 2017 - 21:42.