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What Lesser-Known Vintage Pen (Model And/ Or Maker) Are You Using Today?

vintage uncommon carry leboeuf

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#1 gregamckinney

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 18:41

Greetings pen friends,

We see a lot of "what are you carrying today" threads, and since some models (Balances, 51's, etc.) are so popular, they tend to dominate the discussion.

So, today, I'm asking about what vintage pen you are carrying from a lesser-known maker and/ or of an unusual model.

This is an old photo, but shows the LeBoeuf 75 that I'm carrying today (as well as the watch I happen to be wearing.)

 

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So, let's see what's in your pocket (or what you're carrying) that is vintage, uncommon or unusual!

 

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#2 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 19:59

In my pen cup....a semi-flex Geha 790 KM, BCHR Osmia 74 war pen  Supra F (maxi-semi-flex) steel nib...with Osmia/O-F-C the gold does = the grand steel.

 

Pelikan 120, W.Germany 200, 215, 381, Celebry,

Markant (East German) that looks just like an MB Noblise (with out snowflake) in brushed stainless steel, regular flex steel nib.

1745 in EF for editing. a rolled gold capped P-45 just hanging around.

 

Same with the Lamy Persona  18K nail B width CI by Pendelton Brown.

The original nib was a nail OB with absolutely no line variation. It was hidden under the bed. Now that PB made it interesting, it's always out....I just have to use it more. :P PB's writing.....mine is not worth showing. 

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Mine is a '90's .... first year one, in it lacks the little dot on the spring shut clip, that helps prevent the pen from rolling off the desk.

Push the serrated top and the clip extends out of the pen body for a tight shirt pocket clipping. Black Titanium Oxide coating....it don't play well with others so it stands alone in an old letter opener, BP & post-it type of brass and wooden box. 

 

 

 

And the very first MP that I ever liked (I always hated them since the late '50's)....feels better in the hand than the Jotter or P-75 BP/MP. In fact for some six weeks, I wrote with it, instead of fountain pens. :yikes: The Pelikan 450....from the '50's. :notworthy1: :thumbup:

 

Just noticed there is a 1.5 Lamy Joy....gathering cobwebs in a pen stand on my desk. :(

 

Then there is the got to clean cup.....That is a very shameful state of affairs. :rolleyes:


Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 31 October 2017 - 20:28.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 22:00

The oldest pen I have in action currently is only 25 years old, which I do not count as vintage, so the nearest I have to unusual, inked and in use now, is this Ancora Perla (seller's photos).

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I am finding it an excellent pen, as he said it would be. The in-house nib may be even better than that of an Aurora.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 22:46

Today I have used a red and black (similar to the golden web pattern) Hovi, which I think is Dutch and a 1920's/ early '30's bhr John Bull which I think may have been made by Altura.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:23

A Hartline in the pen cup.  It doesn't leave the house.

 

I am partial to Remingtons, Grieshabers and also have a Wirt inked today.

 

Tomorrow I ink up my "new" Evans hump filler.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 03:30

American Pencil Co. Venus. 14k hooded nib, lever fill, ~1940's.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:03

A circa 1974 Waterman Watermina with a gold "Night & Day" overlay.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:07

""""also have a Wirt inked :notworthy1:"""" :thumbup:

My 1902 replica Sears catalog, states Wirt was the best fountain pen in the world.....one could then trust Sears to tell the truth.


German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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#9 gregamckinney

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:19

Some great, and uncommon, pen here!

 

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 18:30

""""also have a Wirt inked :notworthy1:"""" :thumbup:

My 1902 replica Sears catalog, states Wirt was the best fountain pen in the world.....one could then trust Sears to tell the truth.

Mark Twain might disagree with you.  Although he endorsed them he wasn't really fond of them.  They were a huge improvement over his MacKinnon stylograph but not near as well liked as his Conklin S3.

My early Wirts have nice nibs but need to be warmed before use to prevent burping. 


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 20:44

Conklin was a later pen?

And had a sac so didn't burp.....as long as one had a dime one could fill a pen quick and cleanly with the Conklin.

Then in 1912 came the Sheaffer  lever pen for them with out a dime. :P

 

Sears didn't offer any sac under any name  pen in 1900 or 1902.

Sears and Montgomery Ward would make orders big enough to slap their name...or an Acme stamp (Sears) on it....Pens included.

The '94-95 Monkey Ward catalog has Montgomery Ward imprints on ED's.

They don't mention whose pen they used. Sears also offered other cheaper pens that Wirt with the Sears mark in 1902.


Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 01 November 2017 - 20:47.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 21:35

I'm carrying a Morrison flattop (lever fill) and a Matador Garant 996 (piston fill).

Got the Morrison recently at the Boston area pen show and really love the nib on it.

 

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 17:44

Stoffhaas 321 BHR button filler


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 03:24

I'm carrying a Morrison flattop (lever fill) and a Matador Garant 996 (piston fill).

Got the Morrison recently at the Boston area pen show and really love the nib on it.

 

-Otter1

 

I have a few Morrisons.  I've been reasonably happy with how a couple of them write, especially my first one,  a gold-filled filigree overlay ring top, which has a nice juicy nib (the others still need to be repaired).  I'm sort of hoping that at some point I can buy a silver filigree overlay in the same pattern, but of course sterling silver is a lot more expensive....

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 04:25

It wasn't a carry today (only ran errands, day off from work), but in one of my desk holders I have a Moore 94-A that I recently restored. They are my only weakness and only minor pen that I chase with regularity. In fact, the *only* pen whatsoever I keep looking for.

BTW, it's good to see you posting, Greg!!

 

(most recent shot of the Moores, about a year ago...)

 

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 14:34

It wasn't a carry today (only ran errands, day off from work), but in one of my desk holders I have a Moore 94-A that I recently restored. They are my only weakness and only minor pen that I chase with regularity. In fact, the *only* pen whatsoever I keep looking for.

BTW, it's good to see you posting, Greg!!

 

(most recent shot of the Moores, about a year ago...)

 

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Nice collection, Jon.  I see a lot of old friends in that tray.  Moores are highly underrated, interesting designs and really nice nibs.  I have a 94-A inked as well, that has attracted attention when i use it.  


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 16:51

I may pull up a Montegrappa ringtop with a Waterman nib, or possibly a Conklin ringtop. Then again I have a WE Doric with a Mabie Todd dip pen nib (can’t keep my hands off that one).
And I was going to rest my hand this weekend...

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 17:47

I am using a "cigar-shaped" , lever-fill pen from the 1950's era.  It is a red & white Tuckersharpe.  


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