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#1 WLSpec

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 19:59

I've been eyeing Bexley pens for a while, and from what I understand they are a USA based company that makes pens inspired by vintage designs. However, I heard some stuff about a change in ownership somewhat recently, and I was a little confused. I just want to know more about the company, as I don't know much right now, and as I am considering purchasing one of their pens. So who owns the Bexley company? Are modern Bexley pens different from earlier ones? After doing some searching on FPN, it is clear that many people LOVE their Bexley pens, so I am very curious about them. The Poseidon looks very nice, and it seems to be sold out most places. So what's the deal with Bexley? Thanks for any responses.



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#2 JonSzanto

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 21:37

You've picked the 'worst' time to get interested!

The company has been around for a couple decades, and it was started by a fellow named Howard Levy. He was a well-known pen person and collector, and decided to start making pens that contained quality and appeal for pen folk, marketed (I think) primarily at the collector community. I can't give you a whole lot more than that, and I ended up only purchasing a couple in the last year or so. The designs had never really caught my eye until one or two oversize models popped up. I've actually corresponded with Mr. Levy as he was selling some of his last remaining stock on eBay and ended up answering some questions. He has always had a very good reputation for his product. His pens were coming out when there weren't a lot of small, custom makers, which now there are. I don't know the specifics or the reasons as to why he has let "The Family" pen group take over the brand.

Here's a brief article on the company, from Binder's site. It's dated but would have info you might find of interest.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 22:00

Some of the earlier Bexleys are really nice pens, particularly those in ebonite.

There are a few threads on Bexley here on FPN, is you search, there is info to be found.

As JonSzanto said though, not a timely interest, many of these pens are in the hands of collectors by now.

The new Bexley seems like a marketing operation (so far one very expensive pen in arco celluloid which looks a bit out of place to me on a Bexley...).



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Posted 17 February 2020 - 22:11

Some of the earlier Bexleys are really nice pens, particularly those in ebonite.

There are a few threads on Bexley here on FPN, is you search, there is info to be found.

As JonSzanto said though, not a timely interest, many of these pens are in the hands of collectors by now.

The new Bexley seems like a marketing operation (so far one very expensive pen in arco celluloid which looks a bit out of place to me on a Bexley...).

Yes, I assumed this isn't the best time. I do see some on PSP used for very reasonable prices and Ebay that look very nice and a lot like the older ones. I'm very curious about the new company though, bc I see they are at pen shows nowadays

 

some new ones are on Goldspot, interesting


Edited by WLSpec, 17 February 2020 - 22:16.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 23:51

Bexley started in 1993 and made some elaborate and expensive pens with lots of gold or silver until gold prices spiked in the early 2000s. They used mostly gold nibs u tiles about 2006 or so and then switched to steel. Since then there have been a lot of more affordable pens in bright colors. Howard sold a lot of pens on eBay in non standard materials.

Last year he sold the company and I hear still makes pens but under his own label and at a much lower volume.

I'm a big fan and collector of pre 2006 pens. Part of my collection was put into a thread I have not updated in a while. I should get to it some day, but not much time nowadays.

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:21

Yes, Howard sold his Company as part of his plan to retire, eventually. He currently is still busy with producing pens for others on a contract basis as he retained his production facility, after selling the Bexley Pen Company. This means the new owners could produce examples of Bexley Pens earlier production if they wanted to, but there is no indication that they do plan to resume production of earlier designs at this time; instead they are going forth with new designs. Some of the last of the old production made in Columbus, Ohio is still available at some retailors. The old warrenty still is in effect as the new owners are very honorable and established members of the Fountain Pen Community and recognize that this is the right thing to do. Bexley Pens is not just a name they bought, but a Company with a well earned reputation.

Will Howard every stop designing and making pens, unknown.

So, if you are ever planning a visit to Columbus, Ohio, contact Howard. He may be planning on being around and likely would,give you a tour and possibly the oppertunity to purchase from him directly one of his new designs. He made a pen for the 2019 Ohio Pen Show under the name Levy's Legacy and he may have some left as well as anything he designs new.

Bexley, Ohio is by the way where Howard lives, an unique small city surrounded by Columbus, Ohio on East side of Columbus, Ohio and not where Bexley Pens were ever made. Thought about, yes, but made,,not possible as there was no place in Bexley to place a production facility. Bexley is an affluent bedroom city with excellent Public schools, the oldest Lutheran University in the U.S., Capital University, my alma mater, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, many beautiful churches and synagogues, some very nice shopping and restaurants, a neighborhood Cinema, the Drexel, some nice parks, including one with a very nice city pool and tennis courts on the grounds of Jeffrey's Mansion (which my wife, who was my college sweetheart and I used to walk to), the Governor of Ohio's Mansion, a lot of other Mansions and the humble home of my daughter, son inlaw and most importantly my grandson.

Bexley Pens production facility was located on the West side of Columbus in an industrial park.

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:28

Thank you all for this information. Sounds like Bexley pens are going to be hard to come by nowadays, but it can be done. The history of the company is fascinating. 



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 18:07

Thank you all for this information. Sounds like Bexley pens are going to be hard to come by nowadays, but it can be done. The history of the company is fascinating. 

For your consideration Linda and Mike at  Indy-Pen-Dance have made in Ohio..Bexley fountain pens for purchase....https://www.indy-pen...-Fountain-Pens/

And Linda will tune the nib to perfection at no extra cost..unless of course you don't want her to do it......

 

           Fred

who has a few Bexley pens..............................................from '93....on..........................



#9 WLSpec

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 20:11

For your consideration Linda and Mike at  Indy-Pen-Dance have made in Ohio..Bexley fountain pens for purchase....https://www.indy-pen...-Fountain-Pens/
And Linda will tune the nib to perfection at no extra cost..unless of course you don't want her to do it......
 
           Fred
who has a few Bexley pens..............................................from '93....on..........................


Saw this. Thanks. Are these new?

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 20:48

Saw this. Thanks. Are these new?

Yes!

Redacting: See below.................

 

The good folks at I-P-D have a Sterling Reputation......

   

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Edited by Freddy, 18 February 2020 - 20:52.


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 21:46

So, if you want some of Howard's last new production under the Bexley Brand, now is a good time to get it as clearence sales are on and when they are gone, they are gone, except for what may remain in private hands.

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 20:13

Mr Howard Levy, pen designer extraordinaire is one of the nicest person in the fountain pen world.


Is it fair for an intelligent and family oriented mammal to be separated from his/her family and spend his/her life starved in a concrete jail?

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 20:50

I have three of my five Bexleys with Mr. Levy right now. The current owners basically forwarded my emails to him re repairs. He’s been great to deal with so far.

 

If you can find one with the gold factory stub, they’re delightful. I also have a really nice fine nib that I quite like. One of my favorite pens that I’m agonizing over as I down size. 



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Posted 27 February 2020 - 17:46

Some of the earlier Bexleys are really nice pens, particularly those in ebonite.
There are a few threads on Bexley here on FPN, is you search, there is info to be found.
As JonSzanto said though, not a timely interest, many of these pens are in the hands of collectors by now.
The new Bexley seems like a marketing operation (so far one very expensive pen in arco celluloid which looks a bit out of place to me on a Bexley...).


Does anyone know exactly who it was sold to? I noticed the new arco pens... they look a lot like ASC pens.

#15 JonSzanto

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 18:31

Does anyone know exactly who it was sold to? I noticed the new arco pens... they look a lot like ASC pens.

 

Yes, this has been written about quite a bit, I thought it was in this thread as well. Rights were sold to The Pen Family and you can see an entry for Bexley on their main page:

The Pen Family


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 19:29

It appears that The Pen Family are doing some "cross-breeding" with Bexley pens.  When I first saw this pen, I thought it looked a lot like an ASC.  

 

https://www.ebay.com...5gAAOSwKtBd3smk

 

I have a Bexley that I bought at the Denver Pen Show a few years back, and I have never been impressed with it.  It's really attractive, but the nib is just ok.  Of course, I am not a huge fan of fine nibs anyway. 


Edited by 5Cavaliers, 27 February 2020 - 19:31.

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 22:56

 
Yes, this has been written about quite a bit, I thought it was in this thread as well. Rights were sold to The Pen Family and you can see an entry for Bexley on their main page:

The Pen Family

Dont think that specific fact was mentioned yet. Thank you for informing me.

Also very interesting how they own many really respected pen companies now. Conway Stewart, Bexley, OMAS, are 3 respected and loved pen companies that pen family now owns. Molteni I dont know much about.

Edited by WLSpec, 27 February 2020 - 23:02.


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 13:29

Some of the Bexley designs were outstanding.  I don't know why the new owners would not bring them back, maybe with some new materials.  I would gladly buy a new Americana or Posidon, even though I own a couple dozen.  Bexleys have been part of my daily drivers for about 15 years now.  I have a Poseidon White Tea that has been with me on 5 continents.  It rides small (short pocket depth), handles big, and has never failed me.  Another favorite EDC is the Bexley 56 in ebonite.

...This means the new owners could produce examples of Bexley Pens earlier production if they wanted to...



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 13:42

Another favorite EDC is the Bexley 56 in ebonite.

 

Correction: That would be the 56 in celluloid, not ebonite.  Actually I do have Bexley ebonites, including a chocolate 10th Anniversary with a custom ground Binder cursive italic that I prefer for sending out greeting cards, get well cards, thank you notes.



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 13:45

We will need to wait and see what they decide to do. I agree, some of Howard's designs are definitely worth being produced again, perhaps with new materials or new color combinations.
Howard likes to design pens. He has indicated to me that is what he is interested in, not the rest of the activity.
This means that many of his past designs were not produced in high numbers as they never were aggressively sold. There was one pen that Howard sold in large numbers due to it being uniques to the market, the Multi-Max. Sales slowed down and stopped when competitors entered the market with simialer designs at a significantly lower price point.
And so we are at a unique point in the life of Bexley pens. It's progenitor is an artist free to pursue his art. We can buy some of his new production if we want for as long as he produces it, we can buy his older works and we may be able to buy examples of his older works being produced anew.





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