2013 The Pen Year in Review

As I mentioned in last years Pen Year in Review It was a good year, and not to be outdone, 2013 was an even better year yet, partly due to traveling to all 14 US pen shows this year.  Here are some of my favorite pens from this year.

Lamy 2000

Lamy 2000

Bought in Philadelphia in January, this 2000 has an OB nib. I love it. Lightweight and feels great in the hand.

Esterbrook Dip-Less "Bill Signer"

Esterbrook Dip-Less “Bill Signer”

My first Esterbrook Bill Signer pen.  This one in the original box with the slip indicating which bill it was used for.  If you look close at the nib you can even see the ink still on from when it was dipped.

Wirt Eyedropper

Wirt Eyedropper

One of many very cool Wirt Eyedroppers I acquired in 2013.  I like this one because of the interesting gold filled barrel bands.

Wirt

Wirt

Speaking of Wirt, what is not to like about a MHR eyedropper?  This one has an overfeed.

John Holland Tapercap

John Holland Tapercap

After getting a John Holland saddle filler for Christmas 2012, this one really excited me.  A taper cap with an overfeed.  Cool chasing pattern on it too.

Sheaffer Legacy Open

Sheaffer Legacy Open

If there are two things I like they are Sheaffer Legacy I pens and Stub nibs.  This one has the factory stub, and has been in my pen case since I got it in March.

Aikin Lambert Safety Open

Aikin Lambert Safety Open

After looking for quite a while for an Aikin Lambert safety, I found two in two months.  This was a little worse for wear, but still hard to find these in any condition!

Montegrappa Open

Montegrappa Open

Definitely one of my better finds of the year, This Sterling Silver Montegrappa 300 with 18kt two tone Broad nib is in my pen case as well.  It needed a trip back to Italy to fix a cap issue, but came back as good as new.

Moore Inktab

Moore Inktab

My first Moore Inktab safety filer.  Missing the glass insert, but I wasn’t going to pass it up waiting for one in complete condition.

Conklin 23

Conklin 23

Nothing particular spectacular about this pen other than the chasing pattern is continued on the cap band.  Nice touch!

Hicks Sackett Eyedropper Fountain Pen Showing Long Feed

Hicks Sackett Eyedropper Fountain Pen Showing Long Feed

One for the “and now for something completely different” category, a Hicks Sackett eyedropper pen with very flexible nib.

Wirt Tapercap From 2013 New England Pen Show

Wirt Tapercap From 2013 New England Pen Show

Never, never pass up a Wirt taper cap with two gold filled bands, oh and with an overfeed too.  🙂

Relief 7

Relief 7

I’ve been looking for one of these for probably 12 years.  Now I have one.  I have only seen maybe three or four of these in that time.  A Relief 7 piston filler.

Franklin-Christoph 02

Franklin-Christoph 02

This was a collaboration between Franklin-Christoph and us.  I love the blue, and the threads were moved to the end of the section starting with this pen.  Another, always-in-my-pen-case pen.

Edison Anderson 2013 LE Bulb Filler

Edison Anderson 2013 LE Bulb Filler

While we’re at it, another collaboration that started the year off was the Edison Anderson LE Bulb Filler.  Love these pens!

2013 LA Pens

Pens From the 2013 LA Pen Show

LA was a good show, and every pen was fantastic, from the Esterbrook Clergy pen to my first Aikin Lambert Safety, the Salz #8 sized eyedropper and the Waterman 14 sleeve filler.

Edison RHR Pen

Edison RHR Pen

My birthday was a good one this year, Lisa gifting me this red hard rubber Edison lever filler with fantastic imprint which she bought in Philadelphia.

Sterling Sheaffer Ringtop

Hand Engraved Sterling Sheaffer Ringtop

Sterling Sheaffer Ringtop

Sterling Sheaffer Ringtop

Dallas this year brought two lovely sterling silver Sheaffer overlay ringtops.  Hard to pass up these two near perfect examples , especially, the smooth overlay with no dings to the metal.

MHR Grieshaber

MHR Grieshaber

Detroit brought me this lovely mottled hard rubber Grieshaber with a #8 nib.  I just couldn’t resist, and a trade made it happen.

Grieshaber Overlay

Grieshaber Overlay

Grieshaber Lever Filler

Grieshaber Lever Filler

Also from Detroit, but hidden in a special cubby by Lisa for a couple of months, these two Grieshaber pens were a gift for our dating anniversary.  Lovely examples, and the small overlay is a hard one to find.

MHR Wirt #3

MHR Wirt #3

MHR Wirt #2

MHR Wirt #2

Columbus brought me two more Wirt pens this year, these both mottled hard rubber pens with fantastic coloring, the #3 with rich streaks of red hard rubber, and the #2 a darker pen with lots of black hard rubber in the mix.

Esterbrook $1.50 pen

Esterbrook $1.50 pen

Columbus also brought this pen to the table, a $1.50 Esterbrook in grey with red flecks and the original paper label in silver!

Aikin Safety

Aikin Safety

Because finding one Aikin Lambert Safety isn’t hard enough Columbus brought my fourth Safety of the year, this time, a ovely chased example with gold filled derby.

John Holland Eyedropper

John Holland Eyedropper

Also considered part of my Christmas present, this spectacular John Holland Eyedropper, has a possible large replacement #8 sized dip pen nib in it, but this guy is old, so that nib, if a replacement (but perhaps a transition piece based on the look of the feed) has been in this pen a Loooooong time.

Montblanc 149

Montblanc 149

The pen I started out the year looking for finally found me in December.  The legendary Montblanc 149.  And like the pen I borrowed in LA show for the weekend, with a Broad nib.

Lisa grabbed a couple of nice pens this year too, among them:

S.T. Dupont

S.T. Dupont

This one is just stunning and has that satisfying “click” that Lisa loves so.

Pilot Prera

Pilot Prera

A solid color Pilot Prera, we got a second color in ivory too, but it eluded the camera.

Aurora Sole

Aurora Sole

In the quest to get the four Aurora (75th anniversary, Mare, Sole, and Primavera), we managed to snag this Sole.  Now just to find the Primavera at a decent price and then we can start working on the other marbled colors!

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

The Happy couple, A tall Sheaffer display piece that now graces our store. (Click on the image for a larger view)

John Holland Photo

John Holland Photo

A very special picture for us, this John Holland photograph (autographed by the photographer) dated 1908, originally hung in the Presidents office in the John Holland Factory.  Abe Schwartz got this from the factory and carried this from pen show to pen show for many years unsuccessfully trying to sell it.  Bert Heiserman eventually purchased the picture from him and it hung in his store until his passing.  Now it graces our store.  Lisa calls him “The Dead Guy”, and occasionally customers will ask, “Who’s the dead guy?”  (Click on the image for a larger view)

Christmas Pens in Ocean Flake

Christmas Pens in Ocean Flake

For Christmas, we bought each other a custom Edison in our Ocean Flake Acrylic.  A stunning pair don’t you think?

So, this was just a sampling of pens we acquired in 2013.  What did you get in 2013?

Cheers!
Brian & Lisa

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