Vintage Parkers For Sale

As much as I like the celluloid used on these vintage Vacumatics, I haven’t been using the pens, so I’ll be keeping my favorite and passing the rest along to more appreciative homes.

There’s no boxes or paperwork included.

Shipping in the U.S. is $7.90 (small flat rate box) for as many pens as will fit in the box unless otherwise noted. Payment is via PayPal Goods & Services and ships only to addresses in the PayPal payment. Sorry, no international shipping for these pens. U.S. based forwarding services are OK as long as the U.S. address is in your PayPal payment.

Prices are firm, although multiple pen purchases won’t increase shipping costs as long as they fit in the box. Plus I’ll take 5% off the pen prices if you buy two or more at one time.

Writing samples for Parkers up for sale

 

Parker 1939 Blue Diamond Vacumatic Maxima, Golden Pearl w/Gold Trim (14kt gold Fine nib)Celluloid varies, very worn in spots, vibrant in others. Gold trim. This was restored in 2013 and has seen little use since then. $90 plus shipping. (SOLD)

Parker 1944 Blue Diamond Vacumatic Major, Golden Pearl w/Gold Trim (14kt gold XXF nib) – Celluloid is in excellent condition with good transparency and no ambering. This was restored in 2013 and has seen little use since then. $90 plus shipping.

Parker 1945 Striped Duofold Senior, Red/Gray Striped w/Gold Trim (14kt gold V-Design nib)Good transparency although there is some ambling visible when held to the light. This was restored in 2013 and has seen little use since then. $150 plus shipping. (SOLD)

The following pen leaks and is sold “as-is”:

Parker 1928/1929 Duofold Senior, Duofold Orange w/Gold Trim. Dual Bands w/Flat Top (14kt gold fine nib)PEN LEAKS – sold as-is. The pen does take in ink and will write, but the ink leaks from around the nib making it messy and unusable. $90 plus shipping. (SOLD)

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Saying Goodbye: Deep Cuts

Five Sheaffer fountain pens being soldIt’s time to get back to work thinning my accumulation. Once I got rolling earlier this year, it was pretty easy to let go of the pens. While I did pull one back after listing it (the Pelikan M101N Lizard) I have no regrets or sellers remorse for any of the other pens that left my accumulation. It’s time to go deeper and get rid of pens that were part of two “protected” groups: Sheaffer fountain pens and vintage fountain pens.

I protected the vintage pens for two reasons. The biggest reason was that I expect them to be harder to price and sell than my modern pens. I told myself that the main reason was that I like the idea of the fountain pens as a bit of history, even if I don’t use them. While that’s true, I only have a tiny part of history, and I’d rather have pens I will use. The good news (for me at least) is that I have very few vintage fountain pens with features that would keep me from using them, such as being too thin. The bad news, again for me, is that I did, and still do, have some gorgeous Sheaffers that are just too thin for me to use comfortably for anything other than a quick note. Most of these are already sold.

The intersection of those two groups, vintage Sheaffers are still mostly protected although a couple being sold qualify as vintage. My birthday is how I define vintage. I’m not vintage, therefore a pen born on the same day (or later) is not vintage, but a pen made the day before I was born is vintage. Sheaffer PFM I fountain pens straddle the vintage/not-vintage line, although from what I’ve in some research is that most were made before I was.

I picked five Sheaffer fountain pens to rip off the band-aid and return some Sheaffers to the wild. The picks are:

  • A PFM I in blue was a natural choice. I have two PFM I fountain pens with the same nib and writing characteristics. I’m keeping the green one.
  • Both my Sheaffer Crests with Laque finishes (one red, one green). These are gorgeous pens despite having gold trim. They’re too thin for me to use for any length of time. It’s tough getting old.
  • A Sheaffer Targa with a green Lague finish. Like the Crests it’s gorgeous, has a lovely nib, and is too thin for me to use comfortably.
  • The fifth pick is a Sheaffer Snorkel. Like the Crests and the Targa it’s too thin for my use, and even lighter than the others which makes it even worse for me.

The pens with the Laque finishes are the real test for me. The pens are gorgeous, as beautiful as my Balance II’s and much more durable. Plus they have lovely nibs.

For the non-Sheaffer vintage pens, it was much easier to choose. Rather than picking ones to sell, I picked the ones to keep. More specifically, I picked three to keep. I’ll keep two Esterbrooks. The Esterbrook $1 Band-less pen was my first Esterbrook, while a dark blue Esterbrook J was my first Esterbrook restoration. Both are too thin and light for extended use by me but have a certain sentimental value. While I’ll be using my Esterbrook nibs in modern pens I do want to keep a couple of official vintage Esterbrooks around for testing, so it might as well be these.

The third vintage keeper will a Parker Blue Diamond Maxima with Silver Pearl celluloid and nickel trim. I love the celluloid on these pens and prefer the aesthetic of this model over the others that I have.

I’m hoping to spend some time listing more pens to sell later this week. I’m in the frame of mind to take a hard look to determine which pens I really like and will enjoy using. It’s time to start making some deep cuts, and the five Sheaffers were the beginning.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 18, 2019

A trio of vintage vacumaticsOne of these links has an expiration date, and I had a few minutes, so unexpected Trail Logs on consecutive Sundays.

In another surprise (at least to me) I inked up three vintage pens, all Parker Vacumatics, and I’ve been using them the last few days. Once I verify how well they are working I’ll probably put them up for sale since they haven’t been used in years. I did pick another one to keep.

I’ll also mention here, to give readers advanced notice, that my broken Sheaffer Balance Oversize Lifetime (Marine Green) is for sale. The pen is broken as shown here. The celluloid is still gorgeous, but the nib isn’t suited for me so I’m ambivalent about finding a replacement cap or paying to get it fixed (if even possible) despite the beautiful celluloid. I won’t be able to grab new photos until late in the week, but it hasn’t changed since that post. It’s a custom stub nib, and I’m looking for $75 OBO plus $7.90 US shipping. It’s broken, so as-is.

I also added re-sacing two other Balance Oversize pens to my todo list. One is ready for the new sac, the other still needs to be opened up and I’m hoping a new sac will fix it. With my recent moving i’ve been unable to find some of my repair supplies, so I ordered the essentials (shellac, talc, sacs) from Anderson Pens and will hopefully get to it this week. Naturally, the supplies will re-appear when I’m looking for something else.

Links

Unbranded MHR Lever Filler – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Are Fountain Pens Really Better? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

My Personal Hall of Fame: Favorite Stationery Products in Every Category — The Gentleman Stationer

Traveler’s Notebook Stamp Caravan and TN Meet-Up – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Fountain Pens & Inks – Universe (Airtable) // Via Pen Addict Member Newsletter (Refill) // It’s coincidental that this showed up in the newsletter the day after I played around with Airtable to create a inventory of my fountain pens. There was also a link to an ink inventory/community site, but you’ll need the membership to see that one.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 11, 2019

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe posted on eagle pen standWell now, it’s been nearly a month since my last Trail Log post. You may have seen some (or all) these links since some date back a few weeks.

My own fountain pens got consistent, although low use. The Vanishing Point with a XXXF nib went dry and I immediately popped in a new Pilot Black cartridge. My Fisher of Pens Hermes went dry about two weeks ago and then sat waiting to be cleaned. I gave it a quick flush to remove any dried ink and loaded a Peliken Edelstein Aventurine cartridge. The remaining water makes the first bits of ink a little thin. Lastly, I added the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe to my rotation (pictured above). I loaded it with a Sailor Blue-Black ink cartridge. It has an extra fine nib.

My Newton Eastman and Pelikan M805 Stresemann went dry and were put back in storage after cleaning.

Rounding out my currently inked pens are:
* A Kaweco Brass Sport (EF) with Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox.
* A Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand (Oblique Medium) with Montblanc Bordeaux.
* A Sailor Pro Gear KOP (M) with R & K Blau-Schwarz LE.

I’m continuing to thin my accumulation. I’m going through and trying to pick a small group of core pens. Of course, “small” should probably be “smaller”. I’m not sure how many people would consider 30 to be small. I hope to have more pens listed for sale soon.

Links

How to Buy Your First Vintage Fountain Pen – Writing at Large

Pens and Stationery for Traveling: My Travel Kit in 2019 — The Gentleman Stationer

Going equipped (inside my EDC bag) | UK fountain pens

My Italian fountain pen line-up. | Fountain pen blog

Francis THEO: Fountain Pen Ink & Wash

Life Stationery Factory and Warehouse – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Traveler II // Muji x Traveler’s Notebook DIY – Weirdoforest Pens

2019 Travelers Notebook Review: Part 1. — The Finer Point

State of the collection: August 2019 | UK fountain pens

Visiting Pilot Pens Fountain Pen Factory in Hiratsuka – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

A personal journey with the Montblanc Agatha Christie Writer’s Edition | UK fountain pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: A Pen Is A Pen

DC Pen Show 2019 Recap | The Looped Square

Montblanc Inks, Part 1 — Mountain of Ink

Recapping the 2019 D.C. Pen Show: It’s Still The Big Show! — The Gentleman Stationer

Lamy eBay Confusion

I know there’s been some talk of counterfeit Lamy Safaris, but I never paid too much attention. I tend to buy new pens from authorized or at least well-known retailers, so I didn’t have any reason to look deeper. I figured there couldn’t be a big market for counterfeits of a low-cost pen. (Low-cost knock-offs are another story, I’m talking about pens that claim to be Lamy.) Two unrelated events happened one-day last week which triggered a two hour time sink into (what must be) counterfeit Lamy’s on eBay.

The first was a review of my remaining accumulation to see if there were any other pens I can sell-off. I came across my two remaining Lamy Salaries, a Petrol along with a Dark Lilac. I made a mental note that one of them could go. It would probably be the Petrol, but there wasn’t any rush. An hour or two later, I came across a Reddit post of someone wanting to buy a Lamy Petrol. So, as usual, I started by looking for recent eBay sales. The Petrol was a 2017 Special Edition. While not limited by numbers, it had a limited manufacturing timespan and the authorized retailers sold out long ago. So I didn’t expect to find many recent sales.

I was utterly wrong.

Lami Safari Petrol (EF) with Blue Ink Cartridge

Lamy Safari Petrol 2017 Special Edition

Let me digress a bit and define my two Lamy pens. The “Lamy Safari Petrol, released in 2017, is a distinctive teal color. The “Lamy Safari Dark Lilac” was released in 2016 and is a purple color. All the authorized retailers I’ve seen have called the pens by their quoted names. Ok, back on track.

A search for “Lamy Safari Petrol” on eBay resulted in a mess. There were 55 listings, 54 of which were for new pens. Many of the listings were for multiple pens. There were all variations on the name, such as “Lamy Safari Petrol Blue,” “Lamy Safari Petrol Purple,” and even one “Lamy Safari Petrol Black.” Most (maybe all, I didn’t check every listing) sellers of the new models were in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China. Many were priced at one-third the price that the pen cost from an authorized Lamy dealer back in 2017.

Recently completed sales did include a couple used pens that seemed legitimate and sold for twice the cost of recent “new” sales.

I did find a couple “safari petrol” listings that avoided all mention of Lamy and didn’t say Lamy on the pen barrel. So those sellers probably met the letter of the eBay law by not misrepresenting anything in the listing. They even used a lower case “s” for Safari. They were called limited editions, but that’s not a lie since there’s a finite number made at any one time. So I’d consider these knock-off trying to pass as Lamy. But, the rest all clearly claimed to be real Lamy pens. I’m not an expert on Lamy, so while it’s possible they were all legit (and a couple did seem legitimate), I find it impossible to believe that many were not counterfeit.

Like I said, I was wrong. There’s a significant market in counterfeit Lamy Safari pens. While I only looked at eBay, there are claims that Amazon has a similar problem.

Some people may be happy buying a look-alike pen at a lower price and may know what their gettings. Plus, I’m sure it harder to sell legitimate models, either used or new old stock at a reasonable (i.e., profitable) price. If I do decide to sell either of my Lamy Safari pens, I doubt I would list them on eBay.

###Additional Reading

My Experience With a Counterfeit Lamy Safari – The Desk of Lori

How to Spot a Knock-Off Lamy Safari – Goldspot Pens