My Pen Accumulation

These are the pens I’ve accumulated. I’ve linked the pen name to my review if it exists. If there’s no review yet, and I do have a “This Just In” or “Ink & Pen Notes” post about why I added the pen then I’ve linked to that. I also have a page for my Esterbrook nibs.

Core Pens

These are pens I reach for the most, and I miss when they aren’t inked up. Listed in alphabetical order, the numbers are just so I can easily count the pens, not a ranking.

  1. Diplomat Aero Volute (Fine L. Oblique) – Another recent addition that I like. I sent it to Mark Bacas to be turned into a left oblique nib. This moved it into the core pen category.
  2. Diplomat Aero (F) – Green: This is Diplomat’s 14k gold nib. A nice writer. It’s too new to be called a core pen, but it may end up there. I love the color.
  3. Edison Huron Grande (EF): Flecked Red/White/Blue: My first custom pen. Large, relatively light and holds a gallon (not literally, of course) of ink when eyedropper filled. Frequently in my Fav 5 listing.
  4. Esterbrook Oversize Estie (Journaler) – I just got this (Oct.8th), so I may be premature  putting it as a core pen. But I love it and don’t see that changing. Will the new pen glow wear off? This pen is from the Kenro era.
  5. Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) – Vintage Web Green: Another long/tall pen, which makes it look thinner than it is. This one has a clip, unlike the Huron Grande and Model 66.
  6. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic v1 (Needlepoint) – Solid Emerald: This is the original Model 02 design. I just really like the pen, especially the acrylic. I tried other Model 02 pens and they never measured up.
  7. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic v2 (EF) – Gemstone. This is the second Model 02 design in an acrylic I really love.
  8. Kaweco Brass Sport (EF:) Raw Brass: My choice for a pocket pen. Other pocket pens have moved on (except the aluminum sibling that I keep as a spare).
  9. Kanilea Kona Cherry (EF) – Absolutely stunning acrylic. The pen took some time to break in (or I did). But now its taken a permanent place in my pen case filled with Montblanc Bordeaux. Well, as permanent as it can be, using an out-of-production ink.
  10. Lamy Safari (O.M.) – I have two 14k oblique medium nibs for Lamy pens (except the 2000). Whichever Lamy they are on gets elevated to core pen status.
  11. Newton Pens Eastman – Clear Acrylic (vintage Esterbrook nibs): A custom pen by Shawn Newton that can use my vintage Esterbrook nibs, A large pen comfortable enough for me to use all day, unlike the thin vintage Esterbrooks.
  12. Pilot Custom 823 (F) – Amber: I’m not a fan of the aesthetics of this pen, but it’s such a great, comfortable writer that I ignore its looks.
  13. Pilot Vanishing Point – Cherry Bamboo (multiple nibs): I like the wooden VPs over the metal bodies Both pens get equal billing, especially since I’ll move the nib unit between barrels.
  14. Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Zoom) – While not a daily user for me, I love using this nib with a bright ink. And, well – green.
  15. Sailor King of Pen (OM) – Royal Tangerine: I like the KOP writing experience. The bright orange makes me smile. The oblique medium nib is my favorite nib for just sitting down and writing. Instant core pen.
  16. Sailor Professional Gear Regency Stripe (H-EF): This brings some silver bling to my core pens. I generally like laid-back pen designs, nothing too flashy. The Regency Stripe breaks that rule with its reflective, silver body. I love the thin, extra-fine nib.
  17. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen Limited Edition (M) – I love everything about this pen.
  18. Sheaffer Custom Legacy – Blue Fleck barrel made by Franklin-Christoph : The Blade Turk nib grind by Marc Bacas moved this one into the core pen category.
  19. ystudio Classic Desk Pen – Copper – A permanent fixture on my home desk. Functional and good looking. Quick to pick up and use for a quick note, while comfortable for longer writing sessions. And finally, a non-fountain pen joins my core pens…
  20. Esterbrook Dip-Less – Red/Black: Usually with a #7550 nib. A dip pen made my core pens list. It usually lives on my work desk, in an inkwell filled with Sheaffer Red ink. But with office visits curtailed I haven’t refilled it, although I can still admire it on my desk when I do go into the office.

Hangers-On

These are pens I do like. But either they’re too new to be objective about, or I don’t like (or use) them as much as I think I should.

  1. Edison Menlo Pump Filler (EF) – A real pain to clean, thanks mainly to the filler tube in the pen. I do remove the nib to flush the pen, and I hate disassembling a pen simply to clean it. But I love the look and performance.
  2. Lamy 2000 (O.M.) – I like Oblique nibs, but the Lamy 2000 is a pen that I can’t love. Hooded (or semi-hooded) nibs just aren’t for me. I rotate the pen much more when I can’t see a nice big nib. But, I just can’t bring myself to sell off this classic pen.
  3. Lamy Safari Dark Lilac (2016 Special Edition) – I like Safaris so will probably always have one or two (or AL-Stars). I have a collection of Safari nibs in various sizes so I can swap them.
  4. Lamy Safari Petrol (2017 Special Edition)
  5. Lamy Safari USA Independence Day (M) (For Sale)
  6. Parker Vacumatic Maxima, 1942 Blue Diamond – Silver Pearl – I’ve always liked the look of these vintage Vacumatics. I decided to keep the one that fits with my aesthetic, lots of silver.
  7. Pelikan Souverän M815 Metal Striped Special Edition (F)(For Sale)
  8. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) – Black & White Koi (For Sale)
  9. Pilot 912 (PO) – Black w/silver trim
  10. Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith Lincoln (1.1mm Stub) : I love the look of the pen, although stub nibs aren’t a common choice for me. (For Sale)
  11. Sailor 1911 Full Size Realo (MF) – A Sailor piston filler. This nib is growing on me. The Realo may become a core pen.
  12. TWSBI Go (Predator Extreme) – Smoke. Nib grind by Mark Bacas.
  13. TWSBI Swipe (EF) – Purchased more for curiosity than anything else, but proving to be a nice pen.

Sheaffer Collection

I use the term collection loosely. There’s no real theme, beyond be Sheaffer, among these pens. Despite my tendency to be a completest I have no desire to collect a entire model or any other collection theme. But, unlike my other pens these can stick around simply because I like Sheaffers and they don’t need to be used regularly to earn their place.

  1. Sheaffer Balance Full Size Vacu-Fill – Carmine Red Striated
  2. Sheaffer Balance Full Size Vacu-Fill – Golden Brown Striated
  3. Sheaffer Balance Junior lever fill – Pearl & Black
  4. Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Full Size – Black
  5. Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Oversize – Grey Pearl Striated (Needs re-sacing)
  6. Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Oversize c.1935 – Marine Green (Broken, likely unrepairable – would need a new cap)
  7. Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Oversize c.1935 – Marine Green
  8. Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Oversize c.1935 – Grey Marble
  9. Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Oversize c.1935 – Gray Pearl/Red Veins (Needs re-sacing)
  10. Sheaffer Craftsman Tip-Dip – Pastel Green
  11. Sheaffer Crest – Nova Green (See Nova Red review)
  12. Sheaffer Imperial – Brushed Steel
  13. Sheaffer Legacy I – Blue Lacquer/Gold Cap
  14. Sheaffer Legacy II – Sandblasted Emperor’s Silver Pattern Chrome Plate PT
  15. Sheaffer Legacy Heritage – Coppertone GT
  16. Sheaffer PFM I – Green (see the article on blue PFM I)
  17. Sheaffer Ringtop – Jade Green
  18. Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime Vacuum Fill – Carmine Red
  19. Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel Deluxe – Green Striped

All The Rest

These are the pens I’ve accumulated over time but almost never use. Some need repair but I don’t like them enough to pay for the repair, they may eventually become practice pens if my skills improve.

  1. Benu Scepter II (EF) (For Sale)
  2. Diplomat Aero (EF) – Orange/Black: A nice writer. But I like the Volute better, and I have other EF nibs that are just as good. (For Sale)
  3. Caran d Ache Dunas – Shiny Red
  4. Conway Stewart Marlborough Vintage – Woodgrain (Needs Repair)
  5. Cross ATX – Chrome
  6. Cross Bailey
  7. Delta Vintage – Green (terrible ink flow, needs work)
  8. Esterbrook $1 Bandless – Foliage Green
  9. Esterbrook Estie Evergreen – The original vintage Esterbrooks are too uncomfortable for me to use for anything more than quick notes, so I got this (along with the MV adapter) to handle my Esterbrook nibs. I’ve since move on the the Oversize version of these pens. (Review link is for my earlier Estie which was since replaced by this one). This pen is from the Kenro era. (For Sale)
  10. Esterbrook J – Copper
  11. Esterbrook J – Dubonnet Red
  12. Esterbrook J – Fern Green
  13. Esterbrook J – Fern Green
  14. Esterbrook SJ Double Jewel – Silver
  15. Faber-Castell Basic Black – Leather
  16. Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum – Smoke
  17. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 – Vintage Green (For Sale)
  18. Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Desk Pen (EF): Black: Smaller than the Huron Grande, but still a large clipless desk pen. You can have the ice and antique glass acrylics, I’ll stick with the basic, elegant black. This pen went 18 flawless months without cleaning (just refills) paired with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink (For Sale)
  19. Karas Kustoms Ink v1 – Raw Aluminum (For Sale)
  20. Kaweco AL Sport – Raw Aluminum : It’s pretty banged up from traveling in the same pocket as my keys. Since that affects the resale value, I keep it as a spare in the event I lose its Brass sibling. It hasn’t been used in over two years.
  21. Leonard Italiana Officina Momento Zero Blue Green Rhodium (M) – (for sale)
  22. Merlin 33 – Grey Marble No. 6
  23. Namiki Knight – Silver
  24. Namisu Nexus Minimal – Black
  25. Parker 21 – Navy Blue/Silver Cap
  26. Parker Vacumatic Major, 1944 Blue Diamond – Golden Pearl (Brown Stripe)
  27. Pilot Metropolitan – Black, Zig-Zag (and others)
  28. Pilot Vanishing Point 2013 LE – Maple Wood (multiple nibs) : While I like the wooden Vanishing Points, the Cherry Bamboo gets all my attention.
  29. Platinum Carbon Desk Pen
  30. Ryan Krusac The Legend – Black Walnut Burl
  31. Sailor Clear Candy – Clear w/black trim
  32. Sailor Fude 55º – Green
  33. Sailor Professional Gear King of Pen (M) – Black/Rhodium (For Sale)
  34. Sailor Recycled Material Desk Pen
  35. Sheaffer Balance II – Jade Green (M) (For Sale) and
  36. Sheaffer Balance II – Crimson Glow (M) – (For Sale) Both have the same nib, along with the Balance II Aspen core pen, which I love and is more a fine than it’s official designation of medium. The Aspen is my favorite pen and the other two are close behind. But too similar to keep all three.
  37. Sheaffer VFM – Maximum Orange
  38. Signum Orione – Blue
  39. Taccia Mother of Pearl – Harmony
  40. TWSBI Classic – Burgundy (Leaks)
  41. TWSBI Go (EF) – Sapphire (Ink burping issue)
  42. TWSBI Micarta
  43. TWSBI Vac 700

Formerly Owned Pens

If I wrote about why I sold the pen it’s linked with “Saying Goodbye”

  1. Aurora Optima Nero Perla
  2. Benu Briolette (EF) – Secret Garden
  3. Benu Grand Scepter X (F)
  4. Benu Minima  – Mystical Green
  5. Bexley 2007 Owners Club – Amber
  6. Bexley 2007 Owners Club – Mahogany
  7. Bexley America the Beautiful – black
  8. Bexley Imperial – Red/Black
  9. Bexley Intrepid – Mandarin Yellow
  10. Bexley Poseidon Magnum – Duofold Red
  11. Bexley Submariner – Orange : Early in my days accumulating pens this was a clear favorite and I always carried it. Is has the distinction of being the only pen I lost. Clearly lost, not stolen. I couldn’t find a replacement and eventually stopped looking.
  12. Caran d Ache Geneve – Brown Marble
  13. Caran d Ache Ivanhoe – Metallic
  14. Conklin Crescent Filler LE – Demonstrator w/Black Trim
  15. Conklin Ohio – Blue
  16. Conklin Ohio – Peach
  17. Conway Stewart FPH 60th Anniversary – Brown Marble
  18. Cross Apogee – Chrome
  19. Cross Verve – Merlot
  20. Edison Collier – Antique Marble
  21. Edison Pearl 2012 LEE #8 – Black/Beige Swirl
  22. Edison Herald – Amber Tortoise
  23. Edison Extended Mina 2015 LE #23
  24. Edison Nouveau Encore LE (LE #07) – Flecked Tortoise
  25. Edison Nouveau Premiere LE (LE #69) – Cherry Cordial
  26. Esterbrook Estie – Tortoise
  27. Esterbrook SJ Double Jewel – Dubonnet Red
  28. Faber-Castell E-Motion Rhombus – White
  29. Fountain Pen Revolution Dilli – Green
  30. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic (2nd gen) – Amber-Orange & Cinnamaroon
  31. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic (2nd gen) – Smoke & Ice
  32. Franklin-Christoph Model 19 “1901” – Black w/King’s Gold band (Saying Goodbye)
  33. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 – Tiger Red (Saying Goodbye)
  34. Franklin-Christoph Model 25 Eclipse – Black
  35. Franklin-Christoph Model 29 Bellus – Black/Red (Saying Goodbye)
  36. Franklin-Christoph Model 40 Pocket – Smoke & Ice
  37. Gate City Pen New Postal Senior – Ruby/Black
  38. Gate City Pen New Dunn Pen – Tattler
  39. Gate City Pen The Belmont – Claret Stone
  40. Gate City Pen The Belmont – Galapagos
  41. KarasKustoms Ink – Gold 
  42. KarasKustoms Ink – Silver
  43. KarasKustoms Ink – Green
  44. KarasKustoms Ink – Orange
  45. Kaweco AC Sport Carbon – Red
  46. Kaweco AL Sport – Stonewashed Black (Saying Goodbye)
  47. Kaweco Allrounder – Black
  48. Kaweco Student – White
  49. Kaweco Classic Sport – Clear
  50. KarasKustoms Ink – Red
  51. Lamy 2000 (F)
  52. Lamy AL-Star – Green
  53. Lamy AL-Star – Ruby Red
  54. Lamy Safari – Black
  55. Lamy Safari – Dark Blue
  56. Lamy Safari – Green
  57. Lamy Safari (2012 Special Edition) – Apple Green
  58. Lamy Safari – Sky Blue w/red clip
  59. Lamy Safari Vista – Clear
  60. Lamy Safari – Yellow
  61. Leonardo Officina Italiana Messenger (EF)
  62. Levenger L3 – Yellow
  63. Levenger Rocket Writer – Black
  64. Levenger Sangria – Blue
  65. Libelle Epic – Bamboo
  66. Libelle Granite – Burgundy
  67. Libelle Nature Collection – Mosaic
  68. Libelle Nature Collection – Mother of Pearl
  69. Libelle Nature Collection – Tuscan Sunset
  70. Monteverde Impressa – Pearl/Blue
  71. Monteverde Regatta – Sea Green
  72. Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand
  73. Namiki Falcon – Black
  74. Namiki Sterling – Dragon
  75. Namiki Sterling – Hawk
  76. Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Jade
  77. Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Dec 25th
  78. Noodler’s Konrad Ebonite – Methuselah’s Pine Cone
  79. Noodler’s Konrad – Irish Brigade
  80. Ohto Rook – Green (worst pen I ever owned)
  81. Omas 360 Vintage Collection – Turquoise
  82. Parker Duofold c1928 – Orange
  83. Parker Insignia Wave – Sea Green
  84. Parker Striped Duofold Senior 1945 Blue Diamond – Red/Gray Stripe
  85. Parker Vacumatic Maxima, 1939 Blue Diamond – Golden Pearl (Brown Stripe), Double Jewel
  86. Pelikan M101N Special Edition – Lizard
  87. Pelikan Piazza Navone (Saying Goodbye)
  88. Pelikan Picadilly Circus
  89. Pelikan Shanghai (Saying Goodbye)
  90. Pelikan Souveran 200 – Green
  91. Pelikan Souverän M605 – Blue w/silver trim
  92. Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite
  93. Pilot Prera – Yellow
  94. Pilot Vanishing Point – Chrome
  95. Pilot Vanishing Point – Green w/Gold Trim
  96. Pilot Vanishing Point – Gunmetal w/Black Matte Trim
  97. Pilot Vanishing Point – Matte Black “Stealth”
  98. Pilot Vanishing Point 2012 LE – Black Marble
  99. Pilot Vanishing Point 2016 LE – Guilloche
  100. Pilot Vanishing Point – Yellow
  101. Piper Prism – Red
  102. Platinum #3776 Century – Bourgogne (Burgundy) (Saying Goodbye)
  103. Platinum #3776 Century – Chartres Blue (Saying Goodbye)
  104. Platinum #3776 Century – Sonji
  105. Platinum #3776 Ribbed (UEF)
  106. Platinum Plaisir – Green
  107. Platinum Plaisir – Red
  108. Platinum Plaisir – Silver
  109. Platinum Plaisir – Gunmetal
  110. Retro 51 Double Eight – Green
  111. Retro 51 Tornado Lincoln EXT – Copper
  112. Rotring 600 – Lava
  113. Sailor 1911 – Black
  114. Sailor 1911 – Blue
  115. Sailor 1911 – Burgundy
  116. Sailor 1911 (M Stub)
  117. Sailor 1911M – Yellow
  118. Sailor Professional Gear – Imperial Black
  119. Sheaffer 300 – Metallic Grey
  120. Sheaffer Crest – Nova Red
  121. Sheaffer PFM I – Blue
  122. Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga – Burgundy
  123. Sheaffer Targa – Green Marble
  124. Sheaffer Intensity – Carbon Fiber
  125. Stipula Model T – Green
  126. Taccia Staccato – Black
  127. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Amber
  128. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Demonstrator
  129. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Smoke
  130. Visconti Brunelleschi
  131. Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age
  132. Waterman Carene Deluxe – Silver Plate
  133. Waterman Charleston – Citrine Yellow
  134. Waterman Edson – Blue (Saying Goodbye)
  135. Waterman Liaison Cobra

13 thoughts on “My Pen Accumulation”

    • I started a little over ten years ago although “just after the turn of the century” sounds better. There was a break in the middle where I didn’t get to many new ones, just one or to a year. Then things picked up at the same time I started this site.

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    • Hi Erin. Thanks. No, no Montblanc. I like the classic look of the 149 but not the price. I also like the Hitchcock LE but that is way beyond my price range.

      Ray

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  1. Hi

    A great collection.

    Have you looked at Nakaya pens? The urushi finishes are amazing. I got one recently and its is the most beautiful pen I have and writes so smoothly.

    Regards

    Adrian Rees

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    • Adrian, I’ve only seen one Nakaya in person and it was a gorgeous as the pictures, more so actually. They’re definitely on my radar but at their price I want to see the finish and try the pen model before I buy. Plus, I’m paralyzed by the choices 🙂 I am jealous of your Nakaya. Congratulations.

      Ray

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  2. Thanks Ray.

    I know what you mean about choices; I only have a dozen or so pens and every time I look I see more that I like!

    Adrian

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    • Hi Ashokdad,
      I haven’t been all that excited with the Omas 360. Doesn’t mean I can’t review it but it does mean I haven’t used it enough to review. I’ll put it in the queue to ink up and do a review in August (or so).

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

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    • Hi JD, Well, three of them is a bit much. They are a good size and comfortable for me to write with. The Smoke is a pain to clean which keeps me from inking it up. (It is c/c but I don’t like seeing the converter or cartridge in it so I eyedropper it.) It’s probably the one I’ll get rid of eventually. I have the orange (actually called amber) inked up now and like it a lot, both in looks and performance. It’s translucent so I can see the cartridge inside if I look but it bothers me less than a silver converter and is less visible than the mostly clear smoke model. I imagine it might also be hard to clean as an eyedropper since the inside is rough for the frosted look. I’ve never used it as a eyedropper for that reason. Physically they’ve all held up well. Personally, I like the uniqueness of the tapered barrel.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

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      • Thanks, Ray. I appreciate your detailing your response! The amber is a very interesting look. Quite intriguing. I’m thinking about getting the plain ol’ Emerald, my favorite F-C acrylic.

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