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) – With a Mark Bacas left oblique nib.
  2. Diplomat Aero (F) – Green: This is Diplomat’s 14k gold nib. A nice writer. 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 (F) – Maraschino Cherry (Palladium trim)
  5. Esterbrook Oversize Estie (Journaler) – Seaglass (Palladium trim)
  6. Esterbrook Oversize Estie (Scribe) – Scarlett (Palladium trim)
  7. 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.
  8. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic v2 (EF) – Gemstone. This is the second Model 02 design in an acrylic I really love.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. Lamy Safari (O.M.) – I have one 14k oblique medium and one 14k oblique fine nibs, along with a steel needlepoint nib for Lamy pens (except the 2000). Whichever Lamy they are on gets elevated to core pen status.
  12. 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.
  13. Pilot 912 (PO) – Black w/silver trim
  14. Pilot Elite Stainless Steel Lined Pocket Pen – Fine
  15. 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.
  16. Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Zoom) – While not a daily user for me, I love using this nib with a bright ink. And, well – green.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen Limited Edition (M) – I love everything about this pen.
  20. 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.


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. Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) – Vintage Web Green: Another long/tall pen, which makes it look thinner than it is.
  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. 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.
  5. TWSBI Go (Predator Extreme) – Smoke. Nib grind by Mark Bacas.
  6. TWSBI Swipe (EF) – Purchased more for curiosity than anything else, but proving to be a nice pen.
  7. TWSBI Swipe (EF) – Prussian Blue

Sheaffer Collection

I use the term collection loosely. There’s no real theme, beyond being 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
  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 new sac?)
  10. Sheaffer Craftsman Tip-Dip – Pastel Green
  11. Sheaffer Imperial – Brushed Steel
  12. Sheaffer Legacy I – Blue Lacquer/Gold Cap
  13. Sheaffer Legacy II – Sandblasted Emperor’s Silver Pattern Chrome Plate PT
  14. Sheaffer Legacy Heritage – Coppertone GT
  15. Sheaffer PFM I – Green (see the article on blue PFM I)
  16. Sheaffer Ringtop – Jade Green
  17. Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime Vacuum Fill – Carmine Red
  18. 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. Caran d Ache Dunas – Shiny Red
  2. Conway Stewart Marlborough Vintage – Woodgrain (Needs Repair)
  3. Cross ATX – Chrome
  4. Cross Bailey
  5. Esterbrook $1 Bandless – Foliage Green
  6. Esterbrook J – Copper
  7. Esterbrook J – Dubonnet Red
  8. Esterbrook J – Fern Green
  9. Esterbrook J – Fern Green
  10. Esterbrook SJ Double Jewel – Silver
  11. Faber-Castell Basic Black – Leather
  12. Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum – Smoke
  13. 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
  14. Karas Kustoms Ink v1 – Raw Aluminum
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Merlin 33 – Grey Marble No. 6
  18. Namiki Knight – Silver
  19. Namisu Nexus Minimal – Black
  20. Parker 21 – Navy Blue/Silver Cap
  21. Parker Vacumatic Major, 1944 Blue Diamond – Golden Pearl (Brown Stripe)
  22. 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.
  23. Pilot Metropolitan – Black, Zig-Zag (and others)
  24. Pilot Vanishing Point 2013 LE – Maple Wood (multiple nibs) : While I like the wooden Vanishing Points, the Cherry Bamboo gets all my attention.
  25. Platinum Carbon Desk Pen
  26. 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.
  27. Ryan Krusac The Legend – Black Walnut Burl
  28. Sailor Clear Candy – Clear w/black trim
  29. Sailor Fude 55º – Green
  30. Sheaffer Balance II – Crimson Glow (M)
  31. Sheaffer VFM – Maximum Orange
  32. Signum Orione – Blue (cosmetically poor condition)
  33. Taccia Mother of Pearl – Harmony
  34. TWSBI Classic – Burgundy (Leaks)
  35. TWSBI Go (EF) – Sapphire (Ink burping issue)
  36. TWSBI Micarta
  37. 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. Benu Scepter II (EF)
  6. Bexley 2007 Owners Club – Amber
  7. Bexley 2007 Owners Club – Mahogany
  8. Bexley America the Beautiful – black
  9. Bexley Imperial – Red/Black
  10. Bexley Intrepid – Mandarin Yellow
  11. Bexley Poseidon Magnum – Duofold Red
  12. 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.
  13. Caran d Ache Geneve – Brown Marble
  14. Caran d Ache Ivanhoe – Metallic
  15. Conklin Crescent Filler LE – Demonstrator w/Black Trim
  16. Conklin Ohio – Blue
  17. Conklin Ohio – Peach
  18. Conway Stewart FPH 60th Anniversary – Brown Marble
  19. Cross Apogee – Chrome
  20. Cross Verve – Merlot
  21. Delta Vintage – Green (terrible ink flow, needs work)
  22. Diplomat Aero (EF) – Orange/Black
  23. Edison Collier – Antique Marble
  24. Edison Pearl 2012 LEE #8 – Black/Beige Swirl
  25. Edison Herald – Amber Tortoise
  26. Edison Extended Mina 2015 LE #23
  27. Edison Nouveau Encore LE (LE #07) – Flecked Tortoise
  28. Edison Nouveau Premiere LE (LE #69) – Cherry Cordial
  29. Esterbrook Dip-Less – Red/Black: with a #7550 nib
  30. Esterbrook Estie Evergreen
  31. Esterbrook Estie – Tortoise
  32. Esterbrook SJ Double Jewel – Dubonnet Red
  33. Faber-Castell E-Motion Rhombus – White
  34. Fountain Pen Revolution Dilli – Green
  35. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic (2nd gen) – Amber-Orange & Cinnamaroon
  36. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic (2nd gen) – Smoke & Ice
  37. Franklin-Christoph Model 19 “1901” – Black w/King’s Gold band (Saying Goodbye)
  38. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 – Tiger Red (Saying Goodbye)
  39. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 – Vintage Green
  40. Franklin-Christoph Model 25 Eclipse – Black
  41. Franklin-Christoph Model 29 Bellus – Black/Red (Saying Goodbye)
  42. Franklin-Christoph Model 40 Pocket – Smoke & Ice
  43. Gate City Pen New Postal Senior – Ruby/Black
  44. Gate City Pen New Dunn Pen – Tattler
  45. Gate City Pen The Belmont – Claret Stone
  46. Gate City Pen The Belmont – Galapagos
  47. KarasKustoms Ink – Gold 
  48. KarasKustoms Ink – Silver
  49. KarasKustoms Ink – Green
  50. KarasKustoms Ink – Orange
  51. Kaweco AC Sport Carbon – Red
  52. Kaweco AL Sport – Stonewashed Black (Saying Goodbye)
  53. Kaweco Allrounder – Black
  54. Kaweco Student – White
  55. Kaweco Classic Sport – Clear
  56. KarasKustoms Ink – Red
  57. Lamy 2000 (F)
  58. Lamy AL-Star – Green
  59. Lamy AL-Star – Ruby Red
  60. Lamy Safari – Apple Green
  61. Lamy Safari – Black
  62. Lamy Safari – Dark Blue
  63. Lamy Safari – Dark Lilac
  64. Lamy Safari – Green
  65. Lamy Safari – Mango
  66. Lamy Safari – Petrol
  67. Lamy Safari – Sky Blue w/red clip
  68. Lamy Safari Vista – Clear
  69. Lamy Safari – Yellow
  70. Lamy Safari USA Independence Day (M)
  71. Leonardo Officina Italiana Messenger (EF)
  72. Leonard Italiana Officina Momento Zero Blue Green Rhodium (M)
  73. Levenger L3 – Yellow
  74. Levenger Rocket Writer – Black
  75. Levenger Sangria – Blue
  76. Libelle Epic – Bamboo
  77. Libelle Granite – Burgundy
  78. Libelle Nature Collection – Mosaic
  79. Libelle Nature Collection – Mother of Pearl
  80. Libelle Nature Collection – Tuscan Sunset
  81. Monteverde Impressa – Pearl/Blue
  82. Monteverde Regatta – Sea Green
  83. Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand
  84. Namiki Falcon – Black
  85. Namiki Sterling – Dragon
  86. Namiki Sterling – Hawk
  87. Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Jade
  88. Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Dec 25th
  89. Noodler’s Konrad Ebonite – Methuselah’s Pine Cone
  90. Noodler’s Konrad – Irish Brigade
  91. Ohto Rook – Green (worst pen I ever owned)
  92. Omas 360 Vintage Collection – Turquoise
  93. Parker Duofold c1928 – Orange
  94. Parker Insignia Wave – Sea Green
  95. Parker Striped Duofold Senior 1945 Blue Diamond – Red/Gray Stripe
  96. Parker Vacumatic Maxima, 1939 Blue Diamond – Golden Pearl (Brown Stripe), Double Jewel
  97. Pelikan M101N Special Edition – Lizard
  98. Pelikan Piazza Navone (Saying Goodbye)
  99. Pelikan Picadilly Circus
  100. Pelikan Shanghai (Saying Goodbye)
  101. Pelikan Souveran 200 – Green
  102. Pelikan Souverän M605 – Blue w/silver trim
  103. Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite
  104. Pelikan Souverän M815 Metal Striped Special Edition (F)
  105. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) – Black & White Koi
  106. Pilot Prera – Yellow
  107. Pilot Vanishing Point – Chrome
  108. Pilot Vanishing Point – Green w/Gold Trim
  109. Pilot Vanishing Point – Gunmetal w/Black Matte Trim
  110. Pilot Vanishing Point – Matte Black “Stealth”
  111. Pilot Vanishing Point 2012 LE – Black Marble
  112. Pilot Vanishing Point 2016 LE – Guilloche
  113. Pilot Vanishing Point – Yellow
  114. Piper Prism – Red
  115. Platinum #3776 Century – Bourgogne (Burgundy) (Saying Goodbye)
  116. Platinum #3776 Century – Chartres Blue (Saying Goodbye)
  117. Platinum #3776 Century – Sonji
  118. Platinum #3776 Ribbed (UEF)
  119. Platinum Plaisir – Green
  120. Platinum Plaisir – Red
  121. Platinum Plaisir – Silver
  122. Platinum Plaisir – Gunmetal
  123. Retro 51 Double Eight – Green
  124. Retro 51 Tornado Lincoln EXT – Copper
  125. Rotring 600 – Lava
  126. Sailor 1911 – Black
  127. Sailor 1911 – Blue
  128. Sailor 1911 – Burgundy
  129. Sailor 1911 (M Stub)
  130. Sailor 1911M – Yellow
  131. Sailor 1911 Full Size Realo
  132. Sailor Professional Gear King of Pen (M) – Black/Rhodium
  133. Sailor Recycled Material Desk Pen
  134. Sailor Professional Gear – Imperial Black
  135. Sailor Pro Gear British Racing Green (Goldspot Exclusive) (MF)
  136. Sheaffer 300 – Metallic Grey
  137. Sheaffer Balance II – Jade Green (M)
  138. Sheaffer Crest – Nova Green (See Nova Red review)
  139. Sheaffer Crest – Nova Red
  140. Sheaffer PFM I – Blue
  141. Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga – Burgundy
  142. Sheaffer Targa – Green Marble
  143. Sheaffer Intensity – Carbon Fiber
  144. Stipula Model T – Green
  145. Taccia Staccato – Black
  146. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Amber
  147. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Demonstrator
  148. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Smoke
  149. Visconti Brunelleschi
  150. Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age
  151. Waterman Carene Deluxe – Silver Plate
  152. Waterman Charleston – Citrine Yellow
  153. Waterman Edson – Blue (Saying Goodbye)
  154. Waterman Liaison Cobra
  155. ystudio Classic Deskpen

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.

    • 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.


      • So cool a collection.
        If you started 10 years ago then you average 11.4 pens per year ! Way more than mine.

  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.


    Adrian Rees

    • 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.


  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!


    • 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,

    • 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,

      • 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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