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’ve enjoyed for an extended period of time and became the focus of my accumulation, which started becoming more of a curated collection in 2019. These pens have either stood the test of time and have kept my interest, or they meet a specific need.   Listed in alphabetical order, the numbers are just so I can easily count the pens, not a ranking.

  1. Edison Huron Grande (XF): 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic (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. This is close to being a core pen.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Pilot Vanishing Point 2013 LE – Maple Wood (multiple nibs) and
  11. 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.
  12. Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Zoom) – While not a daily user for me, I love using this nib with a bright ink. And, well – green.
  13. Sailor Professional Gear King of Pen (M) – Black/Rhodium: A big, beautiful pen with a big, beautiful nib that’s a joy to use.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen Limited Edition (M) and
  17. Sheaffer Balance II – Jade Green (M) and
  18. Sheaffer Balance II – Crimson Glow (M) – All three have same nib, 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. Unfortunately, they are a bit fragile which keeps them from getting out much.
  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 or should. Unlike the core pens, I don’t exclude passing moving them into the “All the Rest” category. But for now, they’re probably worth more to me than someone else.

  1. Benu Scepter II (EF) – A June 2020 purchase. I like the design, and the uniqueness of the pen’s look is a big attraction for me. The nib, while a good writer, is comparable to other extra-fines that I have.
  2. Diplomat Aero (EF) – Orange/Black: A nice writer. Still new, but I like it more than I expected.
  3. Diplomat Aero Volute (F) – Another recent addition that I like. I sent it out to be turned into a needlepoint. Once it has a unique nib I think it will be promoted to a Core pen.
  4. Edison Menlo Pump Filler (EF) – A real pain to clean, thanks mainly to the filler tube in the pen. I do remove the nib until to flush the pen, and I hate disassembling a pen simply to clean it. But I love the look and performance.
  5. Esterbrook Estie Evergreen – This is a hanger on simply because it can handle my Esterbrook nibs. The original vintage Esterbrooks are too uncomfortable for me to use for anything more than quick notes. (Review link is for my earlier Estie which was since replaced by this one). This pen is from the Kenro era.
  6. Lamy Safari (2016 Special Edition) (M) – Dark Lilac and Lamy Safari (2017 Special Edition) (EF) – Petrol: 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Pelikan Souverän M815 Metal Striped Special Edition (F) – Very close to being a core pen, I just need to see if the shine wears off over time (not literally).
  9. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) – Black & White Koi
  10. Pilot 912 (PO) – Black w/silver trim
  11. Sailor 1911 (M Stub) – Sterling Silver: A high maintenance pen since it requires polishing. The build quality is suspect since I did have to re-attach the end of the barrel. But, I like the weight of the pen and it writes well. The nib is a factory medium with a custom stub grind done by Richard Binder at a pen show. Richard’s typical nib work has a flow that’s too generous for my taste, so I did have him dial it back a little. Even after this, not a dry writer in my opinion.
  12. Sailor 1911 Full Size Realo (MF) – A Sailor piston filler. This nib is growing on me. The Realo may become a core 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 Custom Legacy – Blue Fleck barrel made by Franklin-Christoph
  13. Sheaffer Imperial – Brushed Steel
  14. Sheaffer Legacy I – Blue Lacquer/Gold Cap
  15. Sheaffer Legacy II – Sandblasted Emperor’s Silver Pattern Chrome Plate PT
  16. Sheaffer Legacy Heritage – Coppertone GT
  17. Sheaffer PFM I – Green (see the article on blue PFM I)
  18. Sheaffer Ringtop – Jade Green
  19. Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime Vacuum Fill – Carmine Red
  20. 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. Delta Vintage – Green (terrible ink flow, needs work)
  6. Esterbrook $1 Bandless – Foliage Green
  7. Esterbrook J – Copper
  8. Esterbrook J – Dubonnet Red
  9. Esterbrook J – Fern Green
  10. Esterbrook J – Fern Green
  11. Esterbrook SJ Double Jewel – Silver
  12. Faber-Castell Basic Black – Leather
  13. Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum – Smoke
  14. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 – Vintage Green
  15. Karas Kustoms Ink – Raw Aluminum [For Sale]
  16. Kaweco AL Sport – Raw Aluminum
  17. Leonardo Officina Italiana Messenger (EF) [For Sale]
  18. Merlin 33 – Grey Marble No. 6
  19. Namiki Knight – Silver
  20. Namiki Sterling – Hawk
  21. Namisu Nexus Minimal – Black
  22. Parker 21 – Navy Blue/Silver Cap
  23. Parker Vacumatic Major, 1944 Blue Diamond – Golden Pearl (Brown Stripe)
  24. Pilot Metropolitan – Black, Zig-Zag (and others)
  25. Platinum Carbon Desk Pen
  26. Ryan Krusac The Legend – Black Walnut Burl
  27. Sailor Clear Candy – Clear w/black trim
  28. Sailor Fude 55º – Green
  29. Sailor Recycled Material Desk Pen
  30. Sheaffer VFM – Maximum Orange
  31. Signum Orione – Blue
  32. Taccia Mother of Pearl – Harmony
  33. TWSBI Classic – Burgundy (Leaks)
  34. TWSBI Go (B) – Sapphire
  35. TWSBI Go (EF) – Smoke
  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. 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. Levenger L3 – Yellow
  62. Levenger Rocket Writer – Black
  63. Levenger Sangria – Blue
  64. Libelle Epic – Bamboo
  65. Libelle Granite – Burgundy
  66. Libelle Nature Collection – Mosaic
  67. Libelle Nature Collection – Mother of Pearl
  68. Libelle Nature Collection – Tuscan Sunset
  69. Monteverde Impressa – Pearl/Blue
  70. Monteverde Regatta – Sea Green
  71. Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand
  72. Namiki Falcon – Black
  73. Namiki Sterling – Dragon [For Sale]
  74. Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Jade
  75. Noodler’s Ahab Flex – Dec 25th
  76. Noodler’s Konrad Ebonite – Methuselah’s Pine Cone
  77. Noodler’s Konrad – Irish Brigade
  78. Ohto Rook – Green (worst pen I ever owned)
  79. Omas 360 Vintage Collection – Turquoise
  80. Parker Duofold c1928 – Orange
  81. Parker Insignia Wave – Sea Green
  82. Parker Striped Duofold Senior 1945 Blue Diamond – Red/Gray Stripe
  83. Parker Vacumatic Maxima, 1939 Blue Diamond – Golden Pearl (Brown Stripe), Double Jewel
  84. Pelikan M101N Special Edition – Lizard
  85. Pelikan Piazza Navone (Saying Goodbye)
  86. Pelikan Picadilly Circus
  87. Pelikan Shanghai (Saying Goodbye)
  88. Pelikan Souveran 200 – Green
  89. Pelikan Souverän M605 – Blue w/silver trim
  90. Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite
  91. Pilot Prera – Yellow
  92. Pilot Vanishing Point – Chrome
  93. Pilot Vanishing Point – Green w/Gold Trim
  94. Pilot Vanishing Point – Gunmetal w/Black Matte Trim
  95. Pilot Vanishing Point – Matte Black “Stealth”
  96. Pilot Vanishing Point 2012 LE – Black Marble
  97. Pilot Vanishing Point 2016 LE – Guilloche
  98. Pilot Vanishing Point – Yellow
  99. Piper Prism – Red
  100. Platinum #3776 Century – Bourgogne (Burgundy) (Saying Goodbye)
  101. Platinum #3776 Century – Chartres Blue (Saying Goodbye)
  102. Platinum #3776 Century – Sonji
  103. Platinum #3776 Ribbed (UEF)
  104. Platinum Plaisir – Green
  105. Platinum Plaisir – Red
  106. Platinum Plaisir – Silver
  107. Platinum Plaisir – Gunmetal
  108. Retro 51 Double Eight – Green
  109. Retro 51 Tornado Lincoln EXT – Copper
  110. Rotring 600 – Lava
  111. Sailor 1911 – Black
  112. Sailor 1911 – Blue
  113. Sailor 1911 – Burgundy
  114. Sailor 1911M – Yellow
  115. Sailor Professional Gear – Imperial Black
  116. Sheaffer 300 – Metallic Grey
  117. Sheaffer Crest – Nova Red
  118. Sheaffer PFM I – Blue
  119. Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga – Burgundy
  120. Sheaffer Targa – Green Marble
  121. Sheaffer Intensity – Carbon Fiber
  122. Stipula Model T – Green
  123. Taccia Staccato – Black
  124. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Amber
  125. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Demonstrator
  126. TWSBI Diamond 540 – Smoke
  127. Visconti Brunelleschi
  128. Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age
  129. Waterman Carene Deluxe – Silver Plate
  130. Waterman Charleston – Citrine Yellow
  131. Waterman Edson – Blue (Saying Goodbye)
  132. 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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      • So cool a collection.
        If you started 10 years ago then you average 11.4 pens per year ! Way more than mine.

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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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