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There are many fine fountain pens being made today.  Writing quality does not always correlate with price, however, and don't forget that a skilled pensmith can do wonders, making scratchy nibs smooth and dry writers wet.  Sellers that offer such services deserve your patronage!

Brand preference is highly personal.  If you want to hear what other pen fanciers recommend, check out the chat on the various online pen forums.  While most pen magazines are good at covering new releases, in-depth critical reviews are best sought elsewhere.


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Though vintage and antique writing equipment is our main focus, we are often asked about more recent fountain pens.  At the moment, our new-pen offerings are largely limited to the assorted closeouts on our Specials page and the miscellaneous post-1975 offerings listed below.


11872: D. J. Kennedy pencil: Morrison (?) pencil with rhodium-plated sterling silver overlay from the 1930s, elaborated upon in gold and cast silver, including two snakes, a scimitar, and a mermaid; in contrast to the metal pens Kennedy sold through Neiman Marcus, pens and pencils of this kind were typically given or traded to D.J.'s friends in the pen collecting community. Unsigned, missing a cabochon.

DATE: c. 1996 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $275

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11093: Lamy Persona: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design, 18K nib; as new, but some drawer wear to the trim. Two available, nib grade stickers still on the end of the barrel, choice of medium or extra-fine (please specify).

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine or medium • $365

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11097: Lamy Persona rollerball: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design; as new, but some drawer wear, mostly to the trim.

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $200

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12350: Parker 180: prototype smooth frosted finish, appears to be aluminum, gold plated trim, Brazilian manufacture; stainless steel two-way nib, feed marked "F". Name and date engraved on barrel, pen has been inked and there are a couple of fleabites to the ends, but overall like new.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $300

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11670: Parker 180: gold-plated basketweave pattern, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $285

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12347: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 13.2 cm long, US-made cartridge-filler; "X/M" designation on 14K gold 2-way triangular nib, rare nonproduction transparent demonstrator section/collector assembly, numbered band on barrel is typical for Parker factory test models.

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $450

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7552: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, US-made, includes Aerometric-style slender convertor, 14K gold two-way triangular nib (offers two nib grades in one, with a thinner line when the nib is used inverted); new old stock with original clip tag, several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad/fine • $135

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12308: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, US-made, includes Aerometric-style slender convertor; later production with "M" designation only on stainless steel triangular nib, metal-covered overfeed; pen appears unused, but no packaging or price tags.

DATE: c. 1984 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $165

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7357: Parker 180 Guirland: gold-plated, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; new old stock, includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $350

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11549: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Woodgrain" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "F/B"; no date code.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad/fine • $250

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11547: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Lapis" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; no date code.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium/extra-fine • $275

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11548: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Jasper Red Quartz" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; "QL"date code.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium/extra-fine • $250

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11551: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Thuya" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; hallmarked triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "F"; "UI" date code.

DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine/extra-fine • $250

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11077: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball in box: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band; 13.1 cm long, clipless, designed by Emilio Pucci, takes standard Parker refills; made in USA, "QC" date code, includes leatherette sleeve.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $145

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7154: Parker 35 Flighter fiber tip: unusual model, made in France for the French market, stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 12.7 cm long; new old stock, black plastic grip section; fiber tip refills no longer available, but includes custom-made adaptor permitting use of refills taken from BIC ballpoints.

DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: mint* • $100

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10691: Parker 35 Guirland fiber tip: gold plated, one of the less common patterns, made in France, a model not originally distributed outside Europe. Condition is excellent but for two areas of plating loss at the cap rim (see detail), which appear to be a manufacturing defect rather than from wear. Fiber-tip refills no longer available, an adapter is included that permits use of refills taken from BIC ballpoints.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: VG* • $165

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10266: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.2 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in Germany, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills, condition a bit rough with bumps and tool marks at ends, mechanism works fine though a bit sticky if colored arrow not lined up precisely to vertical.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $120

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12503: Parker 51 Special: modern fantasy pen, a customized 1950s Parker fitted with new aftermarket hard rubber barrel and transparent acrylic hood; original Octanium alloy nib, polished stainless steel cap, chrome plated trim, Aerometric filler. Pitting to clip plating, otherwise excellent.

DATE: c. 2000/1959 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $250

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12502: Parker 51 Special: modern fantasy pen, a customized 1950s Parker fitted with new aftermarket hard rubber barrel, transparent acrylic hood, and pearlescent cap jewel; original Octanium alloy nib, 1960s Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, Aerometric filler.

DATE: c. 2000/1959 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $250

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12567: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL"; section with angle indicator, no "0"; includes slender metal squeeze convertor, US-made XF 14K nib.

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $225

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12423: Parker 75 Écossais: silver plated, made in France, dished ends, section with angle indicator, 14K USA-made nib with feed marked "XF"; includes metal squeeze converter. As new, though has been filled.

DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $285

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9498: Parker 75 ballpoint: burgundy plastic barrel with gold plated cap and trim, black cabochon clip button; no imprints, a known test market/prototype model.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: fine • $225

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7650: Parker 75 ballpoint manufacturing display: five pieces in sterling silver illustrating different stages of forming a cap, deep-drawing from sheet; the last stage is at final dimensions with the top hole cut, but before application of the imprints and engine turning; from Parker's Janesville factory.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $200

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12466: Parker 75 Bicentennial in box: early limited edition in pewter, with wood from Independence Hall inset into the clip screw; number 5126 of 10,000 examples made, handsome mahogany box, pen only very lightly used, some handling marks to soft pewter surface (see details), nib wrench, cartridge, and box key under pad.

DATE: 1976 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $600

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12183: Parker 75 Insignia set in box: gold plated, made in USA, dished ends, 14K nib has feed marked "M", but tip extra-fine, section with angle indicator; matching cap-actuated ballpoint. New old stock with clip tags, includes convertor and spare cartridges, 1975-dated instructions, and nib wrench.

DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $395

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11021: Parker 75 Milleraies ballpoint: silver plated, chrome plated trim, fine parallel lines pattern, made in France, "AL" date code, nice appearance but tool marks to clip button, a touch of plating pitting at the end of the arrow clip.

DATE: 1982 • CONDITION: fine • $105

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7651: Parker 75 nib display: five 14K USA production nibs in various stages of completion, to illustrate the process of manufacture; these came to us loose, but could easily be mounted and framed.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $200

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7685: Parker Classic Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel, polished chrome clip and actuator button, 13.6 cm long, made in USA, connector threads machined, not stamped, threads inside cap brass; new old stock, refills not included, part of a large hoard, see our Specials page for quantity discounts.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $15

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11083: Parker Classic Grain d'Orge ballpoint: gold plated, made in France, special order for Bank One with enamel logo on clip and engraving on cap; "IE" date code could be either 1984 or 1988. As new, but no packaging.

DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: mint • $90

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11213: Parker Classic Imperial ballpoint: grouped parallel lines pattern, marked "10K G.F. CAP & BARREL", enamel Motorola badge on clip, logo also inset in cap button; made in USA, new old stock, no packaging, minimal handling wear.

DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: near mint • $75

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11228: Parker Classic Imperial ballpoint: grouped parallel lines pattern, marked "10K G.F. CAP & BARREL", Bank One enamel badge on clip, bank name etched on side of cap; "IIE" date code, made in USA.

DATE: 1988 • CONDITION: near mint • $75

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12564: Parker Duofold International set in box: green marble, cartridge/converter (converter included), 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, made in England, notable factory italic nib came to us very scratchy, has been tuned and smoothed, now wonderfully calligraphic; pen has 1st quarter 1996 date code, matching 0.7 mm pencil has slightly later "E" date code. In original inner and outer boxes, with guarantee and instructions.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-broad italic • $795

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6567: Parker Israel's 50th Duofold Centennial: numbered limited edition of only 500 pieces, in a cherrywood box with inset bronze commemorative medal with matching number; complete with all original packaging and paperwork; we were fortunate enough to acquire a small cache of these very scarce Duofolds, including some with sequential numbers.

DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $800

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11602: Parker London Duofold in box: one of the rarest and most attractive of modern Duofolds, this Centennial-sized limited edition pen was made in a run of only 100 examples, of which 13 were kept by Parker. The remaining 87 were released at the 2007 London Pen Show. Few have come back onto the market since. The transparent laminated design is based upon a material considered by Parker in the 1930s for the Vacumatic, now known in a handful of surviving prototypes. The pen comes in an elegantly grained wood box, complete with outer box and protective shipping sleeve.

DATE: 2007 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $3000

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10949: Parker Wood Pen: rare German-made limited edition cartridge/converter filler (slender metal-bodied squeeze-filler converter included), 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, redwood cap and barrel, section band bears number 883, original sticker on back of cap. Cap is not made to post on the barrel end. Reportedly production of this pen was soon halted by Parker USA, well before the intended 2000 were made.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad semiflex • $895

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11980: Parker Wood Pen in box: rare German-made limited edition cartridge/converter filler (slender metal-bodied squeeze-filler converter included), 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, cap and barrel in briar, section band bears number 904. Cap is not made to post on the barrel end. Reportedly production of this pen was halted by Parker USA before the intended 2000 were made. This is one of the less common of the eight different woods used, and is unusual in being accompanied by the special Wood Pen box, which appears to be made from redwood.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad • $1100

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12239: Pilot cartridge-filler: black, gold plated trim, 13.5 cm long, includes converter; given as a gift by Saddam Hussein, whose photo is set into the cap top.

DATE: 1985 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $150

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9862: Reform 1745: German-made piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim, green barrel with black cap and filler knob. Pelikan-style screw-in interchangeable nib unit, two-tone plated steel nib, blue-tinted ink window. New old stock, with sticker -- several available. Please note that at this price, we cannot test and tune nibs as we do for our regular stock items: we are selling these as found, from the factory.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $20

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9829: Sheaffer Imperial pencil: sterling silver, 12.7 cm long, crosshatch pattern, gold plated trim, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead; new old stock, several available, original price stickers on back may vary from that shown in photo.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $85

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8076: Sheaffer Imperial Sovereign pencil: 14K gold filled, 12.75 cm long, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead, new old stock, original price sticker on back; several available.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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12532: Sheaffer Nostalgia: retro cartridge-filler, 13.4 cm long, black plastic with vermeil (gold plated sterling silver) filigree overlay, White Dot, smooth 14K gold nib; some shallow bumps to barrel end (see detail).

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $450

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7806: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, gold plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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7780: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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Here are some articles from our Vintage Pens FAQ that are equally applicable to modern fountain pens:

What do vintage pens offer that new pens don't?
What kind of pen is best for lefties?
Why are old pens lighter than new pens?
What about flying with my pen?
How do I care for a vintage pen?
What kind of ink should I use?
Are 18K nibs better than 14K?
What are flexible nibs all about?
What can be done about a scratchy nib?
Troubleshooting basics



While eBay can be a good source for new and recent fountain pens, watch out for low-feedback sellers offering deals that look too good to be true.  Chinese-made fakes -- especially pseudo-Montblancs -- are an ongoing problem, as are fraudsters who "borrow" pictures to offer pens that they do not even own.

Here is an article on fake Parker Sonnets and how to identify them; there has also been a recent flood of fake S.T. Dupont pens, about which you can read more here .  It pays to buy such widely-counterfeited items from an established retailer.



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