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Notes V: Wearever Pens

March 20th, 2012 David Kahn Inc. in Bergen, NJ., was the world’s largest manufacturer of pens for many years, up until probably the mid-1950s or early 1960s.  His brands, including “Supreme,”  “Wear-ever,” Wearever,” “Treasure” and “Pioneer” (plus others) had two … Continue reading

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Notes IV: Filling Mechanisms

Filling Mechanisms: There are a wide variety of mechanisms that have been used—are still used—to draw ink into the fountain pen.  Some are: Dip pens had no reservoirs, and had to be dipped constantly to refill the nib with ink.  … Continue reading

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Notes III: Pen Maintenance

Pen Maintenance:  Most pens need only minimal maintenance to stay “healthy.”  They need a place where they are not likely to be jostled or dropped, preferably away from sunlight. If not used for some time, flush the ink out of … Continue reading

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Notes II: Valuing Vintage Pens

March 24th, 2012   When considering a buy, some things to consider: Condition counts.  The closer a pen is to its original state, the more it’s worth. Rarity. Other things being equal, a rare pen or rare color sells for … Continue reading

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Notes I: Collecting Pens

April 1st, 2012 COLLECTING PENS Collecting vintage pens: After 30 years of collecting pens—I started in 1968–I found out that I had been doing everything wrong:  I bought on the basis of price, not on whether the pen wrote well, … Continue reading

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Caveat emptor

October 1st, 2015 Caveat emptor–Let the buyer beware–when it comes to pens, especially vintage pens, has a number of implications.  Many online descriptions are not 100% accurate, as they are often written by people with limited knowledge.  For example, the … Continue reading

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We’re back up online!

Thank you for your patience fine customers as we’ve been updating our website.  Keep your eyes open for more changes to come.

27. September 2016 by davidsilber
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