Fasten your seat belts. The One Man Pen Show™ provides us with a jaw-dropping look at his daily carry pens.
Note: Sarj Minhas will be the Special Guest on tomorrow’s Live Broadcast of FPtv.
I tend to have a “core” set of daily users which I almost always have with me. These are relatively modern pens which are 100% reliable and used for taking meeting notes, etc. In addition to these, I like to select a dozen or so pens which are inked up but not necessarily carried with me to the office. These are a mixture of vintage and modern pens which have interesting nibs that I can have fun writing with.
I use a variety of leather pen and cigar cases to protect my pens when I am out and about. The Piquadro and the tooled leather 3 pen case tend to get the most use. In fact, my sterling silver Legacy set lives exclusively in the hand tooled brown leather case.
The above set is from around 1998 and I have owned it from new. It lives in my laptop case and has become almost indispensible. I have a number of Legacy nib units and swap them around from time to time. The pen currently sports a broad nib which is exceptionally smooth. The ballpoint and pencil are always useful.
Parker 51 – Teal Blue Aerometric 1951 w/ Medium Nib
Super smooth, 100% reliable. This is the ideal pen for fast note taking. Everybody should have at least one Parker 51.
Sheaffer PFM III circa ~1960 – Classic Black with Gold Trim, Medium Nib
This is one of my favourites. Definitely user grade but sporting one of the smoothest medium nibs with generous flow. I love the inlaid nib and snorkel filling mechanism.
Sailor 1911 – Burgundy Ribbed Naginata Togi, HF Nib
This outstanding pen dates from around 2002. It is the perfect XF nib, ideal for writing marginalia notes.
Sailor 1911 – Sterling Silver, HM Nib
I am a big fan of sterling silver pens and this Sailor is a great writer.
These are the other pens which are currently inked and in rotation:
Left to Right:
- Waterman Man 100 – Harlequin Pattern – Medium Nib
This pen is a special edition from 1989 and is much less common than the Opera chased version of this model.
- Parker Vacumatic – Streamlined Standard in Burgundy Pearl – 1938
A scarce variant, made in Canada, this pen has a factory broad stub nib. Writes very smoothly with generous ink flow. I use it exclusively on heavy laid paper.
- Mabie Todd – Swan Leverless Model – Marbled Green/Black Celluloid – ~1940
Superb English made pen with a “twist fill” mechanism. The flexible #4 broad nib is just a joy to write with.
- Parker Vacumatic Senior Maxima – Emerald Pearl 1939
This pen has a firm and smooth medium stub nib. A true American classic, I have to have a big Vacumatic in rotation at all times.
- Wahl Eversharp – Rosewood #76 – ~1925
This is a handsome, early, large sized model with an outstanding flexible nib. It flexes from an XF to BB with very little pressure. It is currently loaded with Pelikan Brilliant Brown ink.
- Mabie Todd – “Big Blackbird” – Broad Stub Nib ~1927
Black chased hard rubber, ringed pattern – Made in England. I love the red celluloid lever on this pen. Blackbirds were an economy line from Mabie Todd but this was the senior flagship model. A rare pen which is also a superb writer.
- Classic Pens LM1 Flame Red Limited Edition – 2007
Made from diffusion bonded acrylic, this is one the best pens ever to come out of the Classic Pens stable. The nib is a superb italic broad. It will be a while before this one drops out of rotation!
- Torelli Custom Made Celluloid Plunger Filler – 2008
This pen is very special. Hand made by Brad Torelli, it has a Visconti style plunger filler, solid gold cap band and clip, and a vintage Montblanc 149 nib with ebonite feed. It is styled after a vintage Montblanc 139 and writes like a champion. Medium semi flex. Just an awesome pen !
- Omas Paragon – Saffron Celluloid – Medium Nib
I am a huge fan of Omas pens from the pre-LVMH Moët Hennessy era. This pen is piston filled. Manufactured in 1997 it has great vintage character.
- Wahl Eversharp – Deco Band, Black and Pearl Celluloid – ~1929
A true classic oversize with an outstanding flexible nib. I was test writing with it after replacing the sac and just had to put it into rotation. Love the art deco styling.
- Sheaffer Oversized Balance – Marine Green Marbled – ~1935
OS balances are a focus area in my collection. The iconic streamlined styling and bulletproof Lifetime nibs are significant features. This one has a stub nib which is probably a re-tip and writes like a champion.
- TWSBI Edson – Ruby Red – ~1998
The Edson has been TWSBI’s flagship model for many years and is still in production today. The ruby red and emerald green versions were discontinued about a decade ago. This pen has a really smooth fine nib. Always an attention grabber!