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The PENguin heads to Cuba for a winter break.


The website will be closed from January 20 through the 22nd of February.

During that time feel free to make requests and reserve pens, but we have been told that we will have very restricted access to e-mail.

Don't forget about the lovely 2015 M600 pen. We've reduced the price to $595!


Not everyone needs or wants a Toledo or M600. For everyday use, especially in the field, the Kaweco Sport is a classic. What we offer here is our broadest selection ever of vintage used and new-old-stock Sports, including some dead-rare models. So check out the Sport Page that we have created for this event. There are some great pens and some great prices.


We also have added some everyday and extra special knives to Knives section, so if pens and knives are your deal, check them out.

And note that we still have a very nice selection of pens left from our Fall arrivals. Those are listed below.

Bounty from Ohio

The Ohio Pen Show is always great fun. Buying, selling and hanging out with friends, not necessarily in that order. If you ever go to just one show, this should be it.

Just click on the images for more detail on each pen.

First up is a Montblanc 149 with silver bands, for many a “grail” pen.
Another uncommon oversize pen, the Reco 501.

An affordable vintage Montblanc.

A cooly elegant Pelikan.
A Lincoln for Christmas!
As clean a Lizard 101N as you are likely to see, and in the box.

Sometimes The Pen Gods Smile

October is past, a busy month with car and home repairs and a goodly few pen sales. Now November is upon us, the start of the holiday season and the Ohio Pen Show, my personal favorite.

October also brought a small trove of extraordinary pens. The most notable was this 1934-35 Pelikan 111T Toledo. See the listing for details, but I have seen only a tiny handful of pens at this caliber.


Equally notable are a small 18 Carat hammered gold overlay Kaweco 601 5/3,

If any are of interest act now before the Ohio show.

We are also fully stocked up for the holidays. If you are one to do holiday shopping early, we have a full range of Pelikans, of course, and a good selection of other German, American and Italian pens. Something for any pen lover (including yourself) on your list.

And, lastly, take time this Fall and through the holiday season to enjoy the real things of value in our lives, friends and family.

In 1987, having gone to the brink of extinction and being saved by Swiss bankers and Asian investors, Pelikan built its first oversized pen, based on the early postwar design of the famed Pelikan 400. The M800, as the new pen was designated, was intended to compete with the larger pens of its long-time rival, Montblanc. The new pen was a departure and, presumably, a necessary risk, for the company. The gamble paid off and over the next few years the Pelikan M800 emerged as arguably the finest pen of its era.

For those of you who want to wear your allegiance to Pelikan front and center, we are pleased to offer these belt buckles. They are cast in bronze by a leading pen collector who is also a jewellry maker. They are just under two inches in diameter and have a bracket that allows you to put them on any 1 ¼” belt. We can also offer them in sterling silver.

The brass buckles are $175.00 plus shipping and we can supply them with a belt for $205.00.

Click here to buy this item or get more info.

Purpose, Pens and Pelikans

This year marks twenty-seven years of pen collecting for me. I began with Sheaffers and Parkers and then looked to the classical "big four," of American pendom, Parker, Sheaffer, Watermans and Eversharp. In the mid-1990s, I decided to focus narrowly on Parkers. Then in 1997, I became interested in Pelikans. More recently I have added an interest in oversize German pens, modern and a few vintage Italian pens and a representative sample of the classical American greats.

Today my collection is probably smaller than it was a decade ago, but far more coherent. For more see the About Me page. If you wish to learn more about Pelikan pens please follow this link to the illustrated Pelikan History article I wrote for PenTrace. The purpose of PENguin is to offer other collectors, and anyone else who is interested, first rate, fully restored pens to add to your collection or for daily use. All pens offered here have been fully restored by me or by German craftsmen who I trust and are guaranteed to you for two years. (Please note that this guarantee is not transferrable.) I want you to be able to use or enjoy your pens as much as I do.


It’s been a while since we updated the Pen Traveler. As many of you know, we love to travel and now that we are both retired (me, sort of) we are doing much more of it including annual two month road trips throughout America. The 2016 trip took us through the South and you can find a fuller account of that trip on The PENguin Blog.

You can also enjoy a sample of images from our travels past and recent.

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