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For many of us, 2017 has been a challenging year, as natural disasters in California and the West, Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas have been compounded by what some of us see as an unprecedented attack on American institutions and values. At times concern with pens has, to me at least, seemed trivial. And pen sales this year, despite a booming economy, have been modest, at best. We seem, and rightfully so, distracted.

Frankly, at times pens seem beside the point, so to speak. But sometimes a thoughtful gift, to yourself or someone you love can help, and to add hope this year we are pledging 15% of our profits for the holiday season to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

At The Penguin, 2017 has also been a year of waiting, as we have missed any number of deadlines to roll out a newly designed website. Many of you know that the site was first designed by my daughter, Anna, around 2001. Since then it has gone through several updates done by her and former webmaster Liz Ziemba.

Last year Anna decided that we need a complete overhaul including both new architecture and design. At the same time, however, she was asked to assume direction of the campus of the coding bootcamp, Coding Dojo, where she was teaching. So she has, quite rightly, been thrown off schedule. We are now promised the new site by the beginning of 2018, a deadline in which I have confidence. We’ll be announcing.

All of this is a long introduction to The Penguin’s 2017 Holiday Bazaar. We have quite a few interesting pens available and since we have not been able to update the site for the last few months bear with me as I list them.

May as well start with a couple of our most interesting acquisition at the recent Ohio Pen Show, a 1937 Pelikan 100 with a most uncommon blue binde and a pair of Parker Senior Duofolds in red permanite.


Also, for Hannukah, don’t miss out on the opportunity to surprise someone, maybe yourself, with the 1998 Delta 50th Anniversary Israel Pen.

We continue to have a number of Pelikan 101N pens in lizard and tortoise. And a very nice Pelikan M700 Toledo.


Finally, if you want to get really splashy we have one of the cleanest Montblanc Silver Band 149s that I have ever seen.

All of this is in addition to our usual range of vintage Pelikans from the 1930s to the 1990s, 100s, 100Ns, 400s . And speaking of that we have a couple of first year Pelikan M800s with 14 K nibs. What a fine gift that would be!

Don’t forget that we also have Kaweco Sports both used and new old stock and the new old stock 187s, 189s including a gray candy stripe 187. For more on those, check out the blog and even the website.

And remember that we’re not only about German pens, we have a fine selection of Parkers (51s, 75s and a pair of early Duofold Centenials), including a spectacular Parker 75 Regency (or Rainbow) set.

We also have Aurora 88s, several Sheaffer Targas and a whole array of other very giftable pens. And if you’re not sure, we are also offering our usual personal shopper service.

And, finally, let me wish you all that you wish for yourselves in the coming year. Health, happiness, hope.

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.

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