Other Pen Brands

Here follows a sampling of pens from my collection that aren't from one of the brands that I devote a separate page to. This list is sorted roughly by year, with older pens first.

Eclipse unknown gold-filled pen

Eclipse unknown model 1920s-1930s, 14k Warranted gold nib, gold-filled brass?, lever fill

I don't know what model of pen this is, but this Eclipse is very reminiscent of the metal Wahl pens. It is gold-filled metal throughout except for the section and inner cap and even has the same checkerboard-like engraving.

Morrison, unknown model, 3-leaf clover overlay

Morrison unknown overlay 1920s-1930s, gold-plated steel "Durable" nib, 1/40 14k gold filled metal over black hard rubber, lever fill

I don't know much about this model, but it has a lovely 3-leaf clover design in the overlay. I think this must have had a clip at some point as there are two obvious rivet holes for a clip mounting, but either the clip was never installed or it was removed cleanly.

Wearever, unknown model, red woodgrain

Wearever unknown model circa 1930s?, 14k gold-plated nib, celluloid?, lever fill

Wearever was one of the largest manufacturers but made only low-end pens. The construction is usually pretty good, but the nibs are usually crap. Very few people actually collect Wearevers, so there is a shortage of quality documentation despite the easy availability of their pens.

Wearever, unknown model, autumn flake

Wearever DeLuxe? circa late 1930s?, iridium tipped steel nib, celluloid, lever fill

This is one of Wearever's nicer models. The shape is similar to one I saw in an ad for their DeLuxe, but the nib and other minor details are wrong, so I am not sure what this is. The style of the pen itself is a fairly blatant copy of the Waterman Patrician.

unknown model, black

Venus President? circa 1947?, Veri Smooth Medium gold plated steel nib, plastic, lever fill

The physical form of this pen is very close to pictures from period advertisements for the President model, but the President was usually marketed with a 14k gold nib, so this might be something else. The nib in this pen looks original.

Wearever, unknown model, blue/steel

Wearever unknown model circa 1945-1955, steel nib, plastic with steel overlay cap, lever fill

This one is a fairly blatant clone of a Waterman Taperite Citation. I'm not sure what Wearever's name for it was.

Wearever, Free Pen, black Wearever, Free Pen, blue Wearever, Free Pen, green Wearever, Free Pen, red

Wearever "Free Pen" late 1950s or early 1960s, steel nib, plastic and steel, cartridge

I am not sure exactly what the model name is for this pen; it resembles the Wearever Pioneer but the semi-hooded nib is different. It is quite possible that this has no official name. This particular pen was usually sold on blister cards with a dozen cartridges with the words "Free Pen" in large type (buy a dozen cartridges, get the pen free, I suppose); however, this is not the only type of pen Wearever has sold with the free pen promotion.

Wearever, unknown cartridge pen

Weavever, unknown cartridge pen late 1950s or early 1960s, steel nib, plastic and steel, cartridge

It resembles a Pennant, but has a different cap. Among the nifty features in this very cheap pen is Wearever's C-Flow feed (shown at an angle in the picture), which is a feed made of transparent plastic. The theory is that when you start running low on ink, the feed shows less ink available, and that gives you some warning. I am told that this did not work very well in practice, and is probably rather pointless in a cartridge pen when you can just unscrew the barrel to see how much is left in the cartridge. By the time you can see it in the feed, you're probably already noticing it from all the skipping and hard starts...

Wearever unknown cartridge pen, blue

Wearever unknown cartridge pen late 1950s or early 1960s, steel nib, plastic and steel, cartridge

This pen is similar to the previous one. The cap this time would be correct for a Pioneer, but the body has a traditional open nib. It is very similar to the previous one, but does not have the clear feed. Anyone know what this is?

Wearever Supreme, Red GT

Wearever Supreme 1950-1962, steel nib, plastic/metal, lever fill

The 1950s vintage Wearever Supreme is their classic cheapie pen and sold for only 29 cents. Most are made in plastic with chromw trim, but this particular example is the much rarer gold-plated version.

Conway Stewart 75, black CT

Conway Stewart 75 1952-?, 14k gold nib, plastic, lever fill

A cute little English pen. I believe all finishes for the 75 have chrome trim.

Conway Stewart 70, black CT

Conway Stewart 70 ?-1968, 14k gold nib, plastic, lever fill

The CS70 is supposed to be identical to the CS75 but marked for the export market. It is pretty clearly the same body, identical except for the imprint, but the nib is different. I wonder what the story is there?

Scripto, unknown cartridge pen, black Scripto, unknown cartridge pen, blue Scripto, unknown cartridge pen, green Scripto, unknown cartridge pen, red with lined cap

Scripto unknown cartridge pen 1950s or 1960s, steel nib, plastic and chrome, cartridge

Yep, Scripto is still in business making cheap ballpoints. Back in the 1960s (or maybe as early as the 1950s) they also made cheap fountain pens for the school market. I have no idea what this model was formally called. Note that while the last pen (the red one) shown is clearly of the same model/series, the cap has engraved lines on it instead of being plain.

Scripto, unknown aerometric filler, red

Scripto, unknown aerometric pen 1950s or 1960s, steel nib, plastic and steel, aerometric fill

Don't know much about this one, but the cap is rather heavier and more substantial than their cartridge pens.

Platinum unknown model

Platinum unknown model 1980s?, 14k gold nib, plastic and steel, cartridge/converter

I don't know what model this is, but all of the big three Japanese companies (Pilot, Platinum, Sailor) made tons of these from the late 1970s until maybe sometime in the 1990s or 2000s. These "short-long" pens are very short capped, but the very long cap posts at the very end of the barrel and makes it full-sized when posted. In the picture, the barrel ends almost immediately after the point where the cap goes on.

unknown model

Cross unknown model circa mid 1980s, gold plated steel nib?, lacquer over brass, cartridge/converter

I am not sure what this is. The profile matches that of the Century Classic ballpoints and pencils, and it is much too slender to be a Century II fountain pen. It is most likely the fountain pen version of the Century Classic, but Cross hasn't made anything like that in ages. Does anyone have documentation to support this?

Pilot, unknown model

Pilot unknown model circa 1980s?, gold-plated steel nib, lacquer over brass, aerometric

I have little information about this very small and rather adorable pen.

Senator Windsor, black

Senator Windsor circa late 1990s, gold-plated steel nib, plastic, piston fill

Senator is a German company that made inexpensive pens. Most of their current line appears to be for the corporate promotional market.

Reflections, unknown model

Reflections unknown model 1990-2000?, gold-plated steel Schmidt nib, lacquer over brass, cartridge/converter

Things Remembered is a shopping mall chain of gift shops that sell engraveable products, and Reflections is their store-brand pen.

Inoxcrom 2002, blue

Inoxcrom 2002 circa late 1990s, steel nib, enamel over brass, cartridge/converter

Inoxcrom is from Spain.

Solo, black

Cross Solo circa late 1990s, gold-plated steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

The Solo and variants (Sport, Radiance) formed Cross's low end around the turn of the millenium.

Retro 51 200, silver steel

Retro 51 200 circa 2000, gold-plated steel nib, steel over brass?, cartridge/converter

The Retro 51 brand makes, well, retro-inspired things, including pens.

Cross Solo Sport, green

Cross Solo Sport circa 2001, gold-plated steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

This is the more downscale (or sportier) version of the Solo/Radiance, with all plastic construction (even the clip).

Reform Bremen, black

Reform Bremen circa late 1990s, gold-plated steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

Reform was a German company that produced inexpensive pens. Not hard to find, but I am not sure they are in business anymore.

Genius Pastel, blue
Genius Pastel, green
Genius Pastel, lavender
Genius Pastel, pink

Genius unknown model circa 2000s, "Iridium Point Germany" steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

Genius is a Taiwanese company than manufactures low to midrange pens. Many of their pens incorporate the elephant trunk motif into the clip. The pens pictured above are made from a semi-translucent plastic and are very lightweight.

Unknown blue IPG pen

Unknown 1990s-2000s?, gold-plated "Iridium Point Germany" nib, lacquer over brass, cartridge/converter

This is a fairly generic pen of unknown (possibly Asian?) manufacture.

Safari, grey

Lamy Safari 2000s, steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

A common starter pen, this plastic pen is one of the more rugged pens on the market.

Inoxcrom Oxford, black herringbone

Inoxcrom Oxford 2000s, gold-plated steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

A very lightweight and somewhat cheap-feeling pen done up to look like (from a distance) an old-style black chased hard rubber pen. Cute, except that the chased herringbone pattern is printed on the barrel in white ink rather than engraved and looks rather cheap up close. The cap has what I presume to be the model name; it says "Inoxcrom Mod. Oxford"

Pilot Knight, silver

Pilot Knight 2000s, steel nib, brushed steel over brass, cartridge/converter

This is Pilot/Namiki's entry-level fine pen, a hefty metal thing. You can sometimes find these at office supply stores.

616, black Hero
616, green Hero 616,

Hero 616 circa 1990s-2000s?, steel nib, plastic/metal, aerometric fill

Quite obviously "inspired" by the Parker 51, the Hero 616 is Hero's low-end Parker 51 lookalike. It bears a very strong resemblance to an aerometric 51, but the overall level of fit and finish is much lower (the cap metal is thinner and might not be stainless steel, there are sharp leftover bits from injection molding, and the filler is very cheap and flimsy). Still, they are perfectly serviceable school pens and at a distance of a couple feet or more are virtually indistinguishable from a real Parker 51. They are very inexpensive; I purchased a 10-pack of them in 2009 for US$11, $10 of which was shipping from Hong Kong, which makes them on a per-pen basis about 1/500 the price of a vintage Parker 51 Special and roughly the same ballpark as the disposable Bic...

Unknown Chinese Art Pen

Unknown Chinese pen circa ??, gold-plated steel art nib, plastic, aerometric fill?

I don't know much about the pen, but the nib is a variable-width art nib.

Omas Milord (old style), black GT

Omas Milord (old style) 2002-2004, 18k gold nib, resin, cartridge (ACS)

The Milord is the smaller version of the Paragon. Both the Milord and the Paragon underwent extreme design changed around 2004. The older versions are smaller and feature a Greek Key pattern all over the faceted bodies. Some old-style Milords use the "Advanced Cartridge System" which is basically a rear-loading tray that holds two cartridges. Far more trouble than it is worth, in my opinion, and it precludes the use of a converter.

Lanbo, unknown model

Lanbo unknown model circa 2004, steel nib, lacquer over brass

This little pen contains an unusual device that "flosses" the nib, for whatever bizarre purpose.

Cross Aventura, black

Cross Aventura 2006-2008, steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

The Aventura is a more unusual Cross pen; you won't find it on their website or sold in pen shops. It is made specifically for the corporate promotional market (you can find it at the Cross B2B site) and is generally not available for individual sale, although some office supply retailers have brought some in. This particular example has no logo. The line was introduced around 2006; this particular pen was made in 2008 or earlier, but as of 2009 Cross is still happily making the Aventura for corporate accounts.

It has a sharply angled cap and barrel end (when viewed from the side) and while clearly not an expensive pen (the chrome plated section feels a bit cheap) it is quite a bit better than your typical logoed corporate freebie. I believe these are made in China.

Duke Beijing Olympics 2008 Commemorative

Duke Beijing Olympics 2008 Commemorative circa 2004, 14k gold nib, metal plate over brass, aerometric

A very elaborate pen issued by Duke in China commemorating the award of the 2008 Olympics to Beijing. Note that the logo on the pen is the used while Beijing was bidding for the Olympics; this is different from the final logo. Duke is one of China's top pen makers and tends to produce more elaborate pens than other Chinese companies like Hero.

Platinum Cranes and Mt Fuji maki-e

Platinum Cranes and Mt Fuji Maki-e 2004, 18k gold nib, maki-e lacquer over resin, cartridge/converter

Platinum is one of the "big three" Japanese pen companies (the others being Pilot/Namiki and Sailor). Maki-e pens are hand painted urushi lacquer with gold, abalone, and other materials. They are very expensive (from a few hundred to multiple thousands) due to the extensive hand finishing required for each pen, and as such are more like art pieces than pens. This particular model is Asian market only, released 2004, and signed by the artist on the reverse.

Art Alternatives Calligraphy Pen

Art Alternatives Calligraphy Pen 2005-2006, gold plated steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

A typical art store calligraphy fountain pen. Functional, but with very cheap fittings and finish. Looks similar to the Osmiroid kits.

Aurora Optima, Red Marble

Aurora Optima c.2006, 18k nib, celluloid, piston

One of Aurora of Italy's nicer pens, with a piston mechanism.

1911M, Red
Sailor 1911M, Yellow

Sailor 1911M c.2006, 14k gold nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

The 1911M is the mid-size version of the 1911 series from Sailor of Japan.

Levenger True Writer Flourish, cranberry

Levenger True Writer Flourish Sept 2007, gold-plated steel nib, cartridge/converter

Levenger, a seller of pretentious "tools for serious readers" has its own pen line, featuring the True Writer. Vaguely Esterbrook-inspired (down to the interchangeable nibs), it comes in a huge number of finishes that are changed every few months.

78G, red

Pilot 78G c.1990s-2000s, gold-plated steel nib, plastic, aerometric

One of Pilot's basic inexpensive pens (the cap bands are painted on instead of being plated metal, for instance).

Sailor Hi-Ace, stainless steel

Sailor Hi-Ace c.2000s, gold-plated steel nib, steel, cartridge/converter

This cute little pen is not commonly sen in the United States and does not always appear in English-language catalogs.

Sailor Hi-Ace, plastic/steel

Sailor Hi-Ace c.2000s, gold-plated steel nib, plastic/steel, cartridge/converter

This is probably the more common version of the Hi-Ace, with a plastic body and metal cap.

Platinum Riviere PTR-200, white

Platinum Riviere PTR-200 c.2000s, steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

These cheap pens were made by Platinum (in a Chinese factory) for Daiso, a 100-yen shop (the Japanese equivalent of dollar stores). Note that the Riviere name is also used for a much nicer Platinum pen; this is the cheapie one labeled PTR-200 (indicating a retail price point around 200 yen)

Daiso cartridge pen, red

Daiso, unknown cartridge pen c.2000s, steel nib, plastic, cartridge/converter

Daiso (the Japanese dollar store) has these little fountain pens made under their own brand. No idea who the manufacturer is, but they take knockoff Sailor-compatible cartridges (the cartridges themselves have molding flash and are not finished to the same quality as actual Sailor cartridges, but they are compatible). I don't know that this pen was even given the dignity of a name; the katakana on the packaging (as near as I can make out) says just "cartridge pen."

Unknown snake pen, gold plated

Unknown Snake Pen c.2000s, gold-plated steel nib, brass, cartridge/converter

This pen is much to cumbersome and unwieldly to actually use, but as a cheap decorative piece it isn't bad. I do not know who makes it, but the box has a "Taiwan" sticker, so it could be Genius.

Jinhao Olympic Torch, bronze

Jinhao Olympic Torch c.2008, gold-plated steel nib, cartridge/converter

With the popularity of the Beijing 2008 Olympics came a whole bunch of commemorative tchotchkes from China's workshops. This pen from Jinhao is made to look like the Olympic Torch and is much cheaper-looking up close than it is at a distance.