Just For Fun…

I am in the fortunate position of handling a great many pens – hundreds every year in fact. I take pleasure in most of them with the result that I have no real favourites. Swans, Parker, Onotos, Watermans, Mentmores – the list is endless and they are all a pleasure to work with.

Given unlimited choice, which pen would you particularly like to own?

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Waterman 32

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During the nineteen thirties Waterman produced some of their finest pens, excellent writers made from beautiful celluloid. This one is in the pattern “Moss Agate”. A 32, this is a more slender pen than the 52 and 92 that were available at the same time and in the same patterns. The box lever has been redesigned and protrudes less from the barrel than its predecessor. The pens Waterman made at this time are very sturdy; this one has been around for about 85 years and is still looking very good.
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With a pen like this in your hand, you might wonder what the subsequent “development” was all about. Is any later pen better than this? Does it look any better and does it do the job any better?

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Parker 17 Deluxe

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When the Parker 17 first appeared in 1962 it had an exposed nib. Shortly thereafter it was redesigned to have a hooded nib in the style of the Parker 51. There were various levels of trim from the standard up to this deluxe.  It is evident that they sold very well as there are many around but, strangely enough, they don’t seem to sell very well nowadays. I see them go through eBay and though they sell they often don’t make much money. That’s a mystery to me as they are attractive pens and all those I have handled were great writers.
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This particular example is a bit of an oddity. It has three names engraved around the cap: Allan, Jeff and Jack. There is also the engraved date 3.12.65. The pen has clearly not been used much as the factory chalk marks are still on the barrel. How do we explain this? Did Allan, Jeff and Jack present this pen to someone? Or did someone present this pen to Allan, Jack and Jeff? Did Allan use it on Monday and Tuesday while Jack had it Wednesday and Thursday and Jeff wrote with it Friday and Saturday and no one had it on Sunday? Are you convinced? No. Nor am I.
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The lady I bought the pen from said that she had been told it was a demonstrator pen. Clearly, it isn’t in the normal sense, but perhaps it was intended to show the quality of engraving that could be produced.
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One thing that puzzles me is the date. The Parker 17 Deluxe is said to be a late introduction in the production run. 1963 seems to me rather early. It may be, of course, that it is simply an example date and not the date the engraving was done.