Senator Regent

Senator has been around for a long time and was once one of Germany’s most prolific pen makers. The company still exists, making marketing ballpoints. I don’t think they make fountain pens any more but I’m willing to be corrected if I’m wrong. In any case, NOS examples turn up fairly frequently in a variety of packages.

This is the Senator Regent. I’ve seen various production dates for this pen but sixties or seventies appears to be a reasonable guess. It’s a piston filler and a very good one. Removing the blind cap exposes a turn button. Some people appear to have mistakenly taken the view that this indicates an integral piston converter but this is not so. It’s a real piston filler. The pen has a green ink window (not visible in the photographs because it’s full of ink) and the plated steel nib unscrews. The general appearance is quite old-fashioned. It’s more like a nineteen thirties pen.

Senators, including the Regent, have a strong following, mostly because of their good steel nibs and reliable performance. I know one artist who will use no other fountain pen. I rather like them myself.

I have been unable to get a full history for Senator and most German pen manufacturers have been amalgamated with others or taken over at least once. The most striking thing about the Regent is how closely it resembles an earlier form of the Tropen Scholar. Shape, clip and style are very similar ā€“ it’s the same pen with different branding! I understand that this form of Tropen is still manufactured and sold in the Far East.

Tropen Scholar

I’m sure that the explanation is common knowledge to German pen enthusiasts.

4 thoughts on “Senator Regent

  1. Deb hi.
    These pens are really easy to come by too, I’ve got several , some of them NOS šŸ™„.
    They are very capable, reliable and pleasant writers .
    One I’ve had for some considerable number of years still writes as nicely as it did when new.

  2. I collect shorthand pens, and think I’m right in saying Senator produced one such f.p. which was a much respected shorthand writer, though have to say I’ve not yet personally found an example. I agree this one looks old-fashioned, but then I like that vintage appearance, no matter where the pen is from.

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