About This Model
Stylographic, or technical, pens, have been with us for many years but filled a small part of the fountain pen market. Using a thin tube with an inserted wire to manage ink flow, instead of a nib and feed, stylographics were perfectly suited for technical drawing and numbers, but not for writing that was not fully vertical.
There have been two prominent firms in this nichel — Ink-o-Graph from the 1920s-1940s, and Koh-I-Noor's Rapidograph was the 1950's on.
The Ink-o-Graphs were made by the Ink-o-Graph Company starting in the mid-1920's. The earlier models appear to be made of bakelite, an early plastic that was frequently used in electrical fixtures and small appliances because it was inexpensive and easy to form; however, it was not used often in pens.
About This Pen
This Ink-O-Graph is from the late 1920’s-1930’s. It is a full-size stylographic pen, 4.5″ long and .4″ across the barrel, in black. It appears to be made of bakelite, a heavier plastic than earlier celluloid. This is a lever-filler, and it fills well. The wire is appropriately loose, and ink flows well when writing vertically. The cap and barrel show some wear, consistent with the pen’s age, but there are no large nicks or deep scratches. The chrome clip and lever are not tarnished and the chrome plate is complete. Curiously, the cap ring is a gold color that is not shiny but also does not appear to be tarnished. The imprint is very deep and easily read; bakelite does not imprint lightly. A fun and unusual pen to own, particularly for precise writing. Give it wet ink and flush well between fills.