Smooth Point

About This Model

Often called “Third Tier”, these are the pens that collectively were the best sellers of their day, but also the least durable, least special, most poorly designed, and the cheapest. The 1930s were a period of constrained cash flow and, later, supply chain issues with the war industry diverting manufacturing parts. Calling them “Third Tier” implies that there were true first and second tier pens, a subject that has never been resolved among pen people, but these are the pens that one owned but didn't own or use with pride. They carried many different names, including Accurate, American, Arnold, Diamond Medal, Dixie, Eagle, Majestic, Stratford, Travelers, Waltham, Welsh; some carried names to evoke good thoughts, including Accurate, American, Banker, Lincoln, Smooth Point. Major manufacturers, including Arnold, National, and Wearever made multiple lines and brands of inferior pens and jobbed parts and whole pens under multiple names. In short, for the most part, these were inferior pens, made inexpensively, usually with untipped nibs, and sold as cheap commodities to work without distinction. Surprisingly, many thousands survive today, and with restoration and attention, work very well!

About This Pen

And it is! In addition to Smooth, everything about this pen is large, inside and out. It’s a full 5 ¼” long and half inch thick just below the cap edge, and needed my only size 22 sac. This is a 1930s pen, in cafe-creme and brown marbled celluloid. It has a reddish brown peaked crown and matching flat tassie, and very simple trim in gold-colored plate. The name comes from its clip, which indeed has “Smooth Point” engraved down its length, and there is no other imprint or identification. The nib is a Signature, seen on many budget pens from the 1930s, and an 8, in scale with the rest of the pen; it writes a fast wet fine/medium, and it’s Smooth! This pen shows a little wear on the barrel under the cap, from removing and replacing the cap; also a bit of plate is missing from the lever; otherwise it appears new. You can disappear with this pen for a month, write every day, and have ink left… enjoy it!

This pen is not for sale.