Tim's Collection

Edacoto 87

France, late 1940s. Postwar pen with prewar styling. In black celluloid, at 14.2cm long, it’s an unusually large French pen. Original nib is missing its tip, so it carries a 1930s Waterman’s Ideal nib. Someday I’ll find le Super Edacoto Transparent Serie 208, le plus grande taille. That may be my grail.


Germany 1935. The Edel fountain pen is a curiosity, a pen that had been mostly lost to history until a Dutch restorer took a risk and brought a barnful of them back to life. Piston-filled, made of plastic (barrel and cap), Bakelite (crown and blind cap), and ebonite (section and feed). It looks like a contemporaneous 100 Pelikan. Its nib is flexible and wet, writing from an EF to a BBB.

Esterbrook Deluxe

USA, 1960s. The Deluxes were Esterbrook’s 1960s successor to the J pens. This is a permanent desk pen for me with its 9550 extra fine nib.

Esterbrook Dollar

USA 1941-44. Black celluloid, wartime bandless Dollar. Lever filler.

Esterbrook Dollar

USA, 1939-41. Copper marbled celluloid Dollar, lever filler.

Esterbrook Dollar

USA, 1930s. This Dollar is one of the earlier ones, mid-1930s, in hard rubber. Feels great in the hand.

Esterbrook SJ

USA, 1950s. SJ in brown marbled celluloid, lever filler. Frequent use at home.

Gold Starry

France, probable early 1930s. Its resemblance to Conway Stewart is not an accident, because CS made pens for GS until the mid-1930s. Model unidentified, pink, warm brown with light chips in marbled celluloid, original nib. Lever filler.

Hero 616

China, 2000s. The 51-clone that outsold the 51! Wonderful smooth extra-fine nib, writes like a champ, too.

Inoxcrom 55

Spain, 1959-63. Another shameless copy of Parker 51. Brushed steel cap over black plastic barrel. This is the earlier 55, the first of two versions. Purchased by SGE in Barcelona. Aero filler, unmarked hooded nib. Very nice wet writer.