Tim's Collection

Jinhao Zhuge Liang

China, 2000s. Black lacquered brass with Chinese characters commemorative of three kingdoms era of China. Jinhao nib, C/C filler.

乘风破浪会有时 A time will come to ride the wind and cleave the waves
惊涛骇浪亦无惧 Yet have no fear of great waves
太极八卦在其中 Tai Chi and Ba Gua are inside of him
风来运转定乾坤 Settle the world when the wind turns
(from my friend Elizabeth Xu)

Lamy 2000

Germany, late 2000s. Lamy produced its 2000 model in 1966 and it is still in production with small improvements through the years. Piston-filled. Made of a micarta with the trade name Makrolon, with brushed steel accents and a partially hooded steel nib. Present from a pen friend.


China, 1960s. In black celluloid, unremarkable appearance; this button-filled pen is a curiosity, since it was made during the Cultural Revolution in China. Believed to be mint.

Marlen Basilea

Italy 2003. This is a modern pen I lusted after since seeing one in 2011, and it landed in my lap in 2021. First version, imprint reads Collezione Basilea, limited edition No. 1590. Nib and feed completely rebuilt by Joshua Lax.

Matador 811 Express

Germany, 1930s. Black celluloid, piston-filler. Original gold nib. Top quality, less fame.

Miller 662

Sweden, late 1930s. Little is known about Millers. I believe they were related to Towers, a Soennecken sub-brand from WWII, when Soennecken operated a plant in Denmark. They carry Soennecken-like designs on their cap bands. Celluloid, f/m gold nib, button filler.

Montblanc Meisterstück 149

Germany, 1969-70. My second fountain pen, this 149 was a 1970 high school graduation present from my parents. It has seen almost continuous use since, although limited to desk use since a street fall in 1995 chipped the cap. It has never been serviced, except for a full flushing after each fill. Black resin with gold trim. Piston filler.

OMAS Italia 90

Italy, 1990. The Omas Italia 90 Special Edition Fountain Pen was designed to commemorate the World Cup Championships held in Italy in 1990. One of the first special edition pens produced by OMAS, limited to collectors and World Cup Officials and players in token of appreciation. The green resin is meant to recall the playing field!

Parker (UK) Duofold

England, 1948-52. This was actually manufactured in Denmark by Christian Olsen for Parker in England. Dark blue lucite. Aluminum button filler.

Parker 51

USA 1948. MKI, Vacumatic filler, India black, 10k gold-filled blue diamond cap with vertical chasing, B nib. This wonderful pen was a chance find at a rural auction.