Wearever Deluxe

1930s
About This Model

Wearever was one of the most prolific fountain pen brands, manufactured in numerous models and countless varieties from the 1920s through the 1950s.  They were the flagship line, with many other third tier pens from the same factories, of David Kahn’s pen manufacturing empire.  Ranging from poor overall quality (few of which survive intact today) to the very s9lid and attractive Zeniths and Pacemakers of the 1940s, Wearevers were dime store pens that generally worked well, lasting as long as the quality of their components allowed.

The top third of Kahn’s quality levels included the Deluxe 100s, made from probably the mid-1930s-the end of the WWII.  The Deluxes were usually of  multicolored, vertically striped celluloid, with gold-colored trim and black plastic barrel and cap crowns.  Their nibs were a wide range, from 14K to plate, to steel nibs with various Kahn model names.

Deluxe 100s are found today in a range of survival — the best are quite clean and easily restored.  One needs to watch for corrosion in the metal trim and in the pressure bar.

About This Pen

Every time I sell a Wearever Deluxe a fresh one pops up to be restored and listed….this is another striated Deluxe, probably from the mid- to late 1930s. It restored well, has some evidence of its age, has a very little spreading around the lever, shows some wear near the base of the cap and the cap rings. However, it has an unusually deep and complete imprint and has not been chewed! The nib has Wearever’s attractive but probably nonfunctional overlay, and writes a nice wet fine. This is a great knockaround pen, enjoy it.

Price: $49