Tim’s Bargain Pens

Pens listed here are generally priced at less than $50…they’re still special, but on their own page because a purchase of two pens from this page will give you a 10% discount on both, a Bargains purchase in addition to a purchase from the main For Sale page will give you 15% discount on the Bargain purchase, and if you buy 3 or more pens from either page you will receive a 20% discount from those bought from this page.  Shipping will of course be combined for all timsvintagepens purchases, and the usual payment and shipping policies apply.
Sales policies are found at the bottom of this page.
listings updated November 23, 2017

What is a Commander?  I have no idea; there is no information available about them.  From its appearance, this is an American pen of the 1930’s, in delightful plastic with green, gold, and yellow stripes.  It has a completely clear ink-view window, and appears after its cleaning to have not been used.  It is a little smaller, at 4 3/8” long capped, but fits well in the hand.  The nib is steel, marked “Commander Pen”, and writes a nice fine.  This will be a nice steady writer, and its nib should conform well to the writer’s hand.  Finally, this pen was imprinted for Anne M. Regan, so there is a 10% discount awaiting a buyer or recipient of that name! $36
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Eberhard Faber Permapoint
Aren’t they a pencil company?  Don’t they make fine German pens?  Yes, both are true, sort of.  Eberhard Faber is the same American company, now owned by Rubbermaid, that has made pencils since the 1800’s.  While it and the German Faber-Castell company both descended from the same 1800 roots, contrary to its German cousins the American company’s pens were not successful — their objective was chasing Esterbrook with their Permapoint brand, but the pens were not as well made as Esterbrooks.  In black plastic, from the 1930’s, and 4 1/2″ long, it has a well-engineered appearance, with a bright orange band at each end.  Its nib is Faber-branded, and it writes a firm medium/broad line.  History aside, it’s a nice writer!   $32
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Lamy Ratio
Lamy is a German pen manufacturer that is famous for outstanding, foresightful engineering and for sticking with durable models for decades.  The Ratio 47 was a sub-model of the 47 line, which was available throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, a very well-made school pen.  This pen, 13cm long and in dark blue, is largely of injected-molded plastic with a steel cap.  Like many German pens, it is a piston filler, and a very efficient one at that.  The nib is original, of gold, and writes a fine line.  It is a great writer.  It has a subtle inscription, of a former owner at an address in the Netherlands (that apparently is available for rent).  $45
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Sheaffer Imperial III 
Imperials were Sheaffer’s main line pens in the 1960’s, following the 50’s Snorkels.  They covered a range of quality, but usually were Touchdown fillers and carried Triumph conical nibs.  This pen is an Imperial III from 1961, in Navy Blue.  It is a very nice writer, 5 5/16” long capped, with a fine conical nib.  Overall, the pen is very clean, although it has a couple of nicks in the barrel.  Why is it a Bargain?  Because of its mysteriously small ink capacity.  Touchdowns are generally not big fillers, but this is smaller than most.  A nice pen, priced to sell easily.  $36.
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Sheaffer Balance 
Classic 1936-42 Sheaffer Balance, a Lady Balance if made after 1938.  It is a Lifetime model that is short and slender, 4 3/4” long and 27/64” across, with the correct “radius” clip.  In “grey pearl” celluloid, this is a very nice looking user pen, has silver trim, is unmarked, very nice clean body and cap. It comes with its original full-size Lifetime nib, which writes a super-smooth fine/medium line.   There is a flaw that has made it so inexpensive:  a chip is missing from the barrel threads, where the section meets the barrel (visible in the third image).  The chip is stable, there are no cracks leading from it, and the cap grips and holds firmly.  That said, this pen can certainly withstand daily use.  $40
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Sales Policies

To purchase a pen or inquire about one, please email to timsvintagepens@gmail.com, or, for members of the Fountain Pen Network, send a private message to member tmenyc.  Payment is via Paypal or cleared personal check.  Shipping is usually $4 for USPS tracked first class to domestic US addresses for purchases costing less than $100, and $7 for USPS priority mail to domestic US locations for purchases costing $100 or more.  Higher and faster levels of shipping and shipping to locations worldwide are available at cost, and I will gladly combine shipping for multiple purchases. The purchaser will be responsible for all duties and tariffs.

Pens can be returned or any reason within four weeks of receipt; 75% of purchase price will be refunded.  If there is a defect that was not acknowledged in the sale, 100% will be refunded.  The filling systems are warrantied for one year; latex sacs are warrantied for 90 days.  Because the pens I work on are 40-100 years old and have use histories that are almost always unknown, the pen’s cosmetic appearance, prior work or defects that I did not create cannot be warrantied.  The warranty also expires if any subsequent work is performed by the owner or another restorer. However, my goal is to always satisfy a client, to describe a pen’s known flaws accurately, and to take wear and flaws into pricing consideration.  For returns without an unacknowledged defect, the purchaser will pay return shipping.