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 October 1, 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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Eversharp Skyline  (sold, thanks!)
Eversharp Skylines were an adventure in supermodern design in the early 1940’s, a strong move by Eversharp to steal a design step from Parker and Sheaffer.  Their designer earned his fame designing the New York Central Railroad’s 20th Century Limited, and this pen’s design followed that lead.  With a long sloping shape from crown to base, Skylines feel light and balanced in the hand and have a strikingly different look.  Sadly, Skylines proved to not be as durable as contemporaneous Parkers and Sheaffers.  The solid color pens were of early polystyrene, which proved to be softer than celluloid, and there are shrinkage issues.  This Skyline is a very good user pen.  It is a demi size, 4 3/4” long, in Dubonnet Red, with a grooved gold cap. Although there is a bit of plating missing on the clip, overall it is quite clean, still stickered even though it has been used, and yes, has typical Skyline barrel shrinkage under the cap.  This is an attractive pen, most comfortable in a smaller hand.  It carries the original Eversharp nib and is a very fast fine writer; as noted on the sticker, the nib is a Manifold extra fine, which means that it is firm enough to write through several copies.  $42 $38
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Sheaffer Touchdown Thin Model Craftsman 
After the end of WWII, Sheaffer needed a whole new and fresh product line.  So, in 1949, after a few years of development and inventory disposal, Sheaffer produced its “Touchdown” pneumatic filler, which in different forms was in steady use until the early 1970’s.  A single push of the pneumatic tube fills the pen; this was thought to be far neater and more efficient than the earlier methods.
This pen is a Touchdown “TM” (Thin Model) Craftsman from the early 1950’s, the “thin model” being the second and longest lasting Touchdown series, and “Craftsman” for its matching black cap and barrel and wire ring instead of a broader cap ring.  At 5” long capped, it is a little shorter than a full-size Balance, but is a comfortable pen to hold.  It has nicks and nibbles (in my experience, far more TDTM’s are chewed than any other pen…someone needs to research that!), the marks of hard use, but it cleaned up well and is quite shiny and attractive.  Its appropriate “33” medium nib is a delightfully smooth and fast writer.  This is not a fragile pen; it can easily be a daily user.  $34
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Sheaffer Imperial III
Imperials were the 1960’s successors to the 1950’s Snorkels, and appeared in four distinct generations of quality and model features.  This pen, an Imperial III, is a Touchdown pneumatic filler, with a black plastic cap and body, gold trim, and the cap is clutch fit firmly on the body.  At 5 5/16″ long, a typical Imperial was shorter than the Snorkels that preceded it. Its nicest feature is the two-tone Triumph conical nib, which writes a fine/extra fine line and carried the Triumph upturned tip allows for fast writing; a nice notetaking nib. The pen is very clean, with some microscratches.  $54
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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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Wearever was, in all likelihood, the most prolific of fountain manufacturers, because they produced countless thousands of pens from their New Jersey factory for numerous other brands as well as their own from the 1920’s-1960’s. Wearever pens were very inexpensive and available on drugstore counters, easily found but not disposable.  Their best pens were of decent quality, wrote well, and had very attractive celluloid patterns that not accidentally remind one of Sheaffer Balances and Parker Vacumatics.  They are still sometimes found in good condition, although they usually show their age.  
Deluxe 100
Deluxe 100’s were, with Pacemakers, Wearever’s flagship line from the late 1930’s until the end of WWII.
This pen, released from my personal collection, is in unusually good condition, in a beautiful moss green and black striated celluloid.  It shows no evidence of corrosion under the clip and crown, the celluloid is almost unmarked, the imprint is faint but complete.  The “Special Alloy” nib is typical and probably original, made of a gold metal; it writes a relatively smooth fine line.  A very attractive pen that can take steady use for years to come.  $40  $35
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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.