Pick Pen

early 1930s
About This Model

Waterman's pens during the 1930s were some of their most beautiful models, and encompassed the most change of any decade. The 30s started with the old 52s, straight ebonite pens, and ended with the Hundred Year Pens and the beautiful Inv-Vues, both top quality, adventurous lines. Between those were the Patricians and Dorics, fine celluloid pens with beautiful trim; the 92/94 series of celluloid pens that were full length with handsome marbeled bodies; and the 32/3/2 series, which were more modest, with economical trim, but also handsome pens. They all sported Ideal gold nibs, most of which were flexible and fine writers.

About This Pen

Pick Pen was a small Cincinnati-based company that made good pens in the 1920s-30s, but like so many, could not manage the business of manufacturing and disappeared in the Depression. This is a celluloid pen, so must be from Pick’s later days. It is a typical lever-filler of inexpensive manufacture, with rounded crown and small black insert, and a similarly rounded base with an even smaller black base. Its size is typical for the form: exactly 5” long and .5” thick. The celluloid is in marbled light and dark greens, similar to Sheaffer’s Marine Green. The trim is surprisingly bright, and the plate is almost completely present. The nib is Pick-branded, a 6, and it writes a very firm but smooth fine. Nice, sturdy, inexpensively made pen.

Price: $65