Eberhard Faber Permapoint
About This Model
Fountain pens were a second product line for Eberhard Faber, the venerable pencil manufacturer based in New York City. There is very little available information, but what there is points to a need to compete with Esterbrook and other lower-priced fountain pens during the pre-and post-WWII years. Their significant model was the Permapoint, which appeared in at least three model types from probably the late 1930s until the 1950s. To the best of my knowledge, the fountain pens did not survive past the middle 1950s.
About This Pen
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 1800s. It and the German Faber-Castell company both descended from the same 1800 roots. But, 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, 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!
Price: $22 Sold