Wearever Bullet

1946-8

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, with Pioneers, 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 Pioneers and Zeniths (few of which survive intact today) to the very solid and attractive Deluxes, Pennants, 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. Deluxes and 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

There were many militaristic pen names in the American 1940s, both to honor the armed services and to meet markets. Perhaps the most “out there” of those names and models was the Wearever Bullet. It appeared on drugstore shelves in 1946, all 4.5″ of it shaped like a bullet with both rounded ends, in brass-colored metal. Removing the slip cap reveals a black plastic section with matching barrel, joined at a slim brass ring which provides the friction for the cap fit. There is some visible wear in the finish, probably from being scraped in drawers. The chrome clip is strong and untarnished. There is a small nib marked Stainless, over a plastic feed, and these are fed by an aerometric-style filler. This pen’s novelty and questionable quality aside, it’s a great little writer! Smooth, wet, fast fine/medium. Take good care of the finish, though…it’s not real brass.

Price: $49 $40

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