Wearever DeLuxe

late 1930s

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

A nearly flawless Wearever De Luxe? This is a first for this restorer. I’ve seen a lot of Wearevers over the years, but the nicest ones have always been the post-WWII Pacemakers and Zeniths, not the pre-WWII De Luxe and De Luxe 100s. This is the first I think I’ve seen that is in genuinely excellent condition. The celluloid is multi-colored vertical striping, strongly evocative (no, probably a frank copy…) of the later Parker Duofolds, with black crown and tassie. The ink view window, again unusually for Wearevers, is unstained and an attractive amber. Like all De Luxes, this is a full-size pen: capped, a hair over 5” long and a half inch thick just below the cap edge. The barrel and cap are very shiny, showing only minor wear that didn’t polish out. The plated trim on the clip, cap rings, and lever are unmarked. The biggest issue, if it is one, is that the imprint is a little faint, but it is legible. The nib is Wearever’s 14K “Reinforced” model, with their gadget overlay, and it is shiny and unmarked. Best of all, this pen writes a wet full fine to medium. A pleasant surprise!

Price: $49 Sold

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