Wearever

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

This pen is a 1930s Wearever, a Depression-era pen from the period when David Kahn’s efforts to lead the lower quality pen market took hold.  It does not have a known model designation, but its appearance is similar to other Kahn-manufactured pens from those years. Its celluloid is a dark cafe-creme with red streaks, almost like a light wooden burl. The pen is in very good condition, 5 1/4″ long with no deep scratches, nicks or cap cracks, which is unusual for these pens.  Its black plastic crown and barrel plug are typical Wearever marks. There is no imprint; indeed, the only evidence that this is a Wearever is the brand marking on the long humped clip. The nib is marked “Pioneer” (another Kahn name), and is steel with a remaining hint of its former gold-colored plate. It writes a smooth wet fine/medium line.  

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