Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Panoply of Pens from Herr Wepf

This is only about 15% of the total received, and 25% of the total brought home for further exploration.

I could think of no better background for my pen pictures than the beautifully photographed book "Feder, Tinte und Papier" by Eric Le Collen, which I also received from Herr Wepf some time back. Here is the Parker 61, closed. 

... and open. You can just see the outline near the nib where the decorative gold arrow fell off. A distinctive mark, certainly, but the pen writes just as well without it. 

My new favorite work pen - very slim, lovely gold-plated detailing, and I rather like the world map/ time zone design. Elysee was a German pen manufacturer that closed sometime in the late '90s, this pen is marked "West Germany", so it would have been made before '89.

No branding on this fountain pen, but it is a slim piston-fill model that works quite well (used for this pencast, with J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink).

Caran d'Ache silver ballpoint pen, in the trademark hexagonal shape that is meant to evoke the classic pencil shape. It took a lot of scrubbing to get that gleam after years of neglect, but that's the nice thing about silver - it looks great now. A timeless design that is still being made and sold; I see them all the time in stores. 

Broad-nibbed Rotring Art Pen. The long tapered stem evokes a classic dip pen, and the nibs can be swapped for other sizes from Rotring. Uses cartridges/ converters, and is perfectly fine for regular writing too.

Thanks again, Herr Wepf! I shall delve back into the box and present some other treasures on the blog from time to time.


  1. is that blue one a Parker also?
    That's an awesome haul you are way ahead of me on pens.

  2. Wow...what a treasure trove! A bit overwhelming, as you stated. I really like the looks of that piston fill pen. Very pretty! And lovely photos, as always More like this, please! ;)

  3. @notagain: Yes, there's a Parker in the first box as well, and I believe it's a Vector roller. Haven't put in a new refill yet.

    @LFP: I feel terribly spoilt receiving such a lovely gift! I'm sure Herr Wepf will be pleased to see his old pens displayed on the blog, so yes, there will be more like this in the future :)

  4. Frickin' awesome! There are plenty of generous folks out there that are willing to share the love (I'm looking your way, LFP and Spec).

  5. Alfred will be pleased to see.


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