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The Altura Pen & Pencil Company
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2019

Altura Pen & Pencil Company is the least known large British manufacturer of fountain pens. It’s probably best known as the manufacturer of English Waterman pens in the 30s and early 40s but Altura also made pencils and probably pens for De La Rue. In addition they made many pens for advertising. It is impossible […]


Written Off
Posted on Thursday July 18, 2019

It’s happening already. Young people in the US – except for those from the better schools – can’t read cursive. It might as well be hieroglyphics or cuneiform so far as they are concerned. Those kids only recognise the letters they see on screen. Though it is rarely done, they can scribble in the type […]


Another Pilot
Posted on Sunday July 14, 2019

This is the latest in an increasingly long line of ageing Pilots I’ve acquired. Not quite vintage by my standards though I can’t tell the date of manufacturing of this one with any certainty. Probably 1960s but online searches have failed to find another. For once I am completely stumped in finding a model name […]


A Lapis Lazuli Platignum Senior
Posted on Saturday July 13, 2019

During the 1920s and 30s Platignum produced a wide range of models. By the end of that period they were turning out pens and sets in very colourful – even gaudy – plastics. Many of these pens were beautiful and probably pleasant to use but often they suffered from quality issues that affected their durability. […]


Mabie Todd Swan SM2/57
Posted on Saturday July 06, 2019

To my mind the absolute apex of the Mabie Todd production is the Minor of the 1930s. The flat-topped gently tapered shape is elegant and the celluloid patterns in which they come are some of the best produced by any company. The name “Minor” is a little misleading; these are big pens at 13.6 cm […]