Monday, September 18, 2017

Late Summer Sale from The PENguin

Late  Summer Sale

While we all wait anxiously for the new website, let’s do a late summer sale.

For the rest of September we will offer free shipping and a 10% discount on any purchases over $500. So now might be a good time to jump start your holiday shopping and earn the envy (if that’s the word) of all your friends.

This includes everything on this page, on the site, as well as the items featured on previous blog and homepage offerings, as available.


We also have an unprecedented stock of highly prized Pelikan 101Ns in lizard and in tortoise. Not all of them are on the site, but for the rest of the month they can be yours at a very generous 20% discount.

Left to right

RR4                     white trim            $1,800
PEXX                   caplip repair                  $1,100
PEXY                    yellow trim           $1,600
PEXD                    pencil                   $300
PE3866               cap threads                  $1,200
PE4051               caplip repair                  $900
HL25                   perfect pen                  $1,200 (no discounts)
PE3684               Pelican marked    $1,400
PE4004               user grade           $650
PE3867               pencil                   $350

And just to tempt you more, here are some relatively new offerings from among our acquisitions at the recent DC and San Francisco shows and some others as well.

This Parker 75 Rainbow set shows some use but is in overall excellent condition. See the earlier August  blog entry for details. $1,200


 This is the 2006 Annual Owners Club from Bexley, it is an iconic pen not just for its elegant long tapered shape, but for the vacumatic filler and large, soft nib. $450




 One of the hardest to find and iconic Pelikans, the gray marbled IBIS is an essential addition to any serious Pelikan collection. $1,250.

The Pelikan M700 Toledo is another iconic pen from Pelikan, especially the early ones. $750.



We still have a small handful of Kaweco 187 and 189 models, inquire for availability and remember the Kaweco Sports. These pens, from the 1970s include some models never released for sale. Prices range from $195 for single black pens to $275 for exotic colors and fillers. Inquire if interested.

This pen in the highly desired cobalt blue is another Pelikan icon, made on the M800 chassis for the jeweller. Increasingly hard to find. $695. SOLD


Delta Israel 50th Anniversary pen. Lightly used but with no signs of use. Complete packaging. $725

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Some Cars

I spent the weekend before the San Francisco Pen Show down at Monterey car week, an extravaganza of car related stuff that draws visitors from around the country and around the world.

As many of you know I have an active interest in cars and in BMWs, specifically. So on Friday I attended the Legends of the Autobahn, a static car show and judging that features Audi, BMW, and Mercedes cars. And my 1M was part of the non-judged display, the only one of that model there as far as I could tell.

On Saturday, the main event was the historic car races, and I brought my camera. Shooting cars at speed can be a challenge, especially if you do not use automatic settings. I took more than three hundred images to get these. (Worse odds than monkeys with typewriters, I daresay!)

I wish I could identify the cars below for you, but in addition to not being a race photographer (or driver) I am not enough of an historian to be able to do that, for the most part.

From Friday's LOTA a pre World War II BMW 328

An amusing kit car built on a Z3 chassis. Maybe a new body for the M roadster someday?

the first class, pre-1926 cars, began in the fog



This was probably my best shot of the day, shot at f16 at 1/80. I do wish I had gotten the Testarossa in focus and blurred the BoCar


These I can identify, an Alpina 2002ti,  the legendary #25 3.0CSL, driven by the head of BMWNA. Ludwig Willisch, the M1, driven,by Tom Pluscinsky.


If I could have one car from the day's racing, this would be it, a mercedes 300SLR gullwing



A legendary Ford GT40







The BMW corral, a great place from which to comfortably view the race. Were I a real photographer (one with good knees) I would have been all over the course. I did little of that.

A familiar face in the crowd, the 1M. (It is so named as to not be confused with the M1-see above).