Lately I have been using my old standby, a Parker 51 with a Cedar Blue barrel and one of my custom hand hammered and antiqued sterling silver caps. It has a factory medium stub nib that I like.
I have a couple of 1940's Vacumatics with stub nibs that I use pretty often. A green Major and a blue Junior.
Then there are a couple of standard size Wahl-Eversharp Equi-Poise pens I like, one in Kashmir and one in Brazilian Green, pictured below. As you can see in one of the photos, it has a factory stub nib. Did I mention that I like using stub nibs? This pen is also unusual in that it is a convertible model. It has a threaded blind cap that can be unscrewed and converted to a desk pen, see last pic.
I'm trying to think of questions the noobs might ask...
Q: When was the Equi-Poise made?
A: This particular version was only made in 1930, '31 and '32. There were other versions that Wahl-Eversharp made that preceded this version. They were experimenting with streamline pens to compete with the Sheaffer's Balance pens, that Sheaffer's introduced in 1929.
Q: What colors did they come in?
A: Black, Brazilian Green (green with bronze flakes), Coral (orange with yellow specks), Lapis Blue (blue with white specks), Kashmir (green with black veins), Tunis (burgundy with bronze flakes and black veins), black and white pearl, jade green. There is also a scare version that is solid orange with black ends.
The "Gold Seal" with the double check mark medallion embedded in the cap had "Signature" nibs. These nibs were mounted in a collet that is threaded, so that different nib grades could be easily exchanged in the pens. There were about 21 different Signature nibs that you could buy for a Signature pen, from flexible nibs with different tip widths, to "Manifold" aka rigid nibs, medium, broad, broad signature, stub and oblique. It was a big deal and Wahl-Eversharp advertised their wide range of nibs.
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