Demonstrator pens are clear or transparent pens that allow the user to view the internal components of the pen. They were originally given by pen manufacturers to dealers so that they could “demonstrate” to their customers how the pen worked, how the filler worked and how the cap fit on the pen. This was a great selling tool, particularly in the 1930s when it has been suggested that Parker and Sheaffer first created them and the then new and different filling systems (that are commonplace today) were first introduced. Accordingly, the demonstrators were produced in limited number and not typically sold to the public, as the dealers needed them. Today, demonstrator pens are regular production pens, and in some cases, limited editions, owing to their popularity.
While the purists consider transparent versions of pens as the only true demonstrator, most people accept that the many translucent versions (typically in different colours) produced today also qualify as demonstrator pens.
A big thanks to official club photographer Rick for taking the pictures below (except for the black light picture)!
Great turnout to kick off the New Year!
John with the TWSBI Vac 700 and bottle. You can get 5 and one-half fills of a Vac 700 with the special TWSBI bottle. The life skills you learn at a pen club meeting!
Doug and the Visconti Travelling Ink Pot, right before an “incident”. Good thing he was demonstrating with water – only rookies use ink (and end up wearing it!).
Most pen users have at least one Lamy in their collection – the first one pictured is a clear Lamy Vista with Noodler’s Blue Ghost highlighting ink under black light – very cool indeed!
Here’s another Lamy Vista used for writing and filled with Parker Washable Blue – of course, it would have been a better picture if all that graph paper had a sample of how the ink writes, doh!
Now you can’t come to a pen club meeting and not get ink on your hands; but really Doug, that’s it? Let’s see a bit more effort the next time!
Someone likes demonstrators – and this doesn’t include any of his translucent pens, except for the blue Pelikan 205. This group includes, from left to right: a Pelikan M800 (limited production), an Aurora Optima LE (available in an edition of 1936 corresponding to the year it was introduced/the red auroloide on the cap and blind cap really pop!), an Omas Ogiva guilloche model, a Stipula Etruria Nuda (from the now defunct Swisher Pens), a Visconti Voyager LE (the swirling black markings on the barrel really stand out when the pen is filled), a Pilot Custom 823 (also comes in smoke and amber, and it holds a ton of ink), a Delta Fusion 82 (this came in a great fountain pen/rollerball gift set), a clear Pelikan 205 (an early Levenger model) and a blue Pelikan 205 (just one of several colours it comes in).
Here is a neat close-up of the Pelikan 800 – all the parts are labelled with laser markings and you can clearly see the large ink reservoir and Pelikan’s piston-filling system at work:
Still more demos -I think the red swirled cap one is a Recife, then another Stipula Etruria Nuda (the Etrurias are wonderful pens, whatever the flavour) and TWSBI Vac 700:
and a few more – TWSBI Diamond 530, a Visconti Travelling Ink Pot, a Noodler’s rollerball and a blue Pelikan 205 (and a bottle of Fountain Pen Hospital’s exclusive Noodler’s Henry Hudson Blue ink lurking in the background).
Another week and another rogue’s gallery – I put this at the end on the assumption that most people have tired of reading my post, so would never get this far! Just kidding, you handsome devils! 8~)