Iridium Point pen

This pen was produced by the Iridium Point Pen Company . . . what a great name, like starting a car company and calling it "The Internal Combustion Engine Car Company". Iridium is a very hard metal that was commonly used for pen nibs (the lumpy bit at the end of the point) on gold pointed pens, and "iridium tipped" became a standard bit of industry jargon before WWII.

Ironically, though, we don't have the original point by which to assess the quality of the company's namesake work, since the pen is now fitted with a 14k two-tone Sheaffer point. Quite possibly, and notwithstanding the trademark, this pen may originally have had a "warranted" point (a gold point made by another manufacturer, bearing no brand name).

This is a nice oversize pen from the mid-20s or thereabouts that holds lots of ink and writes smoothly and freely, and the red hard rubber is very clean with a sharp imprint. This was one of many similar pens produced in the 1920s during the "big orange" vogue started by the Parker Duofold.

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2005-Jan-20 17:50:26 CST
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