Wahl Pen (black hard rubber)

Hard rubber (also variously known as ebonite or vulcanite) made a good material for early pens; it was plentiful, relatively inexpensive, far less breakable than most of the plastics of the day, and easy to work by machine or under heat. Unfortunately, the range of colors available was rather limited; black was by far the most common (and is the most durable of the bunch), but black hard rubber tends to tarnish.

And so, by the mid- to late-1920s, when this Wahl pen was produced, it was probably beginning to look a bit old-hat; the company's years of high-fashion design (and they were good years indeed) were yet to come. Although the rest of the industry was either using celluloid or gearing up to do so, Wahl continued to use hard rubber from its own Washington Rubber Company factories.

This particular pen's slender, sculpted profile is very reminiscent of earlier decades. The pen is beautifully detailed, with a greek-key chasing covering the barel and cap, three gold bands, and the famous roller clip, secured inside the cap rather than being riveted on (as with Waterman).

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2005-Jan-20 17:50:26 CST
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