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Interesting WASP pens

WASP is an abbreviation for Walter A Sheaffer Pen. Sheaffer started WASP around 1935 or 1936. They originally started the VACUUM-FIL pen company in 1934. I believe it was to test market the new Vacuum-Fil filling system under a separate name to protect the marque in case it did not perform or sell well. It seems to have done well enough for Sheaffer to introduce it in the Balance in 1935. Soon after, VACUUM-FIL was renamed WASP. Why? I only have more guesses. Perhaps to avoid confusion with the filling system they named Vacuum-Fil and used in both lines of pen. Perhaps because they began to sell lever filling pens under the WASP marque and decided it would be confusing...

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Desk Pens

For some reason desk pens seem to be unpopular. Is it that we're now a mobile device generation? We're on the go with our Traveler's Notebooks and Nock Co. or Rickshaw Bag Works kit.

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Grand Opening Sale - 20% off most pens

In honor of the grand opening of PaperWantsAPen.com and in the tradition of Black Friday & Cyber Monday we offer 20% off almost every pen. The discount is automatically applied in the shopping cart. No codes, no gimmicks, no hassle. See a pen you like, add it to your shopping cart, get 20% off. Sale is Thursday, 27 November through Tuesday, 3 December.

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How to fill your fountain pen

Part of the allure of fountain pens, especially vintage fountain pens, is the wide variation in filling systems. There are many and they are all interesting. Here is some information on how to use a few. Sheaffer Vacuum-Fil, Touchdown filler and Snorkel filling instructions.

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