Fend was based in Pforzheim in Germany, a centre for jewellery making and made overlays for German pen makers in the 1920s and ‘30s, including Montblanc. They are primarily known to collectors for their high quality 4-colour pencils in the 1940s and ‘50s and then for 4-colour ballpoint pens in the 1950s.
This Fend “Norma” fountain pen was made about 1950 and is of high quality, with gold plated cap and barrel, a conical nib and an aerometric style filling system revealed by pulling back the barrel. The section has an ink window. The cap is imprinted: “Fend Norma Pat. Walzgold”. The clip is an art deco style design.
The pen fills by pressing the twin pressure bars and works very well. The conical Fend 14k nib is an oblique point with a lot of iridium and a very smooth writer.
Closed the pen is 13.5cm and with the cap posted, 15.5cm.
This is a relatively rare German pen, handsome, with interesting features in the nib and filling system and a very nice pen to write with.
Condition: excellent, surface marks from use but no dings, fills and writes very well.
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