Five thousand two hundred and eighty feet. That is the elevation of Denver, Colorado, the city in which the 5280 brand was conceived and designed. Situated a mile above sea level, the city is blessed with a rich culture and the unrelenting call of nature; the ever-present Rockies, our year-round playground is just a few miles to the west. From our eastern plains to the peaks of our beloved Rockies, inspiration is a part of our culture.
The 5280 brand celebrates this soaring Denver altitude, and the brand’s attitude, through its overt quality and enduring value.
Colorado Pen is thrilled to offer this ‘hometown’ brand, 5280. Designed by folks who know their pens, 5280 represents one of the greatest values on the market today.
American Pen Company sought advice from around the globe before engineering and designing these world-class writing instruments. Then they set about manufacturing these fountain pens, rollerballs, inkballs and ballpoints in the great old U.S.A. only after reestablishing entirely new network of craftsmen. We think you will be impressed with not only the quality, but the performance and ultimate value of each Made-in-the-U.S.A. offering from the American Pen Company.
It was 1919, the year the treaty of Versailles was signed. Italy, marked by a post-war crisis, bubbled with great hopes for recovery. In Torino, the first steps down a long road were taken with the birth of Aurora and the creation of the first true Italian fountain. A textile merchant saw the crystallization of a dream he had long meditated and planned. Now the Aurora trademark represents designs and materials which are tangible examples of the most refined pens made in Italy.
First established in 1898 in Toledo, Ohio, the Conklin Pen company began manufacturing in the golden era of fountain pens. Founder Roy Conklin registered the patent for the first working automatic filling mechanism. In 2019 an experienced pen producer in the U.S. purchased the Conklin brand. New materials and technology are now used to produce these original Conklin designs so highly valued by collectors and pen enthusiasts throughout the world.
A.T. Cross was founded in 1845 and initially manufactured gold and silver casing for pencils. In 1879, they produced the first stylographic pen, a forerunner to the modern ballpoint. The introduction of the slim Century Classic was a defining moment for Cross. Cross has moved on to bigger and better things, while keeping some favorites. Take a close look at their oldest and newest collections.
Diplomat writing instruments have been manufactured in Germany since 1922. All Diplomat pens are handcrafted and then tested in their workshops; they believe no machine can replace the guidance and expertise of a passionate craftsman. Diplomat’s fountain pen nibs are custom made from Stainless Steel and 14k Gold, both offering a unique sensation of control. Schmidt’s EasyFlow refill is used for ballpoint pens. It offers an incomparable writing experience. This ‘old world craftmanship’ demonstrates Diplomat’s commitment to fine writing excellence.
1858, Richard Esterbrook renamed his pen company, Esterbrook Steel Pen Manufacturing Company in conjunction with a move of the factory to Camden, New Jersey.
1862 Esterbrook moves his company to 75 John St in NYC. A few years later he moves to 49 Maiden Lane. Then, a few years after that, he moves to 26 John St and stays put for the next 30 years.
By 1865, the company had grown to become one of the largest pen makers in the world. 1879, Esterbrook publishes their first printed catalog. By 1896, Esterbrook opened an additional manufacturing plant in Birmingham, England. In 1912, a remarkable five story building is erected for pen manufacturing. In 1918, Esterbrook advertising claims they are manufacturing an astonishing 200 million pens each year. 1967 saw the brand acquired by the Venus Pencil Company. Four years later, all Esterbrook operations ceased in 1971.
Since 1858, the Esterbrook brand has featured fountain pens. You’d think after 160 years they’d produce a pretty fine pen! They do. The Estie features a flexible steel nib which impresses whether extra fine, fine or medium. Fed through either a cartridge or converter, your Esterbrook Estie, will write like it has a century and a half of experience. Each fountain pen has a matching rollerball. They make the perfect set!
The fountain pen and rollerball body are a typical size and weight. The resin in Black, Tortoise or Cobalt is striking. Hand-finished to a gleaming shine, you’ll admire your purchase with every stroke. The pen does post the cap on the body for those who like a top heavy writer. The trim is a gold tone. The Esterbrook unique closure is just a push and single twist.
The Black with gold trim can be purchased in an over-size and standard size. The over-sized is slightly larger in girth and is perfect for those seeking a larger body for a comfortable writing experience.
In 1660, German cabinet maker Kaspar Faber began producing pencils. From these humble beginnings, a giant in the fine writing industry was born. In 1898 Count Alexander Castell joined the family and Faber-Castell was born. Post war rebuilding in Germany brought pen manufacturing to this iconic pencil firm. Bright packaging, the finest designs and materials, and a diverse range of products brought and kept this company to the forefront of the industry --where it remains to this day.
PAUL C. FISHER had been manufacturing ball point pens for several years when he heard John F. Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Fisher began thinking about how ordinary ballpoint pens would have trouble writing in space, but if a pen could be sealed and pressurized, it would keep the solvents from evaporating in the gravity-free vacuum of space and would also provide a reliable ink supply to the pen point. In 1966, after several years of experimentation, Fisher successfully developed his patented pressurized ink cartridge.
NASA approached Fisher in 1967, and after months of rigorous testing, they selected the AG7 Anti-Gravity Pen for our US Astronauts aboard the first manned Apollo mission in 1968 – Apollo 7. This Fisher Space Pen is still used today on every manned space flight, including NASA’s Space Shuttle Program Missions, the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station.
Today, Fisher Space Pen Company proudly celebrates its 50th Anniversary since our pens were first used aboard the maiden flight of Apollo 7.
“We are extremely proud to be celebrating 50 years in space,” says Cary Fisher, President of Fisher Space Pen. “My father was a visionary who personified American entrepreneurship and innovation.”