Anyone for a Danish?

“Vintage fountain pens have provenance that makes a traditionalist go weak at the knuckles…”

Fennel Hudson

At the start of WW2 the key European pen makers had a problem. Mont Blanc and Pelikan were German. Parker was based in England. Their worldwide markets were being reduced along Axis/Allied lines. Materials and manufacturing were also difficult in countries at war. The solution was to move production to a neutral country and brand. Christian Olsen’s pen company (PENOL!) in Copenhagen took up the task for these pen juggernauts. After the war, the company continued to use the machinery and training to produce also identical pens until 1960. The photo above shows a flagship M800 Pelikan (blue) and a copy 1950’s Penol. #danishneutrality #letsmakelemonade

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