In early 2007 we
announced that we would carry Bexley Pen Company pens (Columbus,
Ohio). After many years of wanting to carry Bexley, more room
in our new location gave us the chance. As with all the companies
we represent, we will be handling this line's top-end models.
Our relationship with Howard Levy, which goes
back to before the company was started, has us convinced that
this is a line of pens, and a series of designs, that follows
the deep tradition of American pen making. As a vintage pen
collector, Mr. Levy has a profound understanding of the history
of American fountain pens and their manufacture. Located in
central Ohio, Bexley Pen Company follows in the footsteps of
the many great Midwest companies such as Conklin, John Holland,
Sheaffers, Wahl Eversharp, and Parker. These are brands
that still shape the designs of pens made today. Bexleys
chief designer, Jack Leone, is well aware of the historic high
standards that are required to make a classic pen a tactile
pleasure, a functional instrument, and a beautiful object.
Howard Levy is a master pen engineer, making
a durable instrument that will last for generations. In fact,
he is sometimes accused of overbuilding his pens, a charge that
he gladly accepts and which is reinforced by the very few returns
his pens require. Because Bexley pens are produced at the factory
in Columbus, they are the "last man standing" in terms
of companies actually manufacturing fountain pens in the United
Bexley pens are made in small numbers. Some
of the limited editions are often just over 100, or even as
few as 18. Regular production pieces are frequently in smaller
quantities than limited editions from the big manufacturers.
Because of the growing respect among pen aficionados, some of
the early Bexley pens (e.g. The Original of 1993-94) sell for
far more now in the after-market than they did when new.