Gate City Pen: Modern Pens, Vintage Flair


The READYFILL Pen The Belmont Pen New Dunn Pen Nib Units

Made with pride in the United States of AmericaFounded in 2010, the Gate City Pen Company of Nashua, New Hampshire, makes fountain pens. Good pens, designed at the Nashua Pen Spa and built one at a time the old way, by real people, not churned out hundreds per hour by a machine. Gate City Pen is all about fountain pens that you can love using. Please note that these pens are tributes to the pens of a past era, made to look — and work — like the pens of old. As such, they have vintage-style imprints on their caps or barrels and breather holes in their caps.

Gate City Pens feature extra fine, fine, medium, or broad JoWo nibs in either steel or 18K gold. Made in Germany, these nibs are among the finest in the world.

Pens That Write Right!

Our nibs are NOT like other dealers’ nibs! Unless otherwise requested, Richard tests and adjusts every nib we sell. To make sure you get the nib size you want, read this.

Looking for a Custom Nib?

Ordering a custom nib is easy — read this pop-up “comic strip” to see just how easy it is! If you order a new pen with a customized nib, I will modify the nib for an extra charge, and in most cases we will ship the pen without extra delay.

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The READYFILL Pen

With many self-filling pens, you have to take something off to fill them. A blind cap, a barrel, no matter what it is, you might mislay it, or it might just roll off the desk when you set it down. Not so with the sleeve-filling READYFYLL Pen (sometimes called a thumb-filler). it’s based on a 1915 patent by Henry R. Coit, whose Ready Fill Pen Company sold pens of the same design a hundred years ago. Just rotate the sleeve half a turn, squeeze the filler with a thumb or a finger, rotate the sleeve back, and that’s it. There’s nothing to take off and lose. You can even fill the READYFILL while its cap is posted, and if the cap is off you can set the pen down without worrying where it might end up. With its hexagonal sleeve. the READYFILL won’t roll anywhere! At 5" capped and 65/8" posted, the READYFILL is a compact, slender pen that posts to a comfortably long profile — and the sleeve fits comfortably in the web of your hand. (More size info here.) Oh, one last period feature: if you prefer a clipless pen, you can slip the READYFILL’s clip right off.

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To purchase one of these pens, first and then click the Add to Cart button for your desired color. Click directly on a color chip for an enlarged view of the pen in that color.

(If you already have a spare nib unit, or if you would like to fit your pen with a flexible 14K nib from our NIBARAMA page, simply click the appropriate Body only button.)

Fountain pen
Fountain pen color
Cathedral Glass
Steel nib: $150.00

18K nib: $270.00

Body only: $135.00
Fountain pen color
Clair de Lune
Steel nib: $150.00

18K nib: $270.00

Body only: $135.00
The Belmont Pen

Fills Like Lightning, Writes Like a Dream! In 1893, the Rev. Woodruff Post received U.S. Patent No. 510,145 for his “ink-lifting fountain pen operating by means of a handle-provided plunger.” Today we know his filling system as the Post filler or, more technically speaking, a “pull” or “syringe” filler, and it’s an amazing system. Not only is it quick, easy and reliable but it can also flush the pen more effectively than any other system. The Belmont Pen takes its name from one of the brands sold during the Golden Age by the famous Rexall chain of drug stores, but Rexall’s Belmont never used this simple filling system. Gate City Pen has used modern materials technology to bring you a great pen that’s ideal for quick jotting as well as for extended journaling. (And we’ve even designed the filler for easy repair should it ever be needed.) With its ink capacity of 1.8 ml, you’ll be able to steer clear of the ol’ ink bottle all day long — but you won’t have to, because the Belmont Pen is so quick and easy to flush that you can change ink colors almost as fast as you can change hats. It’s the perfect pen for every “inkophile”! At 57/16" capped and 615/32" posted, the Belmont is a full-sized pen (but not oversize), designed to fit almost every hand. It handles beautifully either posted or unposted. (More size info here.)

To purchase one of these pens, first and then click the Add to Cart button for your desired color. Click directly on a color chip for an enlarged view of the pen in that color.

(If you already have a spare nib unit, or if you would like to fit your pen with a flexible 14K nib from our NIBARAMA page, simply click the appropriate Body only button.)

Fountain pen
Fountain pen color
Caribbean
Steel nib: $160.00

18K nib: $280.00

Body only: $145.00
Fountain pen color
Galápagos
Steel nib: $160.00

18K nib: $280.00

Body only: $145.00
New Dunn Pen

In 1920, Charles Dunn patented a pump filling system that he said had taken him 10 years to perfect. The next year saw the Dunn-Pen Company founded to produce “The Fountain Pen With The Little Red Pump-Handle.” The Dunn-Pen company lasted less than four years, going out of business in 1924 due to labor problems. The New Dunn Pen is today’s incarnation of Charles Dunn’s elegant design. With no rubber sac or diaphragm to rot or wear out, the New Dunn Pen is simplicity itself, and it holds an incredible 3.4 ml of ink! Gate City Pen has restyled the Little Red Pump-Handle, but that’s the only change to the design. The New Dunn Pen even comes in all black except for the Little Red Pump-Handle, the same as the original Dunn-Pen. At 53/8" capped and 71/16" posted, it’s a good-sized pen. Click the magnifying glasses for zoomed images of this pen (more size info here).

To purchase one of these pens, first and then click the Add to Cart button below the photo.

(If you already have a spare nib unit, or if you would like to fit your pen with a flexible 14K nib from our NIBARAMA page, simply click the appropriate Body only button.)

Fountain pen Magnifying glass
Fountain pen Magnifying glass
Steel nib: $185.00

18K nib: $305.00

Body only: $170.00
Nib Units for Gate City Pens

Because Gate City pens have interchangeable nibs, some owners find it convenient to purchase extra nibs to fit their pens. If you have never tried installing or removing a nib, rest assured that you can do it. Check out our nib swapping instructions.

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As with the pens we sell, unless otherwise requested at the time of sale, we tune each new nib at no extra charge before shipment. We install the nib in a pen body, fill the pen with Waterman Blue-Black ink, and write with it on paper from the same fountain pen friendly pads we sell, adjusting as necessary to bring it up to the RichardsPens.com “factory” standard for smoothness and flow. Our clients have named this procedure “Binderizing.” The result is an adjusted nib, not a customized one.

If you are unsure about stroke widths, please check our stroke width chart for illustrations of stroke sizes that our nibs produce. To do this, right-click the image at the right (Macintosh users control-click) to download the chart in PDF format (for Adobe Reader). The chart is designed to print on U.S. letter-size paper (81/2"×11"), and it should also print well on A4 paper. After you have printed the chart, find some fountain pen friendly paper and make strokes on it with your own pens for comparison.

Nib unit Magnifying glass
— Steel, Two-Tone —
To keep prices as low as possible, steel nib units purchased
without pen bodies may not be returned or exchanged.
New Dunn Pen, New Postal Senior
Broad
Medium
Fine
Extra Fine
    $35.00
New Postal Junior
Broad
Medium
Fine
        —             $35.00
— 18K Gold, Unplated —
New Dunn Pen, New Postal Senior
Broad
Medium
Fine
Extra Fine
(Out of Stock)
$160.00
New Postal Junior
Broad
Medium
Fine
        —         $135.00
Nib unit Magnifying glass
— Steel, Two-Tone —
To keep prices as low as possible, steel nib units purchased
without pen bodies may not be returned or exchanged.
Belmont Pen, READYFILL
Broad
Medium
Fine
Extra Fine
    $25.00
— 18K Gold, Unplated —
Belmont Pen, READYFILL
Broad
Medium
Fine
Extra Fine
(Out of Stock)
$150.00
Please note: nib units for the Belmont Pen are not standard cartridge/converter units. They will not work properly in cartridge/converter pens, nor will cartridge/converter units work properly in Belmont Pens.
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