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Fountain Pens of the Soviet Union

(This page published May 1, 2024)

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Pens from behind the Iron Curtain are relatively little known in the Western world. With the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1981, access to pens from some former Soviet satellites has become easier, and, in some cases, information as well. An increasing number pens of the Soviet Union itself, such as postwar examples like this “Moscow” set from the Soyuz factory in Leningrad, are filtering out as well.

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Timur Vlasov
Timur Vlasov
Vadim Nilov
Vadim Nilov
There is a vast amount of information about pens of the Soviet Union, however, that has been very difficult to gather, even when the pens are in hand. In an effort to relieve this difficulty, Timur Dmitrievich Vlasov, Ph.D. (left), a pen collector in Russia, and Vadim Nilov (right), an engineer and collector in Ukraine, have invested nearly 10 man-years of time into collecting hundreds of pens and compiling information about those pens and the factories that produced them.

The catalogs here are the product of that work. They are published with the permission of Dr Vlasov and Mr Nilov. Each of the four lavishly illustrated catalogs covers one of four geographical areas, detailing pens from 1937 to 1991. These catalogs were compiled in Russian and have been translated to English. Dr Vlasov and Mr Nilov are still working, so that these catalogs are subject to revision as more information appears.

The catalogs are in PDF format. Most browsers will open a PDF file when you click the file’s link, but down­load­ing large PDF files di­rect­ly is fast­er and more re­li­a­ble than opening them in your browser and then saving them. If you do not know how to start a direct download using your browser, you can find the procedure on the internet.

These catalogs are copyrighted intellectual property. They are shared under CC BY-SA 4.0. You are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially; and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

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