- M "Mint" (uninked). Shows no signs of use. No visible flaws
- NrM As in M possibly dipped or inked. No visible flaws
- NOS New Old Stock (NOS). Not dipped or inked but may show signs of shop wear.
- ExF Excellent/Outstanding. All parts original and showing only very slight signs of use. No visible defects. (Collector grade).
- Exc Excellent. All parts original or replaced with original. Some signs of use, Minimal brassing, or darkening. (User grade)
- VG Very Good. Most parts original. Some discoloration and brassing; light or worn imprints; small dings to metal or scratching on plastic.(Usable)
- F Fair. Some parts possibly not original; significant brassing or discoloration; very worn or no imprints; dings and scratches. (May be more usable for parts).
- PIF - Piston Filler (Montblanc, Pelikan)
- GPT - Gold plated trim
- GFT - Gold filled trim
- PF - Plunger filler (Sheaffer)
- LF - Lever filler
- ED - Eyedropper
- BF - Button filler or cap activated
- AER - Aerometric filler
- VF - Vacumatic type filler