• 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