(SOLD) This is an early 1930s Sheaffer Lifetime Balance "Full-Size" (5-3/8 capped, 0.47" in diameter) in Black celluloid with a 14k gold Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish by hand. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials.
This is a beautiful example of this classic pen. Being the "Full-Size" model, it's a fairly large pen, it posts very nicely, and it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. A supremely balanced writing instrument, this pen will make writing effortless and so enjoyable. I honestly cannot think of a 1930s pen that would be more suitable for vintage pen aficionados and novices alike. If you've been thinking of "going vintage" but were apprehensive about buying an unrestored pen of uncertain provenance, look no further.
I sold this pen once before, and in my haste to get it out the door, I forgot to rinse out the cleaning solution I use to make sure the pen you receive is as clean as a brand-new model. As a result, ink flow was overly wet, and my customer proceeded to rinse the pen with water multiple times, thus unknowingly fixing the problem. However, I didn't want them to have to deal with a problem that I had caused so I accepted a return and refunded the full amount. So now, this pen is back on the market.
The nib is huge, even by modern standards. Huge and heavy. It is ground to a Sheaffer standard Fine geometry, and it's a fabulous writer. I'd compare it to an Aurora Optima nib, a smooth, firm nib, with excellent flow writing performance. It has a touch of tooth, which is preferred so that it can write at the lightest touch. I used a silicone sac so as not to harm the celluloid, so the pen should continue to give you years of service.
Cosmetically, the pen is in great shape, both the celluloid and gold-filled trim. There are a couple of tiny spots on the barrel, difficult to see with the naked eye, and some very faint surface wear. The celluloid is smooth, with a deep and rich color.