Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF

(SOLD) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler in striated Silver Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF 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 with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring around 5.1" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, uncapped, with the plunger rod partially extended

My customers often ask for pens without any gold-filled "bling." The stealthy look is very much in vogue these days, but relatively few vintage pens came in a stealthy color scheme. The pen I'm offering today is an exception, and it should meet the modern criteria of stealthiness. The Gray Pearl celluloid is a beautiful, semi-transparent material, with awesome depth and clarity, in beautifully graduated shades of gray. The pen comes with chrome-plated trim, to complete the monochromatic look. The Triumph nib is partially platinum-masked, so there's a bit of gold showing through.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen writes a gorgeous XF line of about 0.3 mm on my paper. The line is somewhat wet, consistent, and reliable. You're getting an XF writer but without the toothiness and small sweet spot usually associated with conventional XF nibs, thanks to Triumph ingenious design. This pen would be an ideal instrument with which to write or learn a business cursive, thanks to its ability to write confident strokes in all directions, and its forgiving, large "sweet spot." The filling mechanism is a joy to use and holds a lot of ink. You can even watch the pen getting filled and assess remaining ink level with ease, thanks to the transparency in the barrel.

The pen is in excellent condition, with some wear on the chrome-plated trim. Chrome-plating was not as reliable as it is today, and such trim did not wear well, even if the pen wasn't used much at all. Otherwise, the pen looks great, with just the faintest surface wear that's difficult to see with the naked eye.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, capped