Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway in striated Carmine 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).

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, posted

The Tuckaway was made primarily as a "lady" pen, and was marketed to women during the war years. As more and more women were entering the workforce, elevating their economic and social status, their demand for nice fountain pens increased. Today, the Tuckaway remains one of the best portable pen designs ever made. So many companies have tried to create the perfect pocket pen over the years, but few have been able to match Sheaffer's ingenuity.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, compared to a modern Aurora Optima

If you love the Kaweco Sport, Liliput, TWSBI (Vac) Mini, Sailor Sapporo Mini, etc., you're going to love this pen. The Tuckaway's strength is its superior ergonomics, as it "transforms" into a full-size pen when posted. It's just the right size to fit most people's hands comfortably, it is equipped with a vacuum filling mechanism, and it comes with the fantastic Triumph nib. And, finally, the gorgeous Carmine celluloid. In the world of portable pens, it doesn't get much better than this.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, a clear ink window, and strong imprint

The nib probably sold as a Fine, but I'd rank it closer to a modern XF. It lays down a self-assured, assertive 0.3 mm line on my paper, gliding across the paper without much effort. A firm, smooth, dependable performer, this would be an ideal journaling pen. Take it along with you on your travels or your favorite coffee shop. Get immersed in your thoughts, feelings, let the pen connect you to your writing, and enjoy the ride. Whenever you pause, take a look at the material and admire its depth, vibrancy, and chatoyancy. 

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, capped

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects, and with only very minor surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong. Take a look at the comparison shot with the Aurora Optima. I think the Carmine celluloid is as beautiful as that of Aurora.