(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize fountain pen in Blue, with a two-tone stainless steel cap, and a 14k gold, two-tone, Triumph Broad 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 the largest model (Oversize) in the Sheaffer Triumph line-up, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter.
I receive a lot of requests for a vintage pen with a broad nib. Unfortunately, such pens are exceedingly rare. They were special-order items, used primarily as "signature" pens. Writing with such a nib would have been impractical, given the handwriting style, paper, ink, and customs. Today, however, broad nibs are in demand, as handwriting changed, and we now write mostly for pleasure, enjoying broad, wet nibs that bring out the beauty in our favorite inks.
If you've wanted a vintage Sheaffer pen with a broad nib, look for further. This is a beautiful example of the Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel Deluxe, and it is the Oversize model. It is a large and thick pen (at least by vintage standards) and it posts beautifully. so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The pen is in excellent condition, without any defects or flaws, with deep, vibrant Blue plastic and excellent gold-filled trim. The cap is in equally great shape. The translucent section is clear, the imprint strong. The pen fills efficiently and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method), which is nearly three times as much as a typical cartridge.
The star of the show is the Broad Triumph nib. It's one of the broadest nibs Sheaffer made at the time (excluding italics), and it writes like a dream. It lays down a juicy line of about 0.7 mm (on my paper) with a light touch. This pen will also perform admirably with a heavier hand and it's very forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. You can flip it upside down for an XF line (it's designed that way). A lot of modern broad nibs are overpolished at the factory causing performance issues, such as hard-starts. This pen, however, never hesitates, thanks to Sheaffer's amazing engineering.
The Iowa company called it "Progressive engineering and watch-like precision" and while that's very much true, I also believe these pens are more than just products of good engineering. They have that intangible quality, call it a soul, that makes you want to write all day, every day. They're just so much joy to use.