Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Gray Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Broad nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, a complete overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and I use high-quality replacement materials. This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

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

During the first half of the 20th century, in the U.S., people learned a handwriting style known as the "business cursive." Such a style called for a pen with a fine or extra-fine nib. Therefore, very few pens made in that era come with medium or broad nibs. A broad nib was utterly impractical in daily writing, but it made an excellent signature pen, used specifically to write checks, sign documents, etc. I believe this pen was special-ordered as a dedicated signature pen. If you love broad nibs, this is your chance to own a fantastic vintage pen. Frankly, it's been a long time since I've seen such a broad nib on this particular wartime model.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, nib profile, also note excellent barrel transparency, with the background showing through

The problem with modern broad nibs is that they are often overly polished at the factory. That makes them appear very smooth, but it also causes serious ink flow issues, particularly hard-starts. This type of issue is sometimes called a "baby's bottom" flaw, and it has to be corrected by a skilled nib meister before the pen can write perfectly well.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, capped

Sheaffer came up with an ingenious solution for nibs to feel smooth but without the unwanted performance issues. The Triumph nib comes with a slightly upturned tip, which not only gives its owner a superbly pleasant sensation of excellent smoothness, but it also makes the nib  very forgiving of angle and rotation. Do you write with your fingers? Do you rotate the nib from letter to letter and write with a heavy hand? Are you left-handed? Do you have the "death grip?" No problem! This nib can take it in stride.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, nib closeup showing excellent condition, geometry, and alignment

Cosmetically, the pen is in amazing shape. Typically, this chrome-plated trim does not wear well, but this one appears to be in pristine condition, which further supports the guess that this pen was only used occasionally, for special purposes. Barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gorgeous Gray Pearl celluloid. The filling mechanism works like a charm, and the pen holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). A superb specimen!