Sheaffer "Lady" Balance Vac, Carmine, XF

(On Hold) This is a mid-1930s White Dot Sheaffer "Lady" Balance Vac-filler in striated Carmine celluloid and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pen measures 4.8"capped and 0.43"in diameter.

Sheaffer "Lady" Balance Vac, Carmine, XF, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

If you've never owned a vintage fountain pen, you may not be aware of the joy that comes from writing with a restored vintage pen. I am not just saying that because I happen to restore pens, I am saying that because vintage pens, esp. the Sheaffer Balance from the 1930s, provide that special sensation that very few modern pens can approximate. The Balance was made to be what we call today EDC, a workhorse pen, to be used all day, every day. It's priority was to provide the best writing experience possible at the time. Every part of the pen serves the purpose to enhance the pen's utility as a writing instrument. And, as a result, the pleasure you get from writing with such a pen is amazing. The confidence, the softness of the nib on paper, the forgiving "sweet spot," the vacuum filling mechanism, and superb ergonomics, are all part of that experience. The XF nib (0.3 mm on my paper) writes a smooth and self-assured line, producing consistent strokes in virtually all directions, without catching the paper. An awesome writer.

Sheaffer "Lady" Balance Vac, Carmine, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

This pen is sometimes known as a "Lady" pen, as it was marketed to primarily to women. I can easily imagine Peggy Olson using this pen in the office, carrying it in her purse, writing thank you cards and love letters with it. A beautiful Carmine celluloid, with a nicely transparent barrel, and an excellent gold-filled trim, make this pen one of the most beautiful writing instruments of the 1930s. 

Sheaffer "Lady" Balance Vac, Carmine, XF, nib close-up

I am offering this pen at a discount because it has a monogram. The monogram has no bearing on one's enjoyment of the pen, but collectors prefer not to buy monogrammed pens. To me, it's an integral part of the pen's provenance, which is why I decided to carry it. If you don't mind it, here's a chance for you to buy this great pen at an affordable price.

Sheaffer "Lady" Balance Vac, Carmine, XF, capped