Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF

(on hold) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway fountain pen in Gray Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold 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. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration. In this case, I completely remove the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replace it with a modern set of components. This is a more durable solution than Sheaffer's original felt-based system.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF, with the cap on, off, and plunger partially extended

In 1942, Sheaffer introduced the clipless Tuckaway with a Triumph nib. It was marketed to women, who had just become entering the workforce in large numbers, as the men were involved in the war effort. The pen has an interesting design, resembling a lipstick more than a pen. That was Sheaffer's idea of appealing to women's sense of daintiness and grace. Today, of course, such stereotypes are meaningless, but the pen does have an interesting and unusual charm to it.

The most exciting aspects of this pen are its rarity, originality and portability. If you are a fan of "pocket" pens, such as those made by Kaweco, you're going to love this pen. Instead of short cartridges, this pen is vacuum-filled, and it holds a lot more ink! It's a sturdy, durable pen that will stand up to the rigors of daily writing rather well. These pens were made only for a short time, to be replaced by the better known clipped Tuckaway. Also, finding this pen in Gray Pearl and excellent chrome-plated trim is not easy.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Triumph nib is of extra-fine width (0.3 mm on my paper), and writes at the lightest touch, without hesitation, hard-starts, or ink starvation. A really great example of the Lifetime Triumph nib. You'd be hard-pressed to find a modern XF nib that writes so smoothly and confidently.

The material is in very good shape, with no major  flaws or defects, just a slight curvature, which is quite common on this model. There's nice transparency in the barrel so you can watch your pen getting filled (cool!) and gauge remaining ink level with ease. There are a couple of small cosmetic blemishes, such as a slight loss of plating on the section threads. Still, as far as chrome-plated vintage pens are concerned, this one is rather well-preserved.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF, capped