Sheaffer Craftsman Touchdown Fountain Pen, Black, F

(Sold) This is a late 1940s Sheaffer Craftsman Touchdown fountain pen in Black, with a 14k gold, two-tone Feather Touch Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. This is a medium-size pen, measuring 5.08" capped and 0.44" in diameter.

Sheaffer Craftsman Touchdown Fountain Pen, Black, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

One of the reasons I enjoy restoring vintage Sheaffer pens is that all of the models made between the early 1930s and the late 1950s, including entry-level pens, were of very high quality. Such pens, if restored well, can be enjoyed today even by people who are new to the pen hobby. No special skills required! The pen I am offering today is a very interesting Craftsman from the late 1940s, equipped with Sheaffer's trademarked Touchdown filling mechanism. The mechanism is very easy to use, and, with one push of the plunger, the pen fills up to capacity, holding more ink than most modern cartridge/converter pens. A simple, yet efficient design. And, it's a lot of fun to use!

Sheaffer Craftsman Touchdown Fountain Pen, Black, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Craftsman was economically priced then, and I price it economically today. I think it would be an ideal first vintage pen for a pen novice, and it would be perfect as a gift for your friend or family member, to start them on the exciting and utterly enjoyable journey into the world of vintage stationery and penmanship. The pen is in very good condition, without any flaws or defects, with excellent gold-filled trim. It functions as well as it did when it left the factory. 

The Feather Touch really deserves its name. A soft, springy nib, it writes reliably at the lightest pressure, laying down a consistent line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper). Today, gold-nibbed pens are extremely expensive, but you can purchase this complete pen, restored and tuned, for much less than the price of a modern gold nib alone.

Sheaffer Craftsman Touchdown Fountain Pen, Black, F, capped