Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF

(Sold) This is a late 1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in striated Marine Green celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. This is a full-length slender White Dot Balance, measuring 5.4" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.42". I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In the 1930s, the fountain pen was the writing instrument of choice in the office. Most office personnel would have outstanding penmanship and employ it all day, every day for the majority of clerical tasks. The Balance was Sheaffer's most successful model, and the White Dot Lifetime variant, carrying lifetime warranty, was its flagship. It was was beautiful as it was functional. A truly superb example of the successful marriage of art and engineering.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book, used frequently to train office workers. I can easily imagine the pen I'm offering today in the hand of an a book keeper, a secretary, or an office manager. Thanks to its large ink capacity, it probably needed filling once a week, and thanks to its fantastic XXF nib, it was most likely a very versatile tool, capable of writing a precise line on all kinds of paper, including carbon copy.

How does it write? I'd describe this nib as very precise. Ink flow is a touch above average, which gives you most options in terms of ink and paper choices. Fill with an iron-gall dry ink, and it will write perfectly on copy paper, ink it up with a wet, lubricated conventional ink, and it will bring out its beautiful color depth, shading, even sheen. The nib writes at the lightest pressure, and would be an ideal instrument with which to write or learn a business cursive handwriting. The resulting line of about 0.3 mm is confident, consistent, and utterly enjoyable.

The Marine Green celluloid is gorgeous, with excellent vibrancy and depth. Barrel transparency is outstanding, as is the gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong. A truly gorgeous specimen!

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, capped