(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler Clipless in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph 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).
I've written at length about Sheaffer's wartime design and engineering capabilities, and I hope I've been able to show that the Iowa company truly was one of the leaders of the pen industry. Sheaffer can be credited with a number of significant innovations in the area of fountain pen design, and even if some of these innovations were not entirely Sheaffer's original ideas, it was Sheaffer who was responsible for implementing and popularizing such features.
This particular pen is the epitome of Sheaffer's "progressive engineering and watch-like precision." A pen that is as beautiful as it is functional, this feature-rich writing instrument is likely to give its user the performance they seek while also being a source of endless joy. For me, personally, the Triumph is the ultimate fountain pen, where every bit of the design has a functional role to play. The beauty of the striated celluloid, the semi-transparent barrel, the vacuum filling mechanism, the quarter-turn cap threads, the slightly tapered, comfortable section, the incredible balance (posted or not), and the incredibly precise, dependable, and consistent Triumph nib and feed system. Man, you gotta love this pen!
The pen I'm offering today is in excellent condition, with a vibrant, warm-to-the-touch celluloid and excellent gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong, the vacuum filling mechanism efficient, and the clipless cap adds quite a bit of character to this pen.
The Triumph nib is a rare nib that is as suitable for highly skilled penmen as it is to absolute beginners. An XF writer, the nib lays down a line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper) under the lightest touch. It does so without ever catching the paper or refusing to write, regardless of the direction and rapidity of your strokes. Better still, it has the beginner-friendly properties of having a large sweet spot and writing equally well with a heavy hand. Ink flow is generous, and, most importantly, consistent, thanks to the oversize ebonite feed's excellent buffering capability.