(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in striated Marine Gold celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough but gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This was Sheaffer's largest pen at the time, marketed primarily towards men, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.
I've been getting a lot of questions regarding penmanship, and, in particular, advice on what fountain pens are most suitable for learning/improving one's handwriting. I appreciate the questions very much. However, it's somewhat difficult to come up with a good answer because handwriting is an incredibly personal thing, so generalizations, typically, are not very helpful. Still, if I were to pick one pen that is particularly suitable for penmanship improvement, it's the Sheaffer Triumph. If you have larger hands, then the Oversize model, such as this one, would be great.
Sheaffer developed a truly unique nib and feed system for their 1942 Triumph. It was a radical departure from the conventional "open" nib, offering substantial improvements in ink delivery and writing performance. What makes the Triumph so good is its ability to write a consistent, fine monoline (this pen lays down a 0.3 mm line on my paper), without ever feeling scratchy or catching the paper. When we learn penmanship, we are required to practice a lot of rapid strokes, up, down, across, and curved. A conventional nib is going to have to be held in a strictly constant position about the page (the "sweet spot") in order not to catch the paper or refuse to write altogether. The Triumph nib, on the other hand, has a very larger sweet spot and is much more forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Whether you write with your arm, hand, or fingers, the nib is going to respond in a very self-assured, resolute manner, giving you the confidence you need to keep improving. And, most importantly, it will make the otherwise tedious learning process that much more enjoyable thanks to to its easy, flowing, almost hovering movement.
This pen is in excellent condition, both functionally and cosmetically, holding up to 1.7 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, just very minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, including the cap threads, which typically did not wear very well on this model. Barrel transparency is very good. The imprint is strong. Note that this is the more rare and desirable early model, with a matching section and the barrel acting as the ink reservoir.