The Sheaffer Touchdown, while not as technologically advanced as its Snorkel brother, is, nevertheless, on of the most interesting, successful, and reliable fountain pens of the 1950s. Superficially, nearly identical to the Snorkel, the Touchdown is an elegant, streamlined pen of medium size. It has a supremely comfortable section, is very well-balanced, and posts securely. This particular model comes with a Medium (a fine by today's standards) 14k gold, two-tone nib that is smooth and consistent. Excellent for beginners, the Triumph nib is designed to be be versatile and forgiving. No matter your grip, angle, or rotation, it is going to feel pleasant on paper and will reward you with a beautiful sound and a consistent writing performance, including an XXF line when flipped upside down. This pen comes boxed, with a mechanical pencil. Both have been restored and are currently on sale. A new fountain pen with a gold nib would cost significantly more but it wouldn't be nearly as interesting.
The vast majority of fountain pens made until the 1960s, were designed to be superior writing instruments; the features included meant to enhance the pens' utility. The Sheaffer Touchdown is a great example of that philosophy. Today, it would be rather difficult to find pens that are as beautiful as they are functional. Sure, they exist, but, interestingly, those are mostly designs with roots in the mid-20th. century, such as the Lamy 2000, Pelikan M800, and Montblanc Legrand. Please, check my store or contact me directly for ordering information.