(sold) This is an early 1942 Sheaffer Lifetime Balance Vac in striated Black celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone needlepoint nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.
There's an interesting history related to this model. According to US Army Regulations"Soldiers will ensure that articles carried in pockets do not protrude from the pocket or present a bulky appearance." Sheaffer designed this pen specifically to comply with the regulations. Today, these pens are rare and highly collectible, particularly the largest model, such as this pen.
The pen is the full-size Balance (a.k.a., "1000), a fairly large pen (5 1/8" capped and 0.47" barrel diameter) that boasts the famous Sheaffer "Balance" shape and ergonomics. The pen is in beautiful condition, with excellent striated barrel transparency, and only with very minor surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally excellent shape. Today, a modern pen with similar features would cost hundreds of dollars. Why pay so much if you have have this vintage beauty for a lot less?
The pen is a fantastic needlepoint writer. If you've ever wanted a pen that truly writes a smooth needlepoint line that is consistent, generous, and confident, look no further. This pen will be ideal for Spencerian handwriting, business cursive, and for small handwriting, in general. The nib has ample tipping material, and is tuned to write the instantyou put it to paper. The nib width is comparable to a modern Sailor 21k XF nib, but has that awesome vintage feel to it.
The filling mechanism works efficiently and holds nearly 2 ml of ink with one stroke filling. With a two-stroke method, you can get 2.3 ml of ink, which will last weeks worth of writing. These pens are fantastic writers. They were designed for "the hardest of pen ordeals" with an advanced ink delivery system that is resilient to temperature and pressure changes and is safe to fly with. After all, it was designed specifically for US Services, whereby reliability was of paramount importance.