(SOLD) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Medium Triumph nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current best practices pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components.
Sometimes I get a pen that just breaks my heart. This beautiful Carmine red Sheaffer Triumph is a phenomenal writer, with a rare, smooth, Medium nib, but the clip has some plating loss. It looks like the pen might not have been treated with its due respect somewhere along its nearly seventy-five-year-long journey. I so wanted for this pen to be perfect because of the beauty of the material and the performance of the Triumph nib. Oh, well. I am, therefore, offering it at a 20% discount.
By 1942, Sheaffer's plant and personnel were 100% devoted to precision manufacture of armaments. Of the pens and pencils that were being produced by authority of the War Production Board, a substantial percentage was available for civilians. It's difficult to say whether this particular pen was made for military or civilian markets but, regardless, this pen is forever part of American wartime heritage. Sheaffer's manufacturing capability and technological know-how were at its peak during the war, and this pen is a a product that represents that era as no other.
Except for the clip, the pen is in very good cosmetic condition, with gorgeous, gleaming Carmine celluloid and very good barrel transparency. But the star of the show is the Medium nib. The vast majority of Triumph nibs made at the time were Fine, and broader nibs are rare. It's quite possible this was a special order pen, as the nib is definitely a juicy Medium. I tuned it to write wet, as I've been getting requests from those of you who enjoy colorful, shading, and sheening inks. This nib will bring out the beauty of your inks, will do so consistently and beautifully. It glides across the page, with a huge sweet spot, a firm nib that feels soft on paper. It absorbs micro vibrations coming from the paper and becomes an extension of your hand.