(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Craftsman fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with an ink view window, and a 14k gold XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, adjustment of ink flow, tuning of the nib, and a gentle hand polish.
Pelikan has just released its new M400 Tortoiseshell Brown, and the similarities between the M400 and the Craftsman are unavoidable. Both pens are made by well-respected brands with great heritage, both are entry-level in their companies' line-ups, both pens are of comparable size, both made of striated brown celluloid, both are self-fillers and hold a lot of ink, both come with solid gold nibs. Both have ink windows. So which pen are YOU going to buy? The Craftsman has two features in its favor. First, a true XF gold nib, which is finer than Pelikan's XF and feels softer on paper. But the biggest difference is price. The Pelikan sells for around $380, and the Craftsman for $99. The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement.
The pen is in very good condition, with gleaming Golden Brown celluloid and excellent gold-filled trim. The nib is a delight to use! A true extra-fine, the nib is smooth, but not overpolished. It writes with confidence, at the lightest touch, and feels soft on paper. It's not a flexible nib, but it does have nice, gentle "give" to it. And it's excellent at absorbing micro-shocks caused by dragging the nib across the rough surface of the paper.