Sheaffer Craftsman in Golden Brown, XF

(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.

Sheaffer Craftsman in Golden Brown, XF

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.

Sheaffer Craftsman in Golden Brown, XF, capped