(SOLD) This is a mid-1950s Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga fountain pen in Pastel Blue with a 14k gold, two-tone Gregg nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, restoration of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components.
This is an extremely rare pen! Throughout the golden age of the fountain pen, the Gregg shorthand system was very popular among in business. It was an integral skill in the repertoire of a well-trained office worker. Sheaffer partnered with Gregg to create a small number of pens, with specially ground Gregg points, to facilitate rapid handwriting. What is a Gregg point? It's a very fine, smooth, spherical grind. It is almost a needlepoint, and an extremely pleasant, effortless writer. The tipping material is more round-shaped, which means a constant line width regardless of the direction of your strokes, as was required by Gregg. It's a unique experience - a very, very fine tip with the smoothness of a broader nib and a consistent line. The nib is also very forgiving of variation in holding angle and rotation, also, in an effort to provide consistent performance in rapid handwriting. A superb performer.
If you are into extra-fine or needlepoint nibs, this particular Gregg pen will be a fantastic addition to your collection. I will become one of your most favorite writers, as very few pens, vintage or modern, can match the beautiful line and smoothness of this nib. I did not clean the nib too aggressively so as not to remove the Gregg designation, but the nib is in mint condition. BTW, Pelikan had a similar nib, designated as "Kugel Sehr Fein."
The pen itself is also in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects, and only with the faintest surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye.