(SOLD) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler "1250" fountain pen in Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone, Sheaffer Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, adjustment of ink flow, a nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current "best practices" in fountain pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components, materials, and specialized tools. The pen is 5.14" capped and 0.43" barrel diameter.
The Triumph nib and feed system was Sheaffer's biggest achievement in the early 1940s. The Iowa company, tasked by the U.S. Government with the production of precision components for the war effort, was at the peak of its manufacturing prowess, having just added new buildings and machinery. The workers at the Sheaffer plant, mostly women, were highly skilled and gave each pen a lot of personal attention, including the painstaking process of nib grounding and finishing. Every pen that left the factory, despite severe material shortages and economic restrictions of wartime America, was ready to write. And write it did! The phrase I wrote comes from Sheaffer advertisement, showing men's faces. Clearly, the company thought the Triumph Vac was more suitable to male customers, as "women" is added as ifparenthetically. It's a medium-size pen, it posts very well, and it should fit most people's hands comfortably.
The Triumph nib/feed system functions as an ink buffering mechanism. As we continue to hold the pen in our fingers, their warmth heats up the ink inside the pen, thus increasing its volume and changing the delicate pressure balance that enables the pen to write. The mechanism is so good at controlling ink flow that the pen always writes a smooth and consistent line. Sheaffer intended these nibs to write what we would describe today as "dry," to meet the requirements of the day. These days, we have to luxury to write with fountain pens for pleasure and on high-quality, coated, "dry" paper, such as Rhodia. I, therefore, tuned this pen to write a more generous line, so that you can enjoy that gliding, hovering sensation.
The nib, based on the rocker principle, is smooth and pleasant to use. It's firm, but it's excellent at absorbing vibrations coming from dragging the tip against the rough surface of the paper. A real joy to use, and one that has to be experienced to believe. Some of you have expressed curiosity about the upturned tip. It's there for a reason - to provide a smooth writing sensation, without overpolishing the writing surface and, thus, inhibiting ink flow.
Cosmetically, this pen is as beautiful as it gets. The gleaming Marine Green celluloid is smooth, with a deep, rich color, with excellent barrel transparency. The gold-filled trim is equally excellent condition, without any flaws or defects.