Sheaffer Triumph Vac F-XF

(sold) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler in striated Golden Brown celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph F-XF 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.

Sheaffer Triumph 1250 with an F-XF nib

The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, and it captures the essence of this pen perfectly! This is such an incredible writing instrument. But it's more than that, I truly believe this pen is a work of art, or at least a work of amazing wartime craftsmanship. The gleaming celluloid is rich, deep, and vibrant. There's nice transparency in the barrel, and the gold-filled trim looks intact. The wide cap band is the most "bling" you're ever going to get on a Sheaffer pen of that era, and I think it reflects the luxury aesthetic of the time.

This is a full-size pen (known as "1250") and it posts really well. It should be comfortable to hold for people of different hand sizes and grips. The Triumph nib writes a confident line that is between a modern Western XF and F line. I'd rank it close to an XF, but it has none of the toothiness of modern XF nibs. This nib feels smooth and has a huge sweet spot. It is forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Whether you write with your fingers or your wrist, or even the whole arm, this nib is going to write beautifully. You can even flip it upside down foran XXF line, of equal smoothness.

These pens are fairly rare, as they were made during a very brief period in the 1940s, at the peak of Sheaffer's technological capability. It would be difficult to find another example of this model in such good condition.