Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M

(Sold) This is a late 1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance "1000" Vac full-size fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Medium nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a large pen, just shy of being Oversize, measuring around 5.3" capped and 0.47" in diameter.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's Balance has been one of the most influential fountain pens ever made. And for good reason. A supremely comfortable pen to hold, posted or not, this particular "1000" model will fit most people's hands like a glove. The celloid, being a truly organic material, feels somewhat warm to the touch, filling you with such joy. It's a pen that, much like a classic Stradivarius violin, just begs to be used, and when you do, you're rewarded with an extraordinary writing experience. 

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib profile

The pen's as beautiful as it is functional. The celluloid explodes in a rainbow of warm tones, with incredible depth and chatoyancy. Its semi-transparent barrel allows you to see the ink inside, sloshing around, and to gauge its remaining level with ease. The slightly tapered section is comfortable and will accommodate a broad variety of grips and holding angles. Unlike the majority of modern fine fountain pens, the cap is extremely lightweight and posts very well, without altering the pen's excellent balance. The filling mechanism has been completely rebuilt and now holds over 2 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method).

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib close-up

But, despite all that, it is the nib that steals the show. It's as if the rest of the pen is just the support act; the nib is THAT good. Thanks to its slightly upturned tip (a design perfected and popularized by Sheaffer), the nib feels incredibly smooth, without being overpolished; soft, despite being firm, and forgiving, despite having a standard, round writing surface geometry. I also really love the two-tone look, also perfected by Sheaffer in the 1930s.

This nib is of a somewhat rare, Medium, width. It's quite possible it sold as a Broad, as it easily reaches 0.6 mm (on my paper), with a luscious, juicy line. I'd bet this pen was special-ordered as a dedicated office pen, for writing checks, signing documents, etc. Today, because our handwriting has changed so dramatically over the past several decades, a broader nib is preferred by a lot of pen enthusiasts, but broader nibs are rather scarce in the vintage world. Therefore, I am particularly pleased to offer this nib today, hoping that it answers the requests for such a nib that I've received lately.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, capped