Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize fountain pen in Blue, with a two-tone stainless steel cap, and a 14k gold, two-tone, Triumph Broad 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 polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is the largest model (Oversize) in the Sheaffer Triumph line-up, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

I receive a lot of requests for a vintage pen with a broad nib. Unfortunately, such pens are exceedingly rare. They were special-order items, used primarily as "signature" pens. Writing with such a nib would have been impractical, given the handwriting style, paper, ink, and customs. Today, however, broad nibs are in demand, as handwriting changed, and we now write mostly for pleasure, enjoying broad, wet nibs that bring out the beauty in our favorite inks.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

If you've wanted a vintage Sheaffer pen with a broad nib, look for further. This is a beautiful example of the Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel Deluxe, and it is the Oversize model. It is a large and thick pen (at least by vintage standards) and it posts beautifully. so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The pen is in excellent condition, without any defects or flaws, with deep, vibrant Blue plastic and excellent gold-filled trim. The cap is in equally great shape. The translucent section is clear, the imprint strong. The pen fills efficiently and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method), which is nearly three times as much as a typical cartridge.

The star of the show is the Broad Triumph nib. It's one of the broadest nibs Sheaffer made at the time (excluding italics), and it writes like a dream. It lays down a juicy line of about 0.7 mm (on my paper) with a light touch. This pen will also perform admirably with a heavier hand and it's very forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. You can flip it upside down for an XF line (it's designed that way). A lot of modern broad nibs are overpolished at the factory causing performance issues, such as hard-starts. This pen, however, never hesitates, thanks to Sheaffer's amazing engineering.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry, alignment, and a clear translucent section

The Iowa company called it "Progressive engineering and watch-like precision" and while that's very much true, I also believe these pens are more than just products of good engineering. They have that intangible quality, call it a soul, that makes you want to write all day, every day. They're just so much joy to use.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B, capped

Sheaffer Statesman Vac Blue, XXF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Statesman Vac-filler in Blue with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly to clean it, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish by hand. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and use only high-quality replacement materials.

Sheaffer Statesman Vac Blue, XXF, uncapped and with the plunger rod partially extended

This is a great example of the 1940s Statesman model, in a rare Blue color, with an XXF (almost a needlepoint) nib. I would classify this nib as a needlepoint, as it lays down a line of 0.2 mm on my business paper. On dry paper, such as Rhodia, the line might be even thinner, if you write with a light hand. The pen feels a little toothy (by design),  writes a very precise line, and it will make a great business cursive, Palmer Method writer in a skilled hand. If you are a beginner at cursive and want to learn it, it will be a nice pen with which to start your handwriting improvement journey. The filling mechanism provides efficient operation and holds a lot of ink.

Sheaffer Statesman Vac Blue, XXF, nib profile showing excellent nib geometry and alignment, a nice ink window in the section, and a slight plating loss.

Cosmetically, the pen looks fantastic, with a deep, rich, and vibrant color and excellent gold-filled trim. The only flaw that I can see is a slight loss of plating on the nib. It's difficult to see with the naked eye, but you should be able to see in in the close-up photo I provided. It's minor and does not affect the pen's performance in any way.

The Statesman is a decent-size pen, measuring 5.05" capped and 0.45" in diameter. It was marketed to men at the time. It posts very well and should be comfortable even for people with larger hands. It's an elegant pen and it would make an excellent office instrument, fine enough to write in tight spaces. Slip it inside the breast pocket of your suit, and let the White Dot and beautiful, streamlined cap and clip show off its classy appearance.

Sheaffer Statesman Vac Blue, XXF capped