Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold)This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a transparent barrel, a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph F nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (done by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring around 5.18" capped and 0.44" in diameter. The pen is meant to be using posted, which it does very well, indeed.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The year 1942 was pivotal in the history of the fountain pen. As the U.S. entered World War II, some of the pen companies joined the effort, producing mission-critical armament components. Sheaffer was the undisputed leader in that regard, posting a significant growth as a company and continuing bringing to market fantastic writing instrument. In my opinion, no other pen epitomizes that era than the Sheaffer Triumph vacuum filler.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

A product of several years of vigorous R&D, the Triumph was an utterly modern fountain pen, "far ahead of anything in the field." The Triumph accomplished what had seemed an intractable pen design problem before, namely, a consistent, silky smooth flow of ink, under various conditions, including temperature, barometric pressure, ink, paper, and one's writing technique. The Triumph ink delivery system excels at buffering the ever expanding and contracting volume of ink inside the reservoir (here, directly inside the barrel). The task is accomplished by an oversize ebonite feed with a huge surface area of its numerous fins and, crucially, a large channel running inside it. Sheaffer took advantage of its advanced R&D laboratories to perfect the Triumph, including rigorous testing, by man and machine. The quote I wrote comes from a 1942 statement that accompanied the launch of the Triumph vac filler.

The pen I'm offering today is a great specimen of the Triumph, perhaps its most iconic model. Built from the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a transparent barrel, adorned with impeccable gold-filled trim, the pen is truly beautiful. It's in excellent condition, too, with only very minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. Functionally, the pen is as close to its factory condition as possible, with an efficient filling mechanism (up to 1.8 ml of ink using the two-stroke method), and superb ergonomics.

The pen writes an XF line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). It's firm, but smooth, and capable of writing rapid strokes in virtually all directions, including long, swooping curves. Sheaffer's nib grinding technique aimed at providing a point that wrote very smoothly but without compromising ink flow. Today, it's not uncommon for pen makers to polish the nib's writing surface to an extreme degree, giving the point a sense of smoothness, but, often, at the expense of its writing ability. The Triumph is tuned to write at the lightest touch, and that is where it performs at its best. However, it will also take a heavy hand in stride, rewarding you with a line that is as dependable as modern rollerballs. Ink flow is a touch above average in wetness, so you can take full advantage of the broad spectrum of inks available today.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF, posted

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. The pen measures about 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's longtime leadership in the pen industry can be demonstrated most poignantly demonstrated in the Lifetime Triumph pen, such as this Valiant Oversize. A product utterly new, far ahead of anything in the field and yet it employed many of the basic fundamentals that were engineered by the Iowa company throughout the 1940s. The pen is truly a product of Sheaffer's "progressive engineering and watch-like precision" approach to pen making. As an industry leader, Sheaffer expanded its plant, added machinery, hired new personnel, all leading to the extremely successful launch of the Triumph vac-filler. The company had such incredible engineering prowess that the U.S. Government with manufacturing high-precision components for the war effort, including mission-critical fuses.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, nib close-up

What makes the Triumph pen so successful as a writing instrument is its precise and dependable writing performance. Each pen was given personal attention from a team of highly skilled technicians, so when it left the factory it was ready to write, the instant it was put to paper. I hope to restore this incredible functionality with every Sheaffer pen that comes across my desk so that you can be sure to get a fantastic experience, as good as any top-tier modern fountain pen. In fact, many of my customers who dared try the somewhat unusual Triumph nib, reported back their utter joy with their new pens' dependable performance.

The pen I'm offering today is one of the nicer specimens of the Valiant I've seen. Made of the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, with excellent gold-filled trim, a high-capacity filling mechanism (up to 1.8 ml using the two-stroke filling method), and the awesome Triumph nib, this is a writing instrument unlike any made today. Give it a try and you will be amazed at how easily it puts ink on paper, how consistent its line quality is, and how resolute it is in delivering dependable performance day in, day out.

The nib writes a true-to-size Western Fine line (about 0.5 mm on my paper), so it probably sold as a Medium, which makes it a particularly rare model. I tuned it to writes somewhat wet, so you get that desirable gliding sensation, but without too much ink pooling or smearing. This pen would make an awesome workhorse, daily carry, office or school kind of pen. It comes with an additional writing surface, accessed simply by flipping the nib upside-down, for a much finer line, perfect for quick notes and marginalia.

The pen is in fantastic condition, without any flaws or defects, with excellent, vibrant celluloid, equally good gold-filled trim, and a strong imprint. A beautiful specimen!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF

(Sold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone, Triumph Lifetime XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. This is a medium-size pen, measuring around 5" capped and 0.46" in diameter. It posts very nicely, so it should be comfortable to hold for most people.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I thought it important to start the new year with a great pen. I am so thrilled to be offering this gorgeous Sheaffer Statesman from the mid-1940s. Made while Sheaffer were at the peak of their technological prowess, the Statesman has all of the goodness the Iowa company developed in the early 1940s, including the gleaming, shimmering celluloid, the efficient, high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, and the famous Triumph nib. The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement at the time, and, quite frankly, I cannot think of a way to introduce the pen. This is a real treat for people who love to write.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF, nib profiles, showing excellent tines alignment and tipping geometry. Also, note the clear ink window.

The nib is a rare XXF, laying down a consistent monoline of about 0.3 mm (on my paper). Today, XXF nibs are rather hard to come by. Realistically, your only option is a Japanese XXF nib, but then you're dealing with the usual limitations of a conventional, open nib, plus, the fact that it was developed primarily for logographic handwriting, where short downward strokes are most common. Such nibs are, therefore, somewhat problematic for traditional cursive handwriting, which requires rapid strokes in virtually all directions, including curves. 

The Triumph nib writes a super fine line, but without the usual sensation of "toothiness," without skipping, and never catching the paper. Whether you write with your arm, wrist, or fingers, the nib will continue performing at the highest level, with Sheaffer's signature willingness to write the instant you put it to paper. It's a super fine point that feels like a much broader nib on paper, thanks to its ingenious "rocker" design. A superb tool for the discerning writer!

The pen is in fantastic condition. The celluloid has such depth, such vibrant color, such chatoyancy. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong. Quite frankly, the pen looks virtually as good as new.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF, capped

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

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF 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. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration, and I use the highest quality replacement materials.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In my opinion, Sheaffer's Triumph gold point was the Iowa company's greatest achievement. It was a significant departure from anything that had come before. An entirely new, self-contained, efficient,  reliable system for delivering ink on paper. Today, we use fountain pens for fun, but back in the 1940s, they were indispensable tools, used all day, every day in all kinds of environments. A conventional fountain pen's Achilles heel was its somewhat unreliable, wet flow, which often caused problems, particularly on ordinary office paper. Such pens were also notorious for variability in performance as a function of grip, writing pressure, holding angle, even atmospheric conditions. Pen companies embarked on the pursuit of the Holy Grail of writing instruments, a pen that's as comfortable as it is reliable, as forgiving as it is precise, and as functional as it is beautiful. Both Parker and Sheaffer designed their ultimate pens, though they took entirely different approaches. For Parker, it was the 51, for Sheaffer, the Triumph vacuum filler.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile, showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen I'm offering today is a fantastic specimen of this wartime model. Made of the gleaming, shimmering, semi-transparent Golden Brown celluloid, with impeccable gold-filled trim, this is a gorgeous pen. It's a full-size pen,  measuring around 5.1" capped and 0.45" in diametervery comfortable to hold, posted or not. The pen fills efficiently, holding a lot of ink (up to 1.7 ml using the two-stroke method). The nib delivers a steady, yet controlled flow of ink, laying down a consistent line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). It's smooth without compromising its writing ability, and it's capable of writing rapid strokes  in virtually all directions (including curves). Unlike conventional nibs, the Triumph resists drying out, even if left uncapped for a while. The nib's incredibly forgiving of your grip and writing pressure. It has that awesome willingness, such a resolute, paper-grabbing, line drawing ability, with every stroke, the nib just wants to go forward, as if attacking the page, providing a direct conduit to your thoughts. The geometry of the Triumph nib (with the characteristic upturned tip) is the continuation of everything Sheaffer had learned in their famous R&D labs, and a brilliant achievement of design and engineering. And, the best part is, now this pen and pencil set can be yours!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize ("1250") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. The pencil has also been restored to full functionality, except the eraser is used up. The pen measures about 5.2" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's advertising slogan, "This is the time to write," fits the Valiant I'm offering today perfectly! This is, truly, the kind of pen that just wants you to write with it and rewards you, each and every time, with incredibly satisfying, dependable performance. A large pen, the Valiant fits your hand like a glove, posted or not, and gives you that highly desirable cushioned ride across the paper. The nib is firm and has an XF point (about 0.3 mm on my paper), yet avoids feeling toothy, much like a lot of modern nibs of equal width do. That's thanks to the Iowa company's ingenious "rocker" design of the Triumph nib. It's a nib that doesn't have to be overpolished to feel smooth, and, as a result, never falters, never skips, or starves for ink.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, nib tune-up

This is a somewhat rare model with a matching striated section and a transparent barrel, which also serves as an ink reservoir. This is preferred by collectors over the later model, which comes with a black section and a plastic inner sleeve, a sort of cartridge for storing ink inside the pen. The pen is made of the beautiful, striated celluloid that explodes into a multitude of shimmering tones, with incredible depth and chatoyancy. It's also very vibrant, with a deep, rich, gleaming dominant browns. The vacuum filing mechanism has been completely rebuilt, works efficiently, and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, either in the material or gold-filled trim, and the imprint is crisp. A fantastic specimen of Sheaffer's wartime flagship pen.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

 

 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac 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 thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.46" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

"Here's a product utterly new, far ahead of anything in the field, and yet it includes many of the basic fundamentals that were engineered by us from the very beginning." This quote, and the one I wrote by hand, both come from Sheaffer's Chairman's remarks made around 1942. Sheaffer's Triumph point was a huge departure from "conventional" fountain pen designs, a pen so sophisticated, so brilliant in its design and craftsmanship quality, that it created a major shift (today, we'd call it a disruption) in the U.S. fountain pen industry.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib profile

Sheaffer didn't just design another fountain pen, they engineered a writing machine, a self-contained system for delivering ink onto paper. We are fortunate that we can still enjoy these pens today, as many of them survived in storage, and, if restored well, they can be incredibly dependable and enjoyable writing instruments rivaling even the most expensive modern European and Japanese fine pens. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is a great specimen of the Triumph Vac-filler. It's got the Iowa company's wartime DNA, including the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, the efficient, high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, and, of course, the Triumph gold point. The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. Barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gold-filled trim. A gorgeous pen!

The pen comes with a rare Medium nib. Such nibs weren't very popular back in the 1940s, as the ubiquitous business cursive required a very fine point. This pen was likely special-ordered to be used as a dedicated signature pen. Since handwriting has changed rather dramatically over the past few decades,  broader nibs are much more practical, and so here's a rare chance for you to own a gorgeous vintage pen with a Medium nib (about 0.6 mm on my paper). 

The nib writes a supremely smooth, confident line, as if developing a connection to the page, and, hence to your thoughts, getting out of the way of your writing, providing a cushioned, gliding movement, expertly dampening vibrations along the way. And if you need a finer line, simply flip the nib upside down. It was designed to be able to write this way, too.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, capped

 

 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler Clipless in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended.

I've written at length about Sheaffer's wartime design and engineering capabilities, and I hope I've been able to show that the Iowa company truly was one of the leaders of the pen industry. Sheaffer can be credited with a number of significant innovations in the area of fountain pen design, and even if some of these innovations were not entirely Sheaffer's original ideas, it was Sheaffer who was responsible for implementing and popularizing such features. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile

This particular pen is the epitome of Sheaffer's "progressive engineering and watch-like precision." A pen that is as beautiful as it is functional, this feature-rich writing instrument is likely to give its user the performance they seek while also being a source of endless joy. For me, personally, the Triumph is the ultimate fountain pen, where every bit of the design has a functional role to play. The beauty of the striated celluloid, the semi-transparent barrel, the vacuum filling mechanism, the quarter-turn cap threads, the slightly tapered, comfortable section, the incredible balance (posted or not), and the incredibly precise, dependable, and consistent Triumph nib and feed system. Man, you gotta love this pen!

The pen I'm offering today is in excellent condition, with a vibrant, warm-to-the-touch celluloid and excellent gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong, the vacuum filling mechanism efficient, and the clipless cap adds quite a bit of character to this pen.

The Triumph nib is a rare nib that is as suitable for highly skilled penmen as it is to absolute beginners. An XF writer, the nib lays down a line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper) under the lightest touch. It does so without ever catching the paper or refusing to write, regardless of the direction and rapidity of your strokes. Better still, it has the beginner-friendly properties of having a large sweet spot and writing equally well with a heavy hand. Ink flow is generous, and, most importantly, consistent, thanks to the oversize ebonite feed's excellent buffering capability.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, capped

The pen is priced at $129. Please, let me know if you're interested in ordering it and I will email you a PayPal invoice. Shipping fees are listed on this page. Thanks!

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F

(On hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Crest ("1500") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold-filled cap, and 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5" capped and 0.47" in diameter. The Crest was the "flagship" of the Sheaffer catalog in the 1940s.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In the early 1940s, Sheaffer was the leader of the U.S. pen industry, with an extensive catalog, where even the entry-level pens were of outstanding quality. At the top of the catalog, sat its the Crest, the Iowa company's flagship model. The pen I am offering today is a beautiful, immaculate Crest that dates back to 1942, the early days of the Triumph line. The pen has two important characteristics that set it apart from later Triumph models. First, the barrel acts as an ink reservoir. It's semi-transparent, so you can easily see the ink inside it. Second, the pen has a matching striated section, which is as beautiful as it is functional, with a  pleasant, "warm" feel that only vintage celluloid can provide.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

Sheaffer attributed a large part of the success to their R&D laboratories. While most modern high-end pen makers focus on creating highly decorative, luxury pens, Sheaffer's attention was primarily on features that enhanced the pen's utility as a writing instrument. The Triumph truly was a triumph of ingenuity and engineering, yet it was also beautiful. The Crest is perhaps as much "bling" as you're ever going to get on a 1940s Sheaffer pen. It's a classy, handsome implement, made of extraordinarily beautiful striated celluloid, with a gold-filled cap with a subtle Art Deco guilloche decorative pattern. And it's in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The material has great color, depth, vibrancy, and chatoyancy, the gold-filled trim smooth and glossy, free of imperfections.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, nib close-up

A full-size pen, the Crest posts very well, so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The pen is perfectly balanced, posted or not, with a large, comfortable, gently ribbed section and a wrap-around, two-tone nib. The Crest comes equipped with a vacuum filling mechanism, which has been completely rebuilt, functioning smoothly and holding a lot of ink. 

The 14k Lifetime nib is a delight! In true Triumph fashion, it has two writing surfaces, a large sweet spot, and a soft feel on paper. It lays down a standard Sheaffer Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and writes self-assured strokes in virtually any direction. The nib is perfectly smooth, but its smoothness is achieved by clever engineering and superb craftsmanship rather than by polishing the writing surface to an extreme degree. As a result, the Crest is a dependable writer that will never let you down, and, unless you're a fan of extra broad nibs, will bring you a lot of joy and help take your handwriting to the next level.

Speaking of handwriting, the Triumph nib is a fantastic tool with which to practice penmanship. Because of its forgiving geometry and a slightly upturned tip, it excels at writing long, rapid strokes that are needed for cursive handwriting. It truly is a precision tool, and it will not hard-start, skip, or starve for ink, rewarding you with a line that you can rely on for that smooth, flowing, graceful handwriting you want. And, did I mention it writes at the lightest pressure? It does, indeed, and, as importantly, it will take  a heavy hand in stride.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, capped

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF

(On hold) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Vac fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough, but gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pen measures 5.1" capped and 0.42" in diameter.

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I think it's fair to say that Apple and Google are today's Parker and Sheaffer. The two pen companies were among the greatest innovators of their respective era. They both created incredible, timeless fountain pens, built around sophisticated technologies. The pen I am offering today is a great example of a 1940s pen. It's beautiful, ergonomically sound, performs very well, and was built to withstand "the hardest of pen ordeals." The pen came to me with a broken nib, so I replaced it with a better, Lifetime nib, which is correct for the "White Dot" version of the pen.

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

If you're thinking of buying the new Pelikan M400 Tortoise, may I suggest an alternative. This Sheaffer pen is about the same size, made of similarly beautiful material, has an even greater ink capacity, and comes with a fantastic gold nib that writes a much finer line (about 0.2 mm on my paper) than the Pelikan XF nib. And, it has some really interesting history behind it. A pen designed specifically for the US Armed Forces, it was meant to be used in the field, at sea, and in the air. A beautiful, sturdy, and dependable writer, at a fraction of the M400 price!

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, nib close-up

The pen is free from any flaws or defects. The celluloid has a deep, rich, and vibrant color, with excellent barrel transparency. You can watch the pen getting filled and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The clip is known as the "Military" clip, and it's rather unique. Why buy a modern pen that thousands of other people already have, if you have have this beauty for a lot less?

The Lifetime nib is a fantastic performer. It writes an XXF line (bordering on a needlepoint), but without the typical "toothiness" of modern XXF nibs. It allows you to write rapid strokes in all directions (including curves) without catching the paper, and a generous, yet controlled flow of ink. A perfect pen for business cursive, a great journaling pen, a travel companion. This pen was meant to be used on the road. It'll fit in your journal's pen loop and will bring a smile to your face every time you reach for it to write down your thoughts. An extension of your hand.

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M

(SOLD) This is a c. 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize "1250" fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph F-M 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). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration. In this case, I removed the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replaced it with modern high-quality equivalent. The mechanism now functions perfectly and will last many, many years before needing service. This is the largest model in the Triumph line-up, measuring around 5.15" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The Triumph ink delivery system was Sheaffer's crowning achievement. Brought to market during World War II, the system was brilliant in its design and superb in its execution. A system comprising of an ink reservoir, large ebonite feed, and a wrap-around 14k gold nib, the system functions dependably and consistently, regardless of atmospheric conditions, ink, paper, or handwriting technique. A stunning feat of technology, its only rival over the years, the Parker 51 Aerometric, the system continues to functions extremely well. If you need a beautiful, durable, "workhorse" kind of pen, look no further.

The phrase I wrote comes from a speech made by Sheaffer's Chairman in 1942, shortly after the Triumph launched, where he attributed a large part of the company's success to its service department. It's amazing to think that pens were serviced within a day, promptly returned to their owners, who obviously needed to write with their fountain pens day in, day out.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

In addition to being a great EDC pen, this Valiant is an instrument of rare beauty. Made of a gleaming, transparent celluloid, with a matching section (very rare!),  and generous gold-filled trim, the pen looks so handsome that it would be fit perfectly alongside the modern Italian celluloid pens by Montegrappa and Visconti. The material has a deep, rich, vibrant color, with subtle gradations of yellows and browns, with excellent barrel transparency. You can watch the pen being filled and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape! The imprint is strong.

The nib most likely sold as a Medium, but I'd rank its line width to be close to a modern western medium-fine. It lays down a generous line of 0.5 mm, with excellent flow, and a very smooth sensation. The nib is firm, but feels soft on paper, thanks to its excellent vibration absorption properties. It's a huge chunk of gold, and it makes writing incredibly enjoyable. The sweet spot is large, and the nib writes effortless strokes in virtually all directions, allowing you to write a flowing cursive or precise print. If you need an XF line, flip the nib upside down - it was designed to have two writing surfaces. Speaking of which, the tipping geometry is perfect, as is alignment. The pen is large and posts beautifully. Truly, a fantastic, comfortable writer!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, capped

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler, Golden Brown, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1930s Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, a complete overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality modern replacement materials. This pen is also known as a "350" or a "short and slender" Balance, measuring around 4.8" capped and 0.42" in diameter. 

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I restore pens for people who love to write. This simple formula entails that I select fountain pens from among pens made between the early 1930s and late 1950s, made by the four major American brands. This pen meets the criteria perfectly. Made by Sheaffer, the famous Balance, was a revolutionary pen at the time. The Iowa company had the most extensive pen catalog in the industry, and even their lower-end pens were made of high-quality materials and at the same high level of craftsmanship. I love restoring Sheaffer pens because their quality makes the process incredibly rewarding and it ensures that my customers are going to enjoy the pen's performance.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, the imprint looks strong.

This Balance is in excellent shape, with a gleaming, shimmering Golden Brown celluloid that is deep, rich, and vibrant, with good barrel transparency, and a smooth, blemish-free surface. The gold-filled trim is in equally excellent shape. A beautiful, classic pen, it will make a great companion in your travels, for journaling purposes, a fantastic, compact pen to take to the office or your favorite coffee shop. The pen posts very well, and it should be comfortable even for people with larger hands.

The nib is such joy to write with! A smooth, springy writer, it lays down a wet, consistent line that is close to modern Western extra-fine, though the nib probably sold as a Fine. It is ground to write at the lightest pressure, and that's where it performs best. If you press harder, the nib will respond with a pleasant "give" and the tines will spread, giving you a hint of line variation. Today, such a nib would be very difficult to outperform, either by European or Japanese models. It's the kind of nib that makes you want to write for hours, loving every stroke.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac-filler fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone, Lifetime Triumph Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I restore the vacuum filling mechanism by removing the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replacing it completely with a modern substitute. It is of higher quality and durability than the original. This is the current "best practice" in restoring these pens. This is a full-size pen, marketed primarily to men. It measures 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46".

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer Vac-filler are known for their large-capacity filling mechanism, but there are other lesser known features that are equally cool. For example, this pen has a cap that only takes a quarter-turn to close. Sheaffer went to great lengths to create such a system, and it required high-precision machining that the Iowa company had in the 1940s. Also, the nib has an additional writing surface, upside-down. It will give you an XXF line that is smooth and reliable (by design). Finally, there is an inner "cartridge" ink reservoir, which can be accessed by unscrewing the barrel shell. This is not a feature to be used daily, but if you need to know exactly how much ink you have left, you can easily access the cartridge. Nice, isnt' it?

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Triumph nib probably sold as a Medium, but it writes closer to a modern Western fine. It is a smooth writer, tuned slightly on the wet side so you can enjoy that famous vintage gliding sensation. Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, both the celluloid and the gold-filled trim. There are no flaws or defects. The imprint is strong, and the Golden Brown body is smooth and has a nice shine to it. A beautiful pen!

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F, capped