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 Triumph Valiant Tuckaway Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F

(On hold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a wide gold-filled cap band, and a 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). The pen measures 4.48"capped, 5.15" posted, 0.4" section and 0.45" barrel diameter. The White Dot is located on the top of the cap.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, with the cap off and the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer designed the Tuckaway to be a "lady" pen, which was fairly common at the time. Today, however, pen companies use a very different narrative for such "pocket" pens, but the fact remains these pens are incredibly practical, and, hence, very popular. If you're a fan of the Kaweco Sport, a TWSBI Mini, or a Stipula Passaporto, you're going to love the Tuckaway.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, capped

To me, personally, the Triumph Tuckaway is the perfect pocket pen. Designed to be, equal parts, beautiful and sturdy, the pen excels at practicality and sheer performance. Capped, it will fit in your pants pocket, your purse, or backpack, but when posted, it converts into a full-size pen. In its posted configuration, the Tuckaway has fantastic ergonomics,  measuring about 0.51" in total length, with a very comfortable section of about 0.4" in diameter, which makes it nearly identical in terms of proportions and "heft" to the Pelikan M800 unposted. If you write with your M800 with the cap off, the Tuckaway is going to feel very comfortable in your hand, and with the portability that those larger pens are often jealous of.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, comparison with the Pelikan M800

The pen's functionality and performance are first-rate. The vacuum filling mechanism is efficient, holds a lot of ink, and it's a lot of fun to use. The ink window lets you gauge the remaining ink level with ease. The section has a subtle texture, so a secure grip is always assured. The cap merges with the body seamlessly, with excellent balance in the hand. The large nib extends the section, giving you an incredibly versatile pen in terms of grip. Add to it the Triumph nib's large sweet spot and forgiving nature, and you have a superb writing instrument, able to accommodate a broad variety of grips, holding angles, rotation, and writing pressure. I am not sure I'd be able to find a modern pen that can boast such a combination of features and performance.

The pen is in beautiful condition. The shimmering, gleaming celluloid  has awesome depth and vibrancy. The gold-filled trim is spotless, and the imprint is strong. It's a pen that should satisfy even the most discerning high-end collector, but it will give a dedicated writer lots of joy and performance to match. The nib writes a Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper).

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F

(On Hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in striated, semi-transparent Black celluloid, with a 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. The pencil has also been restored to full functional and cosmetic condition. The set comes in the original box, also in great condition.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F, uncapped and with the plunger partially extended

In the 1940s, as the U.S., joined World War II, the fountain pen industry was faced with severe material shortages (including rationing), labor shortages, and a difficult economic and political climate. In addition, Sheaffer was tasked by the U.S. Government with the manufacturing of high-precision armament components, such as bomb fuses, testament to the Iowa company's superior technological prowess. Despite all that, Sheaffer came up with one of its most successful fountain pens ever, the Triumph vacuum filler.

The set I'm offering today is a superb example of the Triumph. Made of Black celluloid, with a semi-transparent barrel, a wide gold-filled band, and vested with a phenomenal Triumph nib, the pen is a beautiful writing instrument, capable of incredible performance. The filling mechanism, which has just been completely rebuilt, works efficiently and holds a lot of ink. The nib writes an utterly enjoyable Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper) that is smooth and consistent. The genius of the Triumph nib is that it feels smooth regardless of (reasonable) variations in holding angle and rotation about the page. The nib has a large "sweet spot," which allows its user to write rapid strokes in all directions, without ever skipping, skidding, or catching the paper. The oversize ebonite feed provides generous, yet controlled flow that will never run dry.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F, capped

The pen and pencil set would make a great gift; it even comes in the original box. Why not consider it as a Christmas present for a family member or a friend? I think it would be a more interesting and original gift than even the latest and greatest electronic gadget.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F, boxed

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with 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, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.15" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer was a mighty brand in the 1940s. Today, we take advanced R&D from companies such as Apple and Google for granted, but in wartime America, Sheaffer was a pioneer, a leader in precision product design and manufacturing. For the Iowa company, "the laboratory was the quality proving ground for all new materials, all new designs," and it is thanks to the progressive engineering and "watch-like precision" conceived in the lab that we can enjoy Sheaffer pens today, decades later. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib profile

It's no secret that celluloid can be a very tricky material to manufacture and to ensure its long-term viability. Even today, only a handful of pen companies use celluloid anymore, precisely because of how labor-intensive and unstable it can be. However, Sheaffer did succeed in creating a celluloid of superb quality and breathtaking beauty. The vast majority of Sheaffer pens I've worked on showed no signs of material deterioration, unless they had been abused or stored in severely unfavorable conditions. It's fair to say that a well-restored Sheaffer celluloid pen is going to last for years to come, giving its new owner a reason to write.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is made of the gorgeous striated Marine Green celluloid, with very good barrel transparency and a rich, vibrant color and depth. The pen is in excellent condition, showing only minimal signs of use. The pen is so gorgeous, so comfortable, so efficient as a writing tool that it's likely to bring a smile to your face every time you pick it up. With a completely rebuilt filling mechanism, the pen is a writer's dream.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, capped

The Triumph nib is a superb example of Sheaffer's advanced writing system. Yes, it's not just a nib, it's an entirely different ink delivery system, never before (or after) seen on a fountain pen. The system is particularly adept at regulating ink flow, regardless of atmospheric conditions, ink, paper, or writing technique. With an oversize ebonite feed, you can be sure the pen will never starve for ink or refuse to write. The nib is ground to have two writing surfaces, a feature that inspired Sailor to employ it on its high-end Naginata Togi nibs. The nib is firm, yet feels soft, as it effortlessly glides across the paper. Are you left-handed? Do you write with a death grip? Do you have a heavy hand? No problem! The nib can take it all in stride. It writes a line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), which makes it close to a Western XF, yet without the toothiness typically associated with extra-fine nibs. If you've been wanting a pen with a superb writing performance, a precise, enjoyable line, and a handsome, classy appearance, look no further!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, posted

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Fine 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, Marine Green, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Why do you write with a fountain pen? Me? I do because it brings me joy. Writing with any other instrument feels more like a chore, yet the fountain pen is a continuous source of pleasure. And no pen brings me more joy than the wartime Sheaffer Triumph. It's everything I want in a fountain pen. A beautiful, ergonomically sound design, a gorgeous, semi-transparent striated celluloid, a high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, and, last but definitely not least, the Triumph nib.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen I am offering today is one of the nicest specimens of the model I've seen in a long time. It's flawless. A beautiful, vibrant, luscious celluloid, with excellent barrel transparency and awesome gold-filled trim, paired with the amazing Triumph nib, together, make this a superb fountain pen that should satisfy most fountain pen enthusiasts. Even if you've never owned a vintage fountain pen, you really owe it to yourself to try the Triumph at least once. The Triumph is such a departure from the classic, conventional fountain pen, that it is a writing instrument in a class of its own.

The Lifetime nib lays down a confident, even cocky, line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and feels incredibly smooth, yet without any flow issues that plague modern gold nibs of equal smoothness. The nib writes fantastic strokes in virtually any direction, has a large sweet spot, and gives one that gliding, almost hovering sensation. It grabs on to the surface of the paper, and holds on, until you command it otherwise. It writes under the lightest pressure, yet it will take  a heavy hand just as easily. A fabulous writer!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, capped

Sheaffer Flat-top Oversize, Black, XF Wet Noodle

(Sold) This is a 1920s Sheaffer White Dot Flat-top Lifetime Oversize fountain pen in Black, with a 14k gold Lifetime XF "wet noodle" flexible nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). By vintage standards, this is a very large pen, measuring 5.3" capped and 0.52" in diameter.

Sheaffer Flat-top Oversize, Black, XF Wet Noodle, uncapped

The notion of rarity is somewhat peculiar in the vintage pen world. A very small detail, such as the number of cap bands, can be the difference between an ordinary daily writer and a highly collectable "grail" pen. I think that, to the majority of my customers, such esoteric details do not matter nearly as much as they do to high-end collectors. However, some rare features are downright amazing.

Sheaffer Flat-top Oversize, Black, XF Wet Noodle, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

This Sheaffer Flat-top is a particularly rare pen due to its physical size and its nib. The Lifetime nib was designed to withstand years of daily use and offer its owner unconditional warranty. Needless to say, most Lifetime nibs were made tough. They were stamped out of a large, thick piece of gold, and they were meant to be firm, even rigid. It's is, therefore, exceedingly rare, to come across a flexible Lifetime nib. It is even more rare to have such a nib on an Oversize pen.

Sheaffer Flat-top Oversize, Black, XF Wet Noodle, nib close-up

This nib was most likely a special-order item, a one-of-a-kind nib made for the discerning customer, probably for someone who wrote Spencerian penmanship. Despite being very flexible, this is still a Lifetime nib, so it does have the toughness to take years of daily use (but not abuse, of course). It's a huge nib, with long tines, and it flexes very easily. A wet noodle is not about how much a nib will flex, but it's more about its response. This nib writes an XF line (about 0.4 mm on my paper) and flexes very easily with increased pressure to about 1.3 mm, with excellent "snap-back." In the hands of a skilled penman, the nib will produce beautiful, precise transitions between hairlines and swells. However, if you write with a heavy hand, this nib is not for you, as it will resemble a brush pen, rather than a fountain pen. I recommend you start with a dry ink, such as Pelikan 4001 or an iron-gall ink, as it will give you better creative control of the nib.

Sheaffer Flat-top Oversize, Black, XF Wet Noodle, capped

The nib is in amazing condition. Clearly, it had not been used much at all. The tipping material is of perfect geometry and the tines have perfect alignment, both with and without flexing. If you're used to writing with a Waterman 52 (or similar), this nib will feel different, due to its large physical size and long tines. But once you get used to it, it will be magical.

The pen is in excellent cosmetic condition, without any flaws or defects. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong. The White Dot is on the top of the cap. A fantastic specimen of this rare pen!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Gray Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Broad nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, a complete overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and I use high-quality replacement materials. This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

During the first half of the 20th century, in the U.S., people learned a handwriting style known as the "business cursive." Such a style called for a pen with a fine or extra-fine nib. Therefore, very few pens made in that era come with medium or broad nibs. A broad nib was utterly impractical in daily writing, but it made an excellent signature pen, used specifically to write checks, sign documents, etc. I believe this pen was special-ordered as a dedicated signature pen. If you love broad nibs, this is your chance to own a fantastic vintage pen. Frankly, it's been a long time since I've seen such a broad nib on this particular wartime model.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, nib profile, also note excellent barrel transparency, with the background showing through

The problem with modern broad nibs is that they are often overly polished at the factory. That makes them appear very smooth, but it also causes serious ink flow issues, particularly hard-starts. This type of issue is sometimes called a "baby's bottom" flaw, and it has to be corrected by a skilled nib meister before the pen can write perfectly well.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, capped

Sheaffer came up with an ingenious solution for nibs to feel smooth but without the unwanted performance issues. The Triumph nib comes with a slightly upturned tip, which not only gives its owner a superbly pleasant sensation of excellent smoothness, but it also makes the nib  very forgiving of angle and rotation. Do you write with your fingers? Do you rotate the nib from letter to letter and write with a heavy hand? Are you left-handed? Do you have the "death grip?" No problem! This nib can take it in stride.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, nib closeup showing excellent condition, geometry, and alignment

Cosmetically, the pen is in amazing shape. Typically, this chrome-plated trim does not wear well, but this one appears to be in pristine condition, which further supports the guess that this pen was only used occasionally, for special purposes. Barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gorgeous Gray Pearl celluloid. The filling mechanism works like a charm, and the pen holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). A superb specimen!

Sheaffer Balance Pen and Pencil Set, Marine Green, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen and Pencil set in Marine Green celluloid. The pen has a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Fine nib. The set comes in the original box. The pen is a full-length Balance, measuring around 5.4" capped and 0.42" in diameter. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, adjustment to ink flow, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pencil has also been restored to full mechanical function.

Sheaffer Balance Pen and Pencil Set, Marine Green, F, uncapped

The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, emphasizing its Lifetime warranty program whereby each pen bearing the designation would receive unconditional guarantee for the lifetime of its original owner. The set appears to have been found unused, put away in a desk drawer for decades. Based on my inspection, the set does seem to be an a mint condition, with no signs of use, just very faint "handling" wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The ink window is perfectly clear. The imprint strong.

Sheaffer Balance Pen and Pencil Set, Marine Green, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The set's condition is its main attraction here. Imagine being transported back in time to the 1930s and purchasing this set from your local fountain pen store. It would be guaranteed for life. Now, you have a chance to own this set as though it had been preserved in a pristine condition specially for you. Pretty cool, isn't it?

I did restore the pen much like I do every other pen. I want to be sure that the pen functions as well as it's supposed to, and you will decide whether to make it your daily writer or put it away as part of your precious collection. A truly beautiful writing instrument, with gorgeous, gleaming celluloid, perfect gold-filled trim, and it even comes boxed. One does not come across such as set every day.

Sheaffer Balance Pen and Pencil Set, Marine Green, F, capped

The nib writes a confident Fine line (0.4 mm on my paper) and it's a pleasure to use. After I did my writing sample, I replaced the sac, so that when you receive the pen it'll be in 'as new" condition, ready for your favorite ink. These Lifetime nibs are excellent performers! The nib is firm, but feels soft and pleasant on paper. A joy to use!

Sheaffer Balance Pen and Pencil Set, Marine Green, F, pen and pencil in box

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway Fountain Pen (a.k.a., "1250") and Pencil Set in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Extra-Fine nib and a matching pencil, in original box. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism (replacing existing "packing" material with modern high-quality replacement), adjustment to ink flow, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pencil has been refilled with Sheaffer's original 1940s refill.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine, posted

This is a gorgeous, rare Sheaffer Tuckaway set. The Tuckaway was made in a few different models, this one being the Valiant, marketed primarily to men. Made of the exquisite, gleaming Carmine celluloid, with a transparent barrel and a matching striated section, this is a pen that's bound to bring a smile to your face. The set is in excellent condition, free of any flaws or blemishes, with just the faintest surfaces wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape.

The pen is a fantastic writer! It lays down a consistent, self-assured, even cocky line of about 0.3 mm on my business paper. This puts it easily in the XF territory, possibly even XXF if you write on dry paper, such as Rhodia. However, the firm Lifetime nib has none of the "shortcomings" of a conventional XF nib, so it'll allow you to glide effortlessly across the page, with consistent strokes, in virtually all directions. A  modern Japanese XF nib will give you an equally fine line and smooth performance, but it will not be as good at rapid upstrokes and curves. It will also feel considerably more toothy than the Triumph and will have a very small sweet spot. Many of my customers who've tried the Triumph XF nib have been surprised at how smooth and forgiving it feels. I tuned it to write on the wet side, so that you can further enjoy that hovering sensation.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine, nib close-up showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

If you write a business cursive or want to learn Spencerian handwriting or the Palmer Method, this will be an excellent tool with which to do that. It's a portable set, comes in the original box, and will fit in your favorite small case, such as Kaweco Sport. Posted, this "Tucky" converts to a full-size fountain pen and will feel comfortable even for people with large hands. And, it is so beautiful, don't you think?

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine, capped.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in Carmine, F

(SOLD) This is a late 1930s Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. This is a full-length slender "875" model, measuring 5.3" capped, with a barrel diameter of 0.42".

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in Carmine, F, with the cap off and the plunger rod partially extended

The previous Balance I posted sold in minutes, so I decided to post another. Here's a chance for you to own this classic pen, made to last, a fantastic performer, made out of gorgeous vintage celluloid, and with a superb gold nib to boot. You'd be hard-pressed to find a modern pen with an equal blend of features and performance, anywhere near the price. This pen will not disappoint!

A lot of fountain pen enthusiasts believe the Sheaffer Carmine striated celluloid is among the most beautiful fountain pen materials ever made. I am inclined to agree. This particular pen is in excellent condition, the material rich, deep, and vibrant, and with great barrel transparency. The gold-filled trim is in equally good shape. Frankly, this pen looks as though it was made yesterday. The imprint is strong.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in Carmine, F, capped

The Sheaffer Balance was the BMW of fountain pens, a writing instrument that was as beautiful as it was functional. It was made to fit one's hand like a glove, and to be "driven" day in, day out, offering its user consistent and satisfying performance. The pen holds an astonishing 1.7 ml of ink, has superb ergonomics (posted or unposted), and a gold nib that is firm without feeling like a nail. It's a large, beautiful, Lifetime nib that I tuned to write a generous, wet line, so you can experience it at its best, as it's effortlessly gliding across a sheet of your favorite paper. It writes without hesitation, at the lightest pressure, and will never skip, skid, or starve for ink. How many modern pens come with such dependable, enjoyable performance out-of-the-box?

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in Carmine, F, side view of the 14k Lifetime nib, showing perfect tipping geometry

If you've never owned a vintage pen, but are a lover of beautiful Italian celluloid pens, look no further. This pen will look every bit as gorgeous as your Montegrappa, but will give you that special vintage performance that few modern pens can match. If you are an experienced vintage pen user, then you already know what to expect of the Lifetime nib, one of the best gold nibs ever designed. The phrase comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, and the ink is Sailor Kobe Bordeaux.