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 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

 

 

Parker Deluxe Challenger, Red Marble, M

(SOLD) This is a mid-1930s Parker Deluxe Challenger fountain pen in Red Marble, with a 14k gold Medium 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 a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Parker Deluxe Challenger, Red Marble, M, uncapped

The Parker Deluxe Challenger is a fantastic vintage pen at an affordable price. It's a full-size, thick pen, it posts very well, and should be comfortable even for people with large hands. It's a button-filler, and comes restored and ready for your favorite ink.

Parker Deluxe Challenger, Red Marble, M, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

If you like pens with broader, soft, and juicy gold nib, look no further. This pen writes a generous Medium line (about 0.5 mm on my paper), with excellent flow, and a springy feel. If you push harder, you might even get a hint of line variation, which is bound to add character to your writing. The pen is in very good condition, but it has one flaw. One of the three cap bands is missing. There's also slight brassing of the ball clip. Because of that, I am offering this pen at a 25% discount. 

Parker Deluxe Challenger, Red Marble, M, capped

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, M, Boxed

(SOLD) This is an early 1950s Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman fountain pen in Black with a Medium nib. The pen comes in the original box and the nib size sticker still on the section. As far as I could tell, this pen was unused when I received it, but I cannot guarantee it, so I am not selling it as a new-old-stock item. I did restore the pen, however, so it's ready to write when you receive it. Restoration involved 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 (by hand).

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, M, Boxed

The quote I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, and I believe the Iowa company was correct in claiming that the Snorkel instantly fills and adds character to your handwriting. 

The Snorkel filling mechanism is widely regarded as the most technologically advanced "self-filling" system. Indeed, it is an incredibly efficient and convenient mechanism, which allows you to ink  up your pen in a "dunk-free" process, with one swift downward stroke of the plunger. The mechanism is reliable and so much fun to use. A lot of fountain pen collectors firmly believe that the Snorkel was the pinnacle of the "fountain pen as a writing instrument" type of design. Beginning in the 1960s, pens gradually moved into the luxury goods segment of the market, based on a design philosophy that prioritizes features other than performance.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, M, Boxed, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Triumph nib is an incredibly advanced ink delivery system, as well. It is design to be very easy to use and versatile. Whether you're writing with a wet ink or dry ink, on good paper or poor paper, with a light hand or heavy hand, the pen delivers impressive writing performance and adds character to your handwriting. The nib is easy to maneuver and control, which facilities good letter forms and a flowing style. A real pleasure to write with! If you've never tried the Triumph nib, this is a great opportunity to do so.

The nib is made of palladium silver (a similar material to Visconti's modern Dreamtouch) and writes a generous Medium line. By modern standards, I'd probably rank this line as a medium-fine, but the pen sold as an M. The nib is firm but does not feel like a "nail," thanks to the properties of the alloy and the geometry of the writing surface.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, M, Boxed, capped

Cosmetically, the pen is as close to new-old-stock as it gets. There are no flaws or defects. The plastic is deep, rich, and smooth. The gold-filled trim is excellent. The imprint is strong. The pen comes stickered boxed.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Black, M, Boxed, with the Snorkel tube extended

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M

(ON HOLD) This is a 1945 Blue Diamond Parker 51 Vacumatic in Black, with a 14k gold Medium nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, adjustment of ink flow, 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.

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M, uncapped, also showing the hand-machined collector

The phrase I wrote comes from a Parker 51 advertisement, in which the company implied the extremely complex construction, superb skill, and a lot of personal attention required to manufacture the pen. The ad was accompanied by a picture of the collector (see the photo above) to illustrate the point. The collector was part of an elaborate ink buffering and ink flow control mechanism that has proven to be unmatched by any system devised since. In short, no modern pen can boast a writing performance that is as dependable and enjoyable as that of the Parker 51. Yes, the pen is not for everyone, but many of those who allowed themselves to try it, ended up with sizeable 51 collections, years of reliable service, and a lot of fun.

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, also showing a strong imprint on the body.

This particular 51 comes vested with a rare Medium nib. The nib probably sold as a Broad, as it lays down a fat line (0.6 mm on my business paper) that is incredibly satisfying. I realize I've let down a lot of you who love broader nibs recently, as most of my pens have featured very fine nibs, but I hope this pen will not disappoint you. A lot of modern pen makers choose smoothness over writing performance, as the market seems to demand it. As a result, you end up with a nib that feels incredibly smooth but is plagued with performance issues, such as hard-starts and skips. The issues are caused by the writing surface being overly polished at the factory. This 51, however, writes incredibly smoothly, but without any of the above problems. A fantastic writer, tuned just north of average in wetness, it will give you that gliding sensation and reward you with a line that will bring out the beauty, shading, and sheen of your favorite inks.

Cosmetically, this classic Black pen is flawless. The material has a deep, rich, and vibrant color, and a glossy surface. The cap and the gold-filled trim are in equally excellent shape. The imprint is strong. Quite simply, this is a beautiful specimen of the classic 51 Vac.

Parker 51 Vacumatic, Black, M, capped