Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in original box, in Golden Brown celluloid, with a matching striated section, a transparent barrel, 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 pencil has also been restored to full function, it takes standard 0.9 mm refills, available today.

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

Sheaffer's crowning achievement, the now very rare Oversize Valiant, with the efficient, high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism (up to 1.8 ml using the two-stroke method), made out of the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a matching section, a transparent barrel, and, of course, the Lifetime Triumph nib. In my opinion, this particular model is the Iowa company's greatest technological accomplishment. A perfect marriage of design and engineering, a union so desirable and yet so elusive. 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also note the clear barrel transparency

The pen is large, by vintage standards, it posts very well, and so it should be comfortable to hold for most fountain pen enthusiasts. With its superb ergonomics, a slightly textured section, the pen will lend itself to hours of effortless writing. The Triumph nib is so forgiving, so smooth, capable of rapid strokes in virtually all directions. Whether you're right or left-handed, whether you use the tripod or the death grip, whether you right with a featherweight pressure or a heavy hand, the nib will conform to your needs with willingness and ease. It lays down a standard Sheaffer Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), which puts it in-between modern Western XF and F. The nib is firm, but feels somewhat soft on paper. It's not glassy smooth, but it's not meant to be! It has just enough tooth to provide a seamless connection to the paper, but without feeling unpleasant in any way.

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

The set is in excellent condition and comes in its original box. There's one small round blemish on the pencil's body, possibly a flaw in the material, but it's hard to say. It's small, but it's there, so I must point it out. Otherwise, the set is in fantastic shape, with a truly beautiful, vibrant, rich celluloid, excellent barrel transparency, and a strong imprint.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F, in box

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F

(On hold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Vac fountain pen, in Marine Green celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone, Lifetime Triumph nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I think it's fair to say that the vast majority of fountain pens made in the first half of the 20th century are quite a bit smaller than modern pens. However, each of the major U.S. pen companies did make at least one oversize model to meet the needs of customers with larger hands. Such pens are exceedingly rare today, and, often, are sold at significantly higher prices than their standard-size counterparts. 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note the clear ink window

I am really excited to be offering another Sheaffer Valiant Oversize today, a pen that's as beautiful as it is functional, and, yet, reasonably priced. This is a full-size pen, even by modern standards, measuring about 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter. Still, it's significantly smaller and lighter than modern OS pens, such as Delta Dolcevita OS and Visconti Divina Maxi, which tells you just how radically our taste in pen size has changed over the years.

The star of the show is the 14k Triumph nib. Designed on the "rocker" principle, with a slightly upturned tip, the nib produces the smoothest, most consistent monoline (about 0.4 mm on my paper), virtually regardless of your holding angle, rotation about the page, grip, or writing pressure. A conventional nib has a relatively small "sweet spot," a highly polished writing surface that creates optimal contact with the paper. However, if you rotate the nib  or change your holding angle, you will inevitably get off the sweet spot, causing variation in line width, disruption to ink flow, and that dreaded sensation of scratchiness. Not with the Triumph nib! It's a truly ingenious design and one that you really have to try to understand just how forgiving it is. 

The pen is in fantastic overall condition, without any flaws or defects, with gorgeous, vibrant, gleaming celluloid, and equally nice gold-filled trim. The pen comes with the high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, which holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke filling method).

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

Detailed dimensions
Capped 132 mm
Unposted 113 mm
Posted 150 mm
Diameter 12.23 mm

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 Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in striated Marine Gold 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 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). This was Sheaffer's largest pen at the time, marketed primarily towards men, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, uncapped

I've been getting a lot of questions regarding penmanship, and, in particular, advice on what fountain pens are most suitable for learning/improving one's handwriting. I appreciate the questions very much. However, it's somewhat difficult to come up with a good answer because handwriting is an incredibly personal thing, so generalizations, typically, are not very helpful. Still, if I were to pick one pen that is particularly suitable for penmanship improvement, it's the Sheaffer Triumph. If you have larger hands, then the Oversize model, such as this one, would be great.

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

Sheaffer developed a truly unique nib and feed system for their 1942 Triumph. It was a radical departure from the conventional "open" nib, offering substantial improvements in ink delivery and writing performance. What makes the Triumph so good is its ability to write a consistent, fine monoline (this pen lays down a 0.3 mm line on my paper), without ever feeling scratchy or catching the paper. When we learn penmanship, we are required to practice a lot of rapid strokes, up, down, across, and curved. A conventional nib is going to have to be held in a strictly constant position about the page (the "sweet spot") in order not to catch the paper or refuse to write altogether. The Triumph nib, on the other hand, has a very larger sweet spot and is much more forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Whether you write with your arm, hand, or fingers, the nib is going to respond in a very self-assured, resolute manner, giving you the confidence you need to keep improving. And, most importantly, it will make the otherwise tedious learning process that much more enjoyable thanks to to its easy, flowing, almost hovering movement.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib close-up, with the rare matching section

This pen is in excellent condition, both functionally and cosmetically, holding up to 1.7 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, just very minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, including the cap threads, which typically did not wear very well on this model. Barrel transparency is very good. The imprint is strong. Note that this is the more rare and desirable early model, with a matching section and the barrel acting as the ink reservoir.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, 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 Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Carmine, XXF

(On hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with 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 (by hand). This was the largest pen in Sheaffer's Triumph line-up, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Carmine, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's wartime manufacturing capability was among the best in the entire U.S. precision industry. The Iowa company ran an extensive R&D program, with laboratories that were at least a decade ahead of other pen makers. Sheaffer implemented a sophisticated testing and quality control program, including machine testing of all of the pen's features, including how well it would fit into a breast pocket of a business suit, without doing any long-term damage to the fabric. Such attention to detail is one of the important reasons why we can enjoy 1940s Sheaffer pens today. If restored well, these pens are going to give joy and awesome performance to even the most discerning fountain pen enthusiasts. 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Carmine, XXF, nib close-up

The Valiant was Sheaffer's pride and joy. A pen that was truly as beautiful as it was functional. Made of the vibrant, complex striated Carmine celluloid, the pen I'm offering today looks as classy as some of the modern Italian celluloid pens, yet you can have it for a fraction of the price of a Montegrappa or a Visconti. Celluloid is the royalty of fountain pen materials, visually stunning and extremely pleasant to the touch. It's been described as warm and inviting, even luscious. The pen has a semi-transparent barrel, which adds complexity to the material and offers an important functional advantage. The gold-filled trim complements the streamlined design, with a touch of luxury. There's one small scratch on the cap, but otherwise, the pen is in excellent shape, including flawless trim and a strong imprint.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Carmine, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also note the transparent barrel and strong imprint

The pen comes vested with the awesome "wrap-around" Triumph XXF nib. The nib lays down a consistent line of about 0.2 mm, which puts it in the needlepoint vicinity, yet it feels smooth on paper and writes rapid upstrokes without ever catching the paper. For a point that fine, the nib has a large sweet spot. It would be an ideal tool with which to write a business cursive, the Palmer Method, or any of the modern logographic writing systems. You're not going to find a modern XXF nib that will come even close to the Triumph in terms of performance with a light hand and rapid strokes. Did I mention it is a beautiful, huge chunk of gold? 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Carmine, XXF, capped

The pen is priced at $169. Please, contact me if you're interested in buying it and I will email you a PayPal invoice. Shipping fees are listed on this page. Thanks!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize ("1250") in Chocolate Brown with a 14k gold, two-tone 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. This model was the largest in Sheaffer's wartime catalog. 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer claimed that a large part of their "leadership" in the pen industry was thanks to the use of gold, "one of the finest raw materials." Today, the role of solid gold nibs is often questioned, particularly by pen companies, who have a significant business interest in selling steel-nibbed pens. The price of gold has gone up in recent years, and pen makers are finding it difficult to justify (and afford) putting gold nibs on their pens. In fact, a modern 18k gold nib alone costs a lot more than most decent fountain pens. Fortunately, we can still find wonderful vintage gold-nibbed pens at affordable prices.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF, nib profile, showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note the crisp imprint.

So what is the deal with gold nibs? Are they inherently better than stainless steel? No, stainless steel nibs can be very good, but the magic of vintage gold nibs is in the intricate combination of several important factors behind a high-quality vintage gold nib, such as this Sheaffer Triumph. The manufacturing process, which is largely lost to us, was focused on creating the best writing instrument possible. The gold alloy, its processing (incl., annealing, tempering, hammering, etc.), the design itself, and, most importantly, the finishing technique used, all contributed to creating a fantastic tool that remains unmatched by most gold nibs made today.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF, nib close-up

The Triumph nib is firm, by design, yet it feels soft on paper. It provides that cushioned ride across the paper, as if hovering above the surface of the paper, yet without feeling disconnected from it. The material excels at dampening vibrations resulting from dragging the point across the rough paper, which gives the writer that highly desirable sensation of smoothness. But it's smoothness done right, i.e., without compromising the nib's writing ability, without the hard-starts and skips that plague overly polished modern "luxury" pens. A lot of my customers who have given the Triumph nib a chance, report back how much they love their Sheaffer nibs, how different they feel, how well they write.

The Valiant I am offering today is a large pen in excellent condition. The Chocolate Brown material is smooth, with a rich and vibrant color, a clear ink window, a strong imprint, and virtually no signs of use. The gold-filled trim, including the cap threads, is in equally great shape. Quite simply, a handsome, beautiful pen.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF, 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 Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize fountain pen in Marine Green striated celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Extra-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). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and, in the case of Sheaffer Vac pens I completely replace the original "packing" material with high-quality modern materials. This was the largest model in Sheaffer's wartime line-up, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

The quote I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement. It does sound a little trite, but, once you've had a chance to experience the Sheaffer Triumph pen from the 1940s, you realize that it is the pinnacle of fountain pen design. What I mean by "design" is features that enhance the pen's utility as a writing instrument. While modern pen makers prioritize ornamentation and luxurious appearance, Sheaffer focused on performance, including the pen's filling mechanism and writing ability. Every feature of this pen is there for a reason - to make writing smooth and easy, dependable and consistent. Of course, the Iowa company didn't forget to make the pen beautiful, did they?

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The large Triumph nib lays down a smooth line of about 0.3 mm. It is consistent, controlled, but still generous enough to be enjoyable. It's a rare XF nib that never feels toothy and does not catch the paper, regardless of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Are you a finger writer? Do you write with a heavy hand? Do you rotate the nib from letter to letter? Do you write rapidly? No problem! This nib can take all of that in stride. 

The pen is in excellent condition, with gorgeous, gleaming celluloid and shiny gold-filled trim. The pen looks truly handsome, with a clear ink window and a strong imprint. The filling mechanism works efficiently, holding up to 2 ml of ink (using the two-stroke filling method). The pen is fairly large and it posts beautifully, allowing it to be comfortable even for people with large hands.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Black, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in Black, with 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 (using current "best practices"), ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish by hand with a soft cloth.  This is the largest model in Sheaffer's Triumph line-up, measuring 5.26" capped and 0.49" in diameter. The pen posts beautifully so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Black, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize was Sheaffer's flagship model, marketed primarily to men, professionals, upwardly mobile white-collar workers. However, it was also a pen that was broadly used in various environments, including out in the field, at sea, and in the air. A true workhorse pen, today, it would make a statement in your office and would make a fantastic, daily "all-around" writer. The classic black with gold-filled trim, Sheaffer's form-factor (used previously in the Balance line) gave rise to many classic pens, including the Montblanc 146 and Aurora 88 Large. It's in exceedingly great condition, and now it can be yours at the fraction of the price of its modern look-alike German and Italian pens.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Black, XF, nib close-up showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, also note the strong imprint.

The Triumph nib is a dream to write with! Laying down an XF line (0.3 mm on my paper), the nib glides across the page without effort, as if gliding, even hovering above the surface of the paper. A firm point of narrow width, it writes without the toothiness typically associated with XF nibs. One of the best XF writers ever made, vintage or modern. This is an excellent pen with which to write a business cursive or M. Sull's American Cursive Handwriting. It excels at writing consistent, long strokes in all directions, without catching the paper, being forgiving of holding angle and rotation.  In addition, the vacuum filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink. You even get a nice ink window to gauge how much ink remains in the barrel.

Cosmetically, this is a beautiful specimen, with smooth, deep, and rich Black plastic and excellent gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong, the section transparency excellent. There are no flaws or defects, and the pen looks gorgeous. If you enjoy classic pens, look no further. Why spend hundreds on a new Montblanc or Aurora if you can have this vintage beauty, restored, and ready to write.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Black, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Carmine, F

(SOLD) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize in striated Carmine celluloid, with a transparent barrel, and 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 tuning, and a gentle hand polish. This was the largest Sheaffer Triumph Vac filler at the time, measuring 5.2" capped, and 0.48" barrel diameter. This pen is also know as the "1250."

When the U.S. entered World War II, Sheaffer had a 40% preference rating out of nearly fifty fountain pen companies. A staggering lead in the pen industry. By comparison, today, the U.S. has only a handful of pen brands, very few of which manufacture pens in house, and none of which make nibs, except for special-order pieces made by a jeweler (Newton Pens). Sheaffer leadership was present all across the market, the Valiant I am offering here, occupying the top of the line, but even the entry-level Balance Vac-fillers were of excellent quality.

The phrase I wrote is a 1942 quote by Sheaffer's Chairman speaking on the subject of quality. I think it sums up this particular pen perfectly. The Triumph Valiant was an marvel of technology, born in an era of a serious economic and political crisis and severe material and labor shortages. Sheaffer engineers made a pen that had it all: a timeless, ergonomically sound design, a breathtakingly beautiful celluloid, a vacuum filling mechanism (holding up to 1.7 ml of ink), and a phenomenal Triumph nib and feed system.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Carmine, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I call the Triumph a "system" because it was more than just a nib and a feed. Today's pen makers, with a few exceptions, buy nib and feed screw-in units from third-party manufacturers. The units are of high quality, but they have a simple construction and a somewhat generic performance. The Triumph, on the other hand, was the result of a lot of hands-on craftsmanship by a team of highly skilled technicians, who made sure each system performed perfectly before it left the factory.

This nib is ground to a Sheaffer "standard" Fine geometry, laying down a line of about 0.4 mm (subject to variability as a function of paper, ink, and writing pressure) and the supplemental writing surface (top of the nib) that produces a much finer line of about 0.25 mm. The pen writes under the lightest pressure, it's confident, precise, and a lot of fun. I tuned it a bit more wet than Sheaffer intended, so that you can bring out the best color and shading out of your favorite inks, but without making a mess on the page.

This nib would make a perfect business writer. It's so consistent and versatile that you can easily imagine writing with it all day, not worrying about running out of ink, or the nib skipping, hard starting, or starving for ink. The transparent barrel makes it easy to gauge your remaining ink level, and it's just such a cool "demonstrator" feature!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Carmine, F, a profile photo of the Triumph nib showing perfect geometry and alignment. Also, note the crisp imprint.

Sheaffer made two versions of the Oversize Valiant. This particular model is the early variant, featuring a matching section (see the striated celluloid in the photo). Also, here the ink is stored directly inside the barrel. The other, later variant, had a more generic black section, and the ink was stored inside an inner "cartridge." I will leave it up to you to decide which model you prefer, but to me, this one takes the cake.

The pen is in excellent cosmetic condition. The celluloid gorgeous: deep, rich, and vibrant. There are no flaws or defects, only very, very slight surface wear. The niband the gold-filled trim are in equally excellent shape. Frankly, this is one of the nicest Valiants I've seen in a long time. Do not let this one slip away! It'll be a while before I can source a similar pen.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Carmine, F, capped

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler Oversize, XF

(SOLD) This is a late 1930s Sheaffer Balance Vac Oversize in Jet Black with a striated transparent barrel, with a 14k gold, two-tone Extra-Fine Lifetime nib. This is the Oversize model, the largest in the Sheaffer catalog, and very rare as a Vac (plunger) filler. It measures 5.52" capped and 0.52" in barrel diameter. 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 hand polish. I work according to current "best practices" in the area of pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials and specialized tools.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler Oversize, XF, with the cap off and plunger partially extended

This pen is as rare as it is beautiful! The vast majority of vintage pens (say, made before 1960) are rather small and slender compared to modern fountain pens. There are many reasons for that. First of all, people's handwriting (taught in schools and commonly used) required a light touch, so a slender, lightweight pen was beneficial. Also, there were severe material shortages throughout the 1930s and 1940s, so larger pens were more expensive to make. Today, fountain pens are designed primarily as luxury goods, so a larger, heavier pen fits that designation better. Besides, a larger pen provides a bigger canvas for ornamentation in many modern high-end pens, such as Japanese Maki-e and Italian celluloid pens. Finding a large vintage pen, therefore, is a real treat to a lot of fountain pen enthusiasts. This pen is definitely it!

The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, and it captures the essence of this pen perfectly. The pen is so beautifully balanced, so comfortable to hold. Whether your write unposted or posted, the pen will fit your hand like a glove, regardless of your hand size. The slightly tapered, thick section, with a rounded lip, offers a sure grip, no matter how you hold the pen. The huge Lifetime Extra-Fine nib, with a slightly upturned tip, has a superbly shaped tipping geometry, writing at the lightest touch, and feeling as smooth as a conventional medium nib. Today, it's virtually impossible to make a nib that writes so fine and yet feels so smooth, while being self-assured and consistent. A true marvel of technology and art, much of which is lost to us. The ebonite feed, with its huge surface area, provides an effective ink buffering and delivery mechanism, one of the best such systems ever made, in my opinion. The nib writes a life between 0.3 mm and 0.4 mm, depending on ink, paper, and writing pressure.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler Oversize, XF, showing the profile of the Lifetime nib and barrel transparency

Cosmetically, this is a very interesting pen, made of Jet Black celluloid, with a longitudinally striated transparent section, with only very slight "ambering," or discoloration, but still showing your ink in its full glory, as it sloshes around inside the barrel. The cap comes fitted with the so-called "radius" or streamlined clip and the eponymous White Dot. The orange stripes that you see in the barrel are the warm background showing through the excellent transparency. The pen is free from any flaws or defects, with only very faint surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye.

The filling mechanism, restored with materials of, arguably, higher quality and durability than Sheaffer's original components, can be easily filled to capacity with a two-stroke method, holding an astonishing 3 ml of ink. That is the equivalent of nearly five International ink cartridges. That's a lot of ink! This is a large mechanism, so you should expect a bit of resistance while pushing the plunger, which is perfectly normal, as the plunger needs to create a strong vacuum to fill the barrel with ink. The thing to remember is that the cap takes only a single rotation to screw on and off, so please, be careful not to damage it by over-tightening.

Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler Oversize, XF, capped