Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F

(Sold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Craftsman Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine 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 (by hand). This is a medium-size pen measuring a little over 5" capped and 0.44" in diameter. It posts very well, and writes a true-to-size Fine line of about 0.4 mm, so it's possible it sold as a Medium.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

One of the most intractable problems that a fountain pen designer must try to solve is handling the expansion of ink due to changes in temperature and pressure. Today, sadly, but understandably, most pen makers focus on aesthetics rather than engineering aspects of pen design, and, as a result, most pens made today employ a similar, simple method of regulating flow, i.e.,  a plastic (or, rarely, ebonite) feed with a relatively larger surface area and one (sometimes two) channels. As a result, modern pens are not particularly good at dealing with ink flow fluctuations, particularly those due to changes in temperature. We keep hearing stories of pens "exploding," leaking, burping, when the temperature or atmospheric pressure go up or down by a significant amount.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note the oversize ebonite feed

In the early 1940s, Sheaffer brought to market its own solution to regulating ink flow, the Triumph system. The Triumph solves the ink expansion problem by providing an oversize ebonite feed with a larger surface area and one larger channel that runs inside it. The feed is enclosed inside a cylinder made of 14k gold, which offers an additional buffering capability and further protects the system against external factors, such as drying out. By today's standards, the Triumph is "ahead of anything in the field" despite predating modern pens by more than half a century. 

What this means to us, writers, is that a Triumph pen is going to give us that silky smooth, well-controlled, generous, steady, and delightful flow of ink, regardless of atmospheric conditions, and will be resilient against quirks of ink, paper, and writing technique. The pen I'm offering today is a great specimen of the Triumph, in fantastic condition, and made of the highly coveted Carmine celluloid. And, it's priced well below most modern pens of comparable features and performance.

The nib, which probably sold as a Medium, lays down a generous Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). The oversize feed keeps the flow steady and consistent. The nib is firm but feels smooth and soft on paper, thanks to its ingenious upturned design and the vibration dampening properties of the gold point. Cosmetically, it's great! The gleaming, vibrant Carmine celluloid is so gorgeous, and irresistibly so. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph 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 medium-size pen, measuring around 126 mm capped (5"), and 12 mm (0.46") in diameter. It posts very nicely, like all Sheaffer wartime pens, so it should be comfortable even for people with larger hands.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF. uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

When it comes to classy good looks, the wartime Sheaffer Statesman is definitely in my Top Five. Made of the highly coveted striated Carmine celluloid, the pen looks stunning. The material has such depth, such vibrancy, such shimmering character. The barrel has excellent transparency, and the gold-filled trim looks superb. The imprint is strong. Quite honestly, the pen looks as good as any modern luxury pen and would feel right at home sharing a display case with the latest Montegrappa or Visconti. And, this is the more desirable (and rare) Statesman variant, with a matching striated section and ink stored directly inside the barrel.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

However, this pen also happens to be a fantastic performer. It is meant to post securely, so it should be perfectly comfortable for people with larger hands. It's balanced so well, it feels like an extension of your hand. When I put it to paper, I get this exquisite extra-fine monoline of about 0.4 mm. A line that never falters, never skips, or starves for ink. A line that impresses with its sheer willingness to perform. Unlike modern XF nibs, the Triumph has none of the usual toothiness or scratchiness, virtually regardless of your grip, holding angle, or writing pressure. A great pen for anyone wishing to improve their penmanship, particularly cursive, thanks to its impressively larger sweet spot and forgiving nature. And, it holds up to 1.6 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method).

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, XF, 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 Statesman Tuckaway Fountain Pen, F

(Sold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac Tuckaway fountain pen in Black, with a 14k gold 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 (by hand). The pen measures around 4.5" capped, 5.2" posted, and 0.45" in diameter. It writes a line of 0.4 mm (on my paper) and holds 0.6 ml of ink.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway Fountain Pen, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

So many of us use fountain pens on the go. Whether it's at work, school, a coffee shop, a sturdy, dependable pocket pen is a must. Today, a handful of pen brands make such pens, including the TWSBI Mini and Kaweco Sport, both extremely popular models. If you like these pens, you're going to love the Sheaffer Tuckaway.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway Fountain Pen, F, nib close-up

A compact pen when capped, the Tuckaway converts into a full-size pen when posted, measuring 5.2 inches, right in the vicinity of large modern pens, such as Pelikan M800 and Aurora Optima (unposted). The Sheaffer writes a fantastically smooth, reliable line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), delivering confident strokes in virtually all directions, without impeding its writing ability. A gold point that's extremely forgiving of angle, rotation, grip, and writing pressure, the Tuckaway will write on all kinds of paper, including small, thick notebooks that don't lie perfectly flat. The vacuum filling mechanism is a lot of fun to use and holds a respectable 0.6 ml of ink (using a one-stroke method), possibly more if you are not intimidated by the two-stroke method (practice first with plain water!). And the pen's very affordable!

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway Fountain Pen, F, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway Fountain Pen, F, posted

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac "1000", Persian Blue, F

(Oh hold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac "1000" fountain pen in Persian Blue with a 14k gold, two-tone 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 (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46".

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Persian Blue, F, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

Before the Lamy 2000 Black Amber was released, a lot of people speculated that the 50th anniversary model would be made of blue Makrolon. Consequently, there was a lot of disappointment when it turned out not to be true. I have good news for you. The pen I am offering today is very much like the Lamy 2000 of the 1940s. The Sheaffer Triumph Statesman in Persian Blue is a gorgeous, medium-size pen, with excellent ergonomics, a vacuum filling mechanism (1.9 ml w/ two-stroke method), an ink view window, and a fantastic gold nib. Sound familiar?

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Persian Blue, F, nib and section close-up

The pen is in excellent condition, with only the faintest signs of use. The material is deep, rich, and vibrant, the ink window clear, the imprint strong, the gold-filled trim great, and the nib flawless. Quite simply, it's an awesome pen, every bit as good as the Lamy 2000, and it now can be yours!

The nib writes a beautiful, smooth, consistent line of about 0.4 mm on my paper. Unlike the Lamy 2000, it has a large "sweet spot" and is quite forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. No matter how you hold your pen (well, almost), the nib's going to oblige, writing flawlessly, free of hard-starts and ink starvation. It will deliver fantastic performance day in, day out. A true workhorse of a pen, perfect for the office, home, or school. 

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Persian Blue, F, capped

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Broad Italic

(SOLD) This is a late 1950s Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman fountain pen in Burgundy, with a palladium silver broad factory Italic nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, ink flow adjustment, nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).

This is an extremely rare Sheaffer Snorkel from the late 1950s. It is vested with a broad factory Italic nib, made of palladium silver (similar to Visconti's Dreamtouch nibs). Sheaffer did make a "Stub" nib that was about medium in width (0.8 mm), and it also made a broad oblique Stub. The Iowa company used a coding system to describe the types of nibs it made. In the late 1950s, the system was abandoned, and, I believe, this is when this broad Italic nib was made. It would have most certainly been a special-order item, probably bought by someone doing italic handwriting or calligraphy.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Broad Italic, uncapped

When it comes to italic nibs, most pen enthusiasts appreciate great line variation between downstrokes and cross-strokes. However, the greater the line variation, the more difficult the nib is to use. A formal italic nib requires impeccable technique, so as not to "catch" the paper with the sharp corners of writing surface. This nib, thanks to its "rocker" Triumph design, creates extreme line variation, while remaining perfectly smooth and forgiving of angle and rotation. You would not be able to buy such a nib today, even if you order it from a nib meister, as conventional, "open" nibs are simply not capable of such performance. Here's a rare opportunity for you to own this incredible italic nib and take your handwriting and calligraphy to the next level. Whether you write formal italic, cursive italic, business cursive, or print, this nib will deliver amazing performance. It simply doesn't get any better than this. The downstroke is about 1.2 mm and the cross-stroke about 0.2 mm on my paper.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Broad Italic, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape. There are virtually no signs of use, either on the plastic or the gold-filled trim. An outstanding specimen!

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Broad Italic, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway in striated Carmine celluloid 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, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, posted

The Tuckaway was made primarily as a "lady" pen, and was marketed to women during the war years. As more and more women were entering the workforce, elevating their economic and social status, their demand for nice fountain pens increased. Today, the Tuckaway remains one of the best portable pen designs ever made. So many companies have tried to create the perfect pocket pen over the years, but few have been able to match Sheaffer's ingenuity.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, compared to a modern Aurora Optima

If you love the Kaweco Sport, Liliput, TWSBI (Vac) Mini, Sailor Sapporo Mini, etc., you're going to love this pen. The Tuckaway's strength is its superior ergonomics, as it "transforms" into a full-size pen when posted. It's just the right size to fit most people's hands comfortably, it is equipped with a vacuum filling mechanism, and it comes with the fantastic Triumph nib. And, finally, the gorgeous Carmine celluloid. In the world of portable pens, it doesn't get much better than this.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment, a clear ink window, and strong imprint

The nib probably sold as a Fine, but I'd rank it closer to a modern XF. It lays down a self-assured, assertive 0.3 mm line on my paper, gliding across the paper without much effort. A firm, smooth, dependable performer, this would be an ideal journaling pen. Take it along with you on your travels or your favorite coffee shop. Get immersed in your thoughts, feelings, let the pen connect you to your writing, and enjoy the ride. Whenever you pause, take a look at the material and admire its depth, vibrancy, and chatoyancy. 

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Tuckaway, Carmine, XF, capped

Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects, and with only very minor surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong. Take a look at the comparison shot with the Aurora Optima. I think the Carmine celluloid is as beautiful as that of Aurora.

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

Sheaffer Statesman Vac Blue, XXF

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Statesman Vac Blue, XXF capped

Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant, B

(SOLD) This is an early 1950s Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant (TM) in Black, with gold-filled trim and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Broad nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish by hand. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials and specialized tools.

Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant, B, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The truth is, most vintage pens (made before 1960) come with fine nibs. Medium nibs are rare, but broad nibs are scarce. The simple reason for that is that broad nibs were less practical in daily writing, be it in the office, at home, or at school. Also, the business cursive taught at schools at the time, called for a pen with a fine nib. Broad nibs were typically special-order items, and finding them today is not easy.

Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant, B, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

If you are a lover of broad, juicy nibs and have been disappointed not to be able to find a vintage pen with such a nib, I have good news for you. This Sheaffer Valiant comes with a fantastic Broad nib. By modern standards, I'd rank it somewhere between a western M and B, but I tuned it wet, so it's going to write a true-to-size broad line for most intents and purposes. A smooth, but confident writer, this nib will bring out the color depth and saturation of your inks. It will make your inks shade and sheen. It will glide across the paper effortlessly, but in a controlled manner, in a typical Triumph fashion. If you've been wanting to add character to your handwriting, look no further.

Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant, B, capped

The pen is in overall excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. Both the plastic and gold-filled trim elements show only very faint surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The ink view section is clear. Frankly, this pen looks as though it was made today and not sixty five years ago. The filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink. The Touchdown really was "the easiest pen to fill," as Sheaffer claimed in its advertisements at the time.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman NOS, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s Sheaffer Triumph Statesman 1000 in Black with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Fine nib. The pen is in new-old-stock condition, and comes with original price stickers on the barrel. The pen has been restored, which included a disassembly, cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman NOS, F

I rarely get new-old-stock, unused vintage pens, so I am really excited today to offer this Sheaffer Statesman. The pen is still stickered, which looks a bit unsightly, but collectors appreciate the presence of original price stickers. The stickers can be peeled off, and then the pen will be free of any adhesive residue. Even though this pen had never been used, I still restored it, as the moving parts inside the barrel have hardened over time and the pen did not create adequate vacuum to fill properly. You are getting a virtually new vintage pen in excellent working order and cosmetic condition. A rare treat! The Statesman is a medium-size pen, marketed primarily to men at the time, measuring measuring 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46". The pen posts very well, so it will feel comfortable even for people with large hands.

A lot of pen enthusiasts enjoy very smooth nibs. However, nib smoothness is inversely proportional to writing ability. There must be sufficient friction between the tip of the nib and the surface of the paper for ink to flow reliably and consistently. Otherwise, you're going to get hard starts and skips, and you will have to write with a heavy hand in order to keep ink flowing. Pen makers prioritize nib smoothness over writing performance to meet their customers' needs. As a result, it's common for even the most expensive pens to not write well "out-of-the-box." Such performance troubles are, in large part, attributable to the overpolishing of the writing surface at the factory.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman NOS, F

Sheaffer engineers were extremely well-versed in nib performance and were able to create a nib that always feels smooth, but without compromise in writing ability. The Triumph nib, based on the rocker principle, has a slightly upturned tip, which promotes the sensation of smoothness and the pleasant, smooth sound. If you've never tried such a nib, do not be apprehensive about its unusual shape. It will feel just like any other great nib, except it will write extremely well, reliably and confidently, and a large sweet spot.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Gray Pearl, F

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Triumph Statesman fountain pen in striated Gray Pearl celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Fine Triumph 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. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components and tools.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman, F

I get a lot of requests for pens with silver-color trim. I guess this kind of color scheme is in vogue these days, and if you listen to the excellent Pen Addict Podcast, you, no doubt, heard of the hosts' preferences for rhodium-plated "furniture." Unfortunately, vintage pens with chrome or nickel-plated trim are fairly rare. Today, however, I have a really nice monochromatic Sheaffer Statesman from the early 1940s, in Gray Pearl celluloid with chrome-plated trim.

This is a medium-size pen, measuring 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46". It posts really well, so it should fit even people with larger hands. A fantastic writer! The Triumph nib, at its best, at the "nominal" Sheaffer Fine tipping geometry, it's a smooth, confident writer, performing extremely well even at the lightest pressure. It's a great pen for beginners, as you can really press on the nib without harming it, so if you're coming to the fountain pen hobby after years of using ballpoint pens, you're going to have an easy transition. The filling mechanism is Sheaffer's vacuum or plunger mechanism, which works efficiently and holds a lot of ink.

The pen is offered at a 15% discount due to a very small dent in the cap band. Otherwise, the pen is in excellent condition. The celluloid is smooth, rich, and vibrant, with very good section transparency. Today, such material would be called "demonstrator" and each of the major brands used a variant of it, mostly for sections and barrels. The chrome trim is in very good condition, considering its age and the fact that it generally did not wear very well. It's difficult to find a vintage pen with immaculate chrome-plated trim, though. The imprint is strong.