Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant 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 Clipless, Golden Brown, XF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Clipless, Golden Brown, XF, capped

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

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone 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). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials. I completely removed the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replaced it with a modern material that's of higher quality and better durability than the original. This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.47" in diameter.

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

As the U.S. entered World War II, the pen industry was at a pivotal stage in its history. Sheaffer was tasked by the Government to manufacture high-precision components for the war effort, including mission-critical bomb fuses. Despite severe material and labor shortages, the Iowa company not only succeeded in staying afloat, but it also fulfilled its obligations, hired new staff, and expanded its real estate. Sheaffer attributed a lot of its success to its use of high-quality materials, such as gold and celluloid, and, most importantly, its advanced research laboratories. Sheaffer engineers worked tireless to perfect the fountain pen as a writing instrument, and its child was the Triumph nib and feed system.

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is a great example of the venerable Sheaffer Triumph. Made of the gorgeous striated Carmine celluloid, with a wide gold-filled cap band and the characteristic rounded clip, the pen is one of the most beautiful writing instruments of the 1940s. The pen is in fantastic condition, with a gleaming, deep, rich, and vibrant material, a nicely transparent barrel, and excellent trim. In fact, the pen is so gorgeous that it would feel completely at home in a display case next to some of the modern Italian celluloid pens by Montegrappa. 

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment.

The large Triumph Lifetime nib is in superb condition. It lays down a Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and it glides across the page effortlessly. The nib is designed on the rocker principle, which gives it a unique feel and a large "sweet spot." In daily writing, the pen will feel smooth, virtually regardless of your grip, holding angle, and rotation about the page. It writes equally good strokes in all directions, without ever catching the paper or feeling scratchy. Yet, despite the smoothness, the nib writes confidently, never having any hard-start or skipping issues that plague modern buttery smooth nibs. And if you need an XXF line, just flip it upside down - it was designed to be able to write this way, too. The vacuum filling mechanism works efficiently and holds more ink than some of the largest modern piston fillers.

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, capped