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 Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine Red celluloid, with a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XXF nib. The pen comes with a matching mechanical pencil. Both the pen and pencil have been completely overhauled and function up to Sheaffer's factory specification. The pen has been disassembled, gently cleaned, the filling mechanism was rebuilt, the nib was tuned for optimal performance, ink flow was adjusted, and it was given a quick hand polish with a soft cloth.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I have been hoping to have a nice offer during the holiday season, and I am so excited to have found a great Sheaffer pen and pencil set for you this year. This is a superb kit, ideal for the passionate writer. If you write a business cursive, Spencerian penmanship, or American Cursive Handwriting, this set will work like a dream. Whether you're an experienced scribe or just starting out, having the right tool is crucial, and, fortunately, this wartime fountain pen is among the best cursive writers I've ever tested. And, best of all, it is in awesome shape!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, nib profile, showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note the transparent barrel showing the background through.

What makes this fountain pen a superb cursive writer is the very fact that it was designed, from ground up, specifically, for business penmanship. Made during an era when handwriting ruled supreme, the Triumph is an utterly enjoyable writing instrument, rewarding its owner with consistent and forgiving performance, day in, day out. The Triumph nib, designed on the "rocker" principle, offers a firm, yet cushioned ride, accommodating a variety of grips, angles, and degrees of writing pressure. Despite having a very fine point (0.3 mm on my paper), it never feels scratchy, or even toothy, never catching the paper, even in rapid upward strokes, virtually regardless of its rotation about the page. And if you need an ultra XF line, simply flip it upside down, it was designed to write that way, too!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, close-up of the beautiful material and strong imprint

The high-capacity, efficient vacuum-filled mechanism ensures long writing sessions between fills, and the transparent barrel allows you to see the ink sloshing around inside it. The gleaming, shimmering celluloid has a deep, rich, vibrant color and awesome chatoyancy. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, adding a tiny bit of luxury and "bling" to the set. Last. but not least, the pencil works flawlessly, comes with a full eraser, and is ready for the standard 0.9 mm refill.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in striated Golden Brown 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 gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration, and I use the highest quality replacement materials.

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

In my opinion, Sheaffer's Triumph gold point was the Iowa company's greatest achievement. It was a significant departure from anything that had come before. An entirely new, self-contained, efficient,  reliable system for delivering ink on paper. Today, we use fountain pens for fun, but back in the 1940s, they were indispensable tools, used all day, every day in all kinds of environments. A conventional fountain pen's Achilles heel was its somewhat unreliable, wet flow, which often caused problems, particularly on ordinary office paper. Such pens were also notorious for variability in performance as a function of grip, writing pressure, holding angle, even atmospheric conditions. Pen companies embarked on the pursuit of the Holy Grail of writing instruments, a pen that's as comfortable as it is reliable, as forgiving as it is precise, and as functional as it is beautiful. Both Parker and Sheaffer designed their ultimate pens, though they took entirely different approaches. For Parker, it was the 51, for Sheaffer, the Triumph vacuum filler.

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

The pen I'm offering today is a fantastic specimen of this wartime model. Made of the gleaming, shimmering, semi-transparent Golden Brown celluloid, with impeccable gold-filled trim, this is a gorgeous pen. It's a full-size pen,  measuring around 5.1" capped and 0.45" in diametervery comfortable to hold, posted or not. The pen fills efficiently, holding a lot of ink (up to 1.7 ml using the two-stroke method). The nib delivers a steady, yet controlled flow of ink, laying down a consistent line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). It's smooth without compromising its writing ability, and it's capable of writing rapid strokes  in virtually all directions (including curves). Unlike conventional nibs, the Triumph resists drying out, even if left uncapped for a while. The nib's incredibly forgiving of your grip and writing pressure. It has that awesome willingness, such a resolute, paper-grabbing, line drawing ability, with every stroke, the nib just wants to go forward, as if attacking the page, providing a direct conduit to your thoughts. The geometry of the Triumph nib (with the characteristic upturned tip) is the continuation of everything Sheaffer had learned in their famous R&D labs, and a brilliant achievement of design and engineering. And, the best part is, now this pen and pencil set can be yours!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, 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 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 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

 

 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, F

(On Hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in striated, semi-transparent Black celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. The pencil has also been restored to full functional and cosmetic condition. The set comes in the original box, also in great condition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.15" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph 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 Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.46" in diameter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F

(On hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Crest ("1500") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold-filled cap, and 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). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5" capped and 0.47" in diameter. The Crest was the "flagship" of the Sheaffer catalog in the 1940s.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In the early 1940s, Sheaffer was the leader of the U.S. pen industry, with an extensive catalog, where even the entry-level pens were of outstanding quality. At the top of the catalog, sat its the Crest, the Iowa company's flagship model. The pen I am offering today is a beautiful, immaculate Crest that dates back to 1942, the early days of the Triumph line. The pen has two important characteristics that set it apart from later Triumph models. First, the barrel acts as an ink reservoir. It's semi-transparent, so you can easily see the ink inside it. Second, the pen has a matching striated section, which is as beautiful as it is functional, with a  pleasant, "warm" feel that only vintage celluloid can provide.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

Sheaffer attributed a large part of the success to their R&D laboratories. While most modern high-end pen makers focus on creating highly decorative, luxury pens, Sheaffer's attention was primarily on features that enhanced the pen's utility as a writing instrument. The Triumph truly was a triumph of ingenuity and engineering, yet it was also beautiful. The Crest is perhaps as much "bling" as you're ever going to get on a 1940s Sheaffer pen. It's a classy, handsome implement, made of extraordinarily beautiful striated celluloid, with a gold-filled cap with a subtle Art Deco guilloche decorative pattern. And it's in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The material has great color, depth, vibrancy, and chatoyancy, the gold-filled trim smooth and glossy, free of imperfections.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, nib close-up

A full-size pen, the Crest posts very well, so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The pen is perfectly balanced, posted or not, with a large, comfortable, gently ribbed section and a wrap-around, two-tone nib. The Crest comes equipped with a vacuum filling mechanism, which has been completely rebuilt, functioning smoothly and holding a lot of ink. 

The 14k Lifetime nib is a delight! In true Triumph fashion, it has two writing surfaces, a large sweet spot, and a soft feel on paper. It lays down a standard Sheaffer Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and writes self-assured strokes in virtually any direction. The nib is perfectly smooth, but its smoothness is achieved by clever engineering and superb craftsmanship rather than by polishing the writing surface to an extreme degree. As a result, the Crest is a dependable writer that will never let you down, and, unless you're a fan of extra broad nibs, will bring you a lot of joy and help take your handwriting to the next level.

Speaking of handwriting, the Triumph nib is a fantastic tool with which to practice penmanship. Because of its forgiving geometry and a slightly upturned tip, it excels at writing long, rapid strokes that are needed for cursive handwriting. It truly is a precision tool, and it will not hard-start, skip, or starve for ink, rewarding you with a line that you can rely on for that smooth, flowing, graceful handwriting you want. And, did I mention it writes at the lightest pressure? It does, indeed, and, as importantly, it will take  a heavy hand in stride.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, capped

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 Triumph Tuckaway (early), Carmine, XF

(Sold) This is a Dot Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway Vac fountain pen 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 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 completely replaced Sheaffer's original "packing" material with a high-quality modern replacement, using current "best practices" in pen restoration.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (early), Carmine, XF, posted

The Fountain Pen Week special offer continues with another rare, beautiful pen at a reasonable price. This time, a gorgeous Sheaffer Tuckaway in striated Carmine celluloid, with a fantastic Triumph XF nib. This is a rare, early clipless model, which is particularly hard to come by in red.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (early), Carmine, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen is an ideal pocket or purse pen. It's very small when capped (4.4" capped and 5.2" posted), sturdy, and a fantastic performer. It's the kind of pen you carry with you at all times, and it will reward you with instant start-up, a smooth, controlled line (about 0.4 mm on my paper), and a nib that's particularly forgiving of your angle and rotation. Take it with you to work, your favorite coffee shop, on your travels. It will fit perfectly in the pen loop of your Traveler's notebook. In fact, it seems custom-made for it!

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (early), Carmine, XF, capped

If you're a fan of the Kaweco Sport, Liliput, TWSBI Mini, you're going to love this pen. Except, I think it's a better "pocket pen" design than its modern counterparts. It's truly as beautiful as it is functional, the vacuum filling system holding up to 1.5 ml of ink (using the two-stroke filling method). The pen is in very good cosmetic condition, with faint signs of use, and no flaws or defects. There's some wear on the section threads (virtually unavoidable on this model). The imprint is strong. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, without a trace of brassing. Barrel transparency is good. The platinum mask on the nib is as good as new.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (early), Carmine, XF, compared to the modern Aurora Optima

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, capped

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

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

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

Sheaffer 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 Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize fountain pen in Blue, with a two-tone stainless steel cap, 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 with a soft cloth (by hand). This is the largest model (Oversize) in the Sheaffer Triumph line-up, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

I receive a lot of requests for a vintage pen with a broad nib. Unfortunately, such pens are exceedingly rare. They were special-order items, used primarily as "signature" pens. Writing with such a nib would have been impractical, given the handwriting style, paper, ink, and customs. Today, however, broad nibs are in demand, as handwriting changed, and we now write mostly for pleasure, enjoying broad, wet nibs that bring out the beauty in our favorite inks.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

If you've wanted a vintage Sheaffer pen with a broad nib, look for further. This is a beautiful example of the Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel Deluxe, and it is the Oversize model. It is a large and thick pen (at least by vintage standards) and it posts beautifully. so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The pen is in excellent condition, without any defects or flaws, with deep, vibrant Blue plastic and excellent gold-filled trim. The cap is in equally great shape. The translucent section is clear, the imprint strong. The pen fills efficiently and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method), which is nearly three times as much as a typical cartridge.

The star of the show is the Broad Triumph nib. It's one of the broadest nibs Sheaffer made at the time (excluding italics), and it writes like a dream. It lays down a juicy line of about 0.7 mm (on my paper) with a light touch. This pen will also perform admirably with a heavier hand and it's very forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. You can flip it upside down for an XF line (it's designed that way). A lot of modern broad nibs are overpolished at the factory causing performance issues, such as hard-starts. This pen, however, never hesitates, thanks to Sheaffer's amazing engineering.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry, alignment, and a clear translucent section

The Iowa company called it "Progressive engineering and watch-like precision" and while that's very much true, I also believe these pens are more than just products of good engineering. They have that intangible quality, call it a soul, that makes you want to write all day, every day. They're just so much joy to use.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize, Blue, B, 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 Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M

(SOLD) This is a c. 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize "1250" fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph F-M 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). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration. In this case, I removed the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replaced it with modern high-quality equivalent. The mechanism now functions perfectly and will last many, many years before needing service. This is the largest model in the Triumph line-up, measuring around 5.15" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The Triumph ink delivery system was Sheaffer's crowning achievement. Brought to market during World War II, the system was brilliant in its design and superb in its execution. A system comprising of an ink reservoir, large ebonite feed, and a wrap-around 14k gold nib, the system functions dependably and consistently, regardless of atmospheric conditions, ink, paper, or handwriting technique. A stunning feat of technology, its only rival over the years, the Parker 51 Aerometric, the system continues to functions extremely well. If you need a beautiful, durable, "workhorse" kind of pen, look no further.

The phrase I wrote comes from a speech made by Sheaffer's Chairman in 1942, shortly after the Triumph launched, where he attributed a large part of the company's success to its service department. It's amazing to think that pens were serviced within a day, promptly returned to their owners, who obviously needed to write with their fountain pens day in, day out.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

In addition to being a great EDC pen, this Valiant is an instrument of rare beauty. Made of a gleaming, transparent celluloid, with a matching section (very rare!),  and generous gold-filled trim, the pen looks so handsome that it would be fit perfectly alongside the modern Italian celluloid pens by Montegrappa and Visconti. The material has a deep, rich, vibrant color, with subtle gradations of yellows and browns, with excellent barrel transparency. You can watch the pen being filled and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape! The imprint is strong.

The nib most likely sold as a Medium, but I'd rank its line width to be close to a modern western medium-fine. It lays down a generous line of 0.5 mm, with excellent flow, and a very smooth sensation. The nib is firm, but feels soft on paper, thanks to its excellent vibration absorption properties. It's a huge chunk of gold, and it makes writing incredibly enjoyable. The sweet spot is large, and the nib writes effortless strokes in virtually all directions, allowing you to write a flowing cursive or precise print. If you need an XF line, flip the nib upside down - it was designed to have two writing surfaces. Speaking of which, the tipping geometry is perfect, as is alignment. The pen is large and posts beautifully. Truly, a fantastic, comfortable writer!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, capped