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 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 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 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 Tuckaway Sentinel Deluxe, Marine Green, M

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway Sentinel Deluxe ("1250") fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold two-tone Triumph Medium nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an adjustment to ink flow and nib performance, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway Sentinel Deluxe, Marine Green, M, uncapped, with the plunger rod partially extended

In 1942, Sheaffer achieved what very few enterprises had before them. The Iowa company succeeded in incorporating their mandatory wartime production efforts into their day-to-day operations, while, at the same time, bringing to market the most advanced fountain pen, yet, the Lifetime Triumph. The Triumph was not just a nib, it was an entire nib and feed system, whose task was to deliver, buffer, and regulate the flow of ink. The system was so robust that it was broadly used by U.S. Military personnel out in the field, at sea, and in the air. The Triumph nib took a lot of advanced engineering, combined with personal attention by a team of experienced technicians, who oversaw the melting, forging, rolling of gold, fusing Osmallloy tips, stamping out blanks, slitting the nib, shaping, grinding, and polishing of each and every nib that ended up on Sheaffer pens. With tight tolerances and strict quality control, the Triumph nib was a significant departure from conventional nibs. A gold point with two writing surfaces, capable of writing in all directions without catching the paper, a forgiving, smooth performer, a nib that writes confidently, consistently, and one that adds character to your handwriting.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway Sentinel Deluxe, Marine Green, M, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

This particular Tuckaway was a top-of-the-line model, made of the gorgeous, gleaming semi-transparent celluloid, with a matching section, and a two-tone cap, this is a beautiful pen, and it looks as good as though it left the factory seventy five days, rather than seventy five years ago. Barrel transparency is excellent, the imprint is strong, and gold-filled trim in equally great shape.

The Triumph point is of Medium width (0.5 mm on my paper), which is rare for this model. Most likely, this was a special-order item, as the vast majority of Sheaffer pens of that vintage have Fine nibs. The point has a slight stub-like shape, which will give you subtle line variation. A superbly smooth, self-assured writer, one can easily imagine it being used by a high-ranking office executive, handsome and immaculately dressed, with the obligatory cigarette in his mouth and a gold signet on his pinky, the Roger Sterling kind of man. The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book, frequently used by accountants, hence the quote.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway Sentinel Deluxe, Marine Green, M, capped

The pen is portable, but it converts to a full-size pen easily and is comfortable to hold, even for people with larger hands. Sheaffer really did get the ergonomics of the Tuckaway right, and if you are a fan of the Kaweco Sport or TWSBI Vac Mini, you're going to love this pen.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway Fountain Pen (a.k.a., "1250") and Pencil Set in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Extra-Fine nib and a matching pencil, in original box. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism (replacing existing "packing" material with modern high-quality replacement), adjustment to ink flow, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pencil has been refilled with Sheaffer's original 1940s refill.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine, posted

This is a gorgeous, rare Sheaffer Tuckaway set. The Tuckaway was made in a few different models, this one being the Valiant, marketed primarily to men. Made of the exquisite, gleaming Carmine celluloid, with a transparent barrel and a matching striated section, this is a pen that's bound to bring a smile to your face. The set is in excellent condition, free of any flaws or blemishes, with just the faintest surfaces wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape.

The pen is a fantastic writer! It lays down a consistent, self-assured, even cocky line of about 0.3 mm on my business paper. This puts it easily in the XF territory, possibly even XXF if you write on dry paper, such as Rhodia. However, the firm Lifetime nib has none of the "shortcomings" of a conventional XF nib, so it'll allow you to glide effortlessly across the page, with consistent strokes, in virtually all directions. A  modern Japanese XF nib will give you an equally fine line and smooth performance, but it will not be as good at rapid upstrokes and curves. It will also feel considerably more toothy than the Triumph and will have a very small sweet spot. Many of my customers who've tried the Triumph XF nib have been surprised at how smooth and forgiving it feels. I tuned it to write on the wet side, so that you can further enjoy that hovering sensation.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine, nib close-up showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

If you write a business cursive or want to learn Spencerian handwriting or the Palmer Method, this will be an excellent tool with which to do that. It's a portable set, comes in the original box, and will fit in your favorite small case, such as Kaweco Sport. Posted, this "Tucky" converts to a full-size fountain pen and will feel comfortable even for people with large hands. And, it is so beautiful, don't you think?

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Tuckaway XF, Set in Box, Carmine, capped.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF

(on hold) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway fountain pen in Gray Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold 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. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration. In this case, I completely remove the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replace it with a modern set of components. This is a more durable solution than Sheaffer's original felt-based system.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF, with the cap on, off, and plunger partially extended

In 1942, Sheaffer introduced the clipless Tuckaway with a Triumph nib. It was marketed to women, who had just become entering the workforce in large numbers, as the men were involved in the war effort. The pen has an interesting design, resembling a lipstick more than a pen. That was Sheaffer's idea of appealing to women's sense of daintiness and grace. Today, of course, such stereotypes are meaningless, but the pen does have an interesting and unusual charm to it.

The most exciting aspects of this pen are its rarity, originality and portability. If you are a fan of "pocket" pens, such as those made by Kaweco, you're going to love this pen. Instead of short cartridges, this pen is vacuum-filled, and it holds a lot more ink! It's a sturdy, durable pen that will stand up to the rigors of daily writing rather well. These pens were made only for a short time, to be replaced by the better known clipped Tuckaway. Also, finding this pen in Gray Pearl and excellent chrome-plated trim is not easy.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Triumph nib is of extra-fine width (0.3 mm on my paper), and writes at the lightest touch, without hesitation, hard-starts, or ink starvation. A really great example of the Lifetime Triumph nib. You'd be hard-pressed to find a modern XF nib that writes so smoothly and confidently.

The material is in very good shape, with no major  flaws or defects, just a slight curvature, which is quite common on this model. There's nice transparency in the barrel so you can watch your pen getting filled (cool!) and gauge remaining ink level with ease. There are a couple of small cosmetic blemishes, such as a slight loss of plating on the section threads. Still, as far as chrome-plated vintage pens are concerned, this one is rather well-preserved.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway (Early) Gray Pearl, XF, capped

Sheaffer Tuckaway Vac in Carmine, XXF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s Sheaffer Tuckaway Vac in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph XXF 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. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration.

Sheaffer Tuckaway Vac in Carmine, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger rod partially extended

The phrase I wrote comes from Sheaffer's advertisement issued around the time the pen was made. Gender stereotypes were exploited and normalized in product marketing, and the pen industry was no different. Throughout the 1940s, as more and more women entered the workforce, Sheaffer tried to tap into women's newly acquired income, appealing to their sense of femininity, and designed the Tuckaway to be the perfect pen to fit in a woman's purse, much like lipstick. Though many pen brands had their own version of a "Lady" model, the Tuckaway was, undoubtedly, the most successful thanks to its clever, timeless design, and unrivalled writing performance.

Sheaffer Tuckaway Vac in Carmine, XXF, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

The Tuckaway is not merely a small pen. In fact, the pen is small only when capped, and it converts to a full-size pen when posted. It's girth is greater than most other "Lady" pens, which makes the venerable "Tucky" a great pen to be enjoyed today by both women and men. These days, the gender stereotypes used by pen companies in the first half of the 20th century seem unnecessary, even offensive, but you cannot deny the Tuckaway's sense of gentle daintiness, elegance, and class.

The Carmine celluloid is among the most beautiful pen materials ever made. It's deep, rich, and vibrant. The color depth, along with the subtle transitions in luminosity, make, in my opinion, such a desirable color today. This particular pen is in excellent condition, one of the best specimens of this design I've seen in a long time. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. There's just some really, really minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The imprint is strong, the ink window clear.

Sheaffer Tuckaway Vac in Carmine, XXF, posted

This pen is unique in that it comes with an XXF nib that is going to feel much smoother than a conventional needlepoint. It lays down  0.2 mm line on my business paper, which puts it easily in the needlepoint territory, yet you don't have to worry about the nib feeling scratchy or catching the paper. courtesy of the Triumph "rocker" design. Simply put, this nib has a large "sweet spot," which is virtually impossible to achieve by modern nibs of such fine width.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway in Marine Green, F

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality materials and tools.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway in Marine Green, F

Could you imagine today TWBSI, Sailor, Kaweco marketing their pocket-size pens to women only? That would cause a boycott at best and, more likely, a law suit, and would, probably, put these companies out of business. But back in the 1940s, gender stereotypes were at the heart of advertising campaigns (well, they still are today), and the normalization of these stereotypes was commonplace. Yes, the Tuckaway is dainty, but it does convert to a full-size pen when posted, so the only reason to mention its small size is the fact that it makes a great pocketable, EDC pen. You guessed it, the phrase I wrote comes out of a 1940s Sheaffer advertisement.

Take the Tuckaway with you to work, your favorite coffee shop, or a trip down the coast. Experience its excellent ergonomics, the breathtaking beauty of celluloid, take advantage of the generous filling mechanism, and relish in the smoothness and confidence of the Triumph nib. I believe the Tuckaway easily holds its own against its modern competitors, such as Kaweco Sport, Sailor Pro Gear Mini, and TWSBI Vac Mini. Aret he modern pens as beautiful? Do they write as well? Do they hold as much ink? Are they as much fun? Only you can answer these questions.

This particular pen is in excellent shape! Notice the section being made to match the transparent barrel. It's, in my opinion, a better design than the later and more ubiquitous one with an opaque barrel and a black section. Also, the barrel is transparent, which allows you to watch the pen being filled (cool!) and gauge ink level with ease. The gleaming celluloid is free from any flaws or defects and the gold-filled trim is in equally good shape. There's just very faint surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye.

Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway in Marine Green, F

The nib is a delight to write with! It writes a Sheaffer standard Fine line, which remains universal today. It's fine enough for poor-quality paper, filling out forms, writing in your journal, but broad enough to enjoy the color, shading, and sheen of your favorite inks. I like to tune these nibs a touch above average in wetness, which is a bit more wet than what Sheaffer originally intended. Thus, you can get that nice floating, hovering sensation, but without flooding the page with ink.