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, Golden Brown, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. The pen measures about 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

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

Sheaffer's longtime leadership in the pen industry can be demonstrated most poignantly demonstrated in the Lifetime Triumph pen, such as this Valiant Oversize. A product utterly new, far ahead of anything in the field and yet it employed many of the basic fundamentals that were engineered by the Iowa company throughout the 1940s. The pen is truly a product of Sheaffer's "progressive engineering and watch-like precision" approach to pen making. As an industry leader, Sheaffer expanded its plant, added machinery, hired new personnel, all leading to the extremely successful launch of the Triumph vac-filler. The company had such incredible engineering prowess that the U.S. Government with manufacturing high-precision components for the war effort, including mission-critical fuses.

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

What makes the Triumph pen so successful as a writing instrument is its precise and dependable writing performance. Each pen was given personal attention from a team of highly skilled technicians, so when it left the factory it was ready to write, the instant it was put to paper. I hope to restore this incredible functionality with every Sheaffer pen that comes across my desk so that you can be sure to get a fantastic experience, as good as any top-tier modern fountain pen. In fact, many of my customers who dared try the somewhat unusual Triumph nib, reported back their utter joy with their new pens' dependable performance.

The pen I'm offering today is one of the nicer specimens of the Valiant I've seen. Made of the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, with excellent gold-filled trim, a high-capacity filling mechanism (up to 1.8 ml using the two-stroke filling method), and the awesome Triumph nib, this is a writing instrument unlike any made today. Give it a try and you will be amazed at how easily it puts ink on paper, how consistent its line quality is, and how resolute it is in delivering dependable performance day in, day out.

The nib writes a true-to-size Western Fine line (about 0.5 mm on my paper), so it probably sold as a Medium, which makes it a particularly rare model. I tuned it to writes somewhat wet, so you get that desirable gliding sensation, but without too much ink pooling or smearing. This pen would make an awesome workhorse, daily carry, office or school kind of pen. It comes with an additional writing surface, accessed simply by flipping the nib upside-down, for a much finer line, perfect for quick notes and marginalia.

The pen is in fantastic condition, without any flaws or defects, with excellent, vibrant celluloid, equally good gold-filled trim, and a strong imprint. A beautiful specimen!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, F, capped

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

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in striated Marine Gold celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough but gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This was Sheaffer's largest pen at the time, marketed primarily towards men, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize ("1250") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. The pencil has also been restored to full functionality, except the eraser is used up. The pen measures about 5.2" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

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

Sheaffer's advertising slogan, "This is the time to write," fits the Valiant I'm offering today perfectly! This is, truly, the kind of pen that just wants you to write with it and rewards you, each and every time, with incredibly satisfying, dependable performance. A large pen, the Valiant fits your hand like a glove, posted or not, and gives you that highly desirable cushioned ride across the paper. The nib is firm and has an XF point (about 0.3 mm on my paper), yet avoids feeling toothy, much like a lot of modern nibs of equal width do. That's thanks to the Iowa company's ingenious "rocker" design of the Triumph nib. It's a nib that doesn't have to be overpolished to feel smooth, and, as a result, never falters, never skips, or starves for ink.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, nib tune-up

This is a somewhat rare model with a matching striated section and a transparent barrel, which also serves as an ink reservoir. This is preferred by collectors over the later model, which comes with a black section and a plastic inner sleeve, a sort of cartridge for storing ink inside the pen. The pen is made of the beautiful, striated celluloid that explodes into a multitude of shimmering tones, with incredible depth and chatoyancy. It's also very vibrant, with a deep, rich, gleaming dominant browns. The vacuum filing mechanism has been completely rebuilt, works efficiently, and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, either in the material or gold-filled trim, and the imprint is crisp. A fantastic specimen of Sheaffer's wartime flagship pen.

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

 

 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen, Carmine, XXF

(On hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This was the largest pen in Sheaffer's Triumph line-up, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize ("1250") in Chocolate Brown with a 14k gold, two-tone Fine  nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. This model was the largest in Sheaffer's wartime catalog. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, Chocolate Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize fountain pen in Marine Green striated celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Extra-Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and, in the case of Sheaffer Vac pens I completely replace the original "packing" material with high-quality modern materials. This was the largest model in Sheaffer's wartime line-up, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Black, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in Black, with a 14k gold, two-tone, Lifetime Triumph XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism (using current "best practices"), ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish by hand with a soft cloth.  This is the largest model in Sheaffer's Triumph line-up, measuring 5.26" capped and 0.49" in diameter. The pen posts beautifully so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands.

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Black, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, 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

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 Valiant Vac Oversize Carmine, F

(SOLD) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize in striated Carmine celluloid, with a transparent barrel, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. This was the largest Sheaffer Triumph Vac filler at the time, measuring 5.2" capped, and 0.48" barrel diameter. This pen is also know as the "1250."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Carmine, F, capped

Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant "First-Year", XF

(SOLD) This is a 1952 Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant fountain pen in Black with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Extra-Fine nib and a 14k gold Snorkel tube. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components, materials, and specialized tools.

Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant, First-Year, XF with the cap off

This is a rare Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant, made during the first year of production (1952), being equipped with a solid 14k gold Snorkel tube, which will never corrode or deteriorate. The pen is in excellent condition, virtually as good as if it was made yesterday. These pens are not easy to come by, especially in such great shape. What makes it even more rare is the Extra-Fine nib.

The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, and we can, of course, debate the statement whether or not any particular pen can add character to one's handwriting. However, there's something truly special, magical about the Triumph nib. By the 1950s, the Iowa company had perfected the Triumph nib and feed system. It's a rather elaborate mechanism, made for the purpose of buffering ink flow expansion due to heat generated by your own fingers and changes in atmospheric conditions. It's a system that's excellent at regulating the flow of ink, regardless of your ink, paper, or writing pressure, the Snorkel is going to write a consistent line. The Extra-Fine nib feels smooth and forgiving. There is no other nib, vintage or modern, that can feel as smooth while being so fine. Sheaffer really nailed the shape of the tip and the geometry of the tipping material, such that you're always in control, whether you write with a tripod grip or "death" grip, right- or left-handed, the nib will feel smooth and will write a beautiful line. That part of Sheaffer's advertising slogan is true, in my opinion.

Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant, First-Year, XF showing the 14k gold tube extended

The pen is in amazing shape, without any flaws or defects, with only the faintest wear. The 14k gold tube is in perfect condition, and will last a lifetime. This pen will be an excellent addition to your collection, a classic but rare, Sheaffer Snorkel, the most advanced fountain pen ever made. Needless to say, it also functions perfectly, filling with ease, holding a lot of ink, and being a lot of joy to use. I used Noodler's Manhattan Blue ink here.

Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant, First-Year, XF, capped

Sheaffer Lifetime Balance Valiant Vac XXF

(sold) This is an early 1942 Sheaffer Lifetime Balance Vac in striated Black celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone needlepoint nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Sheaffer Lifetime Vac Valiant XXF

There's an interesting history related to this model. According to US Army Regulations"Soldiers will ensure that articles carried in pockets do not protrude from the pocket or present a bulky appearance." Sheaffer designed this pen specifically to comply with the regulations. Today, these pens are rare and highly collectible, particularly the largest model, such as this pen.

The pen is the full-size Balance (a.k.a., "1000), a fairly large pen (5 1/8" capped and 0.47" barrel diameter) that boasts the famous Sheaffer "Balance" shape and ergonomics. The pen is in beautiful condition, with excellent striated barrel transparency, and only with very minor surface wear. The gold-filled trim is in equally excellent shape. Today, a modern pen with similar features would cost hundreds of dollars. Why pay so much if you have have this vintage beauty for a lot less?

The pen is a fantastic needlepoint writer. If you've ever wanted a pen that truly writes a smooth needlepoint line that is consistent, generous, and confident, look no further. This pen will be ideal for Spencerian handwriting, business cursive, and for small handwriting, in general. The nib has ample tipping material, and is tuned to write the instantyou put it to paper. The nib width is comparable to a modern Sailor 21k XF nib, but has that awesome vintage feel to it.

The filling mechanism works efficiently and holds nearly 2 ml of ink with one stroke filling. With a two-stroke method, you can get 2.3 ml of ink, which will last weeks worth of writing. These pens are fantastic writers. They were designed for "the hardest of pen ordeals" with an advanced ink delivery system that is resilient to temperature and pressure changes and is safe to fly with. After all, it was designed specifically for US Services, whereby reliability was of paramount importance.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize F

(sold) This is a vintage (early 1940s) Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph F nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. I use current best practices in pen restoration and high-quality replacement components. The penmeasures 5 1/4" capped, with a barrel diameter of 0.48".

Sheaffer Valiant Triumph Vac, F

This is a beautiful, rare, oversized wartime Sheaffer Valiant in gorgeous, gleaming Carmine celluloid. This was the largest pen offered by Sheaffer at the time, clearly meant to be marketed to successful men. Advertising often reinforces and normalized gender stereotypes, and Sheaffer's slogan (see the writing sample) is a perfect example of such a strategy. Clearly, the Valiant was meant to appeal to men's sense of dignity, while the Tuckaway was all about feminine daintiness. Today, such stereotypes sound socially unacceptable, but they do teach us a lesson about social norms of wartime America.

The pen is in excellent condition, simply outstanding. There are no flaws or defects, the celluloid is rich, deep, and vibrant. Nobody makes pen materials of such beauty anymore, well, except maybe Montegrappa. Why pay hundreds for a modern Italian celluloid pen if you can have this beauty for much less? In case, you're wondering, the gold-filled trim is in equally great shape.

The pen is an incredible performer! The larger size makes it perfect for today's handwriting. It will be comfortable and reliable for experienced pen users and novices alike. The Triumph nib, designed on the rocker principle, allows you to write effortlessly, to glide and hover, to write in cursive or print, small or large. The Fine nib has a huge sweet spot thanks to its genius design, and it is excellent at regulating ink flow. No issues with burping, leaking, skipping, or ink starvation. This pen was meant to be written with all day, every day, in all kinds of environments, on all kinds of paper. Whether you write at home, in the office, or in the field, this pen will be your faithful companion. I set ink flow to be above average in wetness, so you should be able to enjoy generous flow to bring out the beauty of your favorite inks.

Sheaffer Vac Triumph Valiant

Here's a beautiful example of the vintage Sheaffer Valiant, a vacuum filler, with the famous Triumph nib. This is a rather large pen, considering the Sheaffer Valiant lineup, it feels great in the hand, can be used posted or unposted, and is a fantastic writer. Head on to the store to see if it's still available.

Restored Sheaffer Valiant Triump Vac

What I love about these pens the most is the amazing striated celluloid. The Golden Brown is my personal favorite. It's gleaming, deep, and vibrant. It's a material that finds its way to modern fountain pens very rarely due to its cost and an intricate manufacturing process.

Also, the Triumph nib truly is a triumph of fountain pen engineering. It's smooth, but firm. It's forgiving of angle and rotation, and it's excellent at regulating ink flow. It was designed with these particular characteristics in mind, and it remains a fantastic writing instrument today.