Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF

(SOLD) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler in striated Silver Pearl 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). This is a full-size pen, measuring around 5.1" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

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

My customers often ask for pens without any gold-filled "bling." The stealthy look is very much in vogue these days, but relatively few vintage pens came in a stealthy color scheme. The pen I'm offering today is an exception, and it should meet the modern criteria of stealthiness. The Gray Pearl celluloid is a beautiful, semi-transparent material, with awesome depth and clarity, in beautifully graduated shades of gray. The pen comes with chrome-plated trim, to complete the monochromatic look. The Triumph nib is partially platinum-masked, so there's a bit of gold showing through.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen writes a gorgeous XF line of about 0.3 mm on my paper. The line is somewhat wet, consistent, and reliable. You're getting an XF writer but without the toothiness and small sweet spot usually associated with conventional XF nibs, thanks to Triumph ingenious design. This pen would be an ideal instrument with which to write or learn a business cursive, thanks to its ability to write confident strokes in all directions, and its forgiving, large "sweet spot." The filling mechanism is a joy to use and holds a lot of ink. You can even watch the pen getting filled and assess remaining ink level with ease, thanks to the transparency in the barrel.

The pen is in excellent condition, with some wear on the chrome-plated trim. Chrome-plating was not as reliable as it is today, and such trim did not wear well, even if the pen wasn't used much at all. Otherwise, the pen looks great, with just the faintest surface wear that's difficult to see with the naked eye.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, capped

Sheaffer Craftsman, Golden Brown, XF

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Craftsman fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold "33" 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, nib tuning and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). 

Sheaffer Craftsman, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped

I love restoring vintage Sheaffer fountain pens! Sheaffer made a lot of excellent pens, particularly in the 1940s, some of which have survived in desk drawers, shoe boxes, attics, cellars, and other less-than-favorable storage. Still, Sheaffer's quality was so good that most of the pens that come across my desk can be restored and enjoyed as excellent daily writers. I also find Sheaffer pens to be beginner-friendly. Let's not forget, fountain pens were made to be used all day, every day. They were meant to be writing instruments, not luxury goods. Sheaffer built a lot of quality and innovation into their pens, and, today, decades later, we can enjoy their genius: - fountain pens that "just work."

Sheaffer Craftsman, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

This particular pen, with its beautiful gleaming celluloid and an awesome 14k gold nib, was the "Lamy Al-Star" of the 1940s, a more upscale version of Sheaffer's Craftsman line. A medium-size pen (4.9" capped, 0.45" in diameter), the pen posts very well and is as comfortable as can be expected of the company that brought us the Balance.  It is in excellent shape, both cosmetically and functionally. 

The 14k XF nib is truly the star of the show. I tuned it to write at the lightest pressure, but it will reward you with a nice "give" if you press harder. The tines will spread a little, adding character to your handwriting, but do not expect this to be a flex nib. A gold point, made by a team of skilled technicians in a process that's mostly lost to us, the nib performs beautifully, producing a 0.3 mm line that's smooth, wet, consistent, and, most of all, confident.

This pen would be an ideal first vintage pen for a fountain pen novice, a gateway to the wonderful world of classic writing instruments. 

Sheaffer Craftsman, Golden Brown, XF, capped

The pen is priced at $99. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering it. Shipping fees are listed here. Thanks!

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Pastel Blue, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1950s White Dot Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman fountain pen in Pastel Blue with a palladium silver 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 polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement parts.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Pastel Blue, F, uncapped, with the Snorkel tube extended

This is a fantastic specimen of the famous Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman! It looks beautiful, without any flaws or defects, with just the faintest surface wear. The nib even still has the "F4" sales tag, designating its width (Fine) and material (palladium silver). The Pastel Blue material is deep, rich, and vibrant. The gold-filled trim in equally excellent shape.

The Snorkel was advertised as a "dunk-free" filler, and it truly is the cleanest, most advanced filling mechanism ever made. The Snorkel is also excellent at regulating ink flow. With its large ebonite feed and a long ebonite air exchange channel inside the Snorkel tube, the pen will expertly buffer and control the flow of ink onto the paper. The Triumph nib, perfected by the 1950s, gives you two writing surfaces, and a pleasant, gliding sensation. It's a firm nib, writing at the lightest touch, but it will take a heavier hand with ease.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Pastel Blue, F, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

The Snorkel (and this one in particular) is a fantastic beginner fountain pen. If you are coming to the pen hobby from years of using a ballpoint pen, why go through several Lamy Safari, TWSBI, or Pilot pens, if you can have this vintage beauty that is better suited to daily writing tasks than most pens in its price range, and beyond. The Snorkel will be very forgiving of rotation and angle. If you are  a heavy "finger writer," and, let's be honest, most of us are, the nib will give you a large sweet spot. Though this nib sold as a Fine, I'd rank the line width closer to a Western extra-fine (0.5 mm on my business paper), so it'll be perfect for all kinds of daily writing tasks.

Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Pastel Blue, F, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Carmine, F

(Sold) This is a wartime Sheaffer White Dot Lifetime Triumph Vac filler fountain pen in Carmine striated celluloid, with a transparent barrel, and 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 (using "best practices" and high-quality materials), ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).

Sheaffer White Dot Lifetime Triumph Vac filler with the cap off and the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's wartime accomplished are second to none in the entire history of the pen industry. Never has there been a company that achieved such an incredible level of engineering sophistication, quality of craftsmanship, and beauty of design, despite severe economic restrictions and material and labor shortages. The Ioway company, tasked by the U.S. Government with producing precision armament components for the war effort, designed and brought to market its crowning achievement, the Lifetime Triumph Vacuum filler fountain pen in striated, transparent celluloid. A pen that reflects the phrase I wrote (out of a Sheaffer advertisement) like no other, a writing instrument as beautiful as it is functional.

Sheaffer White Dot Lifetime Triumph Vac filler, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment. Also, note the orange tones in the barrel showing transparency (the background showing through).

This particular pen is in exceptional condition. Rarely do I have the pleasure to restore these pens in such great shape! Clearly, this pen had not been used much before and it have been left in favorable storage conditions over time. The gleaming celluloid is breathtakingly beautiful, and, in my opinion, it rivals modern celluloid that so few pen brands use any more. Celluloid, the royalty of pen materials, is incredibly difficult to make, requiring a painstaking process of filtering, dying, curing, and baking that takes up to two years. An exceedingly expensive and scarce material, it's beauty unrivaled by even the highest-quality acrylics. And here, you have a chance to own this awesome vintage pen at a fraction of the price of a modern Italian or Japanese celluloid pen. Barrel transparency is exceptional, the imprint strong, and the gold-filled trim in great shape.

Sheaffer White Dot Lifetime Triumph Vac filler, capped

The nib is a joy to use. The Fine point writes a confident, smooth line at the lightest touch, but it will take more pressure with ease. It will make a great office pen, but it can also be your "fun" pen, as I tuned it to write just a touch above average in wetness so you can enjoy the gliding, hovering sensation. A writer like no other, the Triumph nib has to be experienced to fully appreciate its performance. It does look unusual to a vintage pen novice, but please, do not be put off by the appearance. The slightly upturned tip, based on the "rocker" principle, will feel smooth, while being forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Deluxe, XF

(on hold) This is a late 1940s Sheaffer White Dot Triumph Crest Deluxe fountain pen in Black celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF nib and a 14k gold-filled cap. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, and adjustment to ink flow, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish by hand. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Deluxe, XF, uncapped

Sheaffer pen in the 1940s were all of a handsome, streamlined design, relatively free of ornamentation and decorative motifs. Compared to modern Italian pens, the Sheaffer counterparts looked downright modest. Still, they were extremely elegant and not altogether devoid of a sense of luxury. The Crest Deluxe was the most "bling" you were going to get on a Sheaffer of the era, and what a gorgeous pen this is! The phrase I wrote comes from an advertisement, claiming the Crest was for people who appreciated the finer things in life. I cannot help but think how accurate that statement still is. The Crest is will make a fantastic office pen, a great daily writer, and that one pen you use for the special occasion, such as a celebrating a promotion, signing an important professional or personal document, etc. It is a large pen, measuring 5.15" capped, 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Deluxe, XF, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

What makes this pen particularly rare is that it's a lever-filler. The vast majority of Triumph pens of the period were vacuum-fillers, and finding a lever-filler in such good condition is rather rare. The pen is, indeed, in great shape, free from any defects or flaws, with a deep, rich, glowing celluloid and equally beautiful gold-filled cap. A luxurious pen, but without a trace of gaudiness. The White Dot is located on the finial. There's nice, striated ink window in the section.

It writes as well as a professional pen should, laying down an XF line (about 0.3 mm on paper), in a controlled flow, slightly above average in wetness, and a smooth, gliding Triumph point that never hesitates, never falters. An XF nib without the tooth of a conventional, open nib, and a forgiving writer with a large "sweet spot."

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Deluxe, XF, capped

The pen is priced at $149. Please, let me know if you're interested in ordering it. Shipping fees are explained here. Thanks!