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!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac in Carmine M

(SOLD) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Medium Triumph 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. I work according to current best practices pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, M

Sometimes I get a pen that just breaks my heart. This beautiful Carmine red Sheaffer Triumph is a phenomenal writer, with a rare, smooth, Medium nib, but the clip has some plating loss. It looks like the pen might not have been treated with its due respect somewhere along its nearly seventy-five-year-long journey. I so wanted for this pen to be perfect because of the beauty of the material and the performance of the Triumph nib. Oh, well. I am, therefore, offering it at a 20% discount.

By 1942, Sheaffer's plant and personnel were 100% devoted to precision manufacture of armaments. Of the pens and pencils that were being produced by authority of the War Production Board, a substantial percentage was available for civilians. It's difficult to say whether this particular pen was made for military or civilian markets but, regardless, this pen is forever part of American wartime heritage. Sheaffer's manufacturing capability and technological know-how were at its peak during the war, and this pen is a a product that represents that era as no other.

Except for the clip, the pen is in very good cosmetic condition, with gorgeous, gleaming Carmine celluloid and very good barrel transparency. But the star of the show is the Medium nib. The vast majority of Triumph nibs made at the time were Fine, and broader nibs are rare. It's quite possible this was a special order pen, as the nib is definitely a juicy Medium. I tuned it to write wet, as I've been getting requests from those of you who enjoy colorful, shading, and sheening inks. This nib will bring out the beauty of your inks, will do so consistently and beautifully. It glides across the page, with a huge sweet spot, a firm nib that feels soft on paper. It absorbs micro vibrations coming from the paper and becomes an extension of your hand.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Gray Pearl, F

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Triumph Statesman fountain pen in striated Gray Pearl celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Fine Triumph 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. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components and tools.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman, F

I get a lot of requests for pens with silver-color trim. I guess this kind of color scheme is in vogue these days, and if you listen to the excellent Pen Addict Podcast, you, no doubt, heard of the hosts' preferences for rhodium-plated "furniture." Unfortunately, vintage pens with chrome or nickel-plated trim are fairly rare. Today, however, I have a really nice monochromatic Sheaffer Statesman from the early 1940s, in Gray Pearl celluloid with chrome-plated trim.

This is a medium-size pen, measuring 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46". It posts really well, so it should fit even people with larger hands. A fantastic writer! The Triumph nib, at its best, at the "nominal" Sheaffer Fine tipping geometry, it's a smooth, confident writer, performing extremely well even at the lightest pressure. It's a great pen for beginners, as you can really press on the nib without harming it, so if you're coming to the fountain pen hobby after years of using ballpoint pens, you're going to have an easy transition. The filling mechanism is Sheaffer's vacuum or plunger mechanism, which works efficiently and holds a lot of ink.

The pen is offered at a 15% discount due to a very small dent in the cap band. Otherwise, the pen is in excellent condition. The celluloid is smooth, rich, and vibrant, with very good section transparency. Today, such material would be called "demonstrator" and each of the major brands used a variant of it, mostly for sections and barrels. The chrome trim is in very good condition, considering its age and the fact that it generally did not wear very well. It's difficult to find a vintage pen with immaculate chrome-plated trim, though. The imprint is strong.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize XF

This is a vintage (1943) Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone 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 hand polish. I work according to best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components. This is the largest pen in the Triumph line-up, measuring 5-3/16" capped, with a barrel diameter of 0.49".

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize, XF

The Triumph nib and feed system was an achievement of monumental proportions. Fountain pen enthusiasts often talk about the greatest pen designs of all time. Some mention the Sheaffer Snorkel, some the Parker Vacumatic. In my opinion, the Sheaffer Triumph takes the cake. The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer wartime advertisement, and I have to agree with its premise.

The Triumph nib and feed system is unlike the conventional nibs that are made today. It's a wrap-around design, with an oversized feed that has huge surface area. Ink gets buffered inside the section and is delivered to the tip of the nib at a steady, consistent rate, regardless of the temperature, pressure, paper, speed of writing, and other factors. It's an effective system, one that enables you to just write, without worrying about the nib starving for it, or skipping. The nib "just works."

This particular nib is an Extra-Fine, and it writes a smooth, self-assured line. The nib grabs onto the surface of the paper, the instant it's put to it. It won't let go unless you command it to. The slightly upturned tip makes the writing experience particularly pleasant, giving you a smooth, soft feel on paper, despite the nib's structural rigidity. You can even flip it upside down for a true hairline.

The Marine Green celluloid is breathtakingly beautiful. It's deep, rich, and vibrant. The gold-filled trim is in equally excellent condition. There are no flaws or defects of any kind. Just very faint surface wear. The imprint is strong. The section transparency very good.

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 Triumph Vac F-XF

(sold) This is a 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler in striated Golden Brown celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph F-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 hand polish.

Sheaffer Triumph 1250 with an F-XF nib

The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, and it captures the essence of this pen perfectly! This is such an incredible writing instrument. But it's more than that, I truly believe this pen is a work of art, or at least a work of amazing wartime craftsmanship. The gleaming celluloid is rich, deep, and vibrant. There's nice transparency in the barrel, and the gold-filled trim looks intact. The wide cap band is the most "bling" you're ever going to get on a Sheaffer pen of that era, and I think it reflects the luxury aesthetic of the time.

This is a full-size pen (known as "1250") and it posts really well. It should be comfortable to hold for people of different hand sizes and grips. The Triumph nib writes a confident line that is between a modern Western XF and F line. I'd rank it close to an XF, but it has none of the toothiness of modern XF nibs. This nib feels smooth and has a huge sweet spot. It is forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Whether you write with your fingers or your wrist, or even the whole arm, this nib is going to write beautifully. You can even flip it upside down foran XXF line, of equal smoothness.

These pens are fairly rare, as they were made during a very brief period in the 1940s, at the peak of Sheaffer's technological capability. It would be difficult to find another example of this model in such good condition. 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize XF

(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in Chocolate Brown, with a 14k Triumph, two-tone, Extra-Fine 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. I use best practices in fountain pen restoration and the highest-quality replacement components available.

Sheaffer Valiant Vac Oversize, XF

During World War II, Sheaffer was at the peak of its technological capability. The Valiant was its top-of-the-line pen for men. Yes, gender stereotypes were often exploited and normalized by pen companies, and Sheaffer was no different. The Valiant stood for masculinity. It was large, thick in girth, and in colors that were supposed to appeal to men. This is a large pen (at least by vintage standards) measuring 5 1/4" capped, with a barrel diameter of 0.48".

This particular Valiant is in a rare Chocolate Brown, with an XF nib, and it is in excellent condition. It looks as though it had not been used much in the past. The color is deep, rich, and vibrant. The imprint strong. There's one flaw, a small scratch next to the clip, which is why I am offering this pen with a 20% discount. The gold-filled trim is excellent.

The pen writes a beautiful, smooth, extra-fine line. It's a self-assured, consistent writer that writes under the lightest touch. The Triumph nib is among the smoothest XF nib designs I've ever seen. Despite the line being thin, the nib never feels scratchy. It has an enormous sweet spot, so it'll forgive your grip or writing technique. It can write an even finer line upside down. The phrase I wrote comes from Sheaffer's advertising campaign around letter writing. Today, fountain pen users are keeping the snail mail tradition strong.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize F

(Sold) This is a beautiful, early 1940s, Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe Oversize (1500) with a 14k two-tone Fine 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. I use best practices in fountain pen restoration and the highest-quality replacement components available.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Sentinel Deluxe, F

To me, no other 1940s fountain pen embodies the phrase I wrote more than the oversize Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe. A gorgeous pen, with every detail being as beautiful as it is functional. These days, customers are willing to pay a premium for larger vintage pens, as our handwriting has changed over the decades and larger pens tend to feel more comfortable. This pen will not disappoint. It's one of the largest pens Sheaffer made in the first half of the 20th. century, measuring around 5 1/4" capped and 0.5" barrel diameter. The pen posts deep and securely, becoming a truly oversize pen that will fit a large hand comfortably.

The pen is made of beautiful striated Marine Green celluloid, with a transparent barrel. The material took up to two years worth of processing, curing, and drying so that it could become deep, rich, vibrant, and robust. You can watch the pen being filled and gauge ink level with ease. Notice that the section is made to match the barrel perfectly. This was an early design and it is exceedingly rare today. The pen is in excellent cosmetic condition, without any flaws or defects, only very minor surface wear. The two-tone can is in equally good shape, as is the gold-filled trim.

The pen is a fantastic performer! The Triumph nib, designed on the rocker principle, is firm, but smooth and soft of paper. It is forgiving of angle, rotation, and grip, and will even write upside down to give you a hairline. A true workhorse of a pen, this was the top-of-the-line pen for Sheaffer in the 1940s when the company was, arguably, at the peak of its technological prowess. The tipping material is of traditional geometry, so you should expect a beautiful, smooth, consistent Fine line.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Marine Green, F

(sold) This is a early 1940s Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold Triumph, two-tone Fine nib. The pen was restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism (using best practices in pen restoration and highest-quality replacement components), ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler, F nib

Most fountain pen enthusiasts have their favorite filling mechanism. During the first half of the 20th. century, the pen industry gave us a multitude of fascinating self-filling systems, many of which faded into obscurity as the market transitioned into the now ubiquitous cartridge / converter (C/C) system. Some of these rare filling mechanism have been recently revived, as pen companies realized that they can add a lot of prestige, cachet to their pens.

The vacuum filling mechanism is a fan favorite. Now, used by the likes of Pilot, TWSBI, and Visconti, the system was popularized by Sheaffer, who used it on a lot of their pens throughout the 1940s. It's an incredibly elegant design, and one that combines efficiencyand ease of use. All you have to do is dunk the nib in an inkwell and push the plunger in one swift downward motion. The pen will fill about 2/3 of the barrel, which makes for a large capacity indeed, lasting you weeks worth of daily writing. There's a trick to fill the entire barrel in a two-stroke method, and I will leave it up to you to decide if you need it.

The pen I'm showing today is a 1942 Triumph, with the characteristic wide gold-filled cap band. It's as much bling as it gets on a vintage Sheaffer pen, and it does look really elegant while providing extra protection for the cap lip for posting purposes. The pen is made of the gorgeous, transparent, striated Marine Green celluloid, which has depth and chatoyancy that cannot be matched by most of today's acrylics. The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects, and with only minor surface wear.

The nib is a dream to use. It's such a unique writing experience! The nib may look unusual, even jarring, to those of you who are new to the Triumph nib, but let me assure you that all of your doubts will disappear once you put the nib to paper. The slightly upturned tip is finished with traditional tipping geometry, so it will write a line that's not unlike that of a conventional open nib. However, the nib will reward you with incredible forgiveness with regard to angle and rotation. Some moderns pens need to be held a certain way in order to write smoothly and consistently, but the Triumph nib does not care much about that. It just writes. Whether you have a light or heavy touch, whether you're right or left-handed, with a tripod or death grip, this nib will just keep on feeling smooth and writing perfectly. If you need a thinner line, flip it upside down! It will make you believe that, as Sheaffer put it in one of their ads, "This is the time to write!"

Cosmetically, the pen is in very good shape. The celluloid is vibrant, rich, and smooth. The barrel transparency very good. The imprint is strong. There are no flaws or defects.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Gray Pearl XF

(SOLD) This is a vintage Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler Fountain Pen in Gray Pearl celluloid, with chrome-plated trim, and with a 14k gold Triumph XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler with an XF nib

The quote comes from the Sheaffer Chairman, who, in 1942 was praising the Triumph nib, as the company's greatest achievement and a quality standard by which all other fountain pens should be measured. This particular Triumph nib writes an extra fine line that is beautiful and consistent. Ink flow has been set at a touch above average in wetness, so that you can further take advantage of the smooth, extra-fine line. The nib has an extra writing surface, if you flip it upside down, it will write a needlepoint line (a true hairline), without losing flow or smoothness. No modern nib can perform this way.

The vacuum filling mechanism is efficient, quick, and fun to use! It works perfectly, as it has been restored according to current best practices and with of high-quality replacement parts. The pen holds a lot of ink, more than most modern piston-fillers.

Cosmetically, the pen is in very good shape. The celluloid is rich and vibrant, and there's nice transparency in the barrel. You can see the pen fill (very cool!) and you can accurately gauge remaining ink level. There are no flaws or defects. The chrome plating, typically, did no wear very well in pens of the period, but this one is in quite a nice shape, better than most.

A beautiful example of this classic Sheaffer 1942 fountain pen, and now it can be yours. The pen is priced at $129. Please, contact me if you're interested in ordering it. Thanks!