Vintage Pens: 2369 Sheaffer TM
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
The post-war years were some of the most creative for Sheaffer. Using pneumatics (known as the TouchDown filler) to fill their pens, Sheaffer TM (Thin Model) fountain pens became a huge hit. Only made for 4 years, they quickly evolved into the Sheaffer Snorkel, which was a mess-free filler. This is an earlier Sheaffer TM, before snorkels were added. We restored it with a new O-ring and ink sac. To fill it, all you do is unscrew the tail cap, pull it up, stick the nib in ink and push down on the tail. One pump fills the pen. This one even has an ink viewing window to let you know if the pen is empty. The cap and barrel feature only light wear and scratching. There are no cracks, dents or deep scratches. The intentionally upturned two-tone 14k gold nib writes a very nice medium line. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2368 Sheaffer Special
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Our favorite Rube Goldberg filling system is back with this Sheaffer Special snorkel filler! In an effort to keep up with the ever-improving mess-free ballpoint technology of the 1950s, Sheaffer created these ingenious vintage pens. Push and twist the blind tail cap counter clockwise to reveal a little snorkel tube from under the nib. Pull back on the tail cap, stick the snorkel in ink, push down on the tail cap, wait a second and then turn the tail cap clockwise until the snorkel is fully retracted! The nib never gets inky, and there is no mess to clean. We fully restored this one with a new ink sac, point seal and O-ring. The open "Palladium Silver" M6 nib writes a really nice firm medium line. The cursive script on the nib was a slightly rarer variety of the nib. Click the headline for close-ups. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2367 Sheaffer Frankenpen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Sheaffer once made a Lifetime fountain pen with a torpedo cap and flattail body. However, we think this is either the work of a clever con man or just somebody trying to make a complete pen from two halves. The barrel and nib are of a 1920s Sheaffer Lifetime Junior-Size. The cap is of a 1930s junior Balance. Together, they make a great pen. We found it this way and restored it with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel each have a fair degree of wear. There is no brassing; nor are there any cracks. The 14k gold nib with original 1920s inkfeed write a very nice, firm medium line. 11.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2366 Sheaffer Targa
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
It's been 40 years. Maybe it is time to finally face the fact that Sheaffer Targas are now vintage pens. Cars get vintage car license plates after they are 20 years old. It hurts to face it, though. All whining aside, this is a stunning red Sheaffer Targa. A cross between brick red and fire-engine red, it looks great with gold-plated trim. The only flaw is some corrosion on the very end of the golden tail end piece. We've cleaned it up as best we can, but the rest of the pen is excellent. The pen even comes with a still-working squeeze-bar converter. When it finally blows out, this pen will still take Sheaffer cartridges AND modern Sheaffer converters! The 14k gold inlaid new writes a lovely, wet fine line. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2334 Sheaffer Tuckaway
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Take your favorite fountain pen anywhere with the classic Sheaffer Tuckaway! Small enough to conceal in a vest or breast pocket, this short pen with a tiny clip was originally designed not to break military uniform code, as the tiny clip would stay hidden under the flap of a uniform breast pocket. We restored this vintage pen with a fresh ink sac and O-ring. It has some light wear on the cap and barrel, but the most egregious is a ring around the tail, where it looks as if the O-ring is attempting to escape. The O-ring is secure, but this type of cosmetic damage is common enough and should have no lasting effect on the pen's performance. Click the headline to see the nib and ink view window better. The viewer is ambered but clear. The 14k gold, two-tone nib writes an exquisite ultra-extra-fine line without scratching, as long as you don't write with much pressure. 11.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0568 Sheaffer 400
Filling Mechanism: .9mm
Sheaffer discontinued this forest green color after only about 4 years in production for the pastel series of pencils that dominated the 1950s. Although it is not marked a Sheaffer's 400, it is marked Sheaffer's and is identical to the 400 model pencils. In fact, the neat curio about this pencil's imprint are the letters "FA" just under and to the left of the imprint. It is in excellent working order preloaded with original .9mm leads. This vintage pencil was a daily user and sports some scratches and wear. Looks good, overall. 12.2cm.
Vintage Pens: 0550 Sheaffer Craftsman 350
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Make math and puzzles even more fun when you write with a classic 1940s Sheaffer pencil. We believe this was a match for the Sheaffer Craftsman fountain pen. Its lovely carmine design is rarer for these vintage pens and pencils. Ours still works with a lead that extends and retracts with a twist of the tail. Spare leads are still loaded in the barrel of the pencil! There is no eraser. The pencil also has no brassing and a strong imprint. The only downside is some moderate wear and scratching that you can better see when you click the headline for a close-up. 12.2cm.
Vintage Pens: 1249 Sheaffer Saratoga Set
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Tired of holding your breath until you find just the right snorkel? Your lucky day has arrived. Our Sheaffer Saratoga set is a restored delight with a fresh ink sac and a new O-ring and point seal. Only light wear can be found on the pastel green vintage pen set. No brassing blemishes either the pen or the pencil, which is in perfect working order with spare leads in the tail and a hardened original blue eraser. No cracks, strong imprints. The pen's two-tone 14k gold nib is marked M3, and it writes a very smooth, wet medium line. Pen measures 14.2cm capped.