Vintage Pens: Sheaffer Saratoga

Vintage Pens: 3409 Sheaffer Saratoga
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
File this one as "Nobody's Perfect." We restored this delightful Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel fountain pen from the 1950s with a new ink sac, point seal and O-ring. However, it has some serious cosmetic flaws, including a crack the cap that is about an inch long from the cap band up. It is really difficult to see in a photo, but it is there. The good news is that it seems reasonably stable. Thus, this pen is a great, affordable starter snorkel for anyone who wants to experience the awesomest over-complicated filling system ever made. It works perfectly well, even if it has cosmetic flaws. The 14k gold nib is marked F3 (Sheaffer's code for a middle of the pack fine line) that we find writes a very firm extra-fine line. The firmness might feel like feedback to some people, but it is more the nature of the nib than true scratchiness. Click the headline for a close-up. 14.1cm capped.