Filling Mechanism: Snorkel


Vintage Pens: 3919 Sheaffer Saratoga
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 3919: Sheaffer: Saratoga
In the 1950s, the writing was on the wall. Pen users were in love with the new, mess-free disposable ballpoint pen. Sheaffer addressed the problem head-on with a new mess-free fountain pen, the Sheaffer Snorkel. Our Sheaffer Saratoga is one such overengineered piece of writing brilliance. Its ink sac, O-ring and point seal have been replaced, and the pen is in great working order. This vintage pen is in excellent condition with no cracks or scratches. Minimal wear and a really crisp imprint. You will write an extra-fine to fine line with its firm, 2-tone 14k gold nib. We think it is smooth in its sweet spot, but there is only a minimal amount of feedback outside the sweet spot. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1075 Sheaffer Crest
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 1075: Sheaffer: Crest
Sheaffer Crest fountain pens are easily identified by their gold-filled caps on normal Sheaffer Snorkel pens. This vintage pen sports a nice pastel green barrel. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and snorkel gasket. The snorkel itself is a rare 14k gold tube, which means this is a first-year pen from 1952. Just wait until you write with it. Its two-tone 14k gold nib writes a super-smooth, medium line. There's only a little wear an light scratching on the body. The cap is free of scratches and dents, except directly under the clip, which is a little off kilter. Filing it under "Nobody's Perfect," the skirted nib has a little seepage where the gold meets the plastic. We have tried sealing it with rubber cement to no avail. As it is a great writer, be sure just not to hold it that low, and you'll be fine. When full, keep it nib up when not in use, and that will also minimize seepage. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3918 Sheaffer Admiral
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $65.00
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Vintage Pens: 3918: Sheaffer: Admiral
Surprisingly smooth is how we describe the extra-fine 14k gold nib on this Sheaffer Admiral. Fully restored with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal, this vintage pen is a great daily driver. The barrel is in excellent shape with a crisp imprint. The cap saw a lot more light surface wear. No cracks or deep scratches. No brassing, either. Just a good, all-around foray into snorkel pen bliss. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3911 Sheaffer Saratoga
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3911: Sheaffer: Saratoga
Rube Goldberg would be proud to own a Sheaffer Saratoga fountain pen. Why? It features the world's most overcomplicated filling system: the snorkel. We restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. Its deep burgundy cap and barrel look like they are dipping close to the boundary of purple. The blind cap looks a little lighter. Click the headline for a closer look at the two-tone 14k gold nib in the open design. We think these actually write better than the Triumph (conical) models. Marked "F3," we feel it writes a very firm, very smooth extra-fine line. No cracks and only light wear from use. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3910 Sheaffer Special
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3910: Sheaffer: Special
Sheaffer released 13 common combinations of it snorkel fountain pens. Sheaffer Specials were considered the least expensive, most basic model with a no-frills palladium open nib. Most people chose to upgrade at least to a gold-nibbed model. As such, these Sheaffer Specials are a little harder to find. Our model looks like a new-old-stock model that was intended to be a sales award back in the 1950s. Although you can't see it, it has its original nib sticker on the underside of the section. We've restored this pen with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. Strong imprints, no cracks, minimal wear from rattling around the decades. This pen is pretty minty fresh. Its palladium nib is marked F6, which was one of the wider variants of the Sheaffer fine-point nibs. We find that it writes a very smooth fine line that shoots right down the middle of what a fine-point nib should be. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3708 Sheaffer Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3708: Sheaffer: Clipper
Ahoy! Catch the Clipper on the way to a writing paradise. Sheaffer Clipper pens were near the top tier of the Snorkel line of fountain pens. These had the White Dot warranty and a "palladium silver" Triumph nib. We restored this pastel blue beauty with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. It has some wear from use and an engraving for M.J. Hopkins. We have no idea who that was. It writes with a firm, extra-fine line. No cracks or dents. Some wear from use. Complete with box and instructions under the pad. 14.1cm capped.