Welcome to- The Fountain Pen Community!

Members Login
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: a look at the relative size of Sheaffer pens.


Status: Offline
Posts: 200
a look at the relative size of Sheaffer pens.
Permalink Closed

Here is a snapshot of the history of Sheaffer.

From left to right.

5-30 (sold for $5 and carried a 30 year warranty) around 1925  (Family income in 1925 was about $1000.00 a year)
Senior Flat top from 1928
OverSized Balance (The Balance line revolutionized fountain pens, it was the first of the streamlined forms) about 1935
Modern Balance 1980-1990s
Targa 1978
first year Crest (kinda neat. The threads are at the nib end of the section) 1937
Snorkel (perhaps the most complex pen ever made) in the early 1950s
Modern Crest 1989-1998
Connaisseur 1980s-1990s
PFM (Pen For Men) from early 1960s
Legacy late 1990s - early 2000

Generally this covers the period from late 20s early thirties through around the turn of the century; from Calvin Coolidge to George Bush.



Status: Offline
Posts: 137
Permalink Closed

Like aways Jar, your section of your collection is superb.
I have a kink....in as a child, I had a lot of cheap fountain pens with metal tops...and equate metal tops with cheap.
Out side of full metal, the only one I have is a P-51.

How Ever a Sahaffer with a rolled Gold was not a cheap kids pen.
I can see my "need" for a metal capped Sheaffer growing.
I've decided to get a Touch down and not a Snorkel even if the Snorkel was The Pen of the Fifties, in the US. The Snorkel is still on my "list", but behind the perfect nib on a Touchdown...in I want there too semi-flex or even a flexible nib.

Targa 1978...many have good things to say about the Targra...At that time I was into cheap ball points...on the whole my Jotters/Flighters stayed at home, in that they were Olympic class walkers.

PFM, if it has the nib...well the decade coming is long.

The Ebay box that started it all


Status: Offline
Posts: 124
Permalink Closed

of all the sheaffers i've had, i gotta say i like my lifetime nib the best. it's on an old beat up balance lever filler. after that it's my triumph ef/f nibbed pen. although it is ef/f. very small.
didn't care a whole lot for my feather touch on the blue touch down i sold a while back. why i sold it. restored the filler mechanism though, nice and easy. really enjoyed that part of it, but the writing experience, and well, the look of the pen, just didn't do anything for me. i prefer striations. i even had a dream with a brown striated balance like in the picture above. i was signing some kind of documents while having to hold the pen with both hands b/c it was huge (like a gag gift or something)...


Newton Pens


Status: Offline
Posts: 3
Permalink Closed

If I can add my 2 cents worth on just a few of your Sheaffers. Your double band Junior Flat Top dates from 1928. The double bands are the clue. 5-30s were intro'd in 1927. The emerald OS Flat Top with the humped clip set below the top of the cap, is a later model, perhaps 1929-31. It should have a barrel imprint with 3 lines, minus the dates.

-- Edited by sdonahue on Wednesday 30th of May 2012 08:52:44 PM

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us

Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard