Sheaffer Balance

About This Model

Sheaffer’s Balances, both Lifetime and non-Lifetime, appeared in 1929 and were Sheaffer’s top production lines from the early 1930’s until after WWII. They were available in numerous lengths, girths, colors and patterns, filled by lever or plunger, and were well enough made that now, with a cleaning and filling system restoration, they make excellent and durable pens. There were two distinct levels: Lifetime and not-Lifetime. Lifetime models, from the 1920 pre-Balance years, carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime. Although the Lifetime guarantee, which was really service, continued for many years, after WWII the white dot was used to denote higher level pens, and then became Sheaffer’s brand identifier. Non-Lifetime pens had lower trim levels but were made of the same components; their nibs were very good and were often much softer and easier to write with than Lifetimes.

About This Pen

This is an unusual 1934 Lifetime Balance, a short/ full girth pen, in red-veined grey pearl, with a factory-made Lifetime BB nib. It is 4 3/4” long and fits the hand better when it’s posted, but is a full-size lever-filled Balance. Overall, excepting only some typical metal loss on the clip ball and cap ring, this pen is very clean and almost unmarked. The nib (oh, that nib!) is wonderful: unlike the typical early Lifetime nibs, it has some softness and writes a smooth full double-broad line. It’s a wonderful writer, very durable, and a special pen.  This pen is being released from my collection, not without some regret, but it wants to be used.

This pen is not for sale.