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
Balances, both Lifetime and non-Lifetime, were Sheaffer’s top production lines from the early 1930s until after WWII. They were available in numerous lengths, girths, colors and patterns, filled by lever or plunger, and now, generally with a cleaning and filling system restoration, excellent and durable pens.
This is a lever-filled non-Lifetime Streamline model from the late 1930s, full length (5 3/8” long) and full girth in grey and black striated celluloid. It has a typical Feathertouch nib that writes a firm fine/extra fine with a touch of flex. This pen is also in very nice, clean condition. The chrome trim is unmarked and shiny; the view window is clear. The imprint, including the 500 price code, is complete. A very nice, sturdy pen that can be used every day.
This pen is not for sale.