Sheaffer Balance

1936-42
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

Late 1930s, of Canadian manufacture, in Golden Brown celluloid, with some unusual features that are due to its different origin. At 5 1/8” long but with standard girth, it is slightly shorter than an American full size, but not as short as a “short” pen. The gold clip is the short humped variety normally found on an older American Balance; this as well as the gold cap ring and lever are very shiny and clean. The nib is a single-tone gold Lifetime, marked Canadian, and it writes a firm and sufficient wet fine/medium line from which a bit of flex can be coaxed.

This pen is not for sale.