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 non-Lifetime, and numerous models at different times. The Lifetime designation was carried over from before the Balance's appearance, and was kept to designate higher level pens. They carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime; in addition, they came with the Lifetime guarantee, which continued for many years until the courts struck it down. 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. Balances were also designated with numerous sub-model names after the mid-1930s, and the use of Balance was ended altogether after WWII, with the obsolescence of lever-filled pens.

About This Pen

This is a full-size early Balance, from 1931-32, 5 3/8” long capped with the proper “round ball humped clip”. Although many of these pens from the early celluloid period show deterioration, this pen does not; it is almost unmarked. A smallish barrel crack was repaired. It is a lever-filler; the trim is all gold and very clean, showing a little missing plating only on the cap ring and on the clip ball. Its nib is the proper 5-30, which writes a wet fine line; it is not as firm as many of the later Balance nibs.

This pen is not for sale.