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
The oversized Lifetime Balances are becoming scarce; this is the first I’ve seen in awhile. In green/brown striated celluloid, it is the classic 1936-41 pen, with the largest dimensions produced: 5½” long and just over ½” wide, in Golden Brown, it is an attractive lever-filling pen, with some light wear marks and a bit of missing plating on the cap ring and clip. The imprint is deep and complete. There is a small, well-cut personalization. The nib is classic Lifetime, writing a very firm XF with a little bit of feedback. A very sturdy, attractive pen that will hold a lot of ink.
This pen is not for sale.