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 a 1929-30 Lifetime Balance in Jade Radite. It is a nice full-size (5.9” long) user pen from the first Balance years, with a pretty, torpedo-shaped appearance. There are two notable blemishes: a chip in the cap edge, but it is stable and does not hinder the cap’s closing; also, at the very bottom of the barrel there is a deep dimple in the celluloid. I chose to not repair this dimple as it appears to be stable and is not an open crack. These flaws are accommodated in the pen’s discounted price. The Lifetime nib makes this a writer’s pen, a smooth and wet fine/medium.

This pen is not for sale.