Sheaffer Balance

late 1930s
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 late 1930s Premier Lifetime Feathertouch, Sheaffer’s largest size (5 17/32” long and 33/64 thick), lever-filler, in black, my favorite type of Balance. It does not have a visulated section, but there were many variations in Sheaffers. At any rate, it is a very handsome pen, with the white dot, streamlined “radius” clip and gold trim. It is in very nice overall condition, without notable flaws. The trim is very clean. The nib is a large Lifetime, firm but not too firm, a sufficiently wet fine/medium, a very nice steady writer.

This pen is in the United States and Canada collection.