Sheaffer Balance

1930-31
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 an early Balance, from 1930-31, in Marine Green radite. At 5⅝” long and a touch over ½’ thick, it is the Model 8TC, oversize and Lifetime. This pen is being sold from my personal collection, and is in beautiful condition. Its barrel and cap are virtually unmarked, the imprint is complete and deep. The pen’s only flaw is that a bit of the clip’s and cap ring’s plate is missing. It has a large Lifetime nib, and writes a firm, but fast and wet, fine line. (My Thought with this update is about selling this pen…)

This pen is not for sale.