Sheaffer Balance

1936-42
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

Sheaffer’s full size Streamline Balance fountain pen is of solid Jet Black “Radite” celluloid. From 1936-42, it is a remarkably clean pen, measuring 5 13/32” when capped, and featuring exceptionally clean gold trim. The correct two-toned 14K typically firm Feathertouch nib writes a fine line with an atypical bit of flex. Excepting only some minor staining in the “visulated” section, minor tarnish at the lever hinge, and a pinpoint nick near the barrel base, this pen is virtually unmarked. A case would be recommended for use with this pen to protect its beautiful finish and enable its daily use.

This pen is not for sale.