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

The “oversize” Balances were the largest of the Balance line, from the early 1930s until WWII. They are substantial pens, at 5 5/8” long capped and 33/64” in girth. This example is from the 1934-36 period, in Marine Green, with the white dot signifying it as a Lifetime model. The barrel, as can be seen from the lever-attachment pinholes, is from a few years earlier, latest 1931. There is no way of knowing whether the pen left the factory this way, since Sheaffer was known to mix parts, but the parts are perfect fits and the pattern is correct. Excellent used condition — no visible celluloid deterioration, but has microscratches and marks of use. Imprint is clear and complete. The gold clip, lever, and cap ring are missing very small areas of finish, but not enough to mar the finish. Classic Sheaffer nib — very firm, a nice wet fine, perfect for fast steady writing. This is a handsome, dignified, pen that will draw admirers when used and can withstand daily use for many years to come.

This pen is not for sale.