Sheaffer Balance Jr.

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 Balance Junior, a true Balance from the late 1930’s, but scaled down for a smaller hand.  It is termed “short/slender”, 4⅛” long capped and 27/64” across, but fits the hand very nicely.  It is in XXX striated celluloid, which is very clean, without significant blemish.  The trim is nickel, standard for the Junior, and it is pitted, which, sadly, is typical.  This is a Vac-fil model, fills by plunger, so holds a considerable amount of ink, even though it’s a smaller pen.  The nib is the original Junior, in 14K gold, and writes a smooth fine with a touch of flex.

This pen is not for sale.