Sheaffer Craftsman

late 1940s
About This Model

Craftsman was, like several in Sheaffer's history, a model name that appeared at different times and for different pens. Its history started in the 1930s, when Sheaffer gave each Balance level a name to succeed its being known by its price code. Craftsman, the successor to the 3-25 coded pen, was the lowest such level for a full size pen; Miss Universe and Junior were a rung lower and smaller. After WWII, Craftsmans were continued with the open 33 nib and essentially the same smaller Balance design. By 1949, the name graced the standard Touchdown pen, and during the 1950s the same name applied to the TipDip pens. The 33 nibs that came with most of the post WWII Craftsman are wonderful writers, soft and wet and usually a rich medium.

About This Pen

From the late 1940s, it is in golden brown striated celluloid, and is very clean and almost completely unmarked. The gold clip is marked “Sheaffer’S”, and the clip, wireband cap ring, and lever are shiny and untarnished. The imprint, including the 500 price code, is complete and deep. This pen came to me with a Feathertouch nib, which would have been found in a pre-WWII Balance pen, but fits this pen perfectly and writes a typical Sheaffer firm fine line with a touch of feedback; the nib was tuned and smoothed. Excellent pen, capable of steady longtime use.

This pen is not for sale.