Sheaffer Imperial Lifetime

1963-64
About This Model

Imperials were Sheaffer’s main line pens in the 1960s, following the 1950s Snorkels. They covered a range of quality, but usually were Touchdown fillers and carried diamond inlaid nibs or Triumph conical nibs. As a series, the Imperials first appeared with the AS9 in 1960, a simple Touchdown pen in plastic but with a Triumph nib. In 1961, models V, VI, I and II appeared, their names following trim levels, not order of appearance. The IV and VI are very closely related to the PFM III and IV, I believe differentiated only by the PFM’s greater size. At the lowest level, I’s were all plastic, with hooded tabbed nibs and plastic sac protectors. The IV’s, on the other hand, had beautiful diamond-shaped 14K nibs and very nice Forticel bodies. The IV’s and their 1964 Lifetime, made to commemorate Sheaffer’s 50th birthday, are wonderful writers.

About This Pen

This pen is a Lifetime Imperial 2000 from 1963-4.  It was issued to celebrate Sheaffer’s 50th anniversary, and they offered the Lifetime warranty to accompany the Lifetime clip engraving.  Unlike many Imperials, this model carries the diamond inlaid nib and is a cartridge filler.   It lurked uninspected in my queue box for some months, and I reached for it because I like to usually have a 60s Sheaffer in the mix.  However, I had not expected to find its soft, wet BB nib! The pen is in black plastic, with Sheaffer’s inlaid diamond nib, and it is a cartridge filler. It cleaned up nicely, but bears a bit of wear that does not detract from its attractive appearance. The buyer will need to have refill ink handy because this one will need a lot.

This pen is not for sale.