About This Model
Introduced in 1952 as a successor to the Touchdown Thin Model and using the same pneumatic filling mechanism at its core, the Snorkel was Sheaffer’s dominant model during the 1950’s. Because it was the ‘50’s, when no amount of American engineering was enough American engineering, the Snorkel added a mechanism to the Touchdown filler that extends a very narrow filling tube (“Snorkel”) into the ink bottle, with the intention of keeping the nib and feed clean during filling. Although I’ve never succeeded in filling one without actually immersing the nib, they are really good writers and, I’ll admit, it’s always fun and a little exciting to see the snorkel appear from behind the nib. The Touchdown filler is very efficient, and either come with an open palladium nib or Sheaffer’s Triumph conical nib. Like most Sheaffer models, Snorkels came in a wide variety of colors and models, but they were all the same size, 5 1/2” long and just under 7/16” thick.
About This Pen
A pastel green Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga from 1952-59. This pen, a non-Lifetime model, has 14K gold-filled trim and an open nib, two-toned 14k. It’s a great writer, smooth fine with some firmness. This one has a little bit of internal wear, so slips a little when the snorkel mechanism is activated, but it fills well and the wear is accommodated in the price.