Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant

1952-59
About This Model

Introduced in 1952 as a successor to the Touchdown Thin Model and using the Touchdown pneumatic filling mechanism, 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, it’s a little exciting to see the snorkel appear from behind the nib. Snorkels either come with an open palladium nib or Sheaffer’s Triumph conical nib, and they’re usually wonderful writers. 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

This Snorkel is probably a Valiant, although it does not fit the usual descriptions of the various Snorkel models. Valiants are the only Snorkel models with Triumph nibs and plastic caps, but this pen’s cap is probably from a lower level Snorkel. At any rate, it’s a beautiful pen, in Pastel Green, showing no evidence of use. This plastic normally shows its wear even without obvious flaws, and this one looks new. The snorkel mechanism is very strong, and it flows well. As noted it, it has a Triumph palladium nib, which, like several other Sheaffer nibs, made outstanding writers. This one is no exception: it writes a smooth, soft, wet and full medium. An unusually clean Snorkel, made for use.

Price: $98