On an official basis, production of the venerable Sheaffer Balance ended in 1942, after thirteen years of production and after two years of diminished production of the wartime Balances, and with the arrival of the Triumph-nibbed models. However, the transition from its most successful model ever to the future took time. At the end of the war, Sheaffer was already at work on its next generation, which turned out to be the Touchdown in 1949. From 1942-48, Sheaffer produced a wide range of Triumphs, from full-sized executive pens to the very short Tuckaways, all with Triumph nibs and most with Vac-fill plunger filling systems. Today, these are some of the most desirable of Sheaffer's many pens, because the Triumph nibs were often outstanding writers.