Sheaffer Balance

late 1930's
About This Model

Sheaffer’s Balances, both Lifetime and non-Lifetime, appeared in 1929 and were Sheaffer’s top production lines from the early 1930’s until after WWII. They were available in numerous lengths, girths, colors and patterns, filled by lever or plunger, and were well enough made that now, with a cleaning and filling system restoration, they make excellent and durable pens. There were two distinct levels: Lifetime and not-Lifetime. Lifetime models, from the 1920 pre-Balance years, carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime. Although the Lifetime guarantee, which was really service, continued for many years, after WWII the white dot was used to denote higher level pens, and then became Sheaffer’s brand identifier. Non-Lifetime pens had lower trim levels but were made of the same components; their nibs were very good and were often much softer and easier to write with than Lifetimes.

About This Pen

Sheaffer nomenclature was well-defined, so measuring this pen’s length, its 350 price code, and its striated Grey Pearl celluloid pattern make this the shorter slender model Balance with a 3 nib and nickel plated trim. This pen is from the late 1930’s, before Sheaffer introduced its wartime models.  At 4.75″ long it is comfortable in the hand, a solidly built pen. It has a fair amount of use wear that did not polish out, but its view window is clear, its lever is very strong, and it fills completely.  The nickel plated trim is mostly clean, with a bit of missing plate on the clip. This pen’s nib is a 3, and writes a very firm extra fine. This is the pen for a writer of very small print.  Enjoy it!

This pen is not for sale.