Sheaffer Craftsman

About This Model

Craftsman was, like several in Sheaffer's history, a model name that appeared at different times and for different pens. Its history started in the 1930s, when Sheaffer gave each Balance level a name to succeed its being known by its price code. Craftsman, the successor to the 3-25 coded pen, was the lowest such level for a full size pen; Miss Universe and Junior were a rung lower and smaller. After WWII, Craftsmans were continued with the open 33 nib and essentially the same smaller Balance design. By 1949, the name graced the standard Touchdown pen, and during the 1950s the same name applied to the TipDip pens. The 33 nibs that came with most of the post WWII Craftsman are wonderful writers, soft and wet and usually a rich medium.

About This Pen

This Craftsman is from the post-WWII years, in Sheaffer’s Carmine Radite celluloid, a dark and rich striated red. It is in nice user condition, a hair under 5” long, with an assortment of little nicks and minor scratching, some of which I suspect is nibbling. The clip and lever are clean. The imprint is deep and complete. The single wire band cap ring is missing, which lends the pen a very different, elegant appearance; it caused me to almost keep this pen for myself but my other Sheaffers threatened a walkout. The nib is the 33, wet, firm but not stiff, and fine. A great pen for jacket pocket or bag, nice daily user!

This pen is not for sale.