Sheaffer Imperial Lifetime
About This Model
Imperials were Sheaffer’s main line pens in the 1960s, following the 1950s Snorkels. They covered a range of quality, but usually were Touchdown fillers and carried diamond inlaid nibs or Triumph conical nibs. As a series, the Imperials first appeared with the AS9 in 1960, a simple Touchdown pen in plastic but with a Triumph nib. In 1961, models V, VI, I and II appeared, their names following trim levels, not order of appearance. The IV and VI are very closely related to the PFM III and IV, differentiated only by the PFM's greater size. At the lowest level, I's were all plastic, with hooded tabbed nibs and plastic sac protectors. The IV's, on the other hand, had beautiful diamond-shaped 14K nibs and very nice Forticel bodies. The IV's and their 1964 Lifetime, made to commemorate Sheaffer's 50th birthday, are wonderful writers.
About This Pen
As noted each time one of these pens gets listed here, the early 1960s Sheaffer Imperials were outstanding pens, and the 1963-4 Lifetimes at the top of the Imperials. This pen is made of a very attractive dark blue extruded plastic and it carries Sheaffer’s inlaid gold nibs. Yes, this is a simple pen, a cartridge filler with a clutch-holding cap. In addition, it is a beauty, almost immaculate, having being used very lightly by its previous owner. In typical size for the Imperials, 5.35″ long and .45″ wide just below the cap edge. The nib is a firm extra fine-fine, that writes fast and sufficiently wet. This is one of Sheaffer’s special pens. It will come with an original empty Sheaffer cartridge.