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 a Statesman, the bottom level of the Triumph-nibbed Snorkels. It’s an attractive pen, with a ⅜” wide gold cap ring setting off the black cap and barrel; in addition, it’s in very nice condition, with only one barely visible scratch near the bottom of the barrel. Because of wear in the internal parts, this pen sometimes shows a little reluctance to extend and withdraw the Snorkel; this has been accommodated in the pen’s price. That said, it fills strongly and is a fantastic writer — fast, smooth, wet fine nib. Enjoy it!