About This Model
Eversharp Skylines were an adventure in supermodern design in the early 1940s. Eversharp, too often a step behind Parker and Sheaffer, planned to steal a step with the Skyline. Their appearance is striking: long conical shape with graceful transition from cap to barrel; a beautiful look. In addition, these pens were early experiments with polystyrene barrels, which over time proved to have shrinkage issues. Most Skylines seen today show some shrinkage. This problem aside, they are excellent writers, particularly their EF and Manifold nibs. They came in a range of sizes, colors, and cap patterns. The Skyline line also appealed to the post-war executive and new corporate culture, with the Presentation and Command Performance models, in 14k, and slight additions to the trim. Although Skylines were a significant step in pen design, and sold successfully, they only lasted for five years, to be replaced by the Eversharp Symphony in 1948-49.
About This Pen
This Skyline is a very good user pen. It is a demi size, 4 3/4” long, in Dubonnet Red, with a grooved gold cap. Although there is a bit of plating missing on the clip, overall it is quite clean, still stickered even though it has been used, and yes, has typical Skyline barrel shrinkage under the cap. This is an attractive pen, most comfortable in a smaller hand. It carries the original Eversharp nib and is a very fast fine writer; as noted on the sticker, the nib is a Manifold extra fine, which means that it is firm enough to write through several copies.
Price: $42 Sold