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 non-Lifetime, and numerous models at different times. The Lifetime designation was carried over from before the Balance's appearance, and was kept to designate higher level pens. They carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime; in addition, they came with the Lifetime guarantee, which continued for many years until the courts struck it down. 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. Balances were also designated with numerous sub-model names after the mid-1930s, and the use of Balance was ended altogether after WWII, with the obsolescence of lever-filled pens.
About This Pen
Identifying Sheaffer pens in the years after WWII ended can be confusing, particularly since Balance-style pens were being phased out and cleared from inventory. So, while it looks like a Craftsman, its 500 price code and Feathertouch 5 nib make it an Admiral. At 5” long, it is a full length pen but a touch slender as so many were then. It’s in Jet Black, very clean and shiny, although with some minor marks of use. The Feathertouch nib writes a typically firm but not too firm fine. A good bag pen, an excellent writer!
Price: $48 Sold