Sheaffer Balance

1929-30

About This Model

Sheaffer Balances 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

This is a 1929-30 Lifetime Balance in Jade Radite. It is a nice full-size (5.9” long) user pen from the first Balance years, with a pretty, torpedo-shaped appearance. There are two notable blemishes: a chip in the cap edge, but it is stable and does not hinder the cap’s closing; also, at the very bottom of the barrel there is a deep dimple in the celluloid. I chose to not repair this dimple as it appears to be stable and is not an open crack. These flaws are accommodated in the pen’s discounted price. The Lifetime nib makes this a writer’s pen, a smooth and wet fine/medium.

Price: $65 Sold

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