Sheaffer Balance

1931-2

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

Sheaffer made a huge variety of Balances, and at the top of the stack in the early years was the 8TC, the oversized Lifetime model in 1932. This is a large pen, in black celluloid, 5 5/8″ long capped and a full half inch across below the cap edge. It’s also an Autograph model, with a 5/16″ wide 14K cap ring, machined-signed by Sheaffer for KE Richards. The clip is also 14K, bright and shiny. Yes, this pen has seen its share of use in 90 years, so there is some wear evidence, but none of it is noteworthy; this is a shiny, clean, serious pen. Its nib is typical: large Lifetime, writing a Sheaffer firm fine. It is a substantial, elegant pen that isn’t fragile. Use it!

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