Sheaffer Craftsman


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 Craftsman is from the post-WWII years, in Sheaffer’s Carmine Radite celluloid, a dark and rich striated red. It is in nice user condition, a hair under 5” long, with an assortment of little nicks and minor scratching, some of which I suspect is nibbling. The clip and lever are clean. The imprint is deep and complete. The single wire band cap ring is missing, which lends the pen a very different, elegant appearance; it caused me to almost keep this pen for myself but my other Sheaffers threatened a walkout. The nib is the 33, wet, firm but not stiff, and fine. A great pen for jacket pocket or bag, nice daily user!

Price: $48 Sold

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