Sheaffer Imperial

1961-70

About This Model

Imperials were Sheaffer’s main line pens in the 1960s, following the 1950s Snorkels. They covered a range of quality, but usually were Touchdown fillers and carried diamond inlaid nibs or Triumph conical nibs. The IV and VI are very closely related to the PFM III and IV, differentiated only by the PFM's greater size. At the lowest level, I's were all plastic, with hooded tabbed nibs and plastic sac protectors. The IV's, on the other hand, had beautiful diamond-shaped 14K nibs and very nice Forticel bodies. The IV's and their 1964 Lifetime, made to commemorate Sheaffer's 50th birthday, are wonderful writers. On a lower level, also in the early 1960s Sheaffer produced a line of almost-Imperials, called Dolphins.The Dolphins appear to have inlaid nibs, but close inspection shows them to be tabbed, hooded nibs that match the two ends of an inverted "V" trim that looks like a diamond. They were cartridge pens, write well, but are distinctly lower level pens than the Imperials. Last in this run, in the 1990s, Sheaffer returned to its habit of reprising great pens, and issued the Triumph Imperial, a pen that looked very much like the Imperial IVs, with the diamond inlaid nibs, but in a concession to the times, had C/C fillers.

About This Pen

This Imperial is another example of my version of Cinderella, gunk-to-gem restoration. It is an early 1960s pen, with the Touchdown pneumatic filling system and Sheaffer’s wonderful diamond-shaped inlaid nib. Full-sized, with surprisingly clean black barrel and cap, and the gold trim finish is untarnished. It does have two noticeable areas where the plastic’s finish was marred, but these are not easily seen except in bright light. The nib is a luscious wet medium, truly a delight to write with. Enjoy, maybe give this pen a case to protect its finish?

Price: $68 Sold

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