Sheaffer Imperial Lifetime


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. Almost last in this run were the 1970s-1980s Imperial successor pens, although their names were, by now, Stylist, 330 and 440, and others. These were usually cartridge-filled, but some had converters. They are Imperials because of their diamond-inlaid nibs -- sometimes short, sometimes the V-shape. Like the earlier Imperials, these are working pens, will last forever. Last, 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 pen is a Lifetime Imperial 2000 from 1963-4.  It was issued to celebrate Sheaffer’s 50th anniversary, and they offered the Lifetime warranty to accompany the Lifetime clip engraving.  Unlike many Imperials, this model carries the diamond inlaid nib and is a cartridge filler.   It lurked uninspected in my queue box for some months, and I reached for it because I like to usually have a 60s Sheaffer in the mix.  However, I had not expected to find its soft, wet BB nib! The pen is in black plastic, with Sheaffer’s inlaid diamond nib, and it is a cartridge filler. It cleaned up nicely, but bears a bit of wear that does not detract from its attractive appearance. The buyer will need to have refill ink handy because this one will need a lot.

Price: $85 Sold

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