Sheaffer Triumph Imperial

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

The Triumph Imperials were 1990s pens that invoked an earlier generation, with names that complemented the marketing. As part of Sheaffer’s practice of re-surfacing names for new pens, this pen is a new issue of the early 1960s Imperial IV! Actually, it’s more Imperial than Triumph, a near copy of the 1960s’ models, the only noticeable difference being the 1990 converter filler instead of the earlier Touchdown. The pen is in like-new condition, showing virtually no use wear in its dark grey plastic body. The gold trim is clean, and the friction cap grips well. The nib is a full medium, wet and smooth, a fast writer. This is a pen that one need not worry about; it will write forever and look great, but maybe give it a case to protect the plastic?

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