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. 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 pen, while a genuine black Imperial IV, is from Sheaffer’s 1990’s revival of the Imperials, a Model 2555 from 1995-6. also known as a Triumph Imperial. It looks like a 1960’s Imperial but feels different; a little lighter, the plastic feels more like plastic and less like resin; the inlaid 23K gold plated nib is a short diamond. And, it has a squeeze filler, since the Touchdown units of the original Imperials were long gone. The pen is almost unmarked, in excellent condition. These pens came in many different nib widths, but one seems to only see nibs like the one on this pen, smooth, fast, wet, full medium. A handsome pen that can be a workhorse. Give it a case to protect its finish?
Price: $105 Sold