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#13029 First Eversharp Skyline

Posted by ogwen on 10 February 2012 - 07:52 AM in WAHL, WATERMAN and CONKLIN (USA "Big Five")

Watch out for Skylines. They can be... addictive  <img src='http://fountainpenboard.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />

Oh, I second that! I consider myself a "Sheaffer person," but the growing number of Skylines in my collection might disagree. I just love the design of the Skylines and I can't say enough about those Eversharp nibs. I have very few that didn't write superbly "right out of the box" (mailing envelope). Not to disparage my beloved vintage Sheaffers, but I've rarely met one that drew a "Sweet nib!" from my lips when first put to paper.


#11365 Sheaffer Tuckaway. History and Photos. More to come...

Posted by ogwen on 19 December 2011 - 11:30 AM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

Wow! I'm loving all these pics and the info is just terrific! Made me root around in my collection ...

My first pen was a Tuckaway (see avatar) and I just love them. This is my collection so far (but I swear I must have more somewhere! lol):
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My favorite is the Carmine Wideband Triumph, but I'm very fond of this set:
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Not just because the chromium is immaculate, but because inside the box, not only was there an inscription, the original stickers were in there as well:
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These pens in general hold up so well that I sometimes forget how old they really are.

- Jody

#9576 All That Glitters is Not Gold

Posted by ogwen on 20 October 2011 - 05:21 AM in R & R: (Repair and Restoration)

Greg's post (here) on the feed clogged with gold reminded me of this repair. This is a Sheaffer Triumph disassembled for refurbishing of its plunger filling system. Now, I'd seen that lovely iridescent sheen on nibs before and always thought it very pretty (ooh, shiny, Capt'n!), but it never extended into the pen and devoured the insides like this one. The barrel was absolutely packed with this solidified ink. You can see what it did to the rod. I thought it was one of those fancy gold inks, but when I put the chunky golden barrel remnants in water (and from the color on my fingers), the ink was actually PURPLE! (and it took me days to remove all traces of it from my bench! lol)

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I have no idea what the ink was and no way of knowing how long it sat in that pen, but it ate the rod alive. :blink:


#9287 ebay watch. Sheaffer TM TD Triumph Set $775 "retail value"

Posted by ogwen on 02 October 2011 - 07:31 AM in Elements of Collecting: Hunting, Valuing and Polemicizing

I can't say for sure the model of the fountain pen and pencil, but the ballpoint is the Tuckaway version of the Stratowriter, and mamma would love very much to have that puppy. I had the opportunity to pick one up a few months ago, but the seller wanted waaaay too much money for it. Kinda like this seller :blink:.

#9138 Sheaffer Eye Candy: WW-II era Tuckaway with "Reverse Trim"

Posted by ogwen on 25 September 2011 - 12:04 AM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

Ooh, David, lovely set (I knew you'd have one lurking somewhere :))!

Jon, I have reground lesser (common) pens with bad tips just so I can use them while keeping my eye out for replacement nibs, but I have so many user pens in my collection now, I don't bother. I just set them aside and wait for a beater with a good nib to cross my path. My problem is that there's not much I can't fix (besides bad nib tips), even on beater pens, so all of my "donor" purchases wind up as users! lol

#9122 Sheaffer Eye Candy: WW-II era Tuckaway with "Reverse Trim"

Posted by ogwen on 24 September 2011 - 12:07 PM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

Big brother Triumph to that Tucky:

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You can see the excessive scuffing on this pen's trim, and as David pointed out, it does not polish out like it would on the gold trim. There is no pitting though, so that's nice. Unfortunately this pen arrived with its iridium tips broken off, so the search is on for a donor nib.

- Jody

#7946 THICK rod repair

Posted by ogwen on 31 July 2011 - 05:44 AM in R & R: (Repair and Restoration)

Thanks for the great pics! I haven't run across a screw-in packing unit yet, so this is a treat to see.

#7836 Sheaffer Sub-Brand VACUUM in Lahn plastic

Posted by ogwen on 25 July 2011 - 06:55 PM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")


Lever fillers generate vacuum effect as much as plunger fill and so forth. All end up with lower pressure inside than out allowing ink to travel in. ;)

Very true, and I knew that reply was coming as soon as I pressed "post." :lol: I suppose technically all pens save the eyedroppers are vacuum fillers.

Great pics as always, David. LOVE the box set with the ink bottle!


#7812 Sheaffer Sub-Brand VACUUM in Lahn plastic

Posted by ogwen on 25 July 2011 - 06:21 AM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

This is another Sheaffer Sub-Brand, WASP Vacuum-Fil, in Lahn Green

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Clearly, these Sub-Brand names had nothing to do with the filling systems used in said pens B)

I don't think I've ever seen a Lahn pen that wasn't lever fill.

#7422 Leftover rod stock

Posted by ogwen on 10 July 2011 - 06:32 AM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

Sheaffer also made plastic parts from stock that was not barrel rod. :snip:

This wartime Triumph has a lovely blue feed collar (and I have found several different colors used for this part), but most interesting to me was the clear upper seal found in the pen's packing unit. It is a stiff, but flexible plastic of some sort. I don't know how useful it would have been as a seal, but maybe they figured the first seal (which is made of the usual rubber) would do the job.

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#7308 Leftover rod stock

Posted by ogwen on 06 July 2011 - 08:54 AM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

Cool pen! Thanks for posting that.

More leftover rod stock usage which shows the construction of the celluloid blank:
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It came from this Tucky:
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I love finding little surprises like that!


#6834 Ebay Watch: Excellent Sheaffer Snorkel set.

Posted by ogwen on 28 June 2011 - 06:03 AM in Elements of Collecting: Hunting, Valuing and Polemicizing

Why, it's that rare and elusive ... uh ... yeah ... um ... wow. :blink:

#5085 "wrong" Sheaffer imprint?

Posted by ogwen on 22 March 2011 - 05:14 AM in SHEAFFER (USA "Big Five")

In a sampling of one particular model in my Sheaffer collection, the wideband Triumph 1942-1945, I found "Patented in U.S.A." on the barrel more prevalent than "Made in U.S.A." However, this was not true of the Golden Brown striated models I have---5 said "Made in U.S.A." vs 2 that said "Patented in U.S.A." Though not a scientific study by any means (lol) and therefore apropos of nothing, the rest of the break down in my collection is as follows:

of 3 Carmine models- 1 says "Made in U.S.A."
of 4 Marine Green models - 1 says "Made in U.S.A."
of 3 Black models - all say "Patented ..."
of 2 Grey/Green - 1 says "Made in U.S.A."

(all the nibs say "Made in U.S.A.")

Is there any significance to "Made in U.S.A." rather than "Patented in the U.S.A." on the barrel? Did one come before the other, or is it just one more mysterious Sheaffer manufacturing quirk :blink:?