My Sheaffer Accumulation

I was shocked when I recently noticed my Sheaffer accumulation had grown to 19 pens, both modern and vintage. I bought my first Sheaffer fountain pen back in 2004. Two of them actually, a Sheaffer Legacy II and a Sheaffer Legacy Heritage, both purchased from the clearance section at Levenger.

I didn’t really like the pens. The touchdown converter on the Legacy II confused me at the time. I also didn’t like the nibs but in retrospect that was because they were wetter and wider than I was accustomed to. So the pens ended up getting neglected as did the brand. I used both pens recently and the experience was much better. They were the exact same pens so it was me that changed.

At my first pen show in March 2013 I saw some vintage Sheaffer Balances but I didn’t buy my first vintage Sheaffer until May. Since then my accumulation of Sheaffers has reached what I should start calling a collection. Although it still lacks focus beyond Sheaffer.

There’s a lot about Sheaffers I really shouldn’t like. I like a good old fashioned nib that can be seen in all it’s glory. I don’t like inlaid nibs or even conical nibs nearly as much. Except on Sheaffers. Maybe it’s because Sheaffer is synonymous with inlaid and conical (Triumph) nibs. It helps a lot that these nibs are great to write with. I’m also not a fan of two-tone nibs yet they seem to fit in on these classic pens.

So here’s the current collection (Click the photos for full size):

Six Sheaffer vintage pens
Six Sheaffers – 3 Balance Full Size, a Balance Junior and 2 Balance Oversize
Another six vintage Sheaffers
Six Sheaffers – Craftsman Tip-Dip, 2 PFM I, a Snorkel, a Triumph and a Triumph Sentinel Deluxe

I liked the vintage Sheaffers so much I started adding some modern ones.

Seven modern Sheaffers
Six modern Sheaffers: Balance Aspen, Custom Legacy, Intensity, Legacy Heritage, Legacy I, Legacy I, and a still boxed VFM

Three of my favorite pens are Sheaffers:

My favorite Sheaffers
3 Favorites: Balance Aspen – Balance Oversize – Balance Junior

The Sheaffer Balance Aspen is a modern pen based on the classic design. The pen is beautiful. Despite being a thin nib guy I really love the medium nib on this. If I can fix the skipping problem it will make the favorite 5 modern pens. The green Sheaffer Balance Oversize is my #2 favorite vintage pen. The custom stub nib is just a little wide for my personal preference as a daily writer but great when I do use it. That ugly, discolored (it started as Pearl & Black) Junior is my favorite vintage pen. When posted the pen is comfortable in my hand and the custom fine stub is great.

My first vintage pen was an Esterbrook, soon followed by a Parker Vacumatic. But Sheaffer did sneak up on me and claimed the top spot as my favorite vintage pen brand. The modern Sheaffers are rather good too.

8 thoughts on “My Sheaffer Accumulation

  1. How does that Copper legacy Heritage write in comparison to the PFM? I recently got a PFM I and I am crazy about the inlaid nib. Great writer. I LOVE the look of that Copper Legacy, but I would be disappointed if it didn’t write as nicely as the PFM. Thanks!

    • Mike,
      The Heritage is a medium and I prefer thinner nibs. It’s also a wet nib, more than I like. So my personal preference goes against the Heritage and I personally like the PFM nibs better. The Heritage is smooth and consistent, until it decides to start skipping on some paper. It could be my specific pen, it will occasionally skip on smooth paper like Rhodia. It might be a simple adjustment by someone who knows what to look for but it can be annoying but my untrained eye doesn’t see anything wrong with the nib. My PFMs are fines so while it’s not a direct comparison the Heritage is wetter than just the nib size would account. The Heritage 18K gold nib is also softer that the PFM Palladium Silver nibs that I have. So the big differences are wetter and softer for the Heritage.

      The Heritage itself is also heavier, 38g compared to 20g for the PFM on my scale.


  2. The Sheaffer Balance Aspen looks beautiful. I accumulated several Sheaffers early on in the hobby, and love the nibs on all of them.

  3. Sorry, late to the party,

    How would you compare inlaid and conical nibs to a regular unhooded nib?

    I found out that the hooded nibs are not comfortable for me. So, I was wondering, how are those exotic nib types compare?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi B.I.

      I don’t like hooded nibs although in my case it’s more aesthetic. But even the one hooded nib I do like (Lamy 2000) is a occasional problem because I turn the pen over time when I can’t see the nib. So even that nib is uncomfortable for me at times. I don’t find either the conical or inlaid nibs to be at all like that. I find them very easy to use.

      The one thing the conical nibs do have common is that they are very nail-like, firm nibs. But I like that. The inlaid nibs are also firm but not as much as the conical nibs.

      Thanks for reading,

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