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):
I liked the vintage Sheaffers so much I started adding some modern ones.
Three of my favorite pens are Sheaffers:
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.