Ink and Pen Notes: Sheaffer Balance II with Sheaffer Emerald Green

Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green with Sheaffer Emerald Green ink

This may read a lot like my previous write-up for the Crimson Glow version of this pen. No surprise there since they are the same pen except for the acrylic and I got both of them at the same time.

The Jade Green Sheaffer Balance II is new to me and the details are in my This Just In post. I was drawn to use inks made during the same time as the pen, and probably in the same city. This pen seems to call out for green ink. Luckily I had a green ink that fit the bill. This is my first time using the ink which came in a 12 ml bottle. It was sold in packages of two different colors, labeled for Calligraphy use (at least that’s how I got it). The nib was too big for the bottle so I filled the converter directly.

I’ve always wanted a jade green pen but the vintage materials had a tendency to darken or otherwise discolor. Any mint specimen would be to expensive for me. So this was a nice compromise (mint but not vintage) and I do really like the design.

The medium nib is narrower than most modern mediums nibs, at least western mediums. There’s a “M” engraved on the bottom on the section so it is a medium. It’s line is within my comfort zone. Flow was good although I did experience the occasional skip on the first stroke after uncapping the pen, just like the Crimson Glow with Peacock Blue ink.

The Emerald Green ink exhibits some line variation with this nib although not as much as the Peacock Blue did. The nib is a little wider and wetter than I like when taking notes or marking up a document so I mainly used the pen for dedicated writing sessions. Like the Crimson Glow, I really do enjoy using this pen. Part of it could be because the pen is so new, but I do think I’ll still enjoy it a year from now.

The pen was super easy to clean. There’s a spike that sticks up and into the converter or cartridge. My bulb syringe fits easily over this and all traces of ink are gone with a few flushes. It actually took me longer to clean the converter, although that was no harder than any other converter. I’m always concerned I’ll snap off that spike as several of my Sheaffers have no protection around it, but it hasn’t happened yet.

I didn’t refill the Sheaffer Balance II in Jade Green yet, but that’s because I have several other enjoyable pens already inked. It is on the short list to be inked and it will be refilled with Sheaffer Emerald Green. Emerald Green will be an ink dedicated to this pen until the bottle is empty.