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Sheaffer Fineline

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Sheaffer Fineline

Color: Black w/GP cap
Material: Plastic
Filler: Lever
Date c. 1950
Nib: Steel F
Working? Yes

One of Sheaffer’s sort-of spinoff brands, Fineline pens use a replaceable threaded nib unit similar to (but not compatible with) the Esterbrook Renew points. This one has a lovely steel fine. The body and cap feel noticeably ‘cheaper’ than a full on Sheaffer, but it’s definitely holds its own as a mid-range writing instrument.

Sheaffer Imperial 777

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Sheaffer Imperial 777

Color: GP Lined
Material: GP
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. 1980
Nib: 14K Arrowhead inlaid, M
Working? Yes

This is a later Imperial, c. 1980 or so, when Sheaffer started using the ‘arrowhead’ nib, previously only seen on the later Triumph pens, in its Imperial line. It lacks the crown imprint of the earlier model, but aside from that and the different nib shape, it’s essentially the same pen. A lovely writer, well balanced, and reliable. Great pen!

Sheaffer Imperial VII

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Sheaffer Imperial VII

Color: Black w/ GP Cap
Material: Resin, GP
Filler: Touchdown
Date c. 1960s
Nib: XXF 14K Inlaid
Working? Yes

Beautiful vintage Imperial, some brassing to the GP cap, but otherwise great condition. Insanely fine point, one of the finest I’ve ever written with! I’d call this an accountant point, perhaps? (And too fine for me, so it doesn’t get much use.)

Sheaffer 500 Desk Pen

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Sheaffer 500 Desk Pen

Color: Burgundy
Material: Plastic
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. 1962-84
Nib: M Steel
Working? Yes

Another oddball from Sheaffer’s mid-century lineup: the ‘Dolphin’ nib. An odd mimic of the inlaid nib, the ‘dolphin’ nibs ranged from basic steel to 14K, both hallmarked and unhallmarked. Designed to appeal to a lower pice bracket, these pens didn’t stay in production long, and are now sought after by collectors of mid-century Sheaffers. This one is a desk pen, with a huge caramel swirl marble base. Seems to be unused NOS condition, as pen and base still have stickers, though they are faded.

Sheaffer 550

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Sheaffer 550 (Quasi-Imperial)

Color: Burgundy
Material: Plastic
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. 1970s?
Nib: GP Steel M Inlaid
Working? Yes

Yet another of the seemingly endless variants on the ‘Imperial’ of the 60s-80s. This one is a cartridge/converter model, with gold-plated trim. I’ve seen 550s with the ‘arrow’ shaped cutout as well as the short diamond, so who knows? It’s a Sheaffer inlaid nib, and I’ve yet to find a bad one, so I’m content, anyway….

Sheaffer Target

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Sheaffer Target (or Imperial III)

Color: Black
Material: plastic
Filler: Touchdown
Date c. 1960-61
Nib: F Palladium Triumph
Working? Yes

This is an odd bird; released right alongside the venerated PFM, first as the Target in 1960-61, then later as the Imperial III. Not a top of the line Sheaffer, but another nice TD with a Triumph nib that writes a very fine (a bit too fine for my tastes, unless i”m working on really cruddy paper), line.

Sheaffer Target

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Sheaffer Target (or Imperial III)

Color: Evergreen
Material: Plastic
Filler: Touchdown
Date c. 1960-61
Nib: Palladium Triumph
Working? Yes

This is an odd bird; released right alongside the venerated PFM, first as the Target in 1960-61, then later as the Imperial III. Not a top of the line Sheaffer, but another nice TD with a Triumph nib that writes a fairly smooth medium line.

Sheaffer Intrigue

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Sheaffer Intrigue

Color: Petrol
Material: Chrome & Steel
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. c. 200-2005
Nib: M 14K/Palladium Inlaid
Working? Yes

I’ve been wanting an Intrigue since they were still in production. The weren’t around long, but I finally caught one. It’s a quirky beast, to be sure, with a very odd and proprietary filling system, but it’s gorgeous! The inlaid nib almost recalls the dolphin’ nib seen in the 1960s, but is fully inlaid. Since it’s a little fiddly, I don’t use it much, but I do love it! Has a ballpoint companion as well.

Sheaffer 100

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Sheaffer 100

Color: Red
Material: Lacquered steel
Filler: Cartridge/Converter
Date c. 2012-14
Nib: M Steel
Working? Yes

Nice looking pen, but as much as I love Sheaffers, this one disappoints. The seal between the section nipple and the converter is awful. It won’t even seal enough to fill properly, and if one uses a full converter, it leaks like mad (not surprisingly!). It’s a shame, because it’s a smart pen, but it’s pretty much unusable, and it’s sort of put me off new Sheaffers.

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