I have about a dozen Sheaffer's and I love all of them. My favorite, however, is an old Military Balance piston fill with a Feather Touch #5 nib that is a wonderfully smooth writer.It also holds a huge supply of ink. I bought this pen on Flea Bay six or seven years ago and I often wonder about its history The finish on the barrel is flaking off and it would win no beauty contests nonetheless it is a treasure to me Sheaffer's Military Balance 1.jpg
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Probably my Snorkel with factory 3-tined music nib, because of its rarity.
My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer NoNonsense and I collect those, so that's another favourite....but there are too many great Sheaffer pen models to limit my choice to just one. Great question, though!
I'm a big fan of vintage Sheaffers. They were, arguably, for reasons mentioned above, the most innovative fountain pen company. Walter Sheaffer was inspirational, too. In the early 1900s, the fiftyish Sheaffer founded his eponymous pen company at an age that most people would retire and built it into one of the top pen companies in the world.
My favorite Sheaffers are my golden age OS Balances, my PFMs and some of the Triumph-nibbed pens. Amazing writers, all, they feel great in the hand.
I have quite a few Sheaffers that I love. I have a Sheaffer/Levenger Connoisseur that is probably my favorite. I also have a Balance that is probably a close second. I also have an old Sheaffer that was given to my father as a graduation present that means a lot to me.
My favorite Sheaffer is hands down the NoNonsense series. They write every time the first time.
At school, I had a Sheaffer Stylist. It had the double sided nib - one side broad, the other fine.
Even now, I marvel at that inventiveness and sheer practicality.
Just flip the pen over and use the broad to make crucial parts of the writing stand out; keywords, subtitles, headers etc.
Still got it, although it's in bits. Needs a complete rebuild and probably a few parts replacing. Unforgettable pen, though.
I didn't know that Sheaffer did that with its nibs. I knew it was famously done by at least one Japanese nibmeister - and that Richard Binder (and maybe others) grinds nibs two ways. But I didn't know it had any historical basis. Which side was the normal side and which was upside down?
Always avoid alliteration ...
The nib was a flat piece sandwiched between two feeds.
At least, that's what it looked like, I believe that only one of them was an actual feed - but the nib was in the middle.
I'll try to find, or take, a picture and upload it later - it's easy to see but difficult to describe.
Edited to add:
My photos are phone snaps. They are purely for technical guidance and have no artistic merit.
To give an idea of how it worked, my old (beaten up) Stylist nib. In profile:
And the component parts:
Just dip tested it and it still works, smooth as butter.
First time I've done this. If photos too large, I will remove and resize etc.
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Only have one, so the choice is easy. An Imperial II but a smooth, reliable and very enjoyable writer.
I could easily be talked into another - and probably another.
By and large, I think the Sheaffer Triumph and Inlaid nibs often provide some of the smoothest writing experiences known. I've got a couple of Snorkels, but I think the Touchdowns are the better value, since more people are chasing after the Snorkel system.
My favorite? Probably an Imperial with a 14k gold inlaid nib. When me and the Missus were engaged and were addressing our wedding invitations, I used my Parker 75 and loaned her my Imperial, as it was the smoother writer.
Sentimental favorite? My father's Snorkel- a Burgundy Sentinel. There's probably a reason why my own 51 Aerometric is a Burgundy with a Lustraloy cap/gold clip....