View Full Version : 60’s Sheaffer’s School Pen + Broad Cursive Italic

August 12th, 2013, 03:13 PM
Disclaimer: This is not a proper review.


1960's Sheaffer's School Pen Dimensions

Length 133 mm 5 1/4" 5.27 in
Posted Length 146 mm 5 3/4" 5.75 in
Unposted length 121 mm 4 3/4" 4.75 in
Barrel Length 101 mm 4" 3.97 in
Cap Length 57 mm 2 1/4" 2.26 in
Barrel Max Dia 10.1 mm 13/32" 0.40 in
Section Min Dia 8.5 mm 1/3" 0.33 in
Section Length 15.5 mm 39/64" 0.61 in

This is (these are) still one of my favorite pens. It is light, slim, cheap and writes well. The cartridges are easy enough to refill with a syringe and hold a respectable 1 ml of useable ink. This one originally came with the “304” steel nib that wrote very well. I had a warped Sheaffer’s No Nonsense pen that had a steel Sheaffer’s fine italic nib that I thought was interesting. So I transplanted it. Unfortunately I do not know how to properly write with a crisp fine italic nib. While I liked the lines that it put down, I did not like the nib catching on the paper so often on the lateral strokes. That is easy enough to fix, I thought. When I was done, what I had left with could probably best be described as a broad cursive italic. And I love it. I was practicing my German today by transcribing text and thought that it might make an interesting post.


Pen: 60’s Sheaffer’s School Pen
Nib: Steel Custom Broad Cursive Italic
Ink: Diamine Majestic Purple
Paper: Cheap Yellow Legal Pad


August 12th, 2013, 03:33 PM
I have the same one with a fine nib and I turned it into an eyedropper. Mine is in much worse shape. I like the italic nib transplant. Thank you for sharing.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8321/8057815626_a4b1141481_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivan_romero/8057815626/)
Sheaffer school pen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivan_romero/8057815626/) by IvanRomero (http://www.flickr.com/people/ivan_romero/), on Flickr

August 12th, 2013, 03:34 PM
Neat. Yup, that's a first generation cartridge pen, AKA "School Pen" although at the time Sheaffer didn't use that term. Things are near indestructible.

I still have the same one.

August 12th, 2013, 03:44 PM
Thanks for the review Jeph. I use several old Sheaffer school pens.

August 12th, 2013, 09:35 PM
Wonderful. I love your nib grinding. Those nibs are catchy if you try to write cursively. Well done! Your writing sample shows it off well.

(These pens work great as eyedroppers. No conversion necessary - just add some silicone to the threads. The ones with transparent barrels are best, IMO, but the translucent ones work well too.)