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    Default Sheaffer options

    Looking to add a working Sheaffer
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    Default Re: Sheaffer options

    Try a Sovereign II. It is a lever filler with a two-tone conical turned-up nib. The cap has a metal lip. It is not a thin model. Gold vermeil furniture. Mine is a superb writer.

    Valiant made in 1941 - 1945. Lever filler and a two-tone standard up-turned nib. Has a metal band on the cap but not smack-dab on the lip. Gold vermeil furniture. Not thin. Military clip. Mine is a superb writer.

    Vigilant made in 1941 - 1945. Same as the Valiant but a little thinner. Nib not turned up.

    The gold vermeil will tarnish in time. The underlying silver atoms migrate through the gold and oxidize black. This can be cool; the pen will eventually turn all black and become a stealth pen.

    I use these pens all the time. In my opinion, no other pens need apply for space in my pen cup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    For 200 USD you can pick up an expertly restored OS vac-fill Sentinel with a two-tone triumph nib. Your grandchildren will still be writing with it.
    I've not seen one, at that price or any other. Links? (My google-fu is not great today)
    Contact Gerry Berg. He will hook you up.
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    For 200 USD you can pick up an expertly restored OS vac-fill Sentinel with a two-tone triumph nib. Your grandchildren will still be writing with it.
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Default Re: Sheaffer options

    double
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    Default Re: Sheaffer options

    Easy task.
    Sheaffer's Imperial II

    Sheaffer's Imperial II by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    OK -Like the triumph style conical nibs; especially the ones in two-tone, though this is not essential.
    OK -Dislike inlaid nibs. Mainly because my usual writing style is forefinger up, which places the finger actually on part of the nib.
    OK -Prefer touchdown fillers to snorkels, though this is not a deal-breaker.
    OK -Never tried a vac-fill/plunger or whatever they are called.
    OK -Not really interested in lever fillers or cartridge systems.
    OK -Nib - a stub would be nice (in my dreams) but anything from accountant to broad works (assuming that medium and broad are amenable to being stubbed).
    OK -Metal cap, or at least a metal cap lip, as my Balance experience suggests some material may be prone to cap lip cracks.
    OK -Would prefer not to go with a TM model.

    C.
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    well...fact is that it fits all your criterias. I am sorry that I could not help.
    c.

    ps: I think that this is one great looking pen.
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    Did you not have any luck with Gerry Berg? He has a sterling reputation, with many people here, myself included, who will vouch for him.

    I would much prefer to deal with someone like Gerry than random ebay sellers.

    The other option would be Ron Zorn; he has some beautiful Sheaffers up at the moment: http://www.mainstreetpens.com/pensales.htm
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post

    The other option would be Ron Zorn; he has some beautiful Sheaffers up at the moment: http://www.mainstreetpens.com/pensales.htm
    If I hadn't blown my pen budget I would have bought the Triumph Crest he is selling....

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post

    The other option would be Ron Zorn; he has some beautiful Sheaffers up at the moment: http://www.mainstreetpens.com/pensales.htm
    If I hadn't blown my pen budget I would have bought the Triumph Crest he is selling....
    The golden brown one? That's a very handsome pen. I think you should find some money somewhere...
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    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    Did you not have any luck with Gerry Berg? He has a sterling reputation, with many people here, myself included, who will vouch for him.

    I would much prefer to deal with someone like Gerry than random ebay sellers.

    The other option would be Ron Zorn; he has some beautiful Sheaffers up at the moment: http://www.mainstreetpens.com/pensales.htm


    As noted earlier, I don't know anything about Gerry Berg, beyond the reputation people mention here (and I am not knocking that). Is it usual to just email and ask for stuff? Normal etiquette? I have very little experience of contact with pen people outside of eBay.
    Yes. He has an account here (he posted in the thread I linked to above), but invites people to email him directly. He's old school.
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Default Re: Sheaffer options

    I would guess that your fatherís pen has a medium nib.

    In my experience, vintage Sheaffer fines run narrower than modern fines.

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    Thatís a very handsome pen you have. Enjoy!

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    Congrats. That'll be an excellent pen for years to come, especially after Gerry does the filler. He's done a number of my pens, including the one on the left below, which I believe is identical to yours:

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    Default Re: Sheaffer options Gerry Berg

    Anyone interested in Sheaffer plunger-fillers can reach me at gberg@sbc.edu.
    Cheers,
    Gerry

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    Contact Dr. David Isaacson at Vacumania, http://www.vacumania.com/websitesales

    Dr. Davey is a pen collector who sells what he does not keep. Anything he sells is just about perfect. Tell him what you want, and he probably has it.

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    For Vacumania just go to: http://vacumania.com

    As far as the gopens catalog it helps if you subscribe and it is available a week or 10 days before it opens publicly.

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    Default Re: Sheaffer options

    Evidently eBay needn't be a total quagmire to deal with. Here's a treatise on eBay by a photography blogger that claims to have it all figured out:

    https://kenrockwell.com/tech/ebay/index.htm

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    Saved searches, regularly checked, filtered for BIN can be great. Sometimes you find the item priced very reasonably.

    I sometimes use Auction Sniper so that I just set my price and forget it. It makes it like bidding on a surplus auction and makes eBay more palatable and less expensive.

    I try to remind myself that, for nearly all items I'm interested in, another one will come up before long.

    Side story...

    The most hard to find item I've ever bid on and won was a 1980s speech synthesis chip, a Votrax SC-01, used in the Heathkit Hero Jr. personal robot, as well as the arcade game Qbert, and it hasn't been made in 40 years. NOS stores were depleted 20 years ago. They're exactly what you imagine when you think vintage artificial robot voice.

    Anyway, after frying a voltage regulator by accident I freaked thinking I'd blown up the speech chip (it was fine). I didn't like being without a backup and decided to remedy that.

    Saved search saved my bacon as the chips only come up about twice a year. After a few months one came up at a reasonable price and I bought it.

    I've been on eBay for a looooong time and the whole bidding war format has always annoyed me as a buyer. It *seems* like people always get carried away and bid too high on the item I want.

    Of course they never do that to anything I sell, do they?!

    But since items come up over and over, sometimes items don't get bid on and you get them for an absolute steal.

    Just hold out, be patient, be persistent, and be firm with max price, and it will pay off eventually.

    That's how you win without having the most money.

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