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    Default Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    This sat on the counter of the late Bert Heiserman's The Pen Haven in Kensington, Maryland.

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    He always priced it so it wouldn't sell. He enjoyed it too much to let it go.

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    Default Re: Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer school pen, about 1957, in 4th grade. I can't remember if the school gave us the pens or if my parents bought it at a drugstore.

    A few years ago, someone posted a beautifully researched story about Sheaffer's program of giving schools packets of school pens, each with cartridges and a booklet on writing cursive. A brilliant marketing idea -- "start them young" and they will always choose a Sheaffer pen. Unfortunately, the entire fountain pen world turned upside down and fountain pens shook out, gradually replaced by ballpoints for at-school and portable typewriters cheap enough that families could buy one and their kids could type papers.

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    Default Re: Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    And I must be remembering this, by Lexaf in 2018:

    https://fpgeeks.com/forum/showthread...How-it-started

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    Default Re: Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    The earliest remaining example of my use of a Sheaffer School pen:

    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

    ~ Benjamin Franklin

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    Default Re: Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    I can't remember if my first was a Sheaffer or a No-Nonsense, probably the former. But both were purchased at the local convenience store in the stationary area. That and an ICEE.
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    Default Re: Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    Sheaffer's always had a very nice school pens /entry line. It's a bit of a shame how the brand works nowadays. Probably the most innovative brand in fountain pen's history, since my point of view.

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    Default Re: Start them young with a Sheaffer fountain pen

    My first fountain pen was a Wearever cartridge pen, which produced an intense an life long dislike of the brand. It has not abated in the last 57 years. My next one as a Sheaffer school pen, and it saw quite a bit of use before it disappeared into a parallel universe.

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    I forgot my Sheaffer school pen when IO got a Parker 45 for Christmas, about 1960. Ah, the smooth medium point! The converter that I used everyday, and the large cartridge I carried as backup.

    I remember the Sheaffer as scratchy.

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