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Pen #2926    Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe snorkel  SOLD
2926
Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent
Material:  forticel
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws: none
Filler: lever
Point: medium
Imprint: excellent
Size: 5.6"
COMMENTS:   I've commented on how Sheaffer used the same names for very different pens over the years.  I suppose its no worse than car manufacturers, right?  But the name Sentinel Deluxe has always applied to a Triumph nib pen with a metal cap.  This one, freshly restored, is in excellent condition.  The 14K and  palladium plated nib is marked M5, a medium, but writes more like a fine, which is about what I would expect.  Nice writing too.  The cap is clean, no brassing, on the trim or dings or dents.  The imprint is crisp.  When I restore snorkels I put in all new rubber seals, and a PVC sac.  It will be a long time before this pen needs to be restored!

Pen #2903    Marine Green Sheaffer Balance  SOLD
2903
Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent
Material: celluloid
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws: none
Filler: lever
Point: extra fine
Imprintextra fine
Size: 4"
COMMENTSIf things seem to be a bit off in size, you're right.  This is a Marine Green Sheaffer Balance, not oversize, not standard, not Jr - but vest pocket size.  Its in pristine condition, no brassing, no tooth marks, decent color too. The nib is the correct Lifetime nib. The marine green material is hard to find, and the pen in this size (4" closed) is quite uncommon.  The cap does post for a posted length of 4.8", though given the age of the material I would not post often, or very firmly.  Nice, and I think rare, pen.  Restored.

Pen #2849    Gregg Shorthand pen      $137
Gregg
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  replated
Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: 
Filler: lever
Point: fine
Imprint: none
Size:  5.0"
COMMENTSThis is an interesting little pen. It's on the slender side, but not skinny.  When posted, the pen is nicely balanced.  The clip is unmarked, but screams "WASP" (Walter A Sheaffer Pen - a Sheaffer sub brand)..  Lever and J bar are of the  Sheaffer design, but the only branding is the GREGG enamel medallion on the top of the cap, and GREGG on the nib.  No imprint, and I think that there never was one.  The nib is a nice writing fine nib.  The trim has been replated with a base layer of nickel and top layer of gold.  Fully restored

Pen #2923    Sheaffer Vigilant   SOLD
2923
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent
Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: 
Filler: lever
Point: extra fine
Imprint: excellent
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTSMade 1941-42, the Vigilant is a standard length, slender Balance with the military clip.  Its a smidge narrower than a Parker 51, so comfortable in the hand.  This pen is quite clean - no cracks, no brassing, and a very nice writing extra fine nib.  Restored, of course.

Pen #2914  Sheaffer  Prelude custom 0.6mm cursive italic grind    $137
2914
Overall Gradenear mint
Metal: excellent
Material: lacquer barrel, chrome cap
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws:  none
Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
 Point:   custom Fine cursive italic
Imprint:
   
Size:  5.5"
COMMENTSI like this pen.  The blue lacquer barrel is a rich, deep color with the chrome cap contrasting nicely.  The nib is a two tone steel nib, custom ground to 0.6mm cursive italic, which is smack in the middle between fine and extra fine. No flaws, the pen comes with a converter.

Pen #2905    Sheaffer/Levenger Seas Connaisseur  2     $177
2905
Overall Grade extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material: plastic
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws:  none
Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
 Point:   Fine
Imprint:
   
Size:  5.5"
COMMENTSThis is one of the last of the Sheaffer/Levenger Seas pens.  The color is blue with palladium trim.  The Sheaffer Targa Connaisseur reference page says that the pen had white gold nib, but picture shows this nib, so I'm not sure that it is correct, not to mention that the "white gold " nibs were always plated.  The nib is in excellent condition.  The nib unit has one of the red end squeeze converters installed, but because the pens don't have a plug in the end like the solid color Connaisseurs do, it will also take a clear piston converter.  I can plate the two section trim rings with rhodium  for you if you want them to match for an additional $25. 

Pen #2915    Sheaffer Prelude     $97
2915
Overall Grade excellent
Metal: excellent
Material: lacquered brass
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws:  none
Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
 Point:   Fine
Imprint:
   
Size:  5.5"
COMMENTSI like the stealth finish pens.   They look cool.  They also hide well is your pocket if you're wearing a black shirt, which I often do.  The men in the choir that I directed a few years  back wore black pants and shirts for performances, and an all black pen disappeared into the black - except for that pesky white dot.  This is a USA made Prelude, and the nibs are a bit better than the ones that were coming out of China later on.  The pen has a nice smooth ("tuned" as they say) fine nib, and a converter.  The cap closes firmly.  No wear to the finish either on the body of the pen, or the trim.

Pen #2909   Sheaffer Balance   $137
2909
Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent
Material: celluloid
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws: see comments
Filler: plunger
Point: extra fine
Imprintextra fine
Size: 4.8"
COMMENTSThis is a Jr size Balance, but a Lifetime pen.   An exceptionally smooth extra fine nib is in the pen.  Clean trim, clean plunger rod.  The pen is a plunger filler, so it holds a decent amount of ink.  The barrel has some flea bites in it which is why the pen is graded extra fine.  No cracks, and the cap posts firmly.  Freshly restored with our high grade, long life rubber materials

Pen #2893   Sheaffer Sentinel Stratowriter   $77
2893
Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent
Material: Forticel
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws: none
Filler: ballpoint
Point:  NA
Imprintexcellent
Size: 5.3"
COMMENTS: Some describe this is a Sentinel Deluxe Stratowriter, except that its the smaller Sentinel size - so smaller in diameter than the Sentinel Deluxe fountain pen we have.  This was an early ballpoint, not retractable,  with a refill that screwed into the section and of course a  cap like the fountain pens.  No white dots, Sheaffer instead put a raised dot on the clip, where the white dot would have gone.  We've installed one of Sheaffer's widgets and a refill and spring - in this case a ballpoint refill made for Sheaffer pens by Monteverde.  I like them better, and its what I have....  I don't use ballpoints! Nice original frosting on the cap, no dings or dents.   Great pen, and a fine example of an uncommon pen.

Pen #2878   Sheaffer Balance   $117
2878
Overall Gradeextra fine
Metal: extra fine
Material: celluloid
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws: see comments
Filler:  plunger
Point:  extra fine
Imprintexcellent
Size:  4.8"
COMMENTSThe numbers on Sheaffer pens really aren't model numbers.  Rather, they were the "price" tag for the pen. i.e.  350 pens sold for $3.50.  This one has the 350 number, and is about the same size as the Jr pens.  Tt's smaller than the standard size Balance, but is still comfortable in the hand when posted - and this one does post.  The trim is better than you usually see on these pens. The cap band is a little  hazy; the clip is bright and shiny.  No brassing, no tooth marks on the pen, no cracks.  The nib is a gold  #3.  The original black celluloid covered rod has been replaced with a stainless rod.

Recommended:  1/8 ounce jar of silicone grease to lubricate the plunger rod.  This is the stuff I use  in the shop made by Dow-Corning.  A little bit on the plunger rod keeps it moving freely.  Can also be used to lubricate piston fillers.

Pen #2877   Kohinoor Rapidograph   $87
2877
Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material: see comments
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws: see comments
Filler:  piston
Point:  fine
Imprintextra fine
Size:  5.2"
COMMENTSThe Rapidograph is an imported export.  The stylographic pens first appeared in the US in pens like the Inkograph, and were taken back to Germany in the inter war period, where they were popular because the tube was cheaper to make than a nib.  With a weighted wire running down the middle, technical drawing inks could be used because the wire moving up and down while you wrote kept it from clogging.  They came back to this country after the war as a technical drawing pen with the tubular nibs made in a range of diameters, which gave specific line widths without messing with a dip style drawing pen.  The nib on this one is marked 2 1/2.  Line width is on the wider side for these pens.  The barrel is hard rubber, the cap is plastic, which is common for these pens.  A little wear to the plating on the clip and the stamping on the red band is a bit worn, but otherwise the pen is in very nice condition.

Pen #2837 Parker 75 Flighter Deluxe pencil   $47
75 2837
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  stainless steel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: none
Filler: pencil
Point:   NA
Imprint:   excellent
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTSThe 75 pencil has a standard twist action mechanism, 0.9 mm (0.036") lead.  Original eraser, which is about the same size as all of the Parker erasers except for the Duofold line.  If you can find them, the Parker Insignia erasers fit nicely. I was planning on selling the 75 flighter fountain pen and pencil as a set.  But, there are no markings on the pen, and the stainless is a different color, so the pencil is listed separately.   

Pen #2907     Sheaffer pen and pencil set       $37
2907
Overall Grade:  near mint
Metal:  chrome plated
Material: plated over brass
Nib conditionexcellent
Flaws:
Filler:  ballpoint/pencil
Point:    na
Imprint
Size:  5"
COMMENTS:   I don't sell ballpoints and pencils very often, but this was too good to pass up.   I'm not sure when these were made - 70s to early 80s, based on the clip and the package design. The pens had what Sheaffer called the "reminder" clip, because you could not clip the pen in your pocket with the refill extended. There is no evidence that the pen was ever used.  The eraser wasn't  used, and the metal is still very clean.  There is lead in the pencil, and the refill worked when tested.  No guarantee how long it'll work.  In the original box with the papers.

Brobdingnagian Pin Vise  V3.0    $28
BPV
COMMENTS:   Named the Brobdingnagian Pin Vise with apologies to both  Johnathan Swift and Dorothy Sayers*  

This has to be one of the most useful tools in my tool box.  I made mine 3 or more years ago, and find myself constantly reaching for it when restoring pens.  The 3/8" chuck will hold drill bits for cleaning out snorkel sac guards, reamers,  taps, tapers,  you name it.   It's much easier to grip this tool than just a drill, or  a tap wrench which never tightens right on a round object, and fits a wide range of diameters from a #50 drill all the way up to 3/8"   If it fits, you have an instant handle.

 V 3.0 has a chuck designed for hand tightening made by Jacobs. The jaws of the chuck are recessed on this one, so they may not work on buffing jewels and such.  Overall length is 8"  The handle is about  5 3/4" long and  7/8"" at the widest part  so that you get a good grip.    I've listed them here instead of on the "stuff"  page because if you do pen repair, you need this tool!

 
The price of chucks has gone up quite a bit since the last batch was made.  Either this will be the last batch, or the price will go up a fair bit.     I expect these to go quickly - three sold before I could get the picture up.  Grab while you can!

2  pin vises left!

*Gulliver's Travels and Busman's Honeymoon respectively.


What's with this "fully restored" thing anyway? 
There are some sellers out there who will put a sac in a pen and call it "restored."   I'm not one of them.
I started repairing pens for myself back in the late 80s or so, and of course was restoring them
the way that I thought that they should be.... and the way that most people would want their pens
to be.  The work is done with attention to detail, nice looking, cleaned, nib smoothed,
polished and working.   That habit was ingrained in me,
and it's still the way I repair pens - for my self, to sell, or for clients.


Note that all pens are sold without ink, cartridges or converters
 unless otherwise noted.



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