Vintage Pens: Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime

Vintage Pens: 2111 Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
As World War II drew to a close, most companies had a series of pens with victorious names. The Sheaffer Triumph went through many permutations. This is one of the rarer lever fillers, with the White Dot logo on the tail. Many of these pens were vacuum-piston fillers that were intended to last a lifetime but turned out not to last more than a couple years. The Triumph nib, with its intentionally upturned point, would remain in production on Sheaffer's TouchDowns and Snorkels. The 1/10th 14k gold-filled cap was a big upgrade, and it looks pretty good except for a dimple at the top, a little dent below and to the right of the clip and light wear. The barrel has a few deeper scratches and a little bulge at the tail and a smaller one around the middle of the barrel. We replaced the ink sac. The 14k gold nib writes a wet, firm extra-fine to fine line with a little feedback, as you get in most extra fines. Nice thick grip which makes for easier writing. 13.3cm capped.