Vintage Pens: Sheaffer Statesman

Vintage Pens: 3418 Sheaffer Statesman
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
The writing was on the wall for fountain pens by 1952. Ballpoint pens were going to take over the market within a decade. To combat that menace, Sheaffer invented the most Rube Goldberg filling system in the history of pens: the snorkel. As the #1 complaint about fountain pens was wiping off the nib, Sheaffer devised a system that used a little straw...or snorkel...to suck ink into the pen without the need for being wiped clean. The ingenious system can be found on our Sheaffer Statesman. We restored the snorkel system with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. The pen has some wear from use, the worst of which is brassing on the cap band. Its palladium "Triumph" nib was designed to look exactly as it does here. It writes a firm extra-fine to fine line. If you aren't used to these nibs, you might think it has feedback, but it is actually pretty smooth for an XF Triumph. 14.2cm capped.