Vintage Pens: Sheaffer Balance
Vintage Pens: 5237 Sheaffer Balance
Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Sheaffer Balance pens were what hooked us for the first time on vintage pens. This fully restored Sheaffer Balance Lifetime has a beautiful black-and-pearl barrel without much discoloration. Unfortunately, its cap didn't escape the discoloration. Nevertheless, this pen has a new ink sac and is ready for action. The cap band and pocket clip also have some severe brassing, as well as a hairline crack in the lip of the cap. You will write a nice extra-fine line with its original 14k gold nib and later 1930s' inkfeed. (This pen was likely a 1930s model with an original inkfeed.) You'll notice it is a firm nib with a little feedback, but it is a true-blue writer. This vintage pen is a shade shorter than we are used to for a "standard" size model, but it isn't really short enough to be a "junior" either. 13.7cm capped.