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Good day, pen friends.

Today I bring you a lever-filling jet black Sheaffer Triumph Crest. I believe I would date this pen around 1942. The price code on this one reads 1250.

Capped, this pen is identical to open-nibbed Sheaffer Crest pens. However, the caps are not interchangeable, because the thread locations are different.

The white dot is located on the blind cap for this pen. You will never find a Triumph Crest with the white dot on the cap, because Sheaffer only devised a foolproof method of attaching the white dot to metal caps until 1948, just after they discontinued the Triumph lineup.

Back to dating the pen: Sheaffer first introduced the Triumph pen in May 1942. They offered both lever-fill and vacuum-fil options, for the same price. This lasted only until October 1942, when the War Production Board severely restricted the usage of rubber, prompting Sheaffer to drop their lever-fillers altogether, and manufacture only vacuum-fil pens. Thus, the lever-filler Triumph pens are far less common than their vacuum-fil brothers.

Measurements:
131mm capped
111mm uncapped
11.5mm in diameter

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Sometimes, when you're restoring old pens, you experience true horror. This used to be a celluloid-coated plunger rod in a Sheaffer Balance. Now, it is, as some people call it, toast.

Thanks to everyone who tuned into my pen repair stream. I'll probably be holding one next Saturday at the same time.
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Great savings to be had on refurbished Sausage Fillers. We have both Piston and Vacuum fillers available with or without linking heads #sausagefiller #pistonfiller #vacuumfiller #sausagemaking #sausageproduction #sausageman #mainca #frey #rex #handtmann

Good day, pen friends.

Every now and then, you get thrown a curveball. I have here a Sheaffer Vacuum-fil pen which closely resembles just that.

Here's a basic rundown on vacuum-fillers: You pull a rod and push the rod back in, and the pen magically fills with ink. This is because of the gasket at the end of the plunger rod which creates an airtight seal; the seal creates a vacuum as you push the rod back in, and the vacuum is released when the plunger bottoms out, sucking ink in through the feed.

Ink doesn't squirt out of the back of the pen thanks to something called a packing unit: a small plastic chamber containing two grease-impregnated felt washers between two rubber washers. These create an incredibly effective seal, and prevent any liquid from escaping as you work the plunger.

This pen is very old (nearly 80 years in fact) and the seal has long since failed. To restore this pen, the most effective method is to fully replace the packing materials. This is done in part by drilling out the rubber washers from the inside, allowing the felt washers to be easily removed.

In theory, at least.

Exactly one week ago, I drilled out the inner rubber washer. After long soaking, gentle picking, and prayer to the powers that be, every night and every morning, I have concluded that this pen hates me.

There are two types of Sheaffer Vacuum-fil packing units. Those with threads, and those which are friction fit. It's a good thing this one was the latter, because I decided to knock it out of the pen. Lo and behold, the felt washers appear to have been glued in place. I still can't get them out.

I'll continue work on this pen, trying gentle heat and perhaps blood sacrifices tomorrow.

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Good day, pen friends.

Today I bring you three of @continuimatt's pens: a Sheaffer's Balance in golden brown celluloid, a jade radite Sheaffer's J5-30C flat top, and a grey pearl celluloid Sheaffer's Triumph Valiant.
Starting with the Balance, the streamlined clip gives the production year range away as 1936-1942. It is a Vacuum-Fil pen, and I have restored the filling system properly. It now writes and fills like a dream. Unfortunately, there are some nibble marks on the blind cap. It is the "full-length slender" size, with a price code of 875.

The jade J5-30C I would date at late '20s to early '30s. It doesn't have an official name; these were known only by their model numbers. The J stands for Jade, the C stands for Clip, and the numbers 5-30, stamped on the cap ring and nib, stand for a #5 nib and a 30-year warranty. This pen exhibits excellent coloration; many jade pens of this era are yellowed from age and light exposure.

And lastly, we have the Valiant, dated towards the late '40s. Judging by the heavy scratches to the clip and cap band, this pen has had a hard life. This was the problem child of the three. It is a capsule type vacuum-filler, which means that inside the barrel is a separate barrel which holds the Vacuum-Fil system. For one reason or another, the entire capsule had been shellaced into place, and snapped at the section during disassembly. I was able to use MEK to solvent weld the section back on after restoring the filling system, and while the pen fills and writes perfectly now, it will never be disassembled again.

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Good day, pen friends.

Today I bring you a pen restored for me by Jeff Powers of the Powers Pen Company. This is a Sheaffer's Balance Craftsman in grey pearl celluloid, a non-Lifetime model, the white dot conspicuously absent. This pen was probably made sometime between 1935-1942, judging by the humped clip with the flattened ball.

The pen is fitted with a No.3 nib, which is springy but not flexible. The pen is in near-mint condition, with no tarnish, scratches, or dents. The barrel exhibits excellent transparency. The accompanying pencil is in worse shape, with a few deep scratches around the nose. This set came to me in the original Sheaffer's case.

I originally believed this to be a Sheaffer's Miss Universe set, which was the lady's size Craftsman. The length is a giveaway however, at 138mm capped, 117mm uncapped, and 10mm in diameter. Fun fact, the codes from the 1938 Sheaffer Catalog for this set are P3W-RIVGI for the pen, PTAC-RINRO for the pencil, and 2P85-RUTIG for the boxed ensemble.

Another interesting note is that the pencil is price marked 300, but the pen is not marked at all. If it were, the mark would read 350. This puts the total price for the set at $6.50, but the ensemble was discounted to $5.00. Adjusted for inflation, that's about $88 today.

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Good day, pen friends.

It's not often that I have the opportunity to work on somebody else's pens. @connor.shirley sent these to me: a 1936 Sheaffer's Balance in grey pearl celluloid, and a 1942 Sheaffer's Triumph in jet black celluloid.

Both pens are vacuum-fil, and I've restored them using modern methods (o-ring and closure washer solvent welded in place). The palladium masking is nearly gone from the Triumph nib, but it still writes very well after a little bit of love.

The Balance is the "short slender" size, which fits the price stamp of 875 on the barrel.
The Triumph pen required a new cap and blind cap due to damage. Luckily, I had spare parts in stock. This pen has no price stamp.

They're on the way back to their owner now. Let's hope they arrive safe and sound. There's nothing like a nice vintage Sheaffer pen.

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It was nice out, so I took a nature walk with one of my favorites before going into work today. (don't tell the others, they don't think I have favorites)

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After three sparsely used months, my Pilot Custom 823 is empty and ready for new ink. Outgoing is one of my favorite dark blues, Montblanc JFK, and incoming is one of my favorite murky greens, Sailor Jentle Epinard. Swipe for some sweet vacuum filler action 😁.
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This is the first year I’ve ever journaled, and I’m proud to say that I’ve not missed a day, yet! I wrote tonight’s page with the Pilot Custom 823 inked with Montblanc JFK. I filled this pen back on February 28, and I’m just now getting to the last of the ink. I’m not sure what I’m going to ink it up with next...just some color that is not blue or blue-black!
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Sheaffer Triumph Vac-Fil :) #sheaffer #vintage #sheafferpen #sheaffertriumph #vacuumfiller #vacfil (selling this one for $100 if anyone is interested)

Good day, pen friends.

Today, I've finished work on the pen from my previous post, a Persian Blue Sheaffer's Valiant Tuckaway.

Sheaffer began offering their clipless Tuckaway pens in 1940, featuring 14k gold and gold-filled barrels and caps. Through the years, this pen evolved to include striated celluloid finishes and the distinctive clasp just below the white dot, often mistaken for a military clip. Around the end of World War II, solid colors became the norm, and the striated plastics were phased out.

I would date this pen at about 1948-1950, being a vacuum-filler, and judging by the lack of the LIFETIME stamp on the nib. It's worth noting that this pen came to me with a regular fine serialized nib, but I've swapped it out for a non-serialized factory stub. The original nib may be seen in the exploded picture.

As with all of my vacuum-fillers, I've restored the filling system using modern methods, and the pen writes like a dream. It's already one of my favorites.

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Good day, pen friends.

While disassembling my next project pen, I was struck by how much sheen the old ink in this pen exhibited. There's no way to know for sure what the ink actually was, but judging by how difficult it was to fully wash away (thank you, Rapido-eze!), I'd guess at it being one of the Skrip permanent inks, possibly #22 Blue Black or #52 Royal Blue. Of course, I could very well be wrong, but that's what I think it is.

Anyway, just thought it was interesting. As you were.

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New arrival from Frey, the Kompakta 2-30 Piston Filler sits alongside its bigger brother, the F52 Vacuum Filler. Quality German engineering at its finest. #sausagefiller #pistonfiller #vacuumfiller

Extremely proud to have exhibited at Foodex once again. We are a family business who have established long lasting customer relations from our vast knowledge in the food industry #salesteam #processing #packaging #specialists #bandsaws #bowlchopper #burgermachine #butchersblock #butchershop #dicer #flakers #injectors #kebabline #mincer #mixer #mixergrinder #metaldetector #sausagefiller #slicers #smokers #dehydrator #tenderiser #vacuumpacker #vacuumfiller #vacuumtumbler

Our review of the Pilot Custom 823 fountain pen is now up on our blog. Let us know what you think of this pen as well!
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Link in our bio or below
http://www.handoverthatpen.com/2018/04/19/review-pilot-custom-823/
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Good day, pen friends.

I'm in the process of setting up a DIY light box with which to take better photos. Here's a preview of what you can expect in the future. The 'floor' is a simple cotton cloth right now, because I don't have any poasterboard on hand. Let me know what you think!

Here's an imgur album, for those of you who would like to see the full resolution: https://imgur.com/a/M0CMU

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Good day, pen friends.

Today I bring you a Sheaffer's Valiant. Not the Valiant you might be more familiar with, which was produced starting in 1949, with its engraved 3/8" gold filled cap band; Sheaffer liked to reuse names. This one came first.

Sheaffer began offering the Valiant, Vigilant, Defender, and Commandant, "Especially designed for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps" in 1941, and production continued until 1945. I highly recommend that you visit the Pen Collectors of America's website, view their Library, and download the April 1941 issue of Sheaffer's catalog; it features these wonderful military pens, including model numbers, pricing information, and those great old-timey advertising blurbs.

The main feature of these military pens is the "over-the-top" military clip, which was designed to prevent unsightly bulges in the flaps of a Service man's uniform's chest pocket. You can find a good write-up on the history of the military clip at RichardsPens.com.

History lesson over, Instagram character limits suck, back to the pen in front of you: I received this pen with dried green ink inside the barrel and clogging the feed. Interestingly, the barrel does not contain a price code. It is a vacuum-filler, featuring exceptional barrel clarity for its age. It has seen some love, with deep scratches in the plastic and minor plating wear at the tip of the clip. More than likely, it saw action in Europe or the Pacific.

Before I forget, the dimensions for this pen are 132.5mm capped, 118mm uncapped, and 11.5mm in diameter at the widest point of the barrel. Oversize!

Anyway, I've restored the filling system and filled it with Sheaffer Skrip Blue-Black. The pen draws about 2ml of ink on the first stroke, and it writes a wonderfully smooth extra-fine line. I don't think I'm ever going to run this one out of ink. All in all, a fascinating piece of history, and an exceptional pen.

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