I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Gold NIB. I also cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the fountain pen.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in very good condition with no cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the White Dot with a Gold Filled Clip and Cap Banding. The clip displays just a touch of wear on the flat ball at the end of the clip. The Cap Banding has been polished to shine brightly but displays some vert light wear on the opposite side of the clip. The lever is in excellent condition shining bright with little wear. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. MADE IN U.S.A.". There are no monograms or personalizations either the cap or barrel. This Oversized Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
I have tested the lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should.
This is where this Sheaffer gets very interesting, as you typically do not see NIBs that flex like this on Sheaffers...This Sheaffer NIB is 14K and VERY FLEXIBLE, I cannot emphasize this enough. The Sheaffer NIB is a 14K Gold NIB, which writes smooth, in addition to being flexible! The actual 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .60mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine to a triple broad stroke line variation. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures at .50mm (with light pressure) and will flex to a triple broad stroke that measures at 1.86mm with medium to firm pressure when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is one of those vintage Sheaffer Oversize Fountain Pens you don't always get a chance to secure in your collection with this type of flexible NIB and is why the price is where it is. This classy Oversize Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen in the Jet Black Celluloid would grade in Very Fine to Excellent Condition. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector grade and is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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