I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old ink sac with a new, properly sized silicone sac and barrel o-ring. Hand polished the Cap, 14K Cap Banding, Clip, Barrel, Blind Cap and 14K NIB. This fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. I have cleaned, buffed, polished, and waxed the cap and barrel to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of the fountain pen. The cap displays the White Dot with a Gold Filled Clip and Solid 14K Gold Cap Band. The barrel is in great condition with the barrel being stamped, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. MADE IN U.S.A.". This Sheaffer Touch Down Fountain Pen measures 5 1/4" in length capped and 6 1/8" posted. Neither the cap or barrel displays any monograms or personalizations.
This Sheaffer has a working Touchdown Filling system. I replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac and changed out the old barrel o-ring with a new, properly sized authentic reproduction o-ring. I have restored, greased, and tested the Touchdown Filling mechanism with water and now works as it was intended to.
This Sheaffer has a 14K Conical Nib that writes so smoothly. The actual iridium tip on this Sheaffer Nib has a medium point measuring roughly .78mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine to medium stroke/line. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures at .58mm with normal writing pressure and can flex up to .90mm under medium to firm pressure when I measured with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was performed 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 a great Sheaffer Touch Down Model Fountain Pen with a key feature, 14K Cap Banding that I would grade in Excellent to Near Mint Condition. This is a classic stylish pen that is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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