For your consideration, we are offering for sale this vintage circa 1959 Sheaffer PFM IV Gray Snorkel Fountain Pen & Stainless Chrome Cap with Gold Plated Trim. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned and put back together and now is in wonderful operating and writing condition. Gray is considered by collectors to be the most difficult color to acquire in the PFM series.
The PFM came in five principal models, varying by cap and trim color. What we have here is the PFM V. The PFM models below for your reference:
PFM I - Single color plastic cap and barrel, polished stainless steel clip and cap band, and palladium silver nib. The PFM I is the only model without the White Dot.
PFM II - Frosted stainless steel cap and plastic barrel, polished stainless steel clip and cap band, and palladium silver nib.
PFM III - Single color plastic cap and barrel, gold filled clip and cap band, and a 14kt gold nib.
PFM IV - Stainless steel cap and plastic barrel, gold filled clip and plunger cap end plate and a 14kt gold nib.
PFM V - Gold plated cap and plastic barrel, gold filled clip and plunger cap end plate and a 14kt gold nib.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks or repairs. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel of the fountain pen. The fountain pen cap lip is stamped with, "SHEAFFER Made in U.S.A." This Sheaffer PFM V measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 5 5/8" posted.
I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, section, and feed. Hand polished the gold plated cap, trim, and 14K Medium Nib. The Sheaffer White Dot is securely attached in the clip. I have cleaned, buffed, polished & waxed the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of the fountain pen. The Stainless Steel Cap with Gold Plated Clip and Cap Lip are in magnificent condition with no dings or dents. Installed a new silicone sac, o-ring, and point seal - all been replaced with correct reproduction parts. This Sheaffer Pen has been disassembled, cleaned and inspected for any defects before reassembling.
The PFM has the Snorkel Touchdown Filling System. We replaced the point seal, o-ring, and added a new silicon sac. The snorkel tube moves freely and the Touchdown filling system draws ink as it should.
Sheaffer 14K Inlay NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .63mm when measured with digital calipers. The NIB writes with a fine to medium line/stroke. In the writing sample provided, this NIB strokes/lines measures from .53mm to .88mm when measuring with digital calipers. The nib performs very smoothly when creating the writing sample. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. 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.
The Sheaffer PFM IV is a difficult PFM to source in the Gray material. It is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection. I would consider this Sheaffer PFM IV set to easily grade in Excellent+ Condition. Certainly, a collector grade set that is ready to write with or add to your writing arsenal collection!