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#1 Daisy25

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:28

First, it comes as a surprise.  You're looking elsewhere (say at a Parker "51") and you're filling out a pen order and you can get a NOS Second Sheaffer 444 cheap.  "Why not?" you say.  And then . . .

 

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Yes, it's a little speckled.  It is not, you might observe, the Brad Pitt of the pen world.  But the nib is silky smooth and the flow so even and steady . . .  what it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in utter reliability.  "Hmmmmm," you say.

 

And then, because you're a bit curious, you attach yourself to a NOS 330.

 

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It's pretty, but a little light weight and a little plastic-y.  At first impression, you are a little disappointed.  Except you keep picking it up and the more you handle it, the more you fall, the smooth nib, the easy handling, the great flow, the beautiful line it puts down.  Yup.  It's love.  Which, of course, leads you further on.

 

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And your 444XG with the cursive italic nib combines all the previous virtues with the surprise of making you look good.  Who knew?

 

Another 444XG, because, apparently, your heart is simply too bountiful to restrict itself to one pen.

 

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Till finally, because love has slid into obsession, and there are times you want to step out and up, a Targa.  Ahhhh!

 

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And there it is.  Sheaffer is not really the pen brand I expected to fall in love with, but love snuck up on me.  Lucky me.

 

 


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#2 Sowulo

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:04

I love your post Dasy25. Nice one!



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 11:28

The guys and gals in Fort Madison made really smooth nibs, and they were as smooth on the school pens and No-Nonsence models as they were on the PFMs and Targas.

 

Great post!



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 15:58

If you're not careful, some cougar of an Imperial IV or VI will come along and seduce you....


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 21:31

There's something about those inlaid nibs, and the smoothness of the line... I have a 440 with an extra-fine nib that's almost as fine as some of my Binderized nibs.

 

Whatever you do, though, don't start looking at all the finishes of the Targas; that way lies unholy lust and madness.



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:45

congrats on your sheaffers :thumbup:


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 19:19

If you're not careful, some cougar of an Imperial IV or VI will come along and seduce you....

 

Uh-oh.  I just looked on Google.  

 

There's something about those inlaid nibs, and the smoothness of the line... I have a 440 with an extra-fine nib that's almost as fine as some of my Binderized nibs.

 

Whatever you do, though, don't start looking at all the finishes of the Targas; that way lies unholy lust and madness.

 

I see the problem.  I have a Targa and it's lovely. But I only have one, so what if I lose it or drop it?  Then I wouldn't have any!  A back up Targa is really, simply, the better path of wisdom.  But if I only have two then I only can have two of those lovely finishes.  And if I lost one, then I would only have one left! 

 

Danger, danger, Will Robinson!  Unholy lust and madness ahead!


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:43

Cute story love it

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 20:47

I fell in love with fountain pens thanks to Sheaffer and ther inlaid nibs on the 44X models. Nice post.



#10 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 21:37

GREAT post Daisy.  I know EXACTLY where you are coming from. A couple teasers for you.

 

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 22:37

I fell in love with fountain pens thanks to Sheaffer and ther inlaid nibs on the 44X models. Nice post.

 

I can't believe how good these nibs are.  It's been a discovery.

 

GREAT post Daisy.  I know EXACTLY where you are coming from. A couple teasers for you.

 

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Gorgeous.  Evil temptation, but gorgeous.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 13:51

Great collection, congrats!  :thumbup:

 

What can I say? My first FP was an Imperial 777; have 8 of them today, plus Snorkels, PFM's and more...

 

I'll always have a weekness for Sheaffers... :)



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:24

Great story, I loved it. I messed around with some other things, but I've come back to Sheaffer. As randyholhut says above, any Sheaffer nib was a good nib back in the day. My 40 year-old school pen is still working, and still smooth.

 

Wait til you catch Snorkel fever.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:58

Gotta love those Sheaffer Imperials, can't have enough of them. And beautiful handwriting Daisy25!



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 21:24

Gotta love those Sheaffer Imperials, can't have enough of them. And beautiful handwriting Daisy25!

i'll agree with that, though the cheap 100's are by far my favorite right now.  :puddle: