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the 1936 Sheaffer Oversize Vac Fill Balance


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#1 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 08:54

Hi

Time to give a tribute to one of the most representative sheaffers ever built





enjoy

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 09:34

Thanks Georges. I enjoy and appreciate your hand written reviews!

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 13:54

Georges,

Thanks for the review and welcome to the world of Oversize Balances. I am not surprised that you selected this pen as the styling is similar to your 149s albeit a little smaller. Mine are all lever fillers but I love the quality workmanship and celluloids Sheaffer used.

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#4 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 15:00

Hi mark

I always wanted a vac filled oversize balance, now I want another one but with abalone chips pattern in celluloid kinda like the one featured on this page http://www.vintagefo...ns.com/sheaffer, I am also going to hunt for the biggest triumph model as well as for a pfm. That is something completely different from my Duofold Flat Tops and the nib was another reason which I bought it. The pen is of the same size than my 146 or than my vintage french made oversize vacumatic with three cap bands. It is ideal for long writing sessions.

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Edited by georges zaslavsky, 14 June 2009 - 15:01.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 18:04

QUOTE (georges zaslavsky @ Jun 14 2009, 11:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi mark

I always wanted a vac filled oversize balance, now I want another one but with abalone chips pattern in celluloid kinda like the one featured on this page http://www.vintagefo...ns.com/sheaffer, I am also going to hunt for the biggest triumph model as well as for a pfm. That is something completely different from my Duofold Flat Tops and the nib was another reason which I bought it. The pen is of the same size than my 146 or than my vintage french made oversize vacumatic with three cap bands. It is ideal for long writing sessions.

regards

georges


Good luck with your hunt. The Ebonized Pearl (abalone chips pattern) celluloid is second only to the Red Veined Grey Pearl as my favourite Balance.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 20:48

Thank you for the review Georges. I have several Balances including two OS but I hadn't the chance yet to get my hands over a vac fil. I have a Brown striped though and I agree it's a classic (like the Pelikan Tortoiseshell). One question: is it gold or silver trim?

Cheers,

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 21:17

QUOTE (diplomat @ Jun 14 2009, 08:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for the review Georges. I have several Balances including two OS but I hadn't the chance yet to get my hands over a vac fil. I have a Brown striped though and I agree it's a classic (like the Pelikan Tortoiseshell). One question: is it gold or silver trim?

Cheers,


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Posted 14 June 2009 - 21:18

QUOTE (georges zaslavsky @ Jun 14 2009, 11:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (diplomat @ Jun 14 2009, 08:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for the review Georges. I have several Balances including two OS but I hadn't the chance yet to get my hands over a vac fil. I have a Brown striped though and I agree it's a classic (like the Pelikan Tortoiseshell). One question: is it gold or silver trim?

Cheers,


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Thank you, I was expecting gold but the flash light showed silver.

Ciao,

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 18:17

Thank you very much for this review too!
I am also a Balance lover for its simple and elegant design, its weight and its great celluloid barrel.
Many thanks again for your purchase too and this nice meeting.
Best regards
Jean Elie
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 00:17

Georges:

Welcome to the oversize balance. IMHO the best pen ever made. It fits my hand like a glove. In fact, in 2 weeks I am picking up one of the rarest of the rare. A Rose Glow in great condition. If you are still looking for the PFM and/oversize balance call Pen Haven on Saturday or Sunday (only days they are open) from 12-5 EST. Lew and Bert have a number of these and are great to deal with.

I hope you use the OS Balance as it remains a wonderful writer with the added benefit of holding a lot of ink.

Enjoy.

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#11 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 18:27

QUOTE (AndyW @ Jun 17 2009, 01:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Georges:

Welcome to the oversize balance. IMHO the best pen ever made. It fits my hand like a glove. In fact, in 2 weeks I am picking up one of the rarest of the rare. A Rose Glow in great condition. If you are still looking for the PFM and/oversize balance call Pen Haven on Saturday or Sunday (only days they are open) from 12-5 EST. Lew and Bert have a number of these and are great to deal with.

I hope you use the OS Balance as it remains a wonderful writer with the added benefit of holding a lot of ink.

Enjoy.

AndyW

thanks for the welcome Andy smile.gif I think my next pen is going to be a triumph followed by a pfm.

regards

georges

Edited by georges zaslavsky, 17 June 2009 - 18:29.

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