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#1 Gary1952

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 12:23

1. Appearance & Design (7) – I recently purchased a near mint Sheaffer PFM IV pen and pencil set (in original box with instruction papers) from EBay. The pen was made in Canada and the fountain pen body and section are fabricated from glossy black plastic and it is fitted with a stainless steel cap equipped with a gold filled spring loaded clip. The pen incorporates the Sheaffer Snorkel filling system. Although the pen's sack and seals appeared to be in reasonable condition I elected to replace them with new components. It took some time to get the pen to fill efficiently with water - I had to refit the point and end cap seals a number of times to achieve an air tight assembly. The pen exhibits a marked propensity for acquiring finger prints on its body and cap.

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2. Construction & Quality (8) – The pen is well constructed but certainly not overly robust (when compared to my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage). The materials of construction of the filler tube, in particular, are of very light gauge metal. Overall construction quality is very good.

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3. Weight & Dimensions (6) – The pen is quite light compared to modern day pens. It has been constructed to facilitate daily use rather than as a heavy, ornate pen for part time use. The pen's dimensions are: uncapped approx' 11.7 mm long, capped it is 13.6 mm long and posted it is 14.2 mm long. The pen is not overly large by modern standards and would be suitable for use by the majority of people. Although the cap can be posted without affecting user comfort I would avoid doing so to prevent scratching the body of the pen (the plastic does not appear to be a hard as modern plastics). The cap does not snap into place with a satisfying click like my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage or Parker 75 (this detracts somewhat from the pen).

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4. Nib & Performance (9) – The nib is fabricated from 14 Kt gold and is "fine" I think. The nib is firm, performs flawlessly and produces a fine to medium wet line with just a hint of tooth on a wide variety of paper types.


5. Filling System & Maintenance (7) - The Snorkel filling system is elegantly designed and a pleasure to use. It draws up copious amounts of ink and is a pleasure to use (I am getting lots of interest and comments from my work mates). The pen is relatively easy to disassemble and repair, particularly if you have prior experience working on Sheaffer Snorkel pens.

6. Cost & Value (7) – I purchased the pen (+ accompanying pencil on Ebay) for USD $300 - not cheap but the pen is in near mint condition and comes with its original box and papers. I probably paid over the market rate but I wanted to get an excellent example of this pen.

7. Conclusion (Final score, 7.3) - This is an excellent pen, designed for everyday use. Its outstanding characteristics are the quality and performance of its nib and it matches or exceeds the performance of the nibs on my modern pens (Mont Blanc, Pelikan, Sailor etc). I do not collect for the purposes of display but, rather, for use. I have this pen in my current rotation and will, no doubt, return to it time and time again.

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Edited by Gary1952, 25 May 2010 - 13:35.

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#2 Flounder

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 15:51

Thanks for your review, I have an untiring admiration for Sheaffer's inlaid nibs. I really like the steel cap on your PFM!

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 15:59

A nice find. The PFM is one of the few relatively short but wide pens around.

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#4 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 20:55

congrats on the great find :thumbup: I reserved at my favorite dealer a pfm2 and a pfm3 for september I am sure they will be amazing writers

Edited by georges zaslavsky, 25 May 2010 - 20:55.

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#5 jonro

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:31

A nice find. The PFM is one of the few relatively short but wide pens around.

What do the PFM and the floppy disk have in common? Both were designed to fit the pocket of typical businessman's dress shirt. The length was a design feature..

#6 betsypreston

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:42

Beautiful. >sigh< I'm so jealous.

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#7 jar

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 13:35

A nice find. The PFM is one of the few relatively short but wide pens around.

What do the PFM and the floppy disk have in common? Both were designed to fit the pocket of typical businessman's dress shirt. The length was a design feature..


You must be thinking of them newfangled hard floppies. :headsmack:

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#8 ericthered2004

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:13

Lovely pen. Congratulations. I wish Sheaffer would do a lightweight Legacy Heritage for the full-time users out here.

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