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The Sheaffer 1000 - The Dolphin - One Of The Less Known Models!


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#1 Edgar Allan Bo

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:33

Now check this out:

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Ooohhh, the well known shape for FP freaks, the elegant Sheaffer inlaid nib! :cloud9:

Really!?! :rolleyes:

Ok, it's a bit blurred, like when you're drunk and some things look much more attractive
than they are normally, but in those moments you don’t care about what happens later!
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And then… the next morning… you wake up lying next to this:

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:yikes: :yikes: :yikes:

Ok, this is a somewhat unusual intro to a fountain pen review but it sure reflects the situation that surely happened to
many people who bid on a Sheaffer after seing some blurry pictures on eBay and then expected to get a Sheaffer with
an elegant inlaid nib – and then got their surprise when they received the pen!

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It looks very unusual, the nib is not an inlaid nib - it's a standard semi-hooded nib that is accompanied by an inlaid part
in V-shape that makes it look like a standard Sheaffer with an inlaid nib when you look at the pen from above, thus the
confusion thanks to blurred eBay pics! -_-

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The "Dolphin" has a face only a mother could love, and that makes it kinda sympathetic...

When it comes to cars, the "Dolphin" reminds me of a FIAT Multipla! :roflmho:
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I actually know someone who has this car! :blink:

The Sheaffer “Dolphin” fountain pens were actually named as the Sheaffer “500”, the Sheaffer “800” and the Sheaffer
“1000” models, and they were only produced during the short period of just 2 years between 1962 and 1964 – I found
that info at the “PenHero.com” website, here is the LINK!

All the differences between the three model lines can also be found on that site (together with many nice pictures and
advertisements for the “Dolphin”), so I will only state the most significant differences in here:

The “500” models were the cheapest of the three - with the stainless steel caps, clips and nibs, having the option for
the cartridge or the Touchdown filling system, the “800” models had plastic caps, gold filled clip, inlay and trim ring and
also 14k gold nibs (unhallmarked!), and finally the “1000” models had a brushed gold plated cap, gold filled clip, trim ring
and inlay and also an unhallmarked 14k gold nib.

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Again, more details can be found on the PenHero.com site - great source for information on vintage and modern pens!

Ok, back to the Dolphin I acquired. I suppose it is the “1000” model – it has all the characteristics of the “1000” model
from what I can see, it’s a cartridge pen and I don’t see that as a drawback when I look at the Touchdown filler model,
because there are less parts that could break/wear off and I never write THAT long without having the chance to refill
the pen… after all, I can always take some cartridges with me, but that is only if I am not at home, otherwise I tend to
refill carts with a syringe!

A Sheaffer converter would probably also fit the pen but that's not so important for me, I’m fine with using cartridges! :thumbup:

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I will spend some time getting used to the pen, and then post some writing samples and stuff...



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#2 WendyNC

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:40

That's actually kinda cool. Thanks for the information and the story!
I came here for the pictures and stayed for the conversation.

#3 Juan in Andalucia

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 14:33

Very nice review! I actually happen to like this pen a lot. Gotta get one one of these days.

Juan

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 14:59

neat. I never knew the story behind it, I too, thought it was a inlaid nib. I'm still considering buying it tho...no fountain pen could ever be ugly in my eyes...
Give up my fountain pen? You'll have to pry it from my cold, dead, inkstained, hands!

#5 jniforat

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 15:42

Very nice review! I actually happen to like this pen a lot. Gotta get one one of these days.

Juan



+1 looks kinda cool to me!


great story and great review!

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 16:07

That's a wonderful review. Love the way you presented it!

But what have you got against Fiat Multiplas? :lol:

#7 rhosygell

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 16:23

Nice pen, but I'm not sure about the anti Multipla thing - it is a very good car!
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 16:28

Amazing review!!!! :roflmho:

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 16:35

That's a wonderful review. Love the way you presented it!

But what have you got against Fiat Multiplas? :lol:


Nice pen, but I'm not sure about the anti Multipla thing - it is a very good car!


There was nothing against the Multipla ^^ In fact I find it great that someone had the guts to bring such an "ugly" car out - today it's ok but for that time when it came out it was really a shock design! Someone who I know bought the car and got laughed at wherever he went, but the car itself is great - it just looks "different"!

And that's the same with the "Dolphin"... it looks unusual, and the first thing that springs to your mind is "Eww, what ist THAT!?!" :glare: But the second thing that springs to your mind (if you go that far - some of us don't even come to the second thing) is: "Hmm, now that I think of it - it DOES look interesting!" :hmm1:

I like such designs that go a step further and shock the market... even if it's a disadvantage, and maybe that was the reason why the Dolphin was produced for just 2 years before beeing discontinued again - probably it was too "ugly" looking!?!

Anyhow - I like it! :thumbup:

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 17:33

I didn't think that this pen was ugly, even at first sight. I think it's a great design! Unfortunately, its production have lasted so little time. Even the dolphin animal i think it is pretty! Very interesting and funny review! thanks a lot!!

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 21:37

I like such designs that go a step further and shock the market... even if it's a disadvantage, and maybe that was the reason why the Dolphin was produced for just 2 years before beeing discontinued again - probably it was too "ugly" looking!?!

Anyhow - I like it! :thumbup:


Yeah I think quirky stuff definitely has its appeal too.

#12 Edgar Allan Bo

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:13

I found some picture of a Dolphin demonstrator at: WorthPoint

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Here you can see how the nib and the inlaid part look like inside the pen!

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 03:55

The 800 has a 14k nib and IT'S MARKED "14K". The only way to see it is to pull the whole nib out. I did exactly this and lol and behold "14K" hallmark. I did damage in the nib in the process.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:01

The 800 has a 14k nib and IT'S MARKED "14K". The only way to see it is to pull the whole nib out. I did exactly this and lol and behold "14K" hallmark. I did damage in the nib in the process.


Then the 1000 has probaby also a 14k mark on the nib - but I better not try to find that out, hm? ^^

Maybe the article on PenHero said that they are unhallmarked just because the mark is not visible anywhere on the outside.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:53

The 800 has a 14k nib and IT'S MARKED "14K". The only way to see it is to pull the whole nib out. I did exactly this and lol and behold "14K" hallmark. I did damage in the nib in the process.


Then the 1000 has probaby also a 14k mark on the nib - but I better not try to find that out, hm? ^^

Maybe the article on PenHero said that they are unhallmarked just because the mark is not visible anywhere on the outside.


It was a case of curiosity and stupidity. I happen to have both.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 05:08

The 800 has a 14k nib and IT'S MARKED "14K". The only way to see it is to pull the whole nib out. I did exactly this and lol and behold "14K" hallmark. I did damage in the nib in the process.


Then the 1000 has probaby also a 14k mark on the nib - but I better not try to find that out, hm? ^^

Maybe the article on PenHero said that they are unhallmarked just because the mark is not visible anywhere on the outside.


It was a case of curiosity and stupidity. I happen to have both.


If you don't try you'll never find out! ^^

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 05:30

nice reviews and photos! i have the sheaffer dolphin 500 TD in my arsenal and i think it's a very interesting pen. even tho' the nib is very rigid i enjoy wrting with it.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 21:01

wow your review was amazing. Thank you. Now I have fallen in love and will have to find me one!

#19 Edgar Allan Bo

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 22:12

wow your review was amazing. Thank you. Now I have fallen in love and will have to find me one!


Thanks! ;) Despite the fact that they were only produced for such a short period - there are allways many Dolphins on eBay or other places!

Edited by Edgar Allan Bo, 18 August 2010 - 22:12.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 15:59

To those who don't think it's ugly, I have to say... you need to be in the room with it. In person, there are a few angles from which it is an acceptably attractive pen, but from others it will stop your heart. I'm in no hurry to be shed of my 800, mind you, but like Perseus I find an imperfect mirror very helpful when filling it.

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