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Sheaffer 330

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#1 hecya



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Posted 10 October 2010 - 23:58

Sheaffer 330 XF

One day I had this idea of getting at least a pen from every known manufacturer. So far I have complied with Pelikan, Sailor, Pilot, Parker, Lamy, TWSBI and Rotring. So that when I found on ebay a decent looking Sheaffer pen I decided to add it to my small collection.

The model was listed as Sheaffer 330 dated from the 70´s and new, never used.

Packaging 1/5
The pen came rolled in bubble plastic. No original packaging.

First Impressions 3/5
The body feels cheap as there is almost no decoration on it and the plastic is, well, cheap.

Appearance & Design 7/10
The pen body is completely black with the exception of the clip that is silver in color with a white dot and a silver colored band in the middle. Very austere looking.

Taking the cap out the story is different as the characteristic inlaid nib adds a touch of class to the pen.

The cap click into place very secure with the help of a thin metal ring on the barrel that has three small prongs.

Construction & Quality 7/10
Nothing special here. No scratches or defects. The nib looks solid and well made.

Nib & Performance 9/10
The inlaid nib is very different from all other pens I have tried and its performance is absolutely fantastic, specially considering that it is an XF. It is smoother than my Pilot Prera F and as smooth as a Parker or Lamy.

One test I use to check the ink flow is to quickly move the wrist several times to the right in order to get a quick succession of diagonal lines. This pen gets the test done with no skipping. This can not be said from all my other pens except the Sailor Air.

The nib is made from steel.

Dimensions 8/10
The pen is very light and I would like it to be heavier and more substantial. It is also a bit on the short side but capped has a very convenient length and a perfect balance. Despite being short and light the shirt pocket does not sag because of the small weight.

Filling system & Maintenance 8/10
The pen came with a squeeze-type converter. I guess generic as it has no brand or mark on it.

Cost & Value 8/10
I bought it from 'terim' on ebay for US$37.95 plus US$6.00 shipping to Mexico in September 2010. It took three weeks to arrive. I guess it was a bit expensive but it is a unique pen among my small collection.

Conclusion 8/10
It is a perfect pen for work where something fancier could be seen as too flashy or you as trying to get much attention. Its conservative look is balanced by the beautiful nib and its performance is among the best.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 05:33

i'm very happy with mine.
allow me to post a photo or two of the pen (taken from Teri's site):
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congrats and thx for the review!

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:09

I was afraid that the pen being so light would end in my drawer as I like heavy pens but now I use it daily at all times. I tried today to write with my M215 and I felt it too heavy in comparison.

All in all, this Sheaffer pen is quite a wonderful writer.

I liked the burgundy color.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 04:43

Very nice pen! I never warmed to the shorter style inlaid nib as I did to the older, PFM/Targa "elongated diamond" nib. Perhaps this opinion will change after reading your review..

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 17:41

Just got my second one, with an F nib, and it writes wonderfully. Does anyone know when the 330 was added to Sheaffer's lineup? From the little poking around I just did, looks like sometime in the mid 70s?
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