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Sheaffer No-nonsense

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#1 Vargouille


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Posted 18 December 2010 - 15:22

A while ago, I purchased a different Sheaffer, an Imperial III, from terim, a very nice seller on eBay, and guess my surprise to see a free pen thrown in, with a Sheaffer cartridge! With soccer-ball print, no less.

Appearance (8/10)- It’s a Sheaffer No-Nonsense, with a screw-in black section, and a flat-top cap, which screws on, with the word “SHEAFFER” on the clip, which I find isn’t flexible enough for my tastes. Like I said earlier, it has a soccer-ball print on the plastic cap and body.

Quality (7/10)- This is by no stretch of the imagination an expensive pen, and it shows. Despite that, it still holds together well enough, with the possible exception of the cap band, which spins, and the little doohickey that goes into the top of the cap, which I believe fell out. Even if it didn’t, it looks like it did.

Weight and Dimensions (8/10)- The length of this pen is 5 3/16 inches capped, 4 13/16 inches uncapped, and roughly 6 inches posted. It is very light, due to the all plastic construction, and I can’t feel much of a difference in terms of balance between posted and not posted.

Nib (8/10)- It uses an open steel nib, with a medium-sized point, which it about the same size as a 1980-90‘s Sheaffer School Pen’s fine nib. It is fairly smooth, considering.

Filling System (6/10)- This pen uses the proprietary Sheaffer cartridge-converter system. Nothing more to say, really.

Cost and Value (10/10)- With a cost of nothing, this is the best value I could get unless I found a free Montblanc sitting in my doorway.

Conclusion (~8/10)- This is a good-enough pen, provided you can get it at a low enough price, although it will never be a daily writer for me.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 16:43

I got one of these free pens from Terim as well, but I have never used it, so your review is interesting. thank you.(I would happily give mine away if I could find someone who would like it.) :meow:
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Posted 18 December 2010 - 18:30

Nothing fell out at the cap, BUT there was an upscale version that did have a brass insert there. The NoNonsense pens were one of Sheaffers best ideas, a plain, simple workhorse pen that can be dressed up or down. A few version like the Guys & Dolls series even carried the famous white dot.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 21:01

I'm not sure whose "nostalgia pen" came first, the NoNonsense or Parker's Big Red from the '70's, but the NoNonsense seems to be the one with the staying power. Mine (also a "freebie" from Terim) has a basketball motif. I haven't used that pen, but keep it as a future "giveaway" to someone who might want to try out a fountain pen. However, just a few days ago, I decided to try one of the Sheaffer Calligraphy pens that had been kicking around the house (Medium Italic nib). It was a surprisingly nice, smooth writer.

I think a lot of the Sheaffer steel nibs from this era (including the 330 I bought from Peyton Street Pens) are really great writers. A little on the "light" side, in terms of weight, but very good value for the money.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:44

Aah! terim gave me a sheaffer 330 ballpen; so buying a no-nonsense soon.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:58

i love mine. i wish i can get more colors (not showing the solid red, the Soccer ball motif from Teri and other viewpoints red, blue, green and black, i also have).

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enjoy yours, Vargouille!

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:41

I was planning on getting a UMN Bookstore pen, but I can't find it anymore on eBay.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 05:54

I have 3 NoNonsense pens, they are very good pens, especially considering two of them I got (with 6 assorted Italic nibs) for only $1.50 at a thrift store today, combined! I also have a NOS Calligraphy kit that I bought on eBay. I love the retro look.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 17:41

how long did the plastic on urs last before tiny scratches and scuffs showed up? and is the plastic soft enough to be marked by a fingernail on the edges? im especially interested in the solid (incl transparent) colored ones, i already know the sports ones have shoddy plastic.

and which color looks best?

im thiniking of buying either the 3-pack of sports, or 1 or 2 of the solid colors.
the gold-plated ones seem to temp fate - scratches, anyone?

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:52

I like my No-Nonsense. It is a workhorse.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 19:54

I have a blue NoNonsense medium point fountain pen with a steel nib that I have had for 15 + years.

I have carried it around and used it without any special care and I see no scratches or marks.

It still works as well as it always did.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 14:17

This my Nononsense directly from the year 1984, it is slightly worn on the cap, but it is working good without problems at these days. I use a converter instead of the cartridge, I hate cartridges.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 19:12

I got hooked on NoNonsense pens by none other than Ward Dunham, the co-owner of Atelier Gargoyle, who claims that a finer writing inexpensive pen isn't to be had from any source. I love mine and use them everyday.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:43

isellpens has plenty of NOS of no nonsense pens. They were my first fountain pens!

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:55

Mine too! I'm still have mine from the mid 90s,. As a matter of fact, it's what led me eventually to find FPN!

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:05

I have around four NNs, and there would probably be more in the offing.

NN are a lot of pen for their money. Superbly balanced, light, smooth, fuss-free, and can be converted to ED with a bit of silicon grease. What more could you want?

Love 'em to bits.


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