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Sheaffer Valor Fountain Pen Review


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#1 ThirdeYe

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 20:03

Here is a small review of one of my favorite fountain pens, a Sheaffer Valor with a fine nib that I received for Christmas. I can't seem to put it down, so I thought I'd review it.

Please note that the Skrip Blue looks nothing like it does in the scan. It's much lighter and brighter than it appears. I also apologize that my camera isn't the greatest, but hopefully one can get the gist of the look of the pen from these pictures.


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What the blue shimmer looks like with light against it, using the flash to bring out the detail.


Questions/Comments Welcome!

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Edited by ThirdeYe, 19 February 2012 - 20:10.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 21:48

Like that nib!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 21:50

Yep, I think there is nothing prettier in pen-dom than a nice long Sheaffer inlaid nib. Beautiful. And they write nicely, too.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:40

i didnt know that there was a blue shimmer version of the valor. it probably looks trendy - blue shimmer and the traditional inlaid nib. thanks for posting and dont forget to give our regards to your girlfriend. did you get her anything in return? :ltcapd:

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:03

Thanks for the nice review. The Valor is the next pen I am thinking of getting. Does the nib have any flex or springiness at all?

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 13:46

Krishna - It actually looks pretty classy. You don't really see all the bright shimmers until you hold it up to the sunlight. In normal lighting it just looks ever so faintly blue. Very nice and understated. And yes, I got her lots of neat stuff. :)

max dog - I have the pen at home right now so I won't be able to check until after work, but I don't remember it having any spring or flex to it. It seems like it's a pretty stiff nib, but I can't remember if it will really flex or not. I'll report back on this. :thumbup:

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 17:31

Congratulations. :) It's a great pen, probably a lifetime companion, that you got there. :)
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 17:57

Congratulations. :) It's a great pen, probably a lifetime companion, that you got there. :)


Thanks, I certainly hope so. It means a lot to me so I never plan to get rid of it. By the way, love the avatar. I have a 19 year old Siamese cat myself.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 18:04

Thanks for a great review. I like the Valor as I like most Sheaffer inlaid nib pens. It's just a shame that they don't do anything like stubs any more. :(
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 13:23

Thanks for the nice review. The Valor is the next pen I am thinking of getting. Does the nib have any flex or springiness at all?


I tested the nib this morning and you can get a little bit of variation out of the nib if you push pretty hard, but I wouldn't call it flexible or springy. It's a pretty stiff nib, but nice and smooth for being a fine.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 14:10

Thanks for a great review. I like the Valor as I like most Sheaffer inlaid nib pens. It's just a shame that they don't do anything like stubs any more. :(


Thanks for the compliment. Yes, I wish they had more nib offerings. They used to offer XF on the Prelude, etc., when they were still made in the U.S. but I don't believe they offer that on any of their pens anymore. A stub would be really nice.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 13:31

Congratulations. :) It's a great pen, probably a lifetime companion, that you got there. :)


Thanks, I certainly hope so. It means a lot to me so I never plan to get rid of it. By the way, love the avatar. I have a 19 year old Siamese cat myself.


Please post pictures of your cat in "Requisite Cat Photo" thread ! :)

By the way. Do you know in which factory the sh.valor is made? I heard Aurora could be taking care of its production?

Edited by JeanManuel, 24 February 2012 - 13:32.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 14:18

I attended a Sheaffer Pens launch cocktail event in Manila last February 21st, and the Singaporean distribution manager mentioned that the Valor was made in Italy. The other pens are made in China and other countries. They weren't very specific though.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 04:40

Thanks for the nice review. The Valor is the next pen I am thinking of getting. Does the nib have any flex or springiness at all?


I tested the nib this morning and you can get a little bit of variation out of the nib if you push pretty hard, but I wouldn't call it flexible or springy. It's a pretty stiff nib, but nice and smooth for being a fine.

Thanks for checking. Good to know a little line variation is possible. I'll have to go and try one of these out.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:36

this is an awesome pen. the nib is springy -some might even call it semi-flex.

... and i don't mind the C/C filling system -in fact i prefer it.

cap posted, i find it just a bit top heavy, so i don't post.

mine was a present from a friend.

PS. the band does say "italy" -just like that (not "made in...").

edited: after reading the comment about the nib not being springy, i do want to accentuate that mine is. but i wouldn't call it semi-flex.

Edited by lovemy51, 25 February 2012 - 08:41.


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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:35

Designed in Germany, cap and barrel manufactured in Italy, nib from Fort Madison (though that may have changed in later models, I don't know either way). http://www.penhero.c...eafferValor.htm

It's a very interesting pen. Mine's black with PT, F nib. :) Glad you're enjoying yours!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 21:20

These do look nice, and they're long enough to use unposted. I like screw caps as well; the push-fit cap on my Triumph Imperial (budget 1990s version, although it looks great in burgundy and gold plate) never feels all that positive. It's a shame they couldn't have used a proper piston filler for extra ink capacity but the Sheaffer converter is fine and my Imperial isn't especially thirsty with a medium nib.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 17:28

Designed in Germany, cap and barrel manufactured in Italy, nib from Fort Madison (though that may have changed in later models, I don't know either way). http://www.penhero.c...eafferValor.htm

It's a very interesting pen. Mine's black with PT, F nib. :) Glad you're enjoying yours!


I do not believe the nib is still made in Fort Madison. I think that was only temporary until they were able to get another factory to be able to make them. From what I understand, they were having trouble making them overseas and had to continue making them here in the U.S. until they got it down-pat.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:37

I bought a Valor about three years ago. It is a well made nice writer. I bought another last
year. It writes nice, but the barrel doesn't thread nicely onto the nib section and the threads
just don't have the smooth finish of the older one. Don't know if the factory has changed
locations or just a bad day at the pen line. Still a great pen though.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 15:53

I bought a Valor about three years ago. It is a well made nice writer. I bought another last
year. It writes nice, but the barrel doesn't thread nicely onto the nib section and the threads
just don't have the smooth finish of the older one. Don't know if the factory has changed
locations or just a bad day at the pen line. Still a great pen though.

Don


Mine is difficult to screw-in or un-screw as well. I contacted the company I bought it from and they checked a few more they had on the shelf, and all experienced the extremely close machining that made it difficult to use. From what I've heard, they can loosen up in time, but you've had yours for 3 years so maybe not?
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