Now let's add a little springtime color and look at a couple examples in 23K gold plate.
The first is a Legacy2 pen, the Jim Gaston Linear Lined Gold pen from about ten years ago, and the second is a modern Brushed Gold Legacy Heritage.
The Gaston is a FT Madison pen while the Brushed Gold is made in the Czech Republic I believe so I was curious if it would come up to the standards I have found in all my other examples of Legacy Series pens.
The Gaston on top.
For this review I decided to use modern Sheaffer Skrip cartridges from the same batch to make it as equal a comparison as I could.
I inserted the cartridges, screwed the bodies back on the sections, swiped the nibs under the tap just to prewet and wiped them down with a paper towel. Both pens immediately flowed. No hesitation, they wrote from the first stroke and by the end of the first word I would describe them as typical moderately wet writers. I let them sit on their sides overnight and in the morning both started immediately and again, there was no hesitation, flow was perfect, line was smooth and crisp.
The Brushed Gold Legacy Heritage has a medium nib that writes on the broad end of the medium range while the Jim Gaston has a fine nib that writes what I consider to be a true fine.
The bright finish of the Jim Gaston Legacy2 both looks and feels 'polished'. Indoors it really stands out while outside it positively gleams.
The Brushed Gold Legacy Heritage looks more subdued indoors and under indirect lighting, but outdoors the light plays off the facets and it really sparkles.
I was concerned that the quality of Sheaffer's top line pens might have fallen once production was moved from FT Madison, but not any more. The Brushed Gold Czech made Legacy Heritage is definitely a proud member of a long standing tradition.
On reflection, I wondered why I was ever concerned since I have always found that my Sheaffer pens, whether made in FT Madison, Canada or Australia were simply superb.