First, it comes as a surprise. You're looking elsewhere (say at a Parker "51") and you're filling out a pen order and you can get a NOS Second Sheaffer 444 cheap. "Why not?" you say. And then . . .
Yes, it's a little speckled. It is not, you might observe, the Brad Pitt of the pen world. But the nib is silky smooth and the flow so even and steady . . . what it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in utter reliability. "Hmmmmm," you say.
And then, because you're a bit curious, you attach yourself to a NOS 330.
It's pretty, but a little light weight and a little plastic-y. At first impression, you are a little disappointed. Except you keep picking it up and the more you handle it, the more you fall, the smooth nib, the easy handling, the great flow, the beautiful line it puts down. Yup. It's love. Which, of course, leads you further on.
And your 444XG with the cursive italic nib combines all the previous virtues with the surprise of making you look good. Who knew?
Another 444XG, because, apparently, your heart is simply too bountiful to restrict itself to one pen.
Till finally, because love has slid into obsession, and there are times you want to step out and up, a Targa. Ahhhh!
And there it is. Sheaffer is not really the pen brand I expected to fall in love with, but love snuck up on me. Lucky me.