The NoNonsense line of school began in 1969 as a nostalgic throwback to the original Sheaffer flat-tops. (Parker had a similar line of inexpensive "Big Red" ball pens at the time that evoked images of their original Big Red Duofolds.) The NoNonsense pens came in a variety of forms: ballpoints, italic fountain pens, and standard fountain pens. They also came in a wide variety of colors and finishes, ranging from muted single-color pens, to wild, multi-colored designs. I remember my mom getting me a white NoNonsense with black musical notes and staffs painted on the sides. I'm not sure that I'd be comfortable using that pen at work, but it sure was a lot of fun back then!
My current NoNonsense is a muted shade of indigo blue with silver trim. (It's my favorite color.) I usually use Sheaffer cartridges in this pen and they work just fine. The nib on my pen is a smooth medium; it puts out a fine/medium line that is perfect for lists, annotation and other work-related writing. I have to admit that even with some of the expensive pens that I own, this pen is one of the best ones I have for those long writing session. It is light, but sturdy. The threads on the barrel taper down smoothly into the section, so is it very comfortable to hold. And because it's an inexpensive pen, I don't have to stress about it getting scratched, or bumped around.
I wish that Sheaffer would have continued to market this pen as an inexpensive "school pen". It is one of the nicest, most functionally-designed pens ever made, IMHO. With all due respect to the Vectors, Reflexes, Varsities and Pelikanos, I think that this is best "school pen" ever made.
(If you're interested in reading more about this model of pen, see Jim Mamoulides's great article over on PenHero.com.)
Thanks for reading!
Edited by TMann, 29 November 2005 - 06:39.