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Is This An Authentic Sheaffer?


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Hi,

 

I came across this 'Sheaffer' pen today and was wondering if it was authentic. It's large, looks like a Balance (?), and is in pristine condition. My concern is that it feels very much like cheap plastic for a reason I can't identify, the white dot looks just too darn white, and the nib seems iffy to me. Also, it's a c/c pen- is that an actual mechanism used on pens like this?

 

The nib reads "SHEAFFER'S Feather Touch 18k 750 MADE IN USA"

Thanks for any help!

 

 

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My pens: Two Parker 45s, a Parker Jotter, a Pilot Custom 74 smoke demonstrator, a Lamy Studio, a Parker Sonnet Ciselé, and a Duofold International Citrine

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It's the real deal. A modern Sheaffer Balance II.

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It's the real deal. A modern Sheaffer Balance II.

Thanks! after all sorts of google search for "Sheaffer Balance cartridge conveter pen" I happened upon Peyton Street Pens' Sheaffer ID page.

 

Are these really as fragile as they're made out to be?

My pens: Two Parker 45s, a Parker Jotter, a Pilot Custom 74 smoke demonstrator, a Lamy Studio, a Parker Sonnet Ciselé, and a Duofold International Citrine

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Thanks! after all sorts of google search for "Sheaffer Balance cartridge conveter pen" I happened upon Peyton Street Pens' Sheaffer ID page.

 

Are these really as fragile as they're made out to be?

 

I've had no problems but all of mine have been the solid color and there have been no reports of those showing the crystallization.

 

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Thanks! after all sorts of google search for "Sheaffer Balance cartridge conveter pen" I happened upon Peyton Street Pens' Sheaffer ID page.

 

Are these really as fragile as they're made out to be?

 

Yours is an Amber Glow model, which unfortunately is one of the colors that is known to produce cracks. Actually all the marbled versions, which is why some prefer the solid colored models as they are not known to be as fragile. However, I've seen lots of them come up for sale without cracks and I've read on FPN about owners using them since they bought them new in the late 90s without any cracks. Maybe it was just certain batches of the plastic.

 

It looks like a nice pen. I would just use it without worrying.

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it feels very much like cheap plastic for a reason I can't identify

 

 

 

The reason is....it`s a modern pen. Apparently with all this progress in the chemical field, metallurgy, casting, nanotechnology, computer-controlled laser cutting and robots, the industry is incapable of producing pens of the same level of quality as they did 70 years ago....now that`s funny.

 

Progress my a** !

 

ex: Even ABS plastic(used in pens like Lamy Safari, described as indestructible) feels cheap in comparison with the one used in my parker vacumatic or english duofold AF.

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