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Sheaffer Intensity - White M


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I have to confess to having a soft spot for brass bodied white Fountain Pens (though I don't really know why) and had been looking for a new "nice" daily user to go along with my "workhorse" pens (Parker Arrow and Parker Falcon, both from the 1980’s). Spending some time in the local pen emporium led me to two Sheaffers. A Targa I am saving up for and the Sheaffer 300 which seemed to be a really nice writer for not much money, but it was a little bit chunky for my liking (and only came in boring black/chrome/gold variants). And then I came across an unused White Intensity on eBay for a price I couldn't refuse

It arrived in a simple black Sheaffer box with 2 blue cartridges and Sheaffer converter. If I had paid full rrp of £60 or was planning to give as a gift I might have been slightly disappointed with the presentation. The 3 year warranty was a nice surprise though

(will add pics soon)

  1. Appearance & Design – 9/10 For me this is a clear 9, and one of the deciding factors to buy this pen (after it having a decent nib) The pen doesn’t look like most of the other Intensity models, the main body is simple solid white lacquer (over brass I think) with no stripes. The body base and screw on cap are chrome plated (again possibly brass) with a nice rolled texture on the face of the cap. It is a lovely mix of modern and possibly 1920’s style about it. Very classy
  2. Construction & Quality – 8/10 The pen has some weight to it and feels reasonably solid, the threads a somewhat sloppy and unlubricated, but everything fits together well. The lacquer shows two tiny imperfections, it is possible that these are the reason it is on eBay (as an undeclared “second”) but in use they are not visible. Despite the prejudice people might feel for its Slovakian heritage it is a nice quality item to look at and to hold
  3. Weight & Dimensions – 8/10 137mm long capped, 123mm uncapped 162mm posted, the main body tapers from 10mm to 11.5mm diameter and makes this a pretty average sized pen, and it suits my average sized hands pretty well. Personally I like a slightly heavier pen, which this is. I also prefer to post the lid, which looks lovely but really does unsettle the balance of the pen and makes it somewhat tail heavy. Un-posted I find it a little short for my tastes, probably because I hold the pen near the middle (a little like a paint brush) rather than near the nib
  4. Nib & Performance – 8/10 This is labelled as an M but is somewhat fine compared my old Parker M’s and my daughters Lamy Safari M. I was actually considering an F for my next pen but this is as fine as I would want to have. The nib itself is a very ordinary looking stainless steel affair, short at 17mm with a breather hole and branding – nothing stylish here at all and a little disappointing looking for a £60 pen. It feels like it needs a bit of use to really smooth up but out of the box it pretty nice already. There is no flex or line variation but the line is nicely wet using the supplied Sheaffer cartridges
  5. Filling System & Maintenance – 8/10 Typical Sheaffer cartridge or converter filling system, works fine. What else to say? As a matter of principle I don’t like proprietary converters (why can’t there be one standard?) but this pen comes with one supplied so no extra expense
  6. Cost & Value (1-10) – 7/10 or 9/10 My pen came from an EBay shop who seem to specialise in luxury returns. At full rrp of £60 I would consider the pen to be a little expensive but I paid half that and am very happy. Certainly I can’t think of another pen this smooth, stylish and well made for £30
  7. Conclusion (Final score, xx/6) - 50/60 I am delighted to have this pen on my desk, it is very attractive, functional and reasonably comfortable. In use the pen lid has unscrewed while clipped in my jacket pocket so I possibly won’t trust it as a daily workhorse (but didn’t purchase it as one anyhow). If it was lost I would replace it in an instant, but only after shopping round for a good price
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Good review. I have a Sheaffer Intensity myself but in the chrome Medici pattern which I love. The nib is very smooth but the pen is a little back heavy when posted.

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Great review. I've always had good luck with Sheaffer's (my first FP in HS was a Sheaffer) and feel that they don't get enough attention for their newer pens.

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I just but the intensity last week, the carbon fiber version.

It over than my expectation. It write very smooth. No scratch sound at all for the M nib of myself.


Compare to the Sheffer Prelude I just buy today, Intensity a lot better any point.

More smooth, no noisy, finishing.


I recommend everyone that will start with Sheffer try the Prelude one and you will not go wrong.

(This is only the experience on my pens.)

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