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Possible Sheaffer Balance 500


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So I just picked up a new pen today. From what I can tell it's a Sheaffer Balance 500 Golden Brown Striated with a radius clip and a Feather Touch 5 nib. If I'm wrong on any point please point them out. I plan on sending it out in the near future for some TLC restoration along with one or two more. I picked it up for $15, I don't think that's too bad...is it?

 

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Not too bad at all, and it seems I've somehow beaten the rush to mention that the number is just a price code, and the model name is Admiral. It looks like you've got pretty good clarity on the window, too.

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Thanks everyone! I can't wait to send it off to get it restored. I think it looks nice now and I can't wait to see what it looks like when I get it back. How are the Feather Touch nibs? I'm going to give it a try when it get back but, should I be looking for a replacement nib for it?

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No, keep that nib. I'm just about to post a photo of a Balance 500 with a military clip that I've just restored with a Feathertouch 5. It's a lovely nib. But this won't be such a difficult pen for you to resac for yourself. Thought of giving that a try?

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No, keep that nib. I'm just about to post a photo of a Balance 500 with a military clip that I've just restored with a Feathertouch 5. It's a lovely nib. But this won't be such a difficult pen for you to resac for yourself. Thought of giving that a try?

I'll have to check your pen out. I have thought about doing it myself but, it's more than just the sac. I'm going to get the scratches buffed out and just a thorough clean up. It's my first striated pen and the gold brown just looks amazing to me. It reminds of a Tiger's Eye gemstone.

 

Usually on the stiff side, but otherwise AMAZING.

 

That's good to know. Flex isn't that big of a deal to me so, I'll just keep it. Thanks everyone for all the info and help.

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Ernst, how can you tell it's an admiral? What is the range of dates which would include this pen? I suspect they are fairly common as I have one also. (At least it looks like a twin.)

 

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Price code, shape of hardware, the relative length/girth (telling between an Admiral and a Milady is tricky...) and a willingness to have someone with better resources at hand point out why I'm wrong ;)

 

With Balance dating, I generally check memory against the page for the model in the reference department at Richard's Pens, whence I am reminded that this clip arises no earlier than late 1935. I might yet be out, as Sheaffer didn't switch from model numbers to names until about '38... but no one's yelled at me yet (in this thread).

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Thanks everyone! I can't wait to send it off to get it restored. I think it looks nice now and I can't wait to see what it looks like when I get it back. How are the Feather Touch nibs? I'm going to give it a try when it get back but, should I be looking for a replacement nib for it?

I recently got a nice 5 Feather Touch on a TD. It writes very smooth and has a decent amount of flex. Here's a sample: http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww302/tjjonhunter/IMG_0023.jpg

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