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Help Me Identify 3X Sheaffer Targa Nibs



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Hi

 

I need help identifying some Targa nibs that I have .

 

The ones on the left and right came from an incomplete Targa set that I purcahsed through Ebay. I'm pretty sure the smallest one is the file but I'm not sure if the other one (the one on the left) is the medium or the borad.

 

The nib in the centre was purchased NOS from a local pen dealer. He wasn't sure which it was. I also included a writing sample of each and one from a Targa medium and a Targa fine for reference.

 

I greatly appreciate anyone's help!

 

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I'm only guessing, but I'd say you have an italic (no idea what size, looks bigger than 1.1mm though, I don't know what size italics were available) a broad and a medium (left to right).

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It's so long since I've seen a Targa calligraphy set but I'm thinking the left is the middle sized nib. My recollection is the broad was very broad.

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Isn't the one on right "left oblique"?

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Ooh, I didn't know there was a Targa calligraphy set. Well, that explains it. My first calligraphy pens were the modern Sheaffer set - the cheap one with barrels like dip nib holders. A Targa set with inlaid nibs... lovely.

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The size is often imprinted faintly in the plastic towards the bottom of the section. These nibs appear to be tipped, which the ones in the Targa calligraphy set I had recently were not.

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From left to right, Broad Italic, Medium Italic and Fine Italic. These are nibs from a Targa Calligraphy set. Here are photos of mine. They are not tipped. If you look closely at the photo that shows the bottom sides, look just to the right of the gold clutch ring and you may be able to make out the nib size marking that is heat-stamped there. B, F and M on the three nibs. You should be able to at least see where the markings are even if you can't read them; then you can look at yours and see if they are marked similarly. Sheaffer didn't always use heat-stamping though, sometimes they used chalk marks which rubbed off fairly easily so there might not be any visible size marks. But if there were any marks they would be in that same location, bottom centerline next to the clutch ring.

 

 

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Yes. My calligraphy nibs were just heat-stamped and photographing a heat-stamped letter on a black object is pretty difficult. Thank you for the better picture.

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I am answering based on memories of long past events but around 1962 I purchased a Sheaffer Fifetime cartridge pen for $25 at the MIT bookstore. It had a "signature stub" nib which I would call "italic" as there was a big difference in width between a vertical stroke and a horizontal stroke. The nib was definitely tipped and was very smooth, quite unlike the inexpensive Sheaffer calligraphy nibs. My nib was inlaid and looked just like the inlaid nibs used in the Targa. So, it may be possible that is what the broader nib shown is. I think Sheaffer discontinued the Signature Stub long ago but I do not know if its life overlaped that of the Targa.

 

After graduation I worked for many years in a lab that was very hard on the pen. It made many trips back to Iowa for repair of damage that often was clearly the result of abuse. I offered to pay but Sheaffer always fixed it for free. I still own the pen in name, anyway, but I doubt any parts from 1962 remain. In one of its last trips to Iowa I compalined of inadequate feed. The pen probably just needed a good cleaning, but instead Sheaffer replaced the nib with a broad. What a disappointment! It's a wonderful broad, but I don't want a broad!-(

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