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For those of you who own multiple PFMs:

 

Is the general feel of the pen similar across the board or do you distinguish distinctive writing characteristic in each one of them?

 

In other words, can you close your eyes and know which PFM you are using?

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In some cases yes. Those with the solid metal cal have a different balance than those with the plastic caps and the cap edges feel sharper.

 

What about the feeling of the nib on paper? Is the writing experience different from pen to pen?

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Sure just as it is for any make. Pens are individuals and so will be different. Pens that are at least a half century old will also be very different.

 

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Does anyone else have more than a single PFM and could comment on the feel of the nib, whether they are similar or quite distinct ?

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Does anyone else have more than a single PFM and could comment on the feel of the nib, whether they are similar or quite distinct ?

I have quite a few PFMs but as I say, there is about the same variations as I find between two Triumph Sentinel Deluxe examples or two Montblanc 149s or two Platinum Izumos or two Nakaya Portable Writers or two Parker "51"s or ...

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Thank you Jar. Do the ones built in Canada, USA or Australia all share similar writing experiences as well?

I have never found any major difference between my PFMs made in Ft Madison or Australia. I don't think I have any Canadian ones but again I would not expect any greater differences than between individual pens of the same model and nib type. In other Sheaffer models though there were some differences, different colors or nib combinations based on where they were made.

 

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I have two PFM-Vs and a PFM-IV and they all feel different when writing with them. Each has kind of its own individual identitity and distintc personality especially when it come to the nib performace. They all are excellent writers, though.

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In my NOS PFM's, the nibs have been remarkably consistent (I could not tell blindfolded which one was which). The used ones varied widely.

 

It's a small sample to be sure (maybe 7 NOS ones over the years, maybe 4 used ones). but it suggests that the Sheaffer factory achieved a lot of consistency out of the box. But obviously over time use/abuse changes all that.

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In my NOS PFM's, the nibs have been remarkably consistent (I could not tell blindfolded which one was which). The used ones varied widely.

 

It's a small sample to be sure (maybe 7 NOS ones over the years, maybe 4 used ones). but it suggests that the Sheaffer factory achieved a lot of consistency out of the box. But obviously over time use/abuse changes all that.

That's so interesting!

 

Are NOS PFM's still available online or at pen shows?

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I have had several but all had different nibs. A PFM II Italic and a PFM V B certainly were quite different. Different nib grind, different nib materials etc. so really can't say other than I loved them all and was sad to sell them. I hope to get another one day. I really would like to own one again.

Looking for a cap for a Sheaffer Touchdown Sentinel Deluxe Fat version

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That's so interesting!

 

Are NOS PFM's still available online or at pen shows?

 

Yes definitely. There are several NOS PFMs with chalk marks intact listed on the big auction site now. Also, I have seen a few at recent pen shows. Not inexpensive though! There are also NOS parts still available, though those are dwindling. Most of the NOS stuff seems to be coming from Asia/Austrailia.

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