A fountain pen
created by the Sheaffer Pen
company. It was first
created in 2000
, and produced until 2004
. It was typically made of
a combination of metal
, with the cap usually all metal
(save for the famous white dot). Its lines were those of some of
Sheaffer's classic pens from the 1920s
, while having some
design aspects (like the end of the cap).
One of the unique features of the pen was the filling system. The back end of the pen consisted of two
knobs: a small one about 5 mm from the end of the
barrel; the other further down the barrel (about a centimetre away
from the small knob's end).
Unscrewing the larger knob would allow a drawer to be pulled
out. This shelf would allow a cartridge or
convertor to be inserted.
The smaller knob could be pulled out and
turned. This would engage a gear at the top of the convertor, allowing
the pen to be filled from a bottle without any
disassembly (unlike other cartridge/convertor
pens). It provides the best of both
worlds with a very retro feel.
The nib is gold, and writes quite well. Again, it retains the
classic Sheaffer inlaid design. Given its price at the time,
it was a bargain for such a pen.
The only real problem with the pen is that the nib does seep a bit
when the pen is closed. I haven't figured out if this is due to
atmospheric conditions, the tight seal the cap makes with the
barrel, or some other design aspect. This tends to get a bit of ink
in the cap. In turn, when you post the cap, the ink gets on the end
of the barrel. When you are done writing, and if you're not careful,
this ink then gets on your pocket.