~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen
~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen

~1937 Marine Green Sheaffer Balance "Statesman" fountain pen

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Vintage fountain pens from the 1930s seem to predominately have fine or extra-fine nibs. I've heard numerous hypotheses for this. I try to keep to the facts here as much as possible or otherwise make it clear when I express my opinion. The real point is that when one finds a 1930s fountain pen from the big 5 (Conklin, Parker, Sheaffer, Wahl-Eversharp or Waterman) it is special. This is a special pen.

It is also special because the barrel has excellent color and clarity. The pen was loved and used judging by the plating wear on the cap clip and band. But, it was well cared for with no other remarkable flaws.

The nib is amazing. Wet, juicy, smooth with a slightly stubby shape that offers a subtle bit of line variation. The point is turned up in the classic Sheaffer waverly-style they advertised to be perfect for any writing grip and angle.

The filler has been restored with synthetic materials that will last decades with an occasional application of 100% silicone grease on the filler rod.

This pen is comparable in physical dimensions to a modern Pelikan M6xx or Sailor 1911L (ProFit 21).

Length
Capped - 137 mm (5.4”)
Uncapped - 121 mm (4.75”)
Posted - 158 mm (6.2”).
Diameter
Cap - 13.3 mm (0.52”)
Barrel - 11.6 mm (0.46”)

Filler
Vacuum-Fil

Nib
Medium