The Sheaffer Triumph nib has a well earned reputation for being stiff as a nail. They are lovely writers but have no bounce. There are a few very rare flexible Triumph nibs. Very rare. They were special ordered and custom made at the factory.
The Triumph 59 nib is the closest approximation to flexible as you'll find in the standard nibs of the Triumph, Touchdown and Snorkel lines. It isn't at all flexible. But, it has a little bounce. It may seem flexible compared to a standard Triumph nib. It gives subtle line variation under normal writing pressure. It's no Feather Touch 5. But for anyone who has used a regular Triumph it will make you grin and start thinking of all your favorite words with loops and descenders. Sheaffer is a good one, in case you're taking notes.
The pen is in nearly perfect condition. The color and clarity of the transparent barrel are, indeed, perfect. The greenish, factory fresh hue of the ink window is still there. The celluloid is without blemish as is the trim, plating and nib. The only minor flaw is a small celluloid shrinkage gap between the cap lip and band.
It's a relatively small pen. But, the cap posts gently on the barrel to make it comfortable even in my large hands with a grip high on the barrel threads. Once the nib touches paper all else goes out of my head.
You wouldn't be reading this except that I have a Triumph Admiral in my collection. I would keep it for myself. Such an amazing pen from the twilight of the fountain pen golden age. This is one that must be experienced to fully appreciate.
Length Capped - 125 mm (4.9”) Uncapped - 105 mm (4.2”) Posted - 137 mm (5.4”). Diameter Cap - 12.7 mm (0.5”) Barrel - 11.4 mm (0.45”)