Good day, pen friends.
Yesterday was my first day back to work after the Ohio Pen Show. For the occasion, I decided to ink up the Oversize Sheaffer's Balance I purchased from Gerry Berg at the show. This vacuum-fil pen is a monster, sucking up nearly 3ml (!!!) of ink. On that note, I've chosen to ink this pen up with a vintage bottle of Sheaffer Skrip #112 Washable Peacock Blue, purchased from Bob Everett at, you guessed it, the Ohio show.
Let's talk a bit about the pen. Prior to 1938, it would have been known as 8W WABUB; not exactly memorable, but it is mildly amusing. Sheaffer used these product codes in their catalogs to help deal with all of the different options they provided for their pens, but when a customer is showing off their fancy new pen and somebody asks what it is, nobody wants to say, "Oh! This is an eight-doubleyou wabub." Most people would just say "Sheaffer pen," and then new customers would look at the catalog and be instantly confused. No, it's much more simple to give their models proper names, such as Admiral, Statesman, or Valiant. In 1938, the W.A. Sheaffer Pen Company adopted this new idea, and the 8W WABUB became the Sheaffer's Balance Premier, a Lifetime Feathertouch pen, combining all the greatest features of a Sheaffer pen. It's worth noting that these codes were still used for ordering from the catalogs, but now they weren't the pen's actual name. Also, in 1937, they referred to the Oversize models simply as "Large," alongside "Standard" and "Slender" sizes.
This pen features the attractive spiral striations in the barrel, found fairly commonly on black & ebonized pearl Balance models of this era. Being professionally restored by such a master pen repairman as Gerry Berg, when I filled it and watched ink rise to the very back of the barrel, I was surprised to by a loud sucking sound as the pen gobbled up ink, something I hadn't heard before. I guess you could say that Gerry's work really sucks! Haha!
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