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Back in January I was introduced to the wonderful world of Sheaffer Snorkels by my friend and fellow blogger, Bleubug. I know, I know, I blame him a lot. But no blame is actually being assigned here, it was eye opening.
If you are at all interested in vintage pens, or really any fountain pen, the only way to truly determine if you like them is to use them. Bleubug provided me that opportunity when he brought a portion of his wonderful Sheaffer collection with him on vacation. Prior to that experience, I had not considered the Sheaffers for my collection.
Since that time I have amassed quite a little Sheaffer collection. The original burgundy Statesman which I featured earlier this year; a blue Statesman Snorkel set with a PdAg M4 nib; a burgundy Touchdown with a 14k Triumph nib; a black TM Touchdown with a 14kt open nib; a black open nib Snorkel, a kind of FrankenSnork with a 14kt Australian nib that has been ground to a broad stub on a US Sheaffer; a couple of found pens, Imperial 440 and something that is only identifiable as a Sheaffer becuase it has a white dot and then there is today's pen.
This pen is a Statesman with a Palladium Silver Triumph nib, the pen was manufactured in Australia. Apparently Snorkels were made in the US, the UK and Australia. According to the PenHero website they may have been produced in Australia as late as 1962.
The following pictures show you the medium flexible nib on this pen, it is wonderful to write with.
When a correspondent told me that he had a Sheaffer with a flex nib and he wanted to sell it I jumped. Flex on these pens is not all that common.