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Triumph 330

For more general notes, see the page for the Imperial line.

After the big re-jigging of the line in 1973,  the name “Imperial” was applied only to the upper end of pens in this family, while the popular-market pens got to be called “Triumph”.  This is the very bottom of the barrel of that period, and when I say that I don’t mean to disparage; like something at the Glenkinchie distillery, there are barrels whose bottom contains a certain amount of delight.

This pen is very like the previous Imperial IV in its looks, swapping chrome and steel for the older pen’s gold, and having a shorter inlay.  The writing characteristics are also about the same.

Production Run: 1973 – c. 1983.

Cost When New:  $5.00 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 13.2 cm long capped, 14.5 cm posted, 11.3 cm uncapped.

Point: Steel inlaid.

Body: Polystyrene.

Filler: Cartridge, capacity approx. 1.1 ml.

Sheaffer Triumph 330 – which I will persist in calling a variant of Imperial

Wood grain! That means it’s the 1970s!

For a low-end pen, this is quite a production. Note that the word “Triumph” does not appear on the box at all; it’s a catalogue reference that provides.



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