In 2001, the Javelin was offered as the entry-level pen (bar the Viewpoint, of course) in Sheaffer’s lineup. I am frequently quick to find fault with modern pens, especially those produced by the (somewhat) fallen giants of the North American market, but I will happily admit that this pen is just about everything that an entry level pen should be. Presentable in appearance, reliable in writing, sturdy in construction; it’s a pretty good pen.
What prevents me from following my initial instinct and calling it “darn good” are a few little quibbles. The one which leapt at me initially was the lack of a converter, as there was nothing but a little scanty paperwork and two cartridges; cartridges are rather more profitable than bottled ink, and I can understand without condoning Sheaffer’s efforts to keep people dependent on the former. I am also somewhat unconvinced of the utility or durability of the rubbery sheathing on the section. I am no fan of the modern efforts to make pens heavy, and the Javelin is a bit of an offender in this area. The final quibble lies in the way the cap is slowly removing the finish from the fore-edge of the barrel; this and the evidence of a similarly-finished older pen disincline me to posting the cap when writing.
Quibbles, though. At its core, this is very much a cartridge pen that grew up and got a decent job, a NoNonsense that got elocution lessons. I like it. Mine is made in Japan, but I believe the late production moved to China; this may affect the impression it leaves upon the user.
Production Run: 2001 – c. 2009.
Cost When New: $30 – $40, depending on where one got it (for current value, try this calculator).
Size: 14.1 cm long capped, 15.2 cm posted, 12.0 cm uncapped.
Filler: Cartridge, capacity approx. 1.1 ml
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