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Maker: Sheaffer.

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.

Point: Steel.

Body: Brass.

Filler: Cartridge, capacity approx. 1.1 ml

Sheaffer Javelin – note that there is none of what one might call “bright work” on the body (unless the bit of exposed brass at the joint counts)

Javelin at rest. There should be two cartridges in that little slot at the front, but since they evaporate over time I’m not too worried about keeping the set original to that extent.



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