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Craftsman

Maker: SheafferYou may be looking for a different model of Craftsman, depending on vintage; there is the Balance, the Touchdown, or the TipDip version to consider This page refers to the Triumph era version.

At the low end of the line-up, this is one of the models that one is somewhat hesitant about declaring out of the Balance run until a rather later date.  There are, though, several points of difference between this and an undoubted Balance– the textured section, the separate metal threads, the clip and the “wire-rim” cap band.  That last item is a point of some confusion, as it was common to the lower end models for much of the Triumph era– the only thing telling apart an Admiral and a Craftsman is the point; in the latter case, it will bear the number 33 on its impression.  Do not fall into the error of basing the identification of a pen solely upon that band.

Production Run: 1942(ish) – 1950 (this pattern remained in place through the first couple of years of Touchdown pens, until the Thin Models appeared).

Cost When New: $3.50 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 12.3 cm long capped, 13.7 cm posted, 10.5 cm uncapped.

Point: 14k Gold.

Body: Celluloid until 1947, then Forticel

Filler: Vacuum, capacity approx. 1.2 ml or lever,  capacity approx. 0.9 ml.  After 1948, only lever available.

Sheaffer Craftsman, green striated vacuum-filler.

 

 

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