Even today, Canada is having some trouble getting out of its collective self-image as hewers of wood and drawers of water; this is probably something to do with having plenty of both, as well as potash and uranium. This was even more the case in what Wilfred Laurier declared with the reckless optimism of the day to be “Canada’s century.” Most of the pen production in Canada was merely a sort of beach-heading undertaken by US makers, who could use a Canadian establishment as a means of getting around the various forms of trade protection laws which abounded at the time. The Canadian market was actually relatively appealing, as we were apparently in slightly better economic shape than other nations early in the last century, but in all honesty, the great appeal to American manufacturers was our membership in the British Commonwealth; avoiding our protectionism also got a foot in the rather more lucrative UK market.
Thus, much of what there is to be seen here is a döppelganger of US pens, the only difference lying in the barrel imprint where the words “Made In” appear. However, as the dialect of a colony diverges from the mother tongue, so there is some variation in the production of Canadian pens. This most usually shows up as a small variation in trim, but infrequently something appears of which can be said, “Only in Canada?” (a little in-joke for the Canadian tea-drinker).
Lady Sheaffer (Balance), made in Toronto. It has an odd patent date and the point impression is not quite the same as on US models
Canada rather went its own way on the last incarnation of the Craftsman; the TipDip model in the US had an all-metal cap.
Sheaffer Target, which includes in its impression “R.D. 1960”, meaning the design was registered with what is now the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in that year
Sheaffer “Thin Model” Touchdown; made in Goderich, Ontario, it differs from US models in that the gold content of the point is expressed as 14k and 585. The Snorkels were likewise similar to the US production but bilingual in their point.