Sheaffer Legacy 2 – Review

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Sheaffer Legacy 2 on stand

This is a modern version of the Sheaffer PFM (Pen For Men) which goes some way to explain why this could be used as a club in a tight spot. I’ve only recently been turned on to Sheaffer pens. Last year I only had a Sheaffer School pen. Now I have 4 and this is my newest acquisition. A two colour pen. The cap is matt black, and the body is brushed platinum plate. The trim is palladium plated, and the nib is palladium plated 18k gold. The fit and finish is excellent. The cap is a snap on and off, and it requires a good manly action and produces a satisfying ‘click’.


Let’s look at this compared with a TM (Thin Model Touchdown), note the extra length and girth. This is not a small pen. 14cm capped, 12 cm uncapped. I don’t post and when I tried to do so for this review the sound of metal on metal just put me off. It’s probably safe to post, but I’m not going to do it. The girth is about 13mm, but I find it a comfortable fit for my hand. This is a hefty pen, but it feels comfortable and in keeping with the size of the pen. I shall see how it feels after a long write out over the weekend.

Sheafffer Legacy 2 Nib

Of course, the real engine of a pen is the nib. This is 18k plated with palladium, and this is a Fine grade. This is a firm nib, but not a nail, there is a little spring to it, and it puts down a wet even line. I was surprised to find the tines slightly misaligned but five minutes with a loupe and a fingernail sorted that out. This was my first time aligning tines, and I’ve learned that it’s best to work on a pen that isn’t filled to avoid washing tiny flecks of ink off one’s face and glasses. The slit is well shaped; a little wider at the breather hole than at the tines, which helps capillary action. The section is smooth and black and the inlay is seamless.The filling mechanism is a choice between cartridges, or a convertor which lets you use the touchdown filler mechanism. Unlike normal touchdowns, this method requires two strokes to fill. You can feel a good airtight seal when you operate the pneumatic tube, and if you open and then tighten the barrel, you can feel the rubber gasket that it screws down onto to make a good seal as well. There is an obvious join at the blind cap, but I think it looks quite attractive – a detail on the plain brushed finish of the pen.

Written Review

There was no doubt about what to fill this pen with – Waterman Florida Blue. The filling mechanism was painless to use, and the pen started writing straight away. A smooth, but not butter-smooth nib which is good for me because I like a little tooth when I write. And smooth enough to use in a Moleskine without showing through on the other side.I’m pleased with this pen. A modern version of a vintage classic with an interesting filling mechanism and eye-catching nib. Weighty, but not uncomfortable to write with and nicely balanced in use. A pen I would like to leave as a legacy.

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17 Comments on "Sheaffer Legacy 2 – Review"

  1. stompy
    27/12/2008 at 12:42 pm Permalink

    Great review of the Legacy 2. I just ordered one and can’t wait for it to arrive.

    Do you know where I can buy that little lucite stand? Thanks!



  2. stompy
    27/12/2008 at 7:10 pm Permalink

    Sorry, Larry, the stand was a gift so I can’t help you with finding one.

  3. stompy
    20/10/2012 at 7:45 pm Permalink

    I never used this pen…but the looks are exotic.Only pity for the world people is that sheaffer has mercilessly decided to put inlaid nibs on their top end models only…so it feels that most common people will never be able have them.Not everyone finds it wise and comfortable to decide to have a gold nib pen.Sheaffer needs to introduce pfm(pen for men)again for the sake of the masses.A Brand has to look into profits only and unnecessarily it is meaningless to limit something to a particular class. More profit less sale never means good business,but less profit more sale is good sign of flushy business.I sometimes think what will happen to the world pen industry if parker starts manufacturing the legendary Parker 51 pen again?What I have concluded since many years of fountain pen use is that more the size of spherical shape at the tip of the nib,the better that pen.In that case both parker 51 and sheaffer legacy pen are perfect.If sheaffer hates the common people,they should seriously consider allowing some other agency to introduce inlaid nib pen after settling and negotiating over the patents issue.

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