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.
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.
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.