Mystery Point/Counterpoint II

The post before last I described a Sheaffer nib that I couldn’t quite classify. It was a triumph nib with a wide point and some flexibility which wasn’t like anything I had seen before (not that I’ve seen very much). Well, I’ve come across some information that may help to figure this nib out a little.

Old manufacturer’s catalogs are an invaluable resource for vintage pen information. In the past you usually had to be lucky enough to find one at a flea market, buy a reproduction, or get it lent out to you. None of these options is acceptable for someone like me who needs instant gratification and has no patience. Luckily I stopped by Bill Acker’s site and saw that he is now selling PDF downloads of catalogs! I purchased four from Sheaffer right off the bat and one was for the year of the Tuckaway with mystery nib (1949). Take a look at the image below of the nib styles for that year.

1949 Sheaffer nibs courtesy Bill Acker. (click for larger image)

1949 Sheaffer nibs courtesy Bill Acker. (click for larger image)

Surprising how many points types there were for triumph nibs in 1949, isn’t it? The one problem with this illustration is just that. A photograph would give more detail to go on when trying to match my nib with the ones on this page. I think we can narrow it down a bit now at least. Which one do you think it is?

  1. May 4, 2009, 9:25 pm

    I’m gonna go with flexible stub, although that doesn’t explain the weird ripple shape in the nib…

  2. TAO
    May 4, 2009, 10:07 pm

    Brian, If you’re referring to the image at the top of this post the nib doesn’t really look that rippled. I think that’s an illusion caused by my camera reflecting as a dark spot on the nib. I’ve got my guess on this nib and some reasons for it but I’ll hold off and see if anyone with a better imagination than me can come up with an answer.

  3. May 5, 2009, 3:33 am

    i think i’ll go with brian, and choose flexible stub. could be a flexible medium too. 🙂