More Imperial IV You

The post before last I showed some pictures of a Sheaffer Imperial that I was restoring. I’ve finished it and thought I’d put the pictures of the final product up here with a few comments.

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A bit of color and an Imperial IV.

The Imperial has had many versions and a long production run. The one most people think of when hearing the name is what we have here, a Sheaffer Imperial IV.  Introduced in 1963 and made till 1968 (with a reintroduction of the basic look and name from 1995 to 1998) some people might say this was the last classic that Sheaffer turned out. You’d probably be more prone to say that if you didn’t like the pen that replaced this one, dubbed the Targa, which was sold for decades. That’s another story.

Made to look like a thinner Pen For Men (PFM) the Imperial has a sleek, attractive design. I’m fond of this model no matter what variation because they write and work well. They were also among the last Sheaffers to have the Touchdown filling system. The years this pen was made pinpoint when the cartridge overtook pens with permanent ink reservoirs. As the cartridge fill Imperial got more popular less and less Touchdowns were made until they disappeared.

Although you can see this example has been used for many years it still works great with no functional problems. It writes a nice smooth medium line and it a pleasure to doodle with. I was going to end this with some pun having to do with empire but I think the post title is bad enough.

A few doodles.

A few doodles.

  1. Mona
    August 5, 2009, 12:26 am

    Hey TAO, nice backdrop fabric… that’s from my dad’s home province. Re Sheaffer, I was able to get a blue version from Chito L. and I really love how it writes. One of the smoothest nibs ever. I dream of a PFM, but that’s way out of the budget right now.

  2. TAO
    August 5, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Mona, you have a good eye. Yep, that fabric was sent to me from the Philippines. It’s neat that it’s from somewhere related to you. I’ve got another fabric belt to use for my next backdrop.
    Imperials were good pens and are oft overlooked due the 60’s styling (at least that’s my theory). I’m not a big PFM fan. It’s quite a wide pen and I think the look is carried off better on the thin Imperial. However, the PFM is a Snorkel filler and that’s a big plus to me. 🙂

  3. Mona
    September 7, 2009, 6:13 am

    I suppose when I declared to the Universe that I dreamed of a PFM, one found its way to me – I love my black PFM III from TOB 🙂

  4. TAO
    September 7, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Mona: Yay for loving your pen! There’s a dot somewhere near waiting to find it’s way to you.