All of this is executed in fine lacquers on an underlying solid brass construction. The lacquer finish is applied using PVD technology. The finish is not on the surface but rather is actually molecularly integrated into the surface. The pocket clip is finished in brilliantly polished stainless and carries Sheaffer's iconic White Dot logo.
The nib is of solid 14K gold clad in pure palladium A precious metal in the platinum metal group. The nib size medium and is a very smooth. In 2000 Sheaffer Pen introduced a newly designed fountain pen called Intrigue. The earliest promotional copy asserted. "SHEAFFER Intrigue - Born in fire".Once in a generation a design icon is born that inspires and intrigues. "Born in Fire" and "Intrigue" may be closer to the truth than anyone cared to admit. Sheaffer Pen was founded by Walter A. The company's foundation in the back room of Walter's jewelry shop in Fort Madison Iowa was based on W. Sheaffer's patent for a revolutionary innovation, the lever operated filling mechanism.
From this humble beginning, the W. Sheaffer was the first of the major pen producers to introduce celluloid plastic to replace hard rubber(1925). At one time Sheaffer employed upwards of fifteen hundred skilled workers and was one of the earliest large companies to embrace employee profit sharing. The company encouraged employee suggestions and participation in improving operations. When Craig Sheaffer, Walter's son and protege left the company to become Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Eisenhower administration in 1953, Walter A.Sheaffer II took over the company reins. The company passed out of family control in 1966 when Sheaffer Pen became part of Textron Corporation and latter was merged with Eaton Paper, another Textron owned company. Many great classic and innovative fountain pens continued to be produced.
Imperial, Nostalgia, Connoisseur, and Targa. In 1997 Sheaffer Pen came under control of the Bic Corporation.
We all know and associate Bic with disposable ball points, razors, lighters and other blister-card merchandise. Sheaffer is noted for saying: We are not competing on price: We are competing on Quality. " It is not surprising that this corporate "marriage led to misunderstandings!
Under Bic, the reintroduced oversized "Balance 2" was discontinued, the "Legacy 2" was replaced with "Legacy Heritage", sans "Touchdown" filler system. Early in the transition to the Bic merchandising style, Bic asked Sheaffer to design a pen that would appeal to: A young affluent market. Those starting out, wanting to express themselves with a innovative high tech writing instrument that reflects the pace and direction of the future, and retained the substance and tradition of quality that Sheaffer represents.
In producing such a pen Sheaffer succeeded far beyond expectations. The innovation was there in abundance, as was the quality. But quality comes at a price and sadly the price was too high for the target market of their promotions. A misdirected advertising campaign failed to find a market for what is perhaps the highest quality, most innovative and misunderstood writing instruments of the new millennium. What could and should have been the vehicle that reintroduced the pleasures of the quality fountain pen to a new generation unfamiliar with them, instead was directed at an uninterested market that could not afford it.The Intrigue production was discontinued in 2003. This great fountain pen is so loaded with innovative and quality features, one can only be dismayed that it has died in fire before it was truly born. The Intrigue was born in the fire of Sheaffer's demise. Bic permanently closed the Fort Madison factory in May of 2006 and operations were moved overseas.
The Sheaffer name will remain but the roots of its foundation are to be severed. If ever a pen was destined to become a classic collectible this is it.Its production run was short and its quality high. This is the combination that makes a collectible. Here are just some of quality features you'll find on this Sheaffer Intrigue fountain pen. 14K solid gold palladium clad inlaid nib. The 14K gold inlaid nib was introduced on the legendary "Pen For Men" in 1959. On the Intrigue this design has been given enhanced flexibility to suit any writing style. Decision to use 14K rather than 18K gold for the nib was made to take advantage of 14K gold's superior.
Performance in providing the essential nib qualities of flexibility and strength. All the great classic pens of the "Golden Age" were equipped with 14K nibs. A brand new patented filling system that provides the choice of using disposable Sheaffer Script cartridges or a piston converter.Either cartridge or converter are simply installed into a integrated sliding holder. When the converter is installed, the pen is easily filled using the actuator knob at the rear of the barrel. Far easier to operate than to describe, I assure you. The pen is filled without any need to remove the barrel.
There are no removed parts that can be lost! Finishes are applied to an underlying construction of solid brass. Precious metals and fine lacquers are utilized to enhance the high tech appearance of each unique design.
Stainless steel and chromium plating are utilized to assure durability. Physical Vapor Deposition "PVD" technology provides for the technical reality and superb quality of the high-tech appearance. Overall length, both capped and posted is a nearly identical 5.5 inches. This is the result of the precision fit of the cap on either end of this pen.The pen feels exceptionally balanced whether you prefer to mount the. Cap or set it aside. Its equally well balanced appearance is especially pleasing to the eye due to a well executed combination of a symmetrical profile and asymmetrical decor. All metal barrel and cap assures the impression of substance is fulfilled. This pen fills the hand comfortably. Its weight is appropriately moderate for prolonged writing comfort. Each pen comes with a complete and comprehensive instruction guide. No other pen made anywhere in the world has utilized the universal piston converter as an integrated component of its filling system as Sheaffer has done with the Intrigue. These instructions make using this remarkable filling system a snap. Be sure to review these, as the Intrigues filling system is truly unique and the instructions are well written and useful. A hard plastic case, with stylish gull wing lid, removable velveteen tray, piston type ink converter and two Script ink cartridges are included. All the protective plastic envelopes, foam insert and outer box are included. This pen is complete, brand new!
Exactly as it left the factory. This pen left the landmark Sheaffer factory in Fort Madison Iowa USA two years prior to the facilities 2006 closing. No Intrigue was ever produced outside the Fort Madison Iowa facility.NONE of BIC/ Sheaffer's current production models are produced in the USA. The last, the greatest and the most innovative of American fountain pen companys, has had its entire product line outsourced to China, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and where ever production costs can be minimized. Cross has agreed to honor all Sheaffer warranties. Here is the perfect opportunity to acquire one of the greatest unheralded fountain pen classics of all time, at a price commensurate with its obscurity.
I want you to be satisfied with your new Sheaffer Intrigue. Please read the instruction the are included with your Intrigue! The unique design of the Sheaffer Intrigues is unlike any other fountain pen. Its filling mechanism allows the option of using a removable, replaceable ink converter without opening the barrel of the pen. A simple twist of the filling knob at the end of the barrel actuates the converter's internal piston.Because of the Intrigue's unique design some people quite familiar with other fountain pens have been confused as to the proper operation, care and maintenance of the Intrigue. Complete instructions are included with every Intrigue and it is strongly advised that these be read carefully before using your new pen. Once you're familiar with your new Intrigue's unique mechanism, a new world of writing pleasure awaits you. In 2015 BIC transferred ownership of Sheaffer Pen to Cross Pen Co. Which was in turn acquired by Ventura Capital. This pen was produced and discontinued while still under BIC ownership. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Sheaffer". The seller is "vtsubt" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Gambia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Poland, Oman, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Argentina, Guinea-Bissau, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Senegal, Togo, Ireland, Qatar, Burundi, Netherlands, Iraq, Slovakia, Slovenia, Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Aruba, Sweden, Iceland, Macedonia, Belgium, Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Benin, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Italy, Swaziland, Tanzania, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Panama, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Djibouti, Chile, China, Mali, Botswana, Republic of Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Portugal, Malta, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Cayman Islands, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Cyprus, Seychelles, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Australia, Austria, Sri Lanka, Gabon Republic, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Norway, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kiribati, Turkmenistan, Grenada, Greece, Haiti, Greenland, Yemen, Afghanistan, Montenegro, Mongolia, Nepal, Bahamas, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Angola, Western Samoa, France, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Denmark, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Vatican City State, Sierra Leone, Nauru, Anguilla, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Guyana, Azerbaijan Republic, Macau, Georgia, Tonga, San Marino, Eritrea, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritania, Belize, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Spain, Estonia, Bermuda, Montserrat, Zambia, South Korea, Vanuatu, Ecuador, Albania, Ethiopia, Monaco, Niger, Laos, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Moldova, Madagascar, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Lebanon, Liberia, Bolivia, Maldives, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Nigeria, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Jordan, Guinea, Canada, Turks and Caicos Islands, Chad, Andorra, Romania, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Nicaragua, Finland, Tunisia, Luxembourg, Uganda, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Jamaica, South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, Honduras.