Unlike a plated finish which is On the surface, PVD Is the surface! Plated finishes can conceal surface flaws. PVD finishes reveal the underlying finish of the base material. PVD requires the base material to be fully finished to the desired level of the final product.Sheaffer instituted an unprecedented level of quality control to assure the Intrigue's finish was as close to perfection as possible. The decor of this Intrigue, called "Seal" is inspired by the true to life spotted pattern of the harbor seal. This pen's cap is finished in matte chrome with matte chrome accents on the barrel which outline a unique lacquered pattern. The lacquer is a satin finished translucent clear over matte silver, augmented with random pattern spots of blue and white. This gives a three dimensional depth. A finish you sense you can look into. The brightly polished chrome clip sports the Sheaffer white dot logo. The solid 14K gold nib is plated with pure palladium. The combination of satin patterned lacquer finish with matte and bright chrome trim have resulted in an extremely attractive fountain pen whose visual appeal is remarkable. 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's 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 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 1999 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 an innovative high tech writing instrument that reflected the pace and direction of the future, and retained the substance and traditional quality that was Sheaffer's hallmark. In producing such a pen Sheaffer's designers and engineers 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 their targeted niche. 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 has been discontinued.
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.
Intrigue was discontinued in 2003. Bic ended all production at Sheaffer's Fort Madison Iowa factory in May of 2006. All manufacturing operations were moved overseas. The Sheaffer name will remain but the roots of its foundation have been severed.
If ever a pen was destined to become a collectible classic, this is it! Its production run was short and its quality high. The combination that makes a collectible highly esteemed.
Here are just some of quality features you'll find on every Sheaffer Intrigue fountain pen. 14K solid gold inlaid nib, plated with pure palladium. The 14K gold inlaid nib was introduced on the legendary "Pen For Men" in 1959.
The Intrigue nib has been given enhanced flexibility to suit any writing style. The 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 tray.
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 lacquer finish. 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. 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. The Palladium plated 14K gold nib is more than decorative.
Palladium is a precious metal in the platinum family. Palladium plating has been shown to smooth the flow of ink along the capillary channel. Capillary action is what moves ink from pen to paper. 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 instructions 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.
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