Sheaffer ‘No Nonsense’ Italic Medium Nib Fountain Pen.

Received this Sheaffer ‘No Nonsense’ vintage pen. Unsure of the manufacture date. Also. Never used one before. With an Italic Medium nib that is a wider writing experience than my favourite Osmiroid Italic Mediums. It was a very nice price too. Won for £4.99 on eBay. In good condition and it wrote straight away.

Loaded a basic cartridge of a smaller length than the Skrip cartridges it needs. I’ll buy some as soon as possible and will try out the promise to myself of refilling the cartridges with bottled Sheaffer Ink when they are empty. I read here online that once the slightly longer Skrip cartridge is housed in the pen barrel, you simply screw the inherent nib and holder back into the barrel. Then the cartridge connects safely. Skrip look to be 5 cm long as opposed to standard 4cm approx. standard cartridges.  Takes a quick two half turns of the nib housing and it’s tight and in place.

Wrote these meanderings above as usual when I try out my old and newly bought pens and different inks. Once a decent journal is in place then an ordered recording system will begin. Good fun writing with this one. Written on the usual heavy duty wallpaper lining paper. 

5 thoughts on “Sheaffer ‘No Nonsense’ Italic Medium Nib Fountain Pen.”

  1. A wonderful find. RUPERTARZEIAN on his blog has a nice write-up on a blue ‘No Nonsense’. Apparently, they date to the 1970’s. I am not much of a Sheaffer fanboy so I cannot say with any conviction. As for the cartridge installation, I’ve read the same thing. Surprised it is not more common.

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    1. Thanks for the reply. Have a Sheaffer Taranis which was given to me by a Doctor as a goodbye gift when I left to go to Cardiac Rehab Specialist nurse role. Had it a short while and used it at work. Then? Dropped it on it’s nib. Bent it back as best I could but no where near the same pen. One and only Sheaffer experience until this one. To be honest I reckon if this is how they feel I’ll look out for them. I’ve followed the Rupertarzian and did look at his review of a lot of these. He’s collected them since schooldays. Not sure what your general fave is. Mine is Osmiroid and used from schooldays. Always italic nibs though. Do like my new Kaweko, a Swan Mabie Todd and a couple of Faber Castell’s. No way I can afford top end. So collection has to remain quirky. It’s good to read your uploads. Your site looks great too. All the best. 👍

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    2. Thanks for the reply. Have a Sheaffer Taranis which was given to me by a Doctor as a goodbye gift when I left to go to Cardiac Rehab Specialist nurse role. Had it a short while and used it at work. Then? Dropped it on it’s nib. Bent it back as best I could but no where near the same pen. One and only Sheaffer experience until this one. To be honest I reckon if this is how they feel I’ll look out for them. I’ve followed the Rupertarzian and did look at his review of a lot of these. He’s collected them since schooldays. Not sure what your general fave is. Mine is Osmiroid and used from schooldays. Always italic nibs though. Do like my new Kaweko, a Swan Mabie Todd and a couple of Faber Castell’s. No way I can afford top end. So collection has to remain quirky. It’s good to read your uploads. Your site looks great too. All the best. 👍

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      1. Like yourself my budget does not support high end pens, honestly I doubt the experience will justify the cost. I always have a Duofold, and Esterbrook J inked up. My preferred nib is a medium Relief or italic. I have an Esterbrook Relief (mfg by Conway Stewart) I frequently ink up. The Osmiroid is going to make regular appearances just as soon as I get the ink flow issue corrected.

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      2. It’s good to recognise one or two decent pens which become familiar friends.I have the Musette mle35 bag from the film ‘The Ninth Gate’. It’s rare and cult. There are discussions about it on the internet. The French infantry wore it in WW2. Inside are 4 pens in a beautiful old brown leather case with a handmade by myself leather cover filled with loose Khadi handmade paper. Also larger sheets in a velvet Pentax soft bag. As you say. There are some pens that are always there. The Esterbrook Relief 314 in dip nib is really a fine nib to write with. No little ink reservoir attachment yet still with the plain nib writes for a fair few sentences. And smooth. I have about 50 of them. Bought two old Esterbrook boxes filled with them, had a fair few in amongst a charity shop find of different nibs and about 18 from another eBay seller. This Sheaffer is cool. But future greetings cards will be it’s use probably. My handwriting is smaller than this is comfortable with. I needed to write larger and don’t have the journals to cope with the format. Plain heavy GSM paper seems to be the best suited. Good luck with your Osmiroid nibs. Will try the B2 and 4 to see if mine stutter too. Check out a few injected inks into an empty cartridge. Cheers. 👍

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