Easter holiday I spent some time on doing more family stuff and tried to relax. But now Easter is over, it’s time to get back to fountain pen business.
This time I’m bringing you a review of the Sheaffer 300, a pen that surprised me in different ways. Sheaffer is the brand with the iconic white dot. The White dot is Sheaffer’s enduring symbol of their lifetime warranty, quality, prestige and performance. Sheaffer is an American company founded in 1912 and to this day they still make beautiful fountain pens. Their most famous fountain pen are the snorkel pens…but now I’m drifting away. Just add to it that I would love to have a Sheaffer snorkel pen 🙂
The Sheffer 300 fountain pen was added to my collection in September 2021. At that time I already had some Sheaffer pens:
- Fountain pens:
- Sheaffer Calligraphy fountain pen set
- Sheaffer Pop Star Wars
- Intensity Ferrari (broken :-()
- Sheaffer Prélude GT
- Ballpoint pens:
- Sheaffer 100
It is perhaps strange that I have already collected a number of pens from a brand that was actually completely unknown to me when I started my fountain pen hobby. Somehow I like the Sheaffer pens and they haven’t disappointed me so far.
The Sheaffer 300 is still available at the Sheaffer store for 65 Euro. The official Sheaffer store only sells the 100, the 300 and the VFM. All these fountain pens are located in the lower market segment and are suitable for the novice enthusiast, also because they are affordable. The most expensive Sheaffer I could find online is the Legacy, for this you pay 460 Euro.
The Sheaffer 300 is a cartridge/converter fountain pen with a classic look. It has a black lacquered barrel with chrome trim. Combined with the chrome cap this pen shows a certain elegance and class.
The cap is made of metal and has a very nice finish in chrome. I know chrome is sensitive to fingerprints and this is no different for this cap. The cap has a plastic inner cap and the cap closes with a solid ‘snap’. With a weight of 23.50 gr (total weight of the pen, write-ready, is 44,60 gr.). the cap is very heavy. This of course ensures that the balance of the pen is out of balance when you post the cap. The imbalance is somewhat limited because the barrel goes quite deep into the cap. You have to attach the cap to the barrel with a firm pressure if you decide to post the cap. The cap is sturdy and safe and the pen looks pretty nice that way. Nothing else is mentioned on the cap with the exception of the Sheaffer brand name.
De cap has a very nice clip and Sheaffer’s white dot. The spring clip is well designed and very functional.
The metal brass barrel has a nice laquered finish with chrome trims on both ends. The barrel is also heavy: 16,40 gr. The barrel has metal threads inside for screwing onto the section.
The section is the part of the pen I had some issues with. The lacquered finish is less qualitative compared to that of the barrel. What really bothers me is that there is a kind of line on the grip that probably comes from the production of the section (some kinda molding issue). Not that this has an influence on the writing, but this line is completely in sight. Usually you will find such ‘poor’ finishes with cheaper fountain pens. Sheaffer could have done better. I could fix it myself by sanding it away and then polishing it, but I don’t think that’s really the intention. There are probably also users who have never noticed this, but as a reviewer you have an eye for every detail.
Sheaffer uses its own cartridges. The cartridge in the Sheaffer 300 is well placed and works fine. These cartridges are larger than the standard cartridges, so you can usually write for a while with the provided ink. There is no room for a second cartridge. You can also use a Sheaffer converter, but these contain less ink than their cartridges.
The Sheaffer 300 is only available with a steel nib. The nib is nicely finished with some decorations. The nib has a breather hole. The nib of my Sheaffer is a fine one. Sheaffer can really boast about this nib: it writes delightfully! A bit wetter than one expects from a fine nib but buttery soft. This steel nib offers no line variation. Yes, I can certainly say that this fine nib belongs to one of my best fine nibs, a winner.
What I also like is that you can pull the feed and the nib out of the section, handy for a thorough cleaning.
The Sheaffer 300 comes in a nice Sheaffer cardboard box with user and car guide, converter and 2 ink cartridges (black and blue).
As a general conclusion, I can say that I really do like this pen. She looks very elegant and quality and gives you an impeccable writing performance. You get good quality for little money. I do believe that you are more likely to find this fountain pen in a business setting than in a school environment. Keep in mind that this pen is a heavy one, but for me I like the more heavier pens. This pen is highly recommended, especially for the pen collector. I for sure would buy it again!
- Total empty weight: 42,40 gr.
- Capless empty weight: 18,90 gr.
- Cap weight: 23,50 gr.
- Capless length: 12,10 cm.
- Posted length: 15,45 cm.
- Body width: 1,30 cm
Out of a total score of 30, I would give this pen a 26. This pen loses points because it is not a limited edition, it is not a gold nib, the nib offers no line variation, the ink system is not the standard international and there is a small quality issue on the grip (molding ressidue line).