When Sheaffer first introduced the “Lady” range of pens in 1971 they had a small Triumph nib. In 1973 they changed to the Stylepoint nib, as on this example. Though they are a very decorative purse pen, this is a good nib and it writes well. It’s a completely practical pen though the absence of a clip will bother some. Back in 1971 it was regarded as quite okay to bring out pens that were purely for women, as if we could not grasp a full sized pen with our delicate little fingers. Most women, of course, are not as delicate as all that – in fact I have mighty paws after years of operating motor cycle brake and clutch levers. For the most part, fountain pen manufacturers have now realised that us frail little things can manage a full-size pen.
This pen is something of a collector’s dream. There are at least 65 patterns, probably more. Many of them are quite scarce, making collection of a full set quite challenging. This one is the Lady Sheaffer Scripsert IX Balicon Red on Gold. And no, I don’t know what Balicon means either. It’s an attractive pattern but it’s advisable not to post the pen because it will wear the pattern.
I’ve had this pen for quite a while and I’ve used it quite a bit – it’s a splendid writer and I really like the Stylepoint nib. It’s not Sheaffer’s prettiest nib but it is a little gem in terms of writing, and that’s what you buy a pen for. If you are a collector, you’re probably not going to use this pen because you don’t want wear on the pattern. That’s a loss in a way but I suppose it’s understandable. My main problem with using it was that it tended to roll off the desk. Otherwise it was a very good pen. I used to solve that problem with a little bit of Blue Tack stuck on the barrel. Not to everyone’s taste, I suppose…
The other good thing about this pen is that, collectors aside, most buyers don’t rate this pen very highly. The result is that you can pick one up very cheaply in eBay.
Edit To Add: I got the dates wrong on this one. The pen was first issued in 1958.
8 thoughts on “Sheaffer Skripsert Lady”
You can still get pens for for women e.g. “BIC for her ball point pen”.
Some really very funny comments about this product on Amazon
Yes, it was because of that one that I said “for the most part.” Perhaps that Bic will be the last one, because apart from providing opportunities for humorous comments I suspect that sales are not that good.
Is it not Scripset?
Nope. Skripsert is Sheaffer’s name for a confusingly disparate range of pens and – for a time at least – for their cartridges.
Imagine my surprise to see that Google led me astray
Google lies. Shamelessly.
attractive pen Deb. Don’t know why, but It seems they split these clipless models into Lady Sheaffers and Skripserts and as you say there are reams of different decorative patters/colours.
This small hooded nib occurs on one or two other of their pens – maybe it was used only on the non-white-dot jobs perhaps? I’ve a non-Lady Sheaffer with similar nib, in gold, but don’t know what the model of pen is – the nib says SHEAFFER’S, and like yours the blob of iridium is substantial. I say gold – but mine doesn’t carry the usual 14 ct. wording.
The names for some of their patterns are very imaginative – I’ve a gold and blue patterned Skripsert in Paisley Periwinkle, and it has what I think of as the more usual style of Sheaffer nib – a conical and beaked looking thingy in steel, which says ‘SHEAFFER’S Australia’ – might this be the shape you’re referring to as the Triumph nib??
P.S. is it o.k. for blokes to collect these things – or does it imply that a gender change is looming :(:(
The StylePoint nib was used in many pens. It gets quite confusing and difficult to determine which pen is which. Many of the nibs were plated steel.
I call it the Triumph nib because that’s what Sheaffer called it.
In terms of writing quality the Stylepoint is really excellent but aesthetically it can’t compete with the beautiful Triumph nib.