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…
Edit To Add: I got the dates wrong on this one. The pen was first issued in 1958.