Wahl Eversharp Skyline
March 2, 2016 4 Comments
The Wahl-Eversharp Skyline is a very popular and highly-regarded pen but personally I’m not that fond of it. The early polystyrene can become very brittle with age and it also tends to shrink, making it difficult to work on. Some of them post reasonably well, others have the cap wobbling about insecurely.
Then there’s the aesthetics. There is the oft-told tale that Henry Dreyfus had his locomotives made for the New York Central Railroad in mind when he designed the pen. That’s as may be but this is a pen which travels slowly across the page and doesn’t charge across the prairies at 100 miles an hour. The extremely tapered barrel form causes the frequent posting problems and the design of the cap is unnecessarily complicated. It’s just not a good pen design.
On the plus side, the filling system, with its breather tube, is very efficient. It always gives a good fill. The Skyline nib is one of the best in the business. Many are flexible to one degree or another and even when they are not they are still splendid writers.
This particular example was sold as a Presentation but I think it’s a Standard. Either way, it’s in chocolate brown with a gold-filled cap. It writes well with wet ink-flow and some flexibility.