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Sheaffer PFM Mk III Snorkel Filling Fountain Pen in Classic Black - USA Early 1960's

Sheaffer PFM Mk III Snorkel Filling Fountain Pen in Classic Black - USA Early 1960's
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Sheaffer PFM MK III

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Item Ref: HD:SPFM/5723

Pen Description

Sheaffer PFM (Pen for Men) Mk III introduced in 1959, classic black in colour with gold inlaid nib and gold filled trim. Made in USA.

Pen has the Sheaffer patented snorkel filling system, vacuum plunge down operated. Unscrewing the knob at rear of barrel initially extends snorkel dip tube, the vacuum pump is then pulled back. Immersion of snorkel in ink bottle and by ‘Plunging’  pump forward, ink is drawn into pen. Re-screwing knob retracts snorkel. Pen has gold plated cap clip with characteristic white dot inlaid into clip. Wide gold plated tapered centre band. 

Pen measures 5 1/4 inches (13.6 cms) long with cap attached. 5 7/16 inches (14.2 cms) with cap posted. Girth of cap 0.6 inches (15.2 mm). Weight  21.5 grams.


Inlaid 14ct gold nib stamped ‘SHEAFFER’S - 14 K - 585 - USA’. Ball ended nib tip writes with a medium line, being fairly firm but ultra smooth.


Pen has been fully disassembled, ultrasonically cleaned to remove traces of old ink. Special encapsulated ink sac has been replaced, also a new set of lubricated sealing washers. All traces of ink removed from collector, feeder and snorkel tubes, nib reset and polished. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water.

General Condition

Pen barrel and cap are free from noticeable scratches, with no dents, cracks or hairlines. There are no personalisation's. Slip-on cap has positive 'click' retention to body and posts firmly if required. Gold plating to pocket clip and centre band is excellent. Vacuum filling rod slides with ease and draws up excellent quantity of ink. Cap spring clip mechanism is positive. Pen is in excellent working order, we would classify pen as being in overall excellent condition. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box

Sellers Comment
The PFM is a legendary writing instrument, beautifully engineered by Sheaffer. 
Sheaffer PFM Vintage Fountain Pen

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