Knowing that I collect fountain pens, and that my favorites ones are vintage and those that belonged to other people, my stepfather sent me one of his.
It’s a classic matte black Sheaffer Targa, circa ’80s, with the distinctive inlaid nib design executed in 14 karat gold.
The tassies at both ends are plain black. The weight and heft are just right, and the pen remains well-balanced even when posted. This is the regular-size version, not the slim, and is comfortable to hold and write with for extended periods.
According to this source, this pen could be a “Sheaffer Targa version 4, 1003 Matte Black second edition.”
The small photo above shows the parts: barrel; nib, section, and Skrip cartridge; and cap with clip.
The elegance of its design and the quality of materials used make this a timeless pen, one for all seasons.
But its superpower lies in its nib.
On creamy Kokuyo paper, the nib glided here and there like skating on glass. There were no skips, starts, nor hiccups at any point of the writing process. If there is such a thing as a nib that “disappears” into the writing experience, becoming an extension of your hand to convey your innermost thoughts onto paper, this is it – the Sheaffer Targa inlaid nib.
All photos taken with an iPhone 4S, edited with Snapseed for sharpness and color.