I know that I must have circled by this one three or four times at the Ohio Show last year:
It’s a Sheaffer "Titan" from the late 1920s, but there was something about it that just didn’t look quite right to me. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t anything about the pencil itself: it works perfectly and it’s in excellent condition, and I really like that classy black barrel. I just have never gotten around to organizing my Sheaffer flattops, so I don’t normally buy them at shows because unless I haul the ones I’ve got to the shows, I’m not certain whether or not what I’m looking at is a duplicate.
But there was just something about this one that kept drawing me back. After about the fourth time I picked it up, I decided that even if I did have one at home, I liked it well enough that I wouldn’t even mind having two.
Back at the house, I did find that I had another black Sheaffer Titan, and when I put them side by side, it became clear what it was that just looked a little strange about this new one:
Maybe I’ll call the new one a "Titanette?"