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Sheaffer PFM (Pen For Men) Price Guide and Background

The Sheaffer PFM was a fountain pen aimed at the male market and was first introduced in 1959. It had a sleek, modern look and came in five different models, PFM1 to PFM5. In this post, we’ll explore the design of the pen and include Sheaffer PFM (Pen For Men) price guide / value guide with realised auction prices.

A Sheaffer PFM Pen For Men V fountain pen in burgundy
A Sheaffer PFM Pen For Men V fountain pen in burgundy. Sold for £130 on ebay, July 2022.

The design of the Sheaffer PFM

The Sheaffer PFM pen was advertised as a ‘Bold New Pen Designed For Men’. It features included:

  • New Bold Styling, With A Balance And Heft. A Solid Feel And A Man-Sized Grip.
  • Only Inlaid Point In The World! 14Kt Gold. Built To Take Man-Sized Pressure.
  • New Massive Capacity Is Provided By Man-Sized Barrel
The Sheaffer PFM V advertising poster
The Sheaffer PFM Pen For Men advertising poster. Estimate $5-$10.

The different models of the Sheaffer PFM

At last, a fountain pen proudly designed for men! Five models, in a variety of styles, masculine colours and hand-craftedb, precision ground points.

Sheaffer PFM II fountain pen in burgundy with box
Sheaffer PFM II fountain pen in burgundy with box. Sold for £80 at Roger Jones & Co, May 2018.

There were five models created from the PFM I to PFM V. The PFM I had a plastic barrel stainless steel clip and palladium silver nib. The specification for the pens increased with each model reaching the PFM V which featured a gold plated cap and plastic barrel, gold filled clip and plunger cap end plate, and 14kt gold nib. All the pens featured the Sheaffer inlaid nib a hallmark of the company. All the models featured the Sheaffer white dot except the PFM I.

Sheaffer PFM I fountain pen in black
Sheaffer PFM I fountain pen in black. Sold for $260 on ebay, July 2022.

The White Dot, symbol of Sheaffer’s Lifetime Warranty, was applied to Sheaffer pens. This simple hallmark automatically distinguishes itself as a leader and foundation amongst pen companies. The first pens introduced with the White Dot were marketed as, “Unconditionally guaranteed to work for a lifetime.”

A Sheaffer PFM Pen For Men III snorkel fill fountain pen in burgundy
A Sheaffer PFM Pen For Men III snorkel fill fountain pen in burgundy. Sold for £110 at 1818 Auctioneers, January 2022.

Matching pencils and gift sets were also available.

Sheaffer PFM (Pen For Men) Price Guide / Value Guide

The market for pens is stronger in the USA than the UK. Prices are estimates for pens in very good and working condition.

PFM I $250-$350
PFM II $250-$350
PFM III $200-$300
PFM IV $250-$350
PFM V $250-$350

For fine, fully working and renovated examples prices can be doubled.

Sheaffer PFM IV fountain pen in burgundy
Sheaffer PFM IV fountain pen in burgundy. Sold for $625 on ebay, April 2022.

Related
Sheaffer PFM: The Pen For Men 1959-1968 at PenHero.com 
Sheaffer Company History at Sheaffer.com

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