Eversharp Skyline Fountain Pen
Introduced in 1941 and stopped in 1948, the Skyline had been probably one of the most well-known pens of their period. Nice wartime production allowances played their particular part, but its radical styling and regularly smooth and responsive nibs made it a well liked of writers then and from now on.
Eversharp had been a pioneer in employing popular manufacturing manufacturers (the Loewy-designed Symphony had been introduced in 1948); for the Skyline, it considered Henry Dreyfuss, whose credits included many icons of modernist design. Couple of books on Dreyfuss mention his work for Eversharp, though the connection with his other prewar streamline designs the 20th Century Limited, for example is obvious. This is simply not accidental: as this essay notes, Dreyfuss later rejected streamlining, and did his best to minimize the level that he had added to that style.
Another peculiarity concerning the Skyline is its name. Eversharp literature also known as it the "Skyliner, " however, if marked, the pens by themselves were branded "Skyline" title today universally favored by enthusiasts.
The Skyline came in three fundamental sizes: standard, quick, and oversize Executive. The final is quite uncommon, despite having already been a regularly catalogued design. Skyline color and trim variants tend to be bewilderingly diverse, making the series an all-natural for collectors. Interest has not however flourished in earnest, but and even the rarest models continue to be reasonable when they are available.
Scarcer designs consist of individuals with large cap rings, longitudinally striped drums and hats, stainless or sterling silver limits, and gold-filled caps various other habits than horizontally ribbed. Skylines in smooth 14K solid gold the "Command Performance" aren't uncommon, though it may be tough to locate examples that aren't dented or monogrammed. Many were offered during WW2, when People in america had been completely used but had few consumer goods by which to invest their particular profits.
Preceding, from remaining to right: quick design in black, with ribbed gold filled limit and gold filled derby; Executive in maroon, with red striped limit; standard design in dark blue, with ribbed gold-filled cap; short economy "Streamliner" in black colored, without over-the-top video.
Most Skylines were built with long breather tubes, though very early pencils had a brief, ink-wicking "tail" rather (reminiscent of the Parker "fortunate bend" feed) made either of level celluloid or hard plastic channel. Early pencils also was included with clear areas, and less frequently, with two-tone nibs. Skylines do not have a big ink capacity, but original Eversharp instructions recommend that the lever be operated more often than once while filling: for pencils with a breather pipe, this insures the sac will be filled to its maximum capability.