Unless you are temporally challenged like yours truly, you’ve realized by now that the gifting holidays fast approacheth. Not to worry—Sheaffer is on top of it, and kindly sent me this sample to review and to pique your gift-buying interest. Thank you, Sheaffer.
Maybe you’re a jaded pen aficionado who has so many fancy pen boxes that you make box forts in your spare time—I’m not. Maybe this box is simple, but I was impressed. THE BOX COMES IN ANOTHER BOX, how much fancier does it get without turning into a Russian nesting doll of pen containment? And the box for the box? So perfectly wrappable that I couldn’t resist.
True to the name of its color, my Stormy Wine Taranis Roller ball arrived on a cold, stormy afternoon—and though I couldn’t have wine at the time (had to go to work) this is a perfect warm wine color. If this had been the fountain pen version, I could think of some perfect matching colors of ink…or if Sheaffer made a fountain-pen-ink-to-rollerball-tip converter…hint, hint, Sheaffer; my money dollars are waiting.
The Taranis (named after the Celtic god of thunder) is a design piece, no doubt. I might have to bust out my top hat, just so I can take my hat off to its designer, U.S. architect Charles Debbas. The details are simple but deliberate, and undeniably classy. I come down on the side favoring the long clip, but if it’s too plain for you I’d suggest finding someone to engrave a Celtic knot band down the face of it. But that’s just me; originally I thought (with my bad eyesight) that the SHEAFFER branding on the grip was something Celtic.
Even though the branding is upside-down for my left-handed perspective, I love this grip. It’s streamlined art deco. It’s modernized classic. Everything about this pen is lining up perfect for my hand—the ridge for the cap to snap on doesn’t hit anything, nor does the posted cap edge, and the weight feels nicely balanced. The cap posts smooth and snug, and doesn’t throw off the balance.
The refill it came with is a Sheaffer rollerball refill II (306), and it’s taking me some getting used to. I haven’t used a lot of rollerballs like I have gel pens, fountain pens, and ballpoints, so I don’t know if it’s common for the pen angle to so dramatically change the ink flow. It’s great for line variation in drawing, but for writing I’m still trying to get it under control. When I’ve got it, holy rollerball it’s smooth. It’s glorious. Like writing with power and butter. When I don’t, I cry out to the Celtic god of thunder to show me mercy and let my lines be consistent again.
The Taranis comes in five finishes, with boss-sounding names befitting a Celtic god—Stormy Night, Icy Gunmetal, White Lightning, Stormy Wine, and Sleek Chrome (translated: black, gray-silver, white, purplish red, more different silver) and is available as a ballpoint, rollerball, or fountain pen. Thanks again to Sheaffer for providing this sample!