Famous last words.
I got this Sheaffer from a local dealer. I'd spotted it at her yard sale, and she told me to wait a few days while she adjusted the nib for me. (Talk about great service!) The exact model may always be a bit of a mystery, since it seems to have been put together from two pens at some time in its life. But I don't care, because it's a fabulous writer. The Touchdown name is for its filling system: you unscrew the end, pull out the filler mechanism, put the pen into an ink bottle, and then push the mechanism back into the pen.
I'm really starting to understand the charm of these old pens, and it's in the writing. This one is incredible. Smooth as silk, beautifully wet, just wonderful. There are a lot of very good modern pens, but because it's such a niche market today, so many of them are about the looks above all.
This old Sheaffer (circa 1950s, I believe) isn't the prettiest pen at first glance, but it's from an era where, above all, it had to work flawlessly. You basically had fountain pens, pencils, and typewriters, and that was it. No tapping messages with your thumbs, no voice messages, no rollerballs and gel pens. If a pen didn't perform well, it was dead in the water. This one works...well, swimmingly!