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BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style | Pens: Sheaffer Centennial Limited Edition

John Lyon

Founded in Fort Madison, Iowa, in 1913, the writing-instruments manufacturer Sheaffer rapidly became one of the world’s largest pen producers thanks to the popularity of its fountain pens’ proprietary lever refilling system. The brand celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with the release of the Sheaffer Centennial Limited Edition (319.372.8588, www.sheaffer.com). The pen’s 18-karat-gold cap and barrel are engraved with images of the company’s founder, Walter Sheaffer; his son and successor, Craig Sheaffer; and the company’s original factory in Fort Madison. The hallmark Sheaffer white dot, which appears as a mark of quality on the clips of all of the brand’s pens, is replaced by a diamond on the $28,500 gold version of the Centennial Limited Edition.