Our Story

The year: 1912. The place: Fort Madison, Iowa. Walter A. Sheaffer takes his grand idea of a pen-filling apparatus that utilizes a lever system and, with his life savings, founds the W.A. Sheaffer company. The physical space of the company is a modest one - the backroom of Mr. Sheaffer's jewelry store - but the vision of the company is much more than modest. Nearly a century later, we continue to offer generation after generation innovative, reliable and stylish writing instruments. These pens are used worldwide by loyal and diverse friends who appreciate elegance and class. We look back to the nostalgic past, to simpler times when a look in the eye and a hand shake was the norm. We look to the abundant future, by redefining the fashion of written communication in our technological world. You have a signature. And Sheaffer gives you the power to show the world what it is.

From the Historical Archives

  • 1913
    Sheaffer begins with just seven employees crowded into the small back room of this jewelry store in Fort Madison, Iowa.

  • 1945
    U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes uses a Sheaffer to sign the paper that brings the United Nations into being.

  • 1961
    A Sheaffer specialist assembles ballpoint pens within tolerances of .000211 of an inch.

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