Anything I need to know about feed & nib removal?
Once you remove the old sac, you can check to see if the "lucky curve" is still there. If it's already gone, ignore the rest of this.
If the "lucky curve" part of the feed is intact, you can't use a dowel/knockout block to push the feed out of the section. You'll see a lot of lucky curve feeds missing the lucky curve for this reason. Either a knockout block was tried, and the lucky curve broken, or the lucky curve was deliberately broken to make removing the feed easier. In any case, the feed will still work, but it's far better to preserve the lucky curve if you've got it. To preserve the lucky curve, you need to pull the nib and feed from the front end of the section, rather than push from the rear. Removing the nib is normally a relatively simple affair. Removing the feed is not so simple, as it can be broken if too much pressure is put on it. Use a piece of rubber to get a good grip. A bit of soaking, a bit of heat, and a lot of patience can get this done.
If the nib appears mounted correctly, and you've got a complete lucky curve feed, the safest approach might be leaving the nib and feed in place, and doing a thorough rinse or ultrasonic cleaning without disassembling the section/feed/nib unit.
Infer I’m 'not so lucky' on this “Lucky Curve.”
While pen was just low cost ‘experiment’, wouldn’t be happy buyer for “Lucky Curve” only to find it’s been lopped off! : 0 !
So how common a practice was this? (Put another way, what are odds of actually getting
I'm thinking e-bay might not be best place to go speculating on 'bargain' duofolds if you can't see.
Ah well, can't win them all-- at least the nib seems to be in good shape. Worth pursuing (olive drab barrel too), or consign to parts?