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How to clean a lever filler
Posted 27 June 2009 - 23:22
Posted 28 June 2009 - 00:00
Assuming the lever moves easily, basic cleaning is just a matter of filling and emptying, repeatedly, with plain water around room temperature. DO NOT force the lever; if it requires more force than flipping a light switch, something is wrong internally (most likely a hardened sac) and the pen requires repair. The lever compresses a spring-loaded bar inside the barrel, so there'll be some resistance (and if the bar is the original, the lever will actually stay in the fully extended position, about right angles to the barrel), but not much.
Now, with Esterbrooks, there's a secondary cleaning option: because the nib unit unscrews from the section, you can take the nib unit out and do a much more thorough job of cleaning the sac by operating the lever with the nibless section in water -- this will draw more water, more rapidly, and will clear the sac more completely as a result -- but you still need to clean by the normal filling operation, because this forces water both directions through the nib and feed to clean them.
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:01
Yep. That's pretty much how I clean an Estie sac, though I don't work the lever as much as I do when cleaning other brands of lever pen.
Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:10
section. That does a thorough job pretty quickly too.
Bruce in Ocala, FL
Posted 28 June 2009 - 03:28
"Sacred cows make the best hamburger." - Mark Twain
Posted 30 June 2009 - 14:07
How many people does it take to comment on a question on FPN? One to give advice and make suggestions. Another one to repeat everything that the first poster has said. Fourteen to share their own experiences of their pens and comment on how the original advice was flawed.
Seven who just want to increase their post count. One to say that they have no regrets about doing anything and people should follow their example. Another to say that if there is anything wrong with the pen it is just down to using Diamine Shimmer ink. Six to argue over whether its a worth doing anything with it and the OP should just throw it away and buy their Parker 51. Another six to condemn all of the above as being stupid and anyway they would rather be on FP Geeks. One to say that the pen is cheaper where they live. Five people to post pics of their own pens. One to say that if the OP had Faith then the pen would work - and gets banned very quickly.
Finally, one to close down the thread because it has lost its way.
Posted 30 June 2009 - 15:11
You have water sloshing around inside the pen with the nib section in place?
That's not good.
If you are flushing the pen with the section in place, all you are doing is either flushing the nib or the sac from the open
section end, you shouldn't get any amount of water near the lever area or it will get inside the pen thru there. The j-bar inside is just spring steel (not stainless) and will rust.
If I am understanding you correctly, now you HAVE to pull the section and get it all dried out. You could probably get most
of the moisture out with a hairdryer after pulling the section but I'd probably pull the j-bar too and BE SURE it is nice and
dry. There are places inside the bar where moisture could collect and you'd have to be very dilligent with the hair dryer to dry it. Plus, I don't think throwing alot of real hot air up inside the barrel is that good of an idea, it could warp it or barrel bulge it. Much better to just dry it out with a paper towel spear and air dry (with the j-bar out).
The aftermarket j-bars aren't as good (IMO) as the stock ones and otherwise, you'll need to get replacement j-bars from
parts pens. They aren't readily available otheriwse. You should take measures to take care of the stock one in the pen
if it's in decent shape or get it that way if possible by sanding/steel wooling the rust off of it.
Bruce in Ocala, FL
Posted 01 July 2009 - 00:30
Posted 01 July 2009 - 01:34
Honestly, no. If there's even a few drops of water in there, it's probably on the j-bar and you need to get it out of there.
Not being a jerk here but you can read alot faster than I can type. Do a search (tab upper right) in this forum for "section", "pull section", or "restore" and you have a ton of posts that will have all that info. Richard Binder
also has a section on "resaccing a lever fill pen" on his page that briefly covers pulling a section.
If that doesn't get you what you need, holler back.
(PS screw the nib back in before you get ready to pull the section.)
Bruce in Ocala, FL