Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:28
It's most likely from the 50's when they were in high school and used it.
I tried turning the non-cap end but it doesn't move, does is rotate or pull out somehow? I didn't want to force it before asking which way it should move.
The nib looks to be in good shape, says '9668' on it.
I would be interested in getting this pen back in writing shape for this person, any ideas on best steps to take to getting it restored? Or, how would I test it to see if it still works OK. Am sure it hasn't been used in over 40 years.
A pic attached, if need more to answer certain questions just let me know.
Any more info on this pen would be appreciated.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:31
This is a plunger-fill Safari model. It is from the late 50's/early 60's, and the back should unscrew. It should then pull out, and you pump it to fill it.
The sac inside has ossified, and has probably made the plunger unit stuck. Pulling on it with force will crack the barrel, and destroy the pen!
An Estie repair expert here should be able to fix it for you! The 9668 nib is a great, everyday medium point nib. Good luck, and enjoy!
Posted 27 December 2011 - 23:58
Before sending the pen away I certainly would soak it in warm water for a few hours (I usually do this by immerging the pen in warm (about 110 °F) water to which I add a few drops of normal household detergent and then put it in the oven set at 110°F and let it soak. Normally 1 to 6 hours should be enough. By the way, the section on this model is a friction fit, so do not try to screw it out but wiggle it out carefully (I always carry rubber gloves when doing this. They allow you to get a firm but still cautious grip on pen and section). Removing the section lets you see if the little sac really is ossified or not.
If after soaking neither section nor barrel end move, then send it to a repair man. There are quite a few on this Forum.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:58
Edited by newleaf, 09 January 2012 - 03:58.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 16:41
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