An Old Pelikan 400 (?)
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:51
My girlfriend recently found a fountain pen that belonged to her grandfather and she would love to use it, but... It's not in the best shape.
It seems at that least the clip and some rings and the end of the barrel are missing. Also the filling system seems to be broken.. While I aquired some knowledge about fountain pens in my time spend here, I'm not familiar with vintage, Pelikan or piston fountain pens, so any information you can give me would be welcome. I've already done some searching, but I've found what appeared to be different models while searching for the Pelikan 400.
So, can someone tell me how the filling system for this pen is supposed to work? Does it maybe take cartridges? Are there spare parts available?
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:25
The first thing you have to do is pull the remainder of the piston mechanism (that is the brown part on top of the barrel) out of the barrel. There are different ways to do that, I previously explained in detail how I do this here. Once the mechanism is out, you will immediately see how you can reconnect the knob with the spiral shaft again to the piston mechanism and get it working again.
If you are lucky, the seal of the piston is still usable, but I doubt it (your pen seems to be an early version and these had fragile piston seals). If the seal is worn the pen will leak so you will have to replace that seal. Replacement seals can be bought for instance here (I have no connection with this seller but he is a pen authority and trusted source).
In respect to the cap: it is missing the clip and a gold coloured plastic clip screw. These are quite difficult to find, you can search ebay for replacement clips & clip screw but they are very scarce.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:00
Concerning the cap, as it has been said, it is very difficult to find a replacement one. Keep an eye on eBay. A modern cap can be found more easily (M400 cap) but it would make your pen a Frankenpen. It is possible that if you send your pen to somebody specializing in Pelikan, such as Rick Propas, they might have the needed spare parts.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:31
In Holland, Fountainbell.
There are many EU repair centers that will be able to repair it.
Best of luck with it.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:18
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 18:08
Posted 01 May 2012 - 19:54
The piston mechanism consists of three major components: the piston, the piston bush (with threads on the top part) and the spiral shaft that is friction fitted onto the twist knob. The twist knob threads onto the piston bush (you can see the threads on the part that still sticks out of the barrel of your pen).
Here is a picture showing these components:
Your pen still contains the piston bush plus the piston. Pull these out of the barrel by using the twist knob as a gripping aid. Firstly, screw the spiral part and twist knob as far as possible onto the threads of the piston bush. Secondly, warm up the barrel end as explained before. Thirdly, gently but firmly pull the whole mechanism out.
Once the mechanism is out, play with it to understand how the three components work. When reassembling the mechanism, make sure that the twist knob is threaded as far as possible (as many threads as possible) onto the piston bush when the piston is in the lowest position (see panel 4 in my picture). It is difficult to explain this, that is why you need to play with it to understand it: the knob still needs to be threaded as far as possible onto the bush in the "low" piston position otherwise the knob can be released 'spontaneously' from the threads. That is what probably happened to your pen and hopefully it is not because of a damaged thread because that would be difficult to repair. Finally, push the whole mechanism back into the pre-warmed barrel.
Edited by joris, 01 May 2012 - 20:11.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:47
Thanks, you're welcome.
Very helpful for me too. Thank you for posting.