Problem With The Cap On My Frontier
Posted 07 May 2012 - 18:07
I have a problem with the cap on my Parker Frontier.
The part of the cap that actually clicks on to the pen (and to which the clip is attached) has become loose, and started to move with respect to the rest of the cap. So, I am now afraid that it may eventually fail catastrophically, and become completely separated from the main body of the cap, so I don't take the pen out of the house any more
When the cap is on the pen, the cap sits in its proper place but its body can be moved back and forth [see photo 1]
But the act of taking the cap off the pen drags the inner part of the cap out of the main body of the cap by about 1mm [see photo 2]
Now, OK, I am aware that having a minor(?) problem with a fairly cheap FP is hardly the Worst Calamity in the World, Ever™, but it's still annoying, so I would like to know:
1) whether this has happened to any other Frontier owners, and
2) is there an easy way to fix the cap so that it's airtight again?
My thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 18:18
Posted 14 May 2012 - 17:26
I was browsing sbrebrown's excellent Fountain Pen Reviews channel on You Tube (linky), and I saw that he had done a review of the Frontier.
After I had watched his review, I noticed that one of the suggested links on the right of the page was to a video entitled "Parker Frontier fountain pen flimsy clip".
I watched that, and found that it shows a Frontier with exactly the same problem that I have encountered with my pen.
So, if anyone out there would like to see video evidence of this problem, click-ye here.
I presume that it is a result of some sort of weakness inherent in the manufacturing process - i.e. that the nature of the cap's construction process means/meant that some pens will end up with this problem. In the interests of fairness, I need to point out that my pen has a date code that corresponds to manufacture in the second quarter of 2006. And I also need to say that I have no way of guessing how many pens end(ed) up like this, or whether the manufacturing process has been altered to eliminate/reduce the number of occurrences of this problem since my pen was manufactured.
As for my own pen, I think that I'll try Flounder's glue suggestion. So, I'm off now to research glues, to try to find one that might be suitable for affixing metal to metal.
Edited by Mercian, 14 May 2012 - 17:27.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:06
Posted 05 December 2012 - 17:33
This is a common problem with such a belly button pen (everyone seems to have them) it would be good to see it pinned for ease of reference.