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Sailor Eyedropper Conversion
Posted 29 June 2010 - 23:07
Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:37
Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:08
I wouldn't recommend it. The nib/section units have a lot of metal that could be corroded by the ink, over time.
It would sure look cool though; I'm wondering if Edison Pens might be able to custom make a demonstrator/eyedropper with a big juicy Platinum BB nib that I have.....
Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:16
Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:33
Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:34
Posted 01 July 2010 - 17:21
Posted 01 July 2010 - 17:28
Isn't corrosion avoidable if one uses pH neutral inks like Noodler's?
It's nothing to do with pH - the corrosion is a product of air, water and metal!
Some people have protected the metal but inserting a cart and cutting the bottom off and using nail polish to protect the threads. Silor threads are very fine so I'm not sure how well this would work. Here's the link to a Nakaya that has been converted.
Also if the barrel is made from more than one piece you need to make sure there will be no leaks from the bottom - you sould try filling the barrel with water and checking for leaks...
Danitrio Fellow, Nakaya Nutter, Sailor Sailor (ret), Visconti Venerator, Montegrappa Molester (in training), ConwayStewart Champion & Diplomat #77
Posted 01 July 2010 - 19:01
As for the problem of corrosion, what about using a water displacer? If one was to apply a small amount on a semi-regular basis, I imagine that would work quite well. Of course, it would have to be tested to make sure it didn't react with the ink to cause a more serious problem. I know how everyone here feels about testing chemicals on innocent pens, but sometimes there's not a whole lot of choice...
Posted 01 July 2010 - 19:16
Posted 01 July 2010 - 19:34
I was looking at Sailor Pro Gear/Sapporo demonstrators and although I like the idea of clear demonstrators, I think a converter kills the mood. Has anyone tried to convert either of these pens to an eyedropper filler?
Makes no sense to me. One would loose all the advantages of a C/C pen and gain all the disadvantages of an old fashioned non-valved ED.
If one really wants an eye dropper, and it will cost, then one should look toward the valved Japanese ED pens.
Posted 01 July 2010 - 19:43
Sailor does not seem to understand that many users would like a larger ink supply. The converter is much too small, especially if you're using a nib that gushes ink, like my naginata-togi. The ink capacity of the Sailor piston-fillers is not much better than that of the converter.
Posted 01 July 2010 - 20:11
(Agreed on the small ink capacity frustration, though.)
Posted 01 July 2010 - 22:16
I used my Pro-Gear as an eye-dropper at my desk for about 6 months with no leaks and corrosion. The rhodium still is bright and shiny. I did carry it around a few times and no problems were encountered. Overall, I was quite pleased with how the pen wrote - same as with a cart. One issue did come up when the pen was nearing empty - the pen burped up a little blob from under the nib while I was writing. Not entirely sure why, but I surmise the heat from my hand caused the air in the barrel to expand and increase the pressure inside. Since the pen was almost empty, there was a greater amount of air than ink. Also, since the ink/air was in contact with the barrel, there was increased conductivity of heat from hand to air. In the case of a converter or cart, there is a layer of insulating air between it and the barrel so even a hot sweaty hand would probably have little to no influence on the internal pressure. Other pens I have converted are: Lamy 2000 (removed the piston mechanism), Parker 100 (sealed up end jewel), Namiki Falcon.
Lamy 2000 eyedropper
Parker '51' Vac
Sailor Pro Gear