I do have the written up directions for your polishing regime. I have yet to buy the necessary items to accomplish it. I am just such a visual learner, I would love to observe actual demonstrations. I can sit patiently for very long periods if I am interested in what it being done. Many of my favorite memories with my Dad were hours of just watching him as he tinkered and fixed things. I remember at five or six he would let me sit on his work bench. I learned to identify some of his tools and he could say, "Hand me the Phillips" and I knew what he wanted. I think sometimes I was a little pest. I would ask all kinds of questions, my favorite question being, "Why are you doing that"
. I remember after tiring of all my questioning, the answer to "Daddy, why are you doing that?"
became "To make little girls ask questions".
I understand that you may, at times, not feel motivated to work on pen restoration. Sometimes I do not feel like tinkering and sometimes I do. Right now the only patient in my clinic is a Deluxe that came with no cap, a bad sac, and a strange nib, suppose to be a 9668 and so marked but with a very different little feed beneath, something is not right with it. I am sadly, looking at it more as a parts donor than a pen to be revived.
On that J bar measurement, was your measurement the entire length of the j bar tip to tip? The thing I have had to tinker with when installing j bars is the crook. Shortening a J bar for an SJ, I have not wanted to shorten it at the top where the two piece j bar is joined so I was snipping off the crook and then reshaping and having a time getting the bar to sit up against the top under the lever. Trial and error, in and out with the j bar, positioning and function at last perfected but I do wish I could just do things right the first time. Bruce, you have been kind to act as a mentor and I do appreciate all you and others have taught me.
I enjoy restoring these beautiful pens so much. And I love seeing them write again. My twin brother is a professional writer. I just gave him a streaky green J that I restored, he is loving it.
Edited by kathleen, 27 February 2011 - 03:33.