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Mabie Todd Swan Visofil T340/78


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#1 olivier78860

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 16:54

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Length capped : 12.7 cm ; uncapped : 12.2 cm ; posted : 15.6 cm
Cap's length : 5.2 cm
1.75 turns needed to open/close the pen

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#2 Uncle Red

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 18:09

That's a beautiful pen and an incredible nib but I don't understand how the filling system works. Is it a vacuum filler?

#3 olivier78860

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 18:14

Well firstly, you have to unscrew the button (see the pics just under the barrel's engraving). This frees the pump.
Then you push on the button, until it touches the barrel's top, and release it. This way ink gets sucked inside the barrel.
When you're done, you just screw the button again, and the pen's ready to write.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 22:54

My mouth is agape, literally. A beautiful pen in all aspects. This is one that is now on my list to look out for wherever I go.

So how does the mechanism work? I understand how to work the mechanism, but it sounds like a variation of the Vacumatic. I don't understand how you can unscrew and screw it back in without expelling all the ink again.

Beautiful look to it. And a wonderful nib. The window looks very clear too.

#5 olivier78860

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:23

The mechanism is thoroughly detailed here : http://www.penhero.c...sofilSystem.htm

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#6 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 12:36

congrats on a nice pen :thumbup:
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 18:00

Ah, got it now, thanks

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 19:20

Thank you for the link. It's a wonderful pen, and the mechanics behind it are sheer genius. I will always remain on the lookout for this.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 20:04

A MK2 Visofil is on my acquisition list.

I have a MK1 Visofil which I love but it is a very different mechanism. The grey hatch celluloid is nice, the same pattern was used by Conway Stewart. :thumbup:
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