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Sheaffer Converters - 6 Different Types


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#1 terim

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 20:06

I thought you might like to see the various Sheaffer converters .... here are 6 of them:

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They are, from top to bottom:

1. Modern piston converter (still being made and sold by Sheaffer and others including us)

2. Early squeeze converter (later replaced by the version with a red or pink plastic end piece, said to be made of better quality rubber than the original)

3. Early button converter (just a hair shorter than the squeeze converter and needed for some early cartridge pens)

4. Legacy 1 and 2 insert used with the Touchdown filling system (okay, not really a converter because you can't operate it manually)

5. Slim Targa converter (same design as the squeeze converter, just slimmer)

6. Early Sheaffer piston/plunger converter (very rare and hard to find, needed we are told for the Lifetime Cartridge pen and some of the Lady Sheaffer Skripsert pens)

We are working on a reference page that will tell you which converters work with which Sheaffer models. We get enough questions, it seems this would be a worthwhile resource for people to have.

Thanks!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 21:47

Remember the Sheaffer Intrigue converter.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 23:47

Remember the Sheaffer Intrigue converter.



You're right, jar! But I didn't have a spare to add to the photo .....


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:43

The VFM uses standard international converters and cartridges.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 00:10

Teri,

You're welcome to use the converter from this image. Or let me know and I can shoot the converter by itself and e-mail it to you.
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Edited by sexauerw, 10 March 2013 - 00:19.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 20:29

Nice work, Teri. This will be a valuable reference
Suggest reshooitng and that you use a bit of putty or clay under the squeezers so you can rotate the window into view.
I ride a recumbent, I play go, I use Macintosh so of course I use a fountain pen.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:34

Bill, does that convertor have a clear barrel?
I want that.
I use convertors rarely because I cannot see how much ink I've got.
A clear convertor I'd use.
I ride a recumbent, I play go, I use Macintosh so of course I use a fountain pen.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:55

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Teri,

You're welcome to use the converter from this image. Or let me know and I can shoot the converter by itself and e-mail it to you.
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Thanks, Bill. I'll pull one out of my collection when we re-shoot the photo.
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:57

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Nice work, Teri. This will be a valuable reference
Suggest reshooitng and that you use a bit of putty or clay under the squeezers so you can rotate the window into view.


I agree .... My fault for not telling Corinne our photographer to position them so you could see the squeeze bar.
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:00

Bill, does that convertor have a clear barrel?
I want that.
I use convertors rarely because I cannot see how much ink I've got.
A clear convertor I'd use.


Yes, the Intrigue converter has a clear barrel, but the loading mechanism is so Rube Goldberg I doubt anyone would use it to check ink levels.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 17:16

jar is absolutely right. In order to expose enough of the converter to see the ink level you have to unscrew the larger knob at the back of the barrel and open the cartridge/converter drawer. This disconnects the converter from the nipple on the nib section and if you tip the pen the wrong way while you're trying to inspect the ink level you could leak ink all over the inside of the barrel. Even if you were careful about the tipping angle, this puts unnecessary wear on the converter seal.

If I recall correctly, these converters are in the same status as the Slim Targa converters, out of production and out of stock. If you wear yours out it will be difficult or impossible to replace.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 00:31

Bill, does that convertor have a clear barrel?
I want that.
I use convertors rarely because I cannot see how much ink I've got.
A clear convertor I'd use.

The current production piston style converter is a see-through (not clear) barrel, and if it fits the pen you use, you can usually see the ink level. On some pens (such as the Targa and Agio I have) you can't see the ink level when it is full or close to full. The section body extends past the feed post and shrouds it from view, but at least you can see that the cart or converter is more than half or 3/4 full (depending on which pen and device), but that isn't anything the converter can fix. Once the level gets low you can see how much is left.

Edited by mrcharlie, 12 March 2013 - 08:06.


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:14

I was just having a conversation with someone in the Virtual Pen Posse chat room and they remarked that the "standard" piston converter doesn't fit in the "classic" NoNonsenses. Anyone have any experience with that that can tell me for sure?

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:19

I was just having a conversation with someone in the Virtual Pen Posse chat room and they remarked that the "standard" piston converter doesn't fit in the "classic" NoNonsenses. Anyone have any experience with that that can tell me for sure?


Very likely. And the button converter is also questionable. The squeeze converter is likely to fit.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 02:20

Thanks for all of the information, boys. I'll be buying some of Teri's convertors soon.
I ride a recumbent, I play go, I use Macintosh so of course I use a fountain pen.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:41

I was just having a conversation with someone in the Virtual Pen Posse chat room and they remarked that the "standard" piston converter doesn't fit in the "classic" NoNonsenses. Anyone have any experience with that that can tell me for sure?

By "classic" you mean the regular old simple ones? I have a solid color NN in some sort of yellow/orangy color, Fine nib, original "boat keel" shaped feed. The current piston converter fits in it; I just tested it today.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:49

By "classic" you mean the regular old simple ones? I have a solid color NN in some sort of yellow/orangy color, Fine nib, original "boat keel" shaped feed. The current piston converter fits in it; I just tested it today.

Yeah, the ones from '69-'02 or so. That's the one you mean, yes?

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:18

What, no eentsy convertors for the TRZ / Fashion? (both of mine have the little Monteverde mini-convertor in them)
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:08

What, no eentsy convertors for the TRZ / Fashion? (both of mine have the little Monteverde mini-convertor in them)


Number 5 on Teri's photo, the Slim Targa converter, is the correct converter for those two pens. It's been out of production for years and is very hard to find.

Edited to correct the converter number from 6 to 5. :gaah: That's what I get for staying up so late and posting at 1 AM.

Edited by sexauerw, 15 March 2013 - 04:58.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:31

Number 6 on Teri's photo, the Slim Targa converter, is the correct converter for those two pens. It's been out of production for years and is very hard to find.

Bill, I'll take your word for it, but those pens are so very, very slender I thought for certain they must have had their own version. Live and learn.
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