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Old Epenco Lever Filler - Ink Sac Size?

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#1 boybacon

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:21

Hello for the THIRD time, o mighty experts on fountain pens  :)

 

Today, in my newbie buying frenzy, I spent $8.00 on this Epenco lever filler.  It's DEFINITELY a gold plated nib  :lol:

 

The ink sac came out in 1 piece (well, two if you include the "collar" attached to the nib/feed section).  The clip has "EPENCO" on it (along with some corrosion), and the band on the cap is faceted (kind of cool! Also a little corrosion). Lever is gold plated, also with a little corrosion.  I really like the color and condition of the celluloid body, which is why I purchased it.  The nib is losing some of it's gold plating and is stamped "EPENCO" over "NEW YORK" over "US PATS" over "2054306" and "25054307" over "MADE IN USA"


I have only two questions for this one.

 

Question #1:  Any idea how to remove the "collar" of the old in sac shellaced into place on the nib/feed section?

Question #2:  What's the best way to determine the sac size for this one?  The old sack is as hard as a rock, and I'd like to keep this pen as a writer.  

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#2 kirchh

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:51

 
Question #1:  Any idea how to remove the "collar" of the old in sac shellaced into place on the nib/feed section?
Question #2:  What's the best way to determine the sac size for this one?  The old sack is as hard as a rock, and I'd like to keep this pen as a writer.  


1 - A little heat and some scraping.

2 - Test different sizes until you find one that fits.

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#3 boybacon

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:56

Thanks, Daniel.  Is it worth restoring to a writeable condition, do you think?  I'm new to fountain pens, and really new to old fountain pens.



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 02:29

This pen ended up taking a #20 ink sack.  I used a little Flitz polish on the barrel and cap, and it really brought out the depth of the plastic/celluloid.  It's a very pretty brown with just a hint of orange.  It writes with a fine line, and not much variation.  It's a little scratchy which I half expected for what I paid.  I'll post some photos and a review when I get a chance.  Maybe tomorrow I'll have some free time.  







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