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Scheaffer Targa Pen Id And A Few Questions

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#21 JonSzanto

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 00:14

Great to learn about the nibs! Do you know are they difficult to replace?

 

You can't replace a Sheaffer inlaid nib, you can only purchase an entire nib section and swap that in. Which is totally easy, of course. The image below are steel nib units, but it is the same - they just screw into the barrel.

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 00:14

I think you are correct with an explanation.  The black metal pens have a brass body and are noticeably heavier than the chrome, stainless steel and other metal finishes. These have a metal sleeve over a plastic shell which you can see at the ends of the pen.  The lacquered finishes also use the plastic shell.  Some of which are quite rare and desirable, hence they usually sell for more.  This is the case for the classic size pens; the slim pens are different again.

The plastic shell was phased out in 1989. Lacquered pens made in 1989 and later have all-metal bodies. Most pre-1989 laquered pens did have plastic shells. (Some of the metal-finished pens were just thin overlays over plastic shells as well.) Models 1002 and 1003 were the only lacquered models that I know of that were all-metal construction from 1976 through 1998, the entire period of Targa production.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 00:21

The plastic shell was phased out in 1989. Lacquered pens made in 1989 and later have all-metal bodies. Most pre-1989 laquered pens did have plastic shells. (Some of the metal-finished pens were just thin overlays over plastic shells as well.) Models 1002 and 1003 were the only lacquered models that I know of that were all-metal construction from 1976 through 1998, the entire period of Targa production.

 

Hehe, I wondered when we'd hear from you, Bill! Hope you are well - every single time I get a Targa, I think of you, and how much I've learned over the years from your collection. Just snagged a mint 1005 a couple weeks ago for $20.00!


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 00:37

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You didn't snag it, you stole it!     :D


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 00:47

Must thank everyone for all the info on my new pen. I feel like I understand this particular pen in a new way now and although it was never my intent to start a min-controversy...the outcome was most enlightening!

Have to say...aftering using the pen for the last few days I really do enjoy the way it writes and in my scope of things FP, I think I got a bargain.


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