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Ink Flow Problem In Sheaffer Targa

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#1 ink


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Posted 10 November 2015 - 19:26

I have a Targa with a 14k gold medium nib.  It has absolutely zero ink flow.  What's the deal with that?  Do I need to send it to someone to fix, and who would that person be?

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 19:36

Are you certain that the feed is not clogged? Sounds like a perfect candidate for a ride in the ultrasonic cleaner and, if that isn't available, repeated flushing with a bulb syringe. I've never had a flow problem with any Targas.

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 21:25

I think that Jon is right.  The feed channels in the Targa are quite narrow, and the collector completely enclosed by the section.  They can become quite clogged.  A couple of cycles through an ultrasonic and then a flush with a bulb can often bring it back to life, but sometimes the only fix is to disassemble the writing unit and clean everything in the ultrasonic.

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 21:47

And patience.  Don't expect instant solutions, it's likely the problem developed over years of neglect and so may take many days of effort to clean.

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:34

luckily Targas come apart easily, if it comes to that. Just be careful not to force the feed back in because the feed is up against the tines and pushing it in like a caveman can force the tines apart making for the opposite experience, a gushing pen.


Try without taking it apart first, if that doesn't work you might have to. 

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