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Help Needed - Mabie Todd Pen

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#1 Aus_FP_Enthusiast


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Posted 26 November 2016 - 14:48

Hi all


Today I was given a 1935 Mabie Todd Jackdaw fountain pen. It has a 14ct gold nib and is in quite nice condition overall, but the ink sac is perished. 


Would anyone happen to know the sac size for my pen? I've had a look around but can't seem to find anywhere that has the correct sac size... by looking at it, maybe a 15 or 16?


Also, if anyone might have any more information on the pen and would be willing to share I'd be most grateful; so far, I have found that it was mostly used as a school pen.



Thanks very much



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Posted 26 November 2016 - 15:04

The diameter of the nipple holding the sac is measured in 64ths of an inch. For example if the diameter is 18/64ths, then you will need a #18. http://www.pendemonium.com has spares for fountain pens and explains this procedure.

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 15:20

I should think a 16 would be OK - as the previous poster has pointed out the difference between each size step is only 1.64".


Many Jackdaws had pleasant and quite flexible nibs; of course as with all old pens this is a bit of a lottery and also depends upon how hard a life the pen had - especially if it was a schoolboy's pen.


Otherwise a straightforward Celluloid J-bar lever filler which although quite basic, is a Mabie Todd product and there fore of good quality.



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