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Eversharp Fifth Avenue Ink Capacity
Posted 21 April 2017 - 17:18
The Fifth Avenue has a reputation for a really bad ink capacity, but I'm honestly a little unsure as to why that is. Whenever I restore a Fifth Avenue, I'm always able to put a size 16 sac, of the same length as a standard Skyline's, in there along with a full size breather tube. There is clearly enough space to fit the regular amount of ink in there, so what design flaw is causing this reputation for terrible capacity?
Posted 22 April 2017 - 02:34
I have three different sized 5th Avenues: Stowaway, Ladies, and Standard. The don't have any problems with ink capacity. They're nice writing pens.
Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:09
They're fantastic writers! Which is why I was a little surprised that there was so much commentary about its bad ink supply. Seems like that might be a bit of a myth, then.
Posted 15 August 2017 - 03:52
I've replaced ink sacs in the large "men's" size Fifth Avenue and 64. I was surprised reading in Lambrou's F.P's of the World", Richard Binder's site, Pen Hero's and others, all parroting the same contention. "Small ink capacity."
I am using silicone sac these days. Usually, almost always, the sac's length must be adjusted to fit a pens barrel length.
Sheaffer Snorkels take size 14 silicone, TM Touchdown, a 15. Full size TD will take a shortened 17. I was astounded when when the largest silicone sac available, a 18.5, slipped full length into the 5th Ave and 64 barrels. No trimmingwas necessary! The necked end intact give a firmer grip in the nipple and plenty there is plenty of length for a full lenth breather. In fact, if you want a longer breather tube than can be scavenged from an old Eversharp pen, you can cut "Teflon"
tubing to any length desired. You have to taper the Teflon tube end a bit for a perfect fit and "Teflon is never brittle like the hard rubber tubes are. My pens are very smooth writers, both are of the later improved nib section redesign. I've never tried any with the original nib section. I've been avoiding them because those "experts" have given me warning!
'I suspect the the 5th Ave / 64 reputation was sealed with that first design. As improved as they were later, it was too late to rescue them from those first impressions. "Facts" are so often repeated and passed from one authority to the next without further review or challenge. Why question so "expert" an authority or so often repeated a fact? If they aren't true, why are they so often repeated? It's simply because, it's easier to quote an authority than to be an authority!