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Cracked Section


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#1 ImperialSheaffer



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 13:31


I have a brown molted Nova. 


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Unfortunately, few days ago while writing in the sun, my fingers got all brown with ink.

Would a cracked section leak ink or was it a pure coincidence?

With a close inspection, I discovered that the section is cracked.

The section is made in bakelite.

Anything that could be done to fix this?


Another way would be to change the section. Could i fit one from another make as I cannot see any one similar for sale?


Edited by ImperialSheaffer, 24 July 2017 - 13:35.

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#2 northlodge


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Posted 24 July 2017 - 16:13

The Nova is right down there at the foot of the table, below Platignum and suchlike, when it comes to the public attitude towards them.

It is really not worth listing one on ebay as it will unlike get a sufficient interest to cover the postage effort. This is why there were probably none listed when you looked.

They do however turn up quite frequently in cheap 'job lots' so a replacement section will almost certainly surface if you wait a little, and will almost certainly be cheap. Thus not really worth the effort of repairing the crack.

Edited by northlodge, 24 July 2017 - 16:13.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 17:24

 Any repair is unlikely to hold.  A nib is a wedge, and a small wedge can split a big log....   Which is to say that the pressure that caused the section to crack in the first place will likely cause it to crack again. Guaranteed with adhesive, very likely if solvent welded.  I've tried solvent welding some  Wearevers, and they just crack again.


New sections can be turned if needed, but it may not be worth the expense.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 23:36

I am not familiar with the Nova so accepting Northlodge's information on the value of the pen, why not try repairing it while waiting to pick up a part? I am presuming it is not a personally valuable pen, and it is for your own use.


Best options espoused here on FPN are Loctite 480 or a slow-cure epoxy. Not lasting forever does not mean it will fail next week, and I am bearing in mind the apparent value of the pen. If the crack is very fine then Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure will seal it effectively though with far lesser strength than an epoxy or a CA.


If you do look to a [temporary-ish] repair then I consider care and time in clamping to be vital.


I also found this which may be interesting, but have not investigated further.


Good luck. :)

Edited by praxim, 24 July 2017 - 23:36.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 07:27

The section is made in bakelite.

Just for clarification, the section isn't bakelite, it's black hard rubber or, being Nova, some form of injection moulded plastic.


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