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Wahl Metal Covered Section

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#1 KateW


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 14:47

Hi all,

I've recently gotten a handful of Wahl all metal ring tops. Some with the metal covered sections have a little erosion of the metal right at the edge of the section. Is there anything I can do, short of never using them, to prevent or delay further corrosion? I am currently using Waterman ink; would another type be safer? I would appreciate any suggestions!

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 16:37

Without seeing the section it's hard to say. With the metal Wahl pens I have, I use a buffing mitt made for silver. And, Waterman ink is very safe.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 19:48

Waterman inks are safe in terms of clogging risk, but they're also very acidic.  Possibly, neutral-pH inks by, for example, Diamine would be better in this case.

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#4 Tom Heath

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 18:30

Many of these pens are 80 + years old.


Ink has been know to be the main culprit causing the corrosive damage you are experiencing


Probably the PH get things going....  Repair to the section  is possible but I would say rather costly.


It happens  even in the  very valuable pens.  If it is in-slightly  I might suggest using a Black Hard rubber section until a replacement  comes along..



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 01:48

These gold filled section as wit gold filled anythingvhace a layer of gold foil laminated to substrate metal. The substrate is a form of Potmetal which is not immune to corrosion. The gold goes not completely wrap the meadingvedge of the section. If the underlying metal begins to corrode (from a number of different environmental causes besides ink, it will undermine the gold foil laminate and the combination of these events causes the deterioration. Solution? Replace the section with one that after 90 years shows no sign of corrosion. IOW a donor Pen must be found.
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