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How can I bring the clip closer to the cap?


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#1 GirchyGirchy

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 18:24

Hi,

Recently I purchased a mini-collection of Esterbrooks. While the clips all seem to be tight, on a few the bottom of the clip is not anywhere near tight against the cap. So there's nothing to keep tension on when it's in a pocket.

Is there a safe and easy way to get that to bend, or should I attempt disassembly? Some of them need new sacs anyway, so I might need to do an Estie repair day.

Any tips would be appreciated!

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 04:07

Here is what I do:



Lift up the clip slightly with a key or a piece of wood (better).
Make sure that you put the key (or whatever support you use) so that the
kink in the clip lines up with the outer edge of the key. In other words try to make sure
that it bends back exactly where it was bend before.

Press down a bit.

If you pressed too much...

Turn around and press down

Presto!...

Edited by antoniosz, 23 June 2007 - 17:34.


#3 Rabbit

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 04:59

Excellent! I need to try that. One of my favorite LJ pens has a clip that I wish were a tighter, and I probably have a few more like that too. It's nice when I'm putting it in a thick pen pouch, but if I put it in my shirt pocket, I worry that it might fall out of my pocket.

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#4 Taki

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 11:13

Thanks Antonios for the instruction with photos, I was able to fix my dollar pen's clip!! Also thanks to GirchyGirchy for bringing this subject up.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 02:54

Many thanks antoniosz, I tried this last night with my grey Esterbrook SJ, and it worked great!

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 17:32

I am glad it worked for all of you.
Credit needs to be given to Andreas Lambrou who has shown this trick with Parker 45s on PT couple of years ago.
I tried it on Esterbrooks and it worked great!...

Also because couple of people asked my back channel I made a note of the article regarding where exactly where to put the key or
whatever support you use.

#7 dwwst12

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:18

That's a great visual display, thanks!

What about a pen where there's no actual kink or bend in the metal, but it's just "sprung," and it doesn't press tightly against the cap? Is there an easy fix for that?

Edited by dwwst12, 02 July 2007 - 02:19.


#8 antoniosz

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 23:55

You can push lighter but in multiple places or you can place a screwdriver very close to the edge.

#9 Brian Anderson

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 23:14

Very nice pictorial Antonios!

Thanks!
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 18:51

I just now found this article but I had the same problem with my Montgrappa Reminiscence. I didn't like to fix it myself as the material is made of silver so I took it to a Jewelry store today where a goldsmith fixed it for free.

My initial thought was to heat the clip and then to use pressure imposed by rubber bands. Would this have worked too?

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 06:52

Excellent thread! This thread will come in handy should I ever spring a cip on one of my fp's.
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#12 Brian_Cooney

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 03:19

I just now found this article but I had the same problem with my Montgrappa Reminiscence. I didn't like to fix it myself as the material is made of silver so I took it to a Jewelry store today where a goldsmith fixed it for free.

My initial thought was to heat the clip and then to use pressure imposed by rubber bands. Would this have worked too?



I would think that enough heat to make the metal actually act any differently might not be so good for the plastics.
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#13 gillyohan

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 00:00

Just got an Estie SJ in the mail today and used this technique to fix the clip. Simple, yet effective. Now to find a way to align the tines.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 17:22

Brilliant! I just repaired my cross century ballpoint, thanks so much for this info!

Edited by Jwolf24601, 24 June 2010 - 17:22.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 23:50

Thanks for the fantastic help. I am just starting to attempt my first Esterbrook repairs/restorations and I thought I wouldn't be able to do anything with the clip. Instead, this is what I was able to do, and quite easily at that. Again, thanks!

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 02:56

Thank you so very much for this how-to guide. It worked beautifully on my silver/gray Esterbrook LJ.

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 14:31

This was great! I fixed the clip on an old red Estie J I am repairing! Worked beautifully!



#18 corgicoupe

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 02:35

I had one that was loose, but had no obvious bed. I used a cylindrical Piece rather than a flat key and moved it along the length of the clip to get it snug to the cap.

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 01:36

Here is what I do:


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Lift up the clip slightly with a key or a piece of wood (better).
Make sure that you put the key (or whatever support you use) so that the
kink in the clip lines up with the outer edge of the key. In other words try to make sure
that it bends back exactly where it was bend before.
DSCN3819.jpg
Press down a bit.
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If you pressed too much...
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Turn around and press down
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Presto!...
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Thanks for the tip, it fixed two of my esterbrook's clips that were way too loose.



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Posted 27 January 2016 - 03:05

Thanks for the suggestions on this thread.  I just fixed the clip on one of my Parker vacs. I used a letter opener instead of a key and placed a thin piece of paper under the clip against the pen to prevent any chance of scratching the pen body.  Worked great!!!!








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