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#1 von Fraker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 00:50

Hello all,
I have this Pilot lever filler I am curious about. Can someone tell me the model and approximate age of this pen? The nib is badly bent. I had a nibmeister look at it in Atlanta and he recommend a replacement and felt it was beyond repair. Does anyone have a source for a replacement nib. Even bent, this one is very flexy.

Thank you in advance.

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#2 Seiryuu

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 00:56

Could you post a photo?

Could be anywhere from 30s (maybe 20s?)-50s off the description you've provided



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:48

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#5 von Fraker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:54

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#6 Bounce792

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:13

You can attempt to contact Pilot USA.  They'll probably contact Pilot Japan to see what they say.  Worst case scenario - they can't do anything.  Best case, they will have a miracle replacement.


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#7 Seiryuu

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:01

Man that nib looks pretty beat up :(. Seems to be a wartime nib (shiro nib, no JIS mark means pre-53)/body/cap. Can you take a pic of the feed – it's probably flat?



#8 von Fraker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:57

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#9 von Fraker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:58

Here is the barrel imprint.

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#10 Seiryuu

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 16:57

Looks like a solid wartime pen. I don't remember when they switched from the N imprint to the P imprint on the pens, but that should be early 50s (pre-53, which is when the 53R came out).


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#11 von Fraker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 17:53

Any idea where I may be able to find a replacement nib?

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 00:34

Have you contacted some of the "big name" pen repairers like Mike Masuyama or the folks at Indy Pen Dance?  They've done some bang up work on what others declared unsalvageable.  Prices are pretty reasonable - just a long wait time.

 

With a pen like this, with no known model name or number, it's going to be very hard to find an exact replacement since these were considered basic pens.  It broke, you bought a new one.  Sort of like trying to fix a broken Bic today.


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#13 Seiryuu

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:04

Any idea where I may be able to find a replacement nib?

I see them for sale about once in a while on yahoo auctions.

These pens come up for sale much more often than just the nibs, however. Additionally, these nibs don't feel all that nice to me :(


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#14 peerless1

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 23:55

You likely may need to obtain another prewar Pilot for a nib. Few people outside of Japan (a few do!) have appropriate nibs either of steel or gold. I'd go for a gold one. One of the few resources available to foreigners is Eurobox. I'm sure he has spare nibs. Not sure if he will sell them. Even so, every nib does not fit every pen. It is hit and miss.

 

Let me know if you are willing to go for a steel nib. Might have one that fits.


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#15 von Fraker

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:53

I see them for sale about once in a while on yahoo auctions. :(


I am not familiar with Yahoo auctions. Is there a specific link?

Thank you

Rob

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:57

[quote name="peerless1" post="4196720"
 
Let me know if you are willing to go for a steel nib. Might have one that fits.[/quote]

Steel is fine with me, I would prefer one like that is in it or at least a Pilot one from the same design / period.

Thank you,

Rob

#17 Seiryuu

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:01

I am not familiar with Yahoo auctions. Is there a specific link?

Thank you

Rob

https://auctions.yah...084064336&n=100 is what I use for Pilot pens.



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Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:07

I recently bought the same model pen with a very similar nib from keisan2016 on ebay: https://www.ebay.com...=p2047675.l2563

 

I have purchased two vintage Japanese pens from this seller and they were both excellent. He/she might be able to help you.



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Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:15

Here is a nice looking specimen. keisan2016 appears to have several.

 

https://www.ebay.com...ucAAOSwMpFcUjIj



#20 peerless1

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 12:52

I have about ten vintage Pilot nibs in my spares box.

 

Included is one almost exactly like yours except, it has MADE IN JAPAN between the PILOT and <3>..

Probably fits.


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