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“It Doesn’T Write... Can You Fix This?”

sheaffer completely blocked pen

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#1 TheDutchGuy


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 15:35

My son discovered a long-lost steel-nibbed Sheaffer in the bottom drawer while cleaning up his room. He popped in a new cartridge but it didnt write. Hey dad, can you fix this? Wellll.... it was tough. The feed was completely, utterly blocked and the nib refused to be removed from its collar. I used my ink syringe to inject lukewarm soapy water. Lots of ink appeared. Still blocked. So I soaked the section in a mild detergent solution for three days, using the syringe three times a day. Still blocked. Sometimes you just have to persist and finally the pen surrendered. The feed opened up. Popped in a cartridge and boom, off to the races.

(Apologies for poor pic.)

I dont know what model of Sheaffer this is, but it writes very well indeed. The steel nib is very smooth and quite pleasant. The slippery steel section isnt my thing though. But as a writer, the pen is far better than I had expected. My son is always scribbling and writing, using his trusty Kaweco Sport, so this will be his second fountain pen. Im sure it will provide long years of good service.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 17:48

Congratulations to your son on a lucky find, and to you for getting the pen up and running after what was clearly years of neglect.  Afraid I can't ID the model for you, I'm not as well versed in Sheaffer models, particularly with more modern ones, but I'm sure someone will be able to chime in who is more knowledgeable than me.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 18:36

I have no idea of the model of that, but your son sure is one lucky guy!  That's a beauty of a pen. :-)



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Posted 19 July 2019 - 19:01

Patience and persistence are two of the best tools of a vintage pen restorer. B) I'm glad to see that you got it up and running. And your son seems up to a career as the next generation pen addict. Welcome in our inky world.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 19:20

Looks like a Shaeffer 100, doesn't it?


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 19:24

Looks like a Shaeffer 100, doesn't it?

Indeed it is! Thanks!

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 04:09


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 04:34

good on you!  

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