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#1 Addertooth

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 16:21

I recently purchased a pair of Sheaffer pens.  They are Balance models which are lever filll.  Both are white dot, one with a lifetime nib, the other with a feather nib.

Is the Section a friction fit with the body on these models, or do they screw in like the Triumph nib versions of the pens?

 

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#2 Yarchak1013

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 22:13

I recently purchased a pair of Sheaffer pens.  They are Balance models which are lever filll.  Both are white dot, one with a lifetime nib, the other with a feather nib.
Is the Section a friction fit with the body on these models, or do they screw in like the Triumph nib versions of the pens?
 
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Nice find! I too have acquired a Balance 875 which am in the process of getting it back to it’s former glory. I have learned on the forum from a very nice member that the section is removable. It is most likely a tight friction fit / shellacked together for durability, which would need to dissolved to loosen the shellack and very carefully remove the section with section removal pliers. I consider myself a newbie so I am not sure for other models. However, I have seen some online where Balance Fountain Pens have the “piston filler” or the top part that is threaded. I am not exactly the correct terminology for that particular filling system. I hope this helps! Good luck and enjoy your pen restoration!

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 02:24

Friction fit for the lever fillers.  I haven't seen one with shellac or sealant holding the section in place in 50+ resacs.  Gentle heat when removing and replacing the section is a really good idea but not too much heat lest that lovely Balance become a sparkler.  I hold the pen with both hands, using fingers both to gauge heat and shield parts of the pen I don't want to heat.  Between my fingers is the part of the barrel I want warmer.  Most Balance pens I worked on came apart with fingers.  Use caution with the section pliers so you don't overdo it and crack the barrel.  I think Ron Zorn is the pro who advocates hearing with the fingers.  The pen will communicate with you as you work the pieces apart.

 

As you might guess, I really like the Balance series.  Few things in pendom are prettier than a carmine striated Balance with good color.  Enjoy your pens.


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#4 Addertooth

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 02:39

They came apart without too much fuss.  I ended up going with #16 sacs on them due to their small barrel size.  The Lifetime white dot model has a stiff nib which would poke a hole in a diamond.  The feather nib has a very slight amount of flex, perhaps about 4X the narrow line with reasonable pressure. 







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