So I was searching over the classifieds on an online site looking for vintage Sheaffer pens, when up pops a listing for a Sheaffer Imperial II TD that was on sale for less than $10 USD. According to the publication the pen was functional, so I decided to meet the vendor and check over the pen.
The vendor arrived with a bunch of pen stuff for sale, including a Sheaffer Targa, a Sheaffer pen box, some Parker ballpoints, and pencils. So after looking over the Imperial and deciding on its purchase, I went over the Targa. A Matte Black early edition pen that had been on my wish list for quite sometime. He was selling it for around $4USD -too good to be real, right? But just before I was handed the pen, the guy confessed that it didn't have a nib. At this point, I thought the pen didn't have a section, since the nib is not exactly removable. Well, horror of horrors, turns out the guy did indeed tore off almost the entire nib to sell it as gold!
I don't know about you out there, but it really got me to see a pen in such a sad state of abuse. It was dirty, neglected, and seeing the section with just a tiny bit of nib remaining, made me quite sad. So even if the pen was just junk, I decided to take it home and give it a proper burial!
So I got home and decided to work on the pen. After many, many hours of rinsing, cleaning, polishing and repairing (the top black ring above the clip came out loose), I managed to get it up to its former glory. Another Targa momentarily donated its nib for the pen, and right now is inked and writing beautifully!
I still have to resac its converter, and find an orphan nib for it, but am glad I got it back home with me.