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Cracked Section On Oversized Balance


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#1 bunnspecial

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 22:34

I seem to be having terrible luck lately with section damage.

 

I have a 1930s lever filler Oversized Balance in red veined gray. it's a family piece, and the barrel/cap are perfect. I had Ron Zorn restore it ~6 years ago, and have carefully and sporadically used it over the years-always with "gentle" inks like Waterman Blue.

 

In any case, I inked it the other day and found ink on my fingers every time I picked it up to write with it. I spent a lot of time looking it over, wiping it down and cleaning it, and so forth, and finally noticed a crack in the section. It extends from the nib end of the section and probably about 1/4" up.

 

In reading some old discussions here, there's some talk of plastic welding sections together with solvent, but ultimately suggestions that they should be replaced.

 

How feasible is this? I'm guessing that sections need to come from parts pens, and I'm guessing there may not be a huge surplus of oversized sections.

 

Am I best just to leave this one be and retire it completely, or is is there a reasonably possibility of having it repaired? I care enough about this pen that I'm certainly open to paying whatever it takes-within reason-to fix it properly.

 

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?



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#2 Ron Z

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 00:05

Here's the thing.  Because the nib is a wedge, there is a great deal of outward pressure on the section.  Remember, you can split a log with a wedge.  Even if you solvent weld the section, the stress of the wedge as the nib is pressed into position is likely to break it again.  It has  to be tight to keep the nib and feed from shifting.  Black hard rubber rarely cracks, black plastic, maybe. The clear, or formerly clear celluloid one can fail.  Oddly enough the  black ones  can be repaired by inserting a bushing of hard rubber all the way back including replacing the sac nipple.  This distributes the stress, but you need a lathe to do it, and it's rarely worth the cost VS buying a replacement.  Clear celluloid, just replace it.  I've had NOS clear sections crack when I try to put a nib and feed in the pen.


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#3 bunnspecial

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 00:46

Ron,

Thanks for your response.

 

I sent you an email on this a day or two ago and I'll do any formal inquiries through email, but do you have spare sections to replace it now? I'd be willing to go down the bushing route also, especially if it would be a "permanent" repair. It is a black section.



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 02:47

http://fivestarpens....-pen-parts.html  If you don't see it, ask!



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 13:03

http://fivestarpens....-pen-parts.html  If you don't see it, ask!

I see one, thank you!

 

I need to peruse there a bit more. I have a vac-fill Balance also that writes really nicely and has a 14K lifetime nib, but I've not used it much since I don't have a cap for it! I should pull it out and see if they have a cap that will fit.








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