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  1. I have two Platinum Cool pens, which I understand are just the demo versions of the Balance. Ever since I got them one has had no problems (with Asa Gao), the other would not start, unless I used the nib upside down first, for a few words. I got fed up again, and cleaned it with a drop of soap, for the fifth or sixth time; but this time I replaced Vert Empire with Chiku Rin... And lo, no starting problems! Luckily I (think I) managed to recover a Waterman Laureat for Vert Empire. At this point I have stopped trying to understand the physics of it all and I'm just glad something worked. The ink
  2. KendallJ

    Sheaffer Balance Ii Cobalt

    Posted in the classifieds. I thought this group might find it interesting. I don't see many of these around any more.
  3. fitz123

    Vintage Sheaffer Balance

    I am looking a purchasing a vintage Sheaffer Balance, grey pearl striated lever fill with a fine nib off the internet. It is not ebay but another pen retailer. I have never bought a vintage pen before and would like to know if $30 is too much to pay for this. The description says the nib says " forever -6 14k fine" It does need a new sac and I know of somewhere where I can get this done. Does this seem like a good deal?
  4. Some might say that anyone with more than ten fountain pens is a collector. If this is true then I might be that. I buy to use rather than to file away in a case or drawer, but in truth I only have ten or so inked at any one time. I've tried to do a purge and find that all I can manage is to offload what I have decided I will never repair or what I truly despise. On the other hand, having so many has been very useful in being able to narrow down what it is I really like and wondered if it is the same for others in the same boat as me. So, I thought I might outline what I like and enjoy through
  5. missuslovett

    Any Help For A Sheaffer Ignoramus..?

    I have what I think is a Canadian Sheaffer Balance. It has a firm 5-30 medium 14k nib and some hard to read bibble about Toronto on the side. I think it's a Balance but should it have a white dot (it doesn't)? What is the significance of the white dot? Why is the sky blue..?? Even though I'm a flex slut and this is firm, it's a lovely pen to hold. Comfortable and well named (if indeed it is so...). Where might I look for flex nibs in Sheaffers? The combination seems drool-worthy. I'm very much a Sheaffer newbie and will happily snaffle any information you can spare.Sorry about the rubbis
  6. Fountain pens are quite new to me and I still only have one pen, a Lamy AL-star with a fine nib. I like the pen, but I think it writes a bit too broad. I have been looking around quite a bit lately for a pen with a nice fine nib and have now come down to the following pens: Pilot PreraPlatinum Cool/BalanceSailor Procolor 500Sailor 1911 YoungThe problem I have is that these pens are not for sale in Sweden, hence I can't try them. The Prera seems like a really nice writer and is also the cheapest, but I'm a bit worried it is a bit too small (I hate posting pens). I'm worried that the nib of Co
  7. Hello all. I have limited knowledge about Sheaffer pens, but after a lovely lunch yesterday I found one in a consignment store I thought was worth picking up. It was quite dirty and the sac was obviously toast, but it was the nicest pen I had seen in the wild for a long time so I decided to pick it up. Here are some pictures after a gentle cleaning... It has no white dot above the clip, so it is not a lifetime model. It has the short clip with a hump and full ball, so that should put it in the 1932-34 range and the color was definitely available during that entire time. Then pen measur
  8. Hello, Everyone! Some 35 years ago, my great grandfather gave me a fountain pen out of his "junk drawer". I took it home, found some ink somewhere and actually wrote/drew with it. Then, at some point (because my dad told me I should) attempted to clean it with nail polish remover. It softened the celluloid and made it "sticky". It ended up lost or in the garbage. Anyway, My GG was born in 1900, and the pen was a black and green striated celluloid with a gold nib (that much I can remember). Doing a bit of digging around the eBay, i've seen that Sheaffer pens come in that same sort of
  9. Okay, I'm at a loss and my newbie inexperience with Sheaffer pens is showing! I need help from all of you, please. My sleuthing has not gotten me very far so I'm turning to the experts here to determine if my free, 'thank you' pen is correct or a couple of parts cobbled together. Bought a great little Waterman Vest pen off the bay and when it arrived, there was a BONUS pen added as a thank you. How cool is that! Here is where it gets interesting...she thought, and I am almost agreeing, that the pen looks married. Either that or the barrel is ambered or stained. I've not done anythin
  10. Does anyone know of a simple and reliable way to increase the forward weight of a Hero 616 Jumbo? Specifically I find the pen a little back heavy when it is posted - it's a light pen already. The balance doesn't feel quite right unposted either. Many thanks.
  11. One of my Ebay wins. Sheaffer Balance, Carmine Red. somewhere around 1939 to the end of the Balance line. After soaking the cap today there was what I assume to be some extremely stubborn ink on the gold cap band. After polishing a bit to get this ink off I noticed a very faint version of what you see highlighted in the picture but it was on the other side of the cap. Is what I noticed under where the ink was but is now gone some matching detail that I have removed that is now only left on one side or is this tarnish that just ended up making it appear that perhaps there was a design there?
  12. Good day to all. I've ran into a rather curious situation - I can not ink up my newly bought Diplomat Balance B pen. First of all, I do have some experience with fountain pens (I own 4 other pens actually). Now, I've got this Diplomat Balance B pen and I can not figure out how to put a cartridge or a converter inside of it, assuming it is a cartridge/converter pen (it actually comes with two Diplomat cartriges). If you google the images of this pen, then you can clearly see 2 parts of the pen which could be "logically" the points for unscrewing it, but neither will bughe, even when a sufficie
  13. sr1sws

    Bad Balance - What To Do?

    I recently obtained this poor Balance that's been fitted with a Mabie Todd SWAIN 14k nib. The barrel end looks like it had a close encounter with a heat source. Any suggestions on rehabilitating the pen? Should I just use it for parts/scrap celluloid? How about the nib? Any particular value there? Thanks for any input! Steve
  14. Obviously, I cannot be the first to have observed this, and as a relative noob, I pray you'll indulge my moment of "Ahhhhh." I recently acquired a Bexley Corona cartridge filler in Blueberry and Cream. The pattern and color reminded me of a pocket knife my grandfather owned. It is the second largest pen in my modest collection. Although I don't have extremely large hands, I find that larger pens with thick sections are more comfortable for my chunky fingers to grip and control. Alas and alack, most of the popular and readily available pens in that category are beyond my means. Finding the
  15. Hi everyone! I got lucky on ebay chasing a wahl-eversharp desk pen and I wound up with a lot that contained a sheaffer's phone dialer pen. At first, I thought it was some buggered and broken deskpen/franken pen, but after some research, I discovered it was a phone dialer! From what I have read, it says these were in production around the 1930's. However, the patent dates on mine say Aug.25.08, Dec 10.12-Jun.27-Oct.20 Nov.24.14. Were phone dialers even in production at this time? Were there even telephones in production at this time? This is probably the most obscure pen I've come across, a

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