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TWSBI FRANKENPEN Flex Hi all I've been in search of a twsbi with a flex nib and with some work I was able to tinker with a TWSBI Eco and an FPR Ultraflex to create a flexy TWSBI Eco and I wanted to share what I did and how it turned out. I have heard of Fountain pen revolution and recently I have had the pleasure of purchasing a few of their pens. Great pens and seamless experience. One of the pens that I purchased from FPR was the Indus pen. Comparing the feeds of the TWSBI Eco and the Indus, the feeds looked to be the same size. 1. The first thing I tried was straight swapping the nib/feed from the Indus pen into the TWSBI Eco. This wasn't successful because the feed while of a similar size was not exactly the same and didn't seat well into the Eco. 2. My next attempt was to take the feed from the Eco and put the FPR nib on it. At first glance there was a gap between the nib and the feed. When searching through fpn history I found that there were two possible solutions. Either to bend the nib to meet the feed or to somehow bend the feed to meet the nib. The recommendation was to whenever possible bend the feed. Bending the nib may result in tines too close together. 3. The solution is not recommended and not for the faint of heart but did work YMMV. Its common knowledge that you can heat set an ebonite feed, however the TWSBI feed is plastic. Per suggestions I boiled a cup of water and held part of the feed under water for 10 seconds. Then I slowly and little by little pressed the feed against a solid counter to force the feed to bend upwards (repeat as necessary, better safe than sorry). 4. At this point I put the FPR Nib + TWSBI feed and section together and ended up with a pen that wrote. Another problem arose while I fiddled with the nib. It was super loose ( no effort to remove the nib ). Back to FPN I went for suggestions. I found a few solutions, either to use shellac to create a wedging effect or to bend the nib at the base (furthest part of the nib away from the writing tip) by flattening it a bit. Also risky and not recommended for the faint of heart. Little by little I got the feed nib and section to play well together. I've attached some shots of the writing (first image I was running low on ink which caused the railroading)
I have been checking eBay for a pencil in order to complete a Sheaffer Targa set. While searching for Targa's today, I found a listing with title 'Vintage "Sheaffer Targa" Mechanical Pencil-Blue/Green Marbled- Made in USA 1980s', http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sheaffer-Targa-Mechanical-Pencil-Blue-Green-Marbled-Made-in-USA-1980s-/141319998470?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20e7540c06. I started admiring Sheaffer Targa ballpoint pens, pencils, rollerball pens, and fountain pens (I like having sets) during the 1980's. Since I had examined Sheaffer Targa's during many visits to pen stores as well as viewed Sheaffer Targa's in catalogs produced by many pen stores (great pictures!), I became very familiar with Sheaffer Targa's during my years in college and graduate school when I could not afford to buy them. Since pen catalogs include several series by pen makers, I became familiar with other Sheaffer series as well; Sheaffer Targa pens/pencils and Sheaffer Connaisseur pens are those I know by sight/characteristics and by name. During all the years of admiring Sheaffer pens/pencils, especially Targa's and Connaisseur's, I have never seen a mismatched (blue top and green striped bottom) Sheaffer pen or pencil like this one. In addition, based on the various Targa pencils that I own and those which I have examined in the past, I have never seen a Sheaffer Targa pencil with innards (plastic overlay for bottom section of pencil rather than full metal section topped with eraser) as displayed in the seventh picture in this listing; the inside of the top cap does not match top sections for Targa's that I own or those I have examined as well. While I have no intention of purchasing this pencil, I am curious if it is, indeed, mismatched as well as to what series this pencil belongs; unless there are other Sheaffer Targa's which I have never seen in person or in printed catalogs, this pencil is not a Targa as the top and pen clip are not those of a Targa. Since I am not a Sheaffer expert, I thought that I would ask the FPN membership about this pencil. Is this pencil mismatched? To what series does this pencil (and/or its top and bottom) belong? Thanks! : )
Hello everyone, I was told to move my mod over here to discuss it. It is a Noodler's Konrad with a Hunt 56 nib in it. I had to heat set the feed for it and I may have accidentally heat up the grip section during the feed setting but I did squeeze that as well just in case. I say that the grip section may have been set as well because after the mod it appears not to be able to close in the cap as smoothly. That being said, I am very pleased with my work and I tried a few nibs but this one worked the best for this configuration.It flows well and you can see one railroad but I was going pretty fast and trying to go to bed. So these aren't the best pictures but if you guys are interested I can post more detailed photos later or a video to Youtube if anyone really cares. I just don't want to put a lot of effort in if you guys don't care about modding your Konrads. I haven't had any starting issues with the pen and it does not railroad under normal writing conditions. The ink is Noodler's X-Feather and the paper is G. LALO.