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  1. Hello, I'm seeing if anyone has tackled this problem. As I was trying to wrestle a Sheaffer Triumph nib off a vac filler, the feed snapped. The nib and the rest of it is out, but there's a length of the feed still stuck in the collar. I've tried to soak it and twist it out (It'd be nice to preserve the collar for a spare, just in case) but it's not really budging. I do have a spare nib/feed/collar combo from a past botched vac fill project, and am hoping to at least get the collar out, so I can replace the Triumph nib unit and get this pen working. Am planning to drill into the feed, see if it holds, and then twist out the collar. If not, I will possibly just drill out the feed and then use a larger drill bit to then twist out the emptied collar. Thoughts?
  2. Hello! My name is TheDungeonChronicler, as I have recently been promoted to be the scribe for all DnD campaigns I am participating in, putting my prolific writing habits to good use. I am extremely embarrassed for this to be my first post here, but I think I have managed to break 2 "beginner" level fountain pens within a month of each other...the newest not even being a week old...I am very distressed by this and I want to know what my options are. So, background: I bought my first fountain pen about 2-3 years ago. A yellow Lamy Safari with a Medium sized nib. The Lamy came with a cartridge converter, and I bought a bottle of Lamy ink and some regular disposable Lamy cartridges of ink. I instantly fell in love with it and have used it almost constantly in this time period. About a month ago, I was (foolishly) walking with my Lamy uncapped, and me, being the absolute klutz I am, dropped the damned thing nib first on the laminate floor. I immediately checked the nib to make sure it was not damaged, and as far as I could tell, everything was fine. Yet as soon as I began writing, the ink flow was much drier, and skipped for almost no reason. I am not a problem solver, but I tried looking online to see what I could do to fix it. I rinsed both the nib and the converter out with hot water several times over the next few days, and refilled the converter with ink, and no matter how soon or how late after rinsing/drying the pen, it still was scratchy and dry. I had and still have no idea how to take apart the nib portion of my Lamy, and I have no idea what to look for to see if the feed is damaged or plugged. I live in a fairly large city in British Columbia, but I am minimum two hours away from the same store chain I bought the pen from initially. I don't have that kind of gas money for such a trivial thing overall, and I didn't/still don't know who to ship the pen to or even if I have a warranty to get my Lamy fixed. So I decided to bide my time for a couple months until I take a trip down to Vancouver to get my Lamy looked at and ask questions in person. Now, Part 2 of this epic tale of tragedy, stupidity and woe: I decided while I was waiting, I would get myself another fountain pen of similar quality to keep myself happy between now and my trip. I went to Staples, found a Cross Adventura Pen with a Medium nib, and bought it on the spot. I was disappointed there was no cartridge converter that came with it, but I figured if I got the pen and a disposable pack of Cross Cartidges, I would be okay. My first cartridge ran dry within 2 days of my usually amount of writing. Each package of disposable cartridges only had 6 pieces. I bought 2 more packages of the cartridges within a day to keep myself occupied until I found a solution to how fast I was using up expensive cartridges. Once again, I am not a problem solver. Despite knowing this, I became impatient and reckless. If breaking my Lamy was due to an accident and naïveté, then this was pure idiocy and un-tempered impatience. I tried refilling my disposable Cross cartridges with a fairly old Lamy Black bottled ink, and a completely unmodified dentist mouth-rinsing syringe. The tip of the syringe just fit into the hole of the Cross cartridge, so what could go wrong with leaving the syringe as it was? I am now literally black and blue from my efforts. Ink exploded everywhere as I tried refilling the disposable cartridges with Black Lamy bottled ink and Blue Lamy bottled ink. The 2 colours were in 2 separate cartridges, but I did not rinse out the Cross nib section at all between splattering myself with ink and putting the half-filled cartridges back in the pen to test. I also switched the 2 refilled disposable cartridges with a mostly-emptied original Cross cartridge. During my increasingly desperate attempts at making things more efficient with my Cross Adventura pen, I most likely pressed harder than I should have when the ink was coming out dry/sort of scratchy. When I look at the tines, however, they seem to be all right. The tines are an even distance apart, as I think should be the case, yes? So I gave up on my half-assed attempt at reusing the Cross disposable ink cartridges with my Lamy Bottled ink, and replaced all 3 of the cartridges I was testing with a new, unused one. I rinsed my Cross Adventura out with *cold* water this time (I had heard that hot water was bad for rinsing out fountain pens, so I thought that might have been a contributing factor to my broken Lamy) Now my Cross pen is writing very dry and skipping often, just like my Lamy Safari did at the start of this whole mess. So, yeah. I am basically back at square one, and in the process, I have basically ruined two perfectly good, easy to use fountain pens that I would have preferred to have lasted me at least a decade. TL;DR: Both my new Cross Adventura and my 3-year-old Lamy Safari have terribly scratchy and dry ink flow when they previously wrote very smooth and buttery for me. How they got to this condition differed greatly, and they may even have completely different problems, but I am unable to tell what the problem is, never mind fix either issue I am having with them. Is there any advice/solution you kind folk can offer me, as well as tips and tricks to not destroying perfectly good pens in the future? Thank you very much for you time and your help in the matter. I really appreciate it, and I hope I will someday be able to be helpful in the fountain pen community myself. All due respect, The DungeonChronicler.
  3. Osmodivs

    Broken Pump Pen

    After a month of using the Ackerman Pump Pen with Higgins Eternal ink, I decided to clean it inside out, since this pen did not come with instructions I didn't know I could separate that piece where you insert the nib and the feed (the feed looks so rustic, as it was carved with a bread knife), so I tried to clean it with a metal piece, bad idea, I made a bigger hole in that piece, so every time I put ink, the ink would just leak from the nib, even though it was just a millimiter of shaved plastic its just ruined, well, I disassemble the pen again to clean it and, I put the feed under cold water and as soon as I scrubbed the feed with my fingers, it just broke, now is useless, or isn't? It better not, it was $35USD and a three month waiting period for this pen to arrive just to die in the first month. That says a lot about quality in this pens...
  4. I have a Waterman Edson fountain pen with a broad nib. It is a beautiful pen. Unfortunately, I discovered that the nib "creeps", when the pen is held vertically. The leakage can be substantial if I ink the pen and hold it in a vertical position; ink would slowly gather at the tip of the nib, and even form a tiny droplet and fall from it. If I slightly tilt the pen to its normal writing position, this problem is alleviated. However, the nib would then become excessively wet when inked up freshly and used for normal writing. Also, I noted that when I use a converter to ink up the pen, as I turn the knob of the converter, the ink is not being drawn up as it is supposed to. Thus, I cannot fill the ink up to the converter's full capacity, but can only fill to less than one third of the converter's visible capacity. In addition, neither carriage nor the regular Waterman converter from my Carene would fit into this pen. They would not stay in position snugly, and would invariably fall off once pressure from hand is removed. After some research and thanks to the patient help from another FPN member in Canada, I think I may have pin-pointed the problem that the lance in the nib section is broken (it's not broken entirely, but is damaged laterally, either because of corrosion or force). In any event, it is currently not usable. Now there seem to be two solutions to this problem. The first is to find the right part and fix it myself or have some expert fix it. The second is to purchase a new nib section for replacement, and throw this one away (which seems a waste as the rest of the nib section seems alright). Any suggestions for either solutions, or alternative solutions that I have not thought of are greatly appreciated. I really would like to start using this pen instead of just putting it away to gather dust. Such a pity that right now I can only look at it lying on the table, not fulfilling its purpose as a true Edson.
  5. administr4tor

    Repairing My Badly Broken Lammy Safari

    hello friends, In effort of making Lamy more smooth and darker I broke my lamy pen beyond its limit and then I became sad and repaired it, check out images, basically I broke the feed of lamy safari completely so please look at images and post your suggetions/comments too.( I am using original lamy ink ) IMAGE 1 - broken Lamy. IMAGE 2 - Tools needed - flat surface is needed - Dont use magic glue it wont work for long, I tried that too. - blow some hot air so that moisture or any ink/water will go. - A small filer tool and sharp pointed thin blade / surgical blade will also be needed to remove the extra glue after joint get dried IMAGE 3 - Repairing Process - - take out every part and put them in hot water for 10 minutes or so. - clean out parts by taking out of water with brush so that the feed will get completely from any type of small particles which can cause choking. - take out of water and then clean with dry cloth and then put hot air and let them dry. - ready the glue and then put the glue with pointed tool like a pin or anything because using pointing pin wont put too much of glue. - join the parts and calibrate them on flat surface and see the calibration with eyepiece because you dont want a imbalanced fed which will never fit again inside. - let the joint dry under air for 3,4 hours depends on the glue , I prefer overnight , after 10-15 minutes you can put some hot air if you like. - then clean the lines of feed with pointed tool ( use injection syringe needle because it is hollow and pointed it took the extra glue in its hole) because at joints the glue is choking the drain and you have to clean the drain else pen wont work. - reassemble the pen and it will work. This is my second attempt to repair this pen. First attempt worked but not for long because I used Super fast glue and that didnt hold it for long so I have to use this glue. Regards. Post your suggestions for lamy , I am new to lamy but using all types of pens mostly local brands and few other from very beginning. :-)

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