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  1. kharrisma

    Chipped-Tip Regrinding?

    Hi Forum Folke, I recently picked up a Stratford "77" button-filler in fairly decent shape, except for the tip. The left tine has about half of the tipping material chipped off. There also appears to be a slight (15 degree or so) bend right at the tip, just behind the tipping material, but it's so even on both tines that it might have been manufactured that way (I have a Sheaffer Triumph that has similarly curved tips, though those are turned up rather than down... I mistakenly straightened them out before finding out that this upturn was deliberate. They survived being re-curved. Another lesson learned.) Anyway, is anyone aware of a decent tutorial on re-shaping a chipped tip? All of the stuff I have been able to scare up involves a really wrecked tip being turned into an untipped italic nib, or assumes that the tip is intact, but rough and in need of smoothing, or reshaping a broader tip to a finer one. Nothing dealing with partially missing tip material. I'd just send it off to someone that specializes in such things, but for two reasons: A), I like to learn these things as I go; it's a valuable skill to have when you're pursuing this hobby on a shoestring budget, and , as I understand it, Stratford is a second- or third-tier pen, of little value today, so investing a minimum of $60 to $80 or more to have the tip professionally restored isn't really a sensible option, not in my case, anyway. It's not even a flexible tip (it has a small amount of give under moderate pressure... a stiff semi-flex at best), which makes the prospect of a relatively expensive fix even less appealing. I'd attach pics, but I don't have any capability of taking macro pics that would show the tips in enough detail. Thanks for the read and any advice / pointers / links or what have you!
  2. I'm really keepings all fingers crossed that someone here can help me and I apologise if I have posted this in the wrong forum but I've spent a lot of time searching FPN and I haven't been able to find an answer yet .... I bought a fabulous Waterman Serenite Fountain Pen Blue Lacquer & Silver fountain pen several years ago for a very good price because the previous owner had damaged the clear lacquer on the main body by carrying it in a metal pen-holder so there are two small patches opposite sides of the barrel where the clear lacquer has worn or was scratched away. I looked at it under a 20 x lens and the blue lacquer seems fine but the edges where the clear lacquer was chipped away seem to be flaking a tiny bit so I'm wondering if there is any thing I can use to repair or seal the clear lacquer so that the damage doesn't spread ? I apologise for not posting photos of the pen and the damage but I haven't got a good camera and it's too late tonight so I'll try to take some tomorrow. Nail varnish ? Humbrol clear varnish ? Artists' varnish ? Other clear model varnishes ? Automotive scratch repair stuff ? Scratch remover for plastics or acrylic windows ? Automotive clear scratch repair stuff (It's seems like a clear varnish in a pen type dispenser) Any help would be gratefully appreciated !

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