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  1. Last Sunday afternoon turned to an afternoon of deep cleaning, re-sac and restore a 70 year old Sheaffer Snorkel Crest. An idle and boring afternoon with temperature soaring over 36 degree Celsius and non other place to be, took my thoughts to check on my vintage FP collection. During the casual check ups it was surprising to find the elderly Sheaffer Snorkel crest missing the satisfactory "pffft" of exhaled air during the final phase of the closure of the plunger, and that was the start for one of the most exhilarating and exciting Sunday afternoon in the recent past. After checking and confirming the availability of spares from my beloved workstation, it was time time to dive deep into the process. Disassembly of the Pen - The procedure started with opening the endocarp and extending the plunger and carefully opening the nib section with the extended snorkel. I was fortunate to find the nib section in my pen not glued to the barrel. Nib and feeder removal was a piece of cake as the triumph nib was a screw on on the nib section. After soaking the removed sac protector and the snorkel in lukewarm water for 20 mins, it was easy to remove the sac protector exposing the sac. The Next and final disassembly was the plunger from the end cap. A tiny screw which had been in place for unknown about of time unscrewed with minimal resistance and Thus this elderly 70 year old Sheaffer Snorkel was ready for the overhaul. Problems noticed - Point Gasket, Sac, 'O' ring and the end plate washer were worn out. Mild degree of rust formation was noticed on the spring and end cap nut. Gunk deposits in the cap, plunger tube, barrel and sac protector. Restoration process - The Process started with a deep and through cleaning. All the twelve parts on the pen including the cap was soaked for 45 minutes in lukewarm water with few drops of dish-wash soap. General rub a dab of Colgate tooth paste was applied to all hollow parts excluding the feeder, Nib and the snorkel and was soaked again in lukewarm water for 45 mins. a through run over with an electric toothbrush removed the rust and gunk deposits on the pen parts. All the parts were dried with paper towels. The new Latex Sac was Cut and fitted on the snorkel using shellac and a subsequent wait for 3 hours for the shellac to cure. A gentle coat of silicon grease on the plunger, spring, the sac protector, the threads on the nib section was applied. the final process included the replacement of point gasket, 'O' Ring, and end cap washer. The pen was later reassembled by refitting the plunger to the end cap. Aligning the snorkel along with sac and sac protector, feeder, the triumph nib and the spring and the wedlock between the nib section and barrel. Final Touches - Polishing with turtle wax and chrome polish and the elderly gentle man was back in action good as new. Parts from https://vintagepensacsandparts.com/products/sheaffer-snorkel-tm-sac-repair-kit?_pos=3&_sid=693d85f88&_ss=r
  2. I am now a demonstrator away from having the full rainbow of Snorkels... I recently acquired Mandarin, fern, and my first Fiesta red all at once. The photo below is from the seller, with the left pen being vermilion and next being the (seemingly near mint) Fiesta: After purchasing it, I came across a pen listed as used (with snorkel stuck) Fiesta red on eBay, with a colored section that I kinda wanted, so I got it as well, thinking I could just swap out the section and resell the used one. Problem is that they are different shades of red... It is difficult to photograph, as my lighting/ photography suck, but they are certainly different in person. The left one (clipper/ PdAg nib) is more of a traditional red, while the right one (sentinel/ 14K nib) has some orange in it. Different lighting: I included the other pens for color reference (L to R): pastel blue, pastel green, fern from above, Mandarin from above, fiesta from above, fiesta from eBay, pencil, black, pastel gray ballpoint??, Pencil Unfortunately I do not have my vermilion set (or rest of collection) with me to compare to right now. Can potentially have it in a couple weeks. My understanding is that vermilion was non-white dot with matching section, and fiesta was white dot with both black and matching sections. Does anyone have both of the section types on verified fiestas to confirm they are the exact same shade? Could be that mine are different due to use/ light exposure? Bonus: is the gray ballpoint part of a Snorkel set? Read somewhere it replaced the Stratowriter ballpoint? Anyone know if there is a modern refill that fits? I can update with a pic comparing to vermilion when I return home, if there is interest.
  3. PDW

    Snorkel - Use Or Service?

    I have a Sheaffer Snorkel which I have not yet used, so the interior state is not fully known. The tail turns and pulls out smoothly, the Snorkel tube extends and retracts nicely, and I get a reassuring hiss when I push the tail down. But I have read of nasty issues arising if I try to fill or flush a Snorkel whose sac has gone bad, mostly relating to rusted springs. So I'd like some advice - should I fill this pen and use it as it is, or get it serviced before use in case the sac has gone? Or is there a way to test the sac safely without filling the pen? And if a service is recommended now or if it's needed in the future, can anyone suggest a good UK repairperson?
  4. scrivanofpn

    Sheaffer Snorkel Ink Flow

    I am curious to know how the ink flows from the sac to the nib in a Sheaffer Snorkel pen. I understand that the snorkel tube functions to fill the reservoir (sac). But I have some difficulty to track the reverse path of the ink from the reservoir to the nib. Thank you.
  5. Hi all, I have 3 vintage Sheaffer fountain pens that were recently passed down to me from my late great-grandfather. I know that one of them is for sure a Sheaffer Snorkel, but I'm not sure about the other two. Images of the Snorkel: https://imgur.com/a/TWdURQp Images of the brown pen: https://imgur.com/a/BYhi5jT Images of the green pen: https://imgur.com/a/2myBKsk The two unknown pens I'm fairly confident I can easily restore. They both AFAIK have petrified sacs, though one of them came apart and I was able to get it out. The Snorkel I am less confident about, given its complexity. I'm somewhat sure that the filling mechanism works (I just accidentally sprayed my dress pants with Waterman Intense Black testing the nib and the pump), but getting the seals and especially the sac replaced will be a doozy. Any comments or thoughts as to what those two pens are or how I should proceed in the restoration process? Thanks!!
  6. I'm not at all experienced in restoring pens, but I thought I would try my hand at it a bit with a Sheaffer snorkel I just received as a gift. It is a black snorkel with a waverly nib, and it is in incredibly good condition except for the sac, which I plan to re-sac later. But first I have to get that sac out of the metal sac protector. I tried to loosen the metal crimping around the black piece at the bottom of the sac to gently pull it out via the snorkel, but I ended up pulling the snorkel out of the black piece instead. So my question is - as a non-experienced pen restorer (I mostly use modern pens but have a bit of vintage experience), how should I do this? I've heard I can heat it up a bit with a hairdryer to make the removal easier, but I'd like the advice of the experts here. And if you don't think I'm qualified to do this, please let me know. It seems like a small job but I really cannot say. Thank you for any advice.
  7. I'd like some advice as to whether I damaged my Sheaffer Snorkel, please. After Main Street Pens overhauled it and replaced the sac with a PVC sac, I was having a little trouble filling it. I reverted to pumping it twice with the snorkel still "under ink." Afterwards, it occurred to me that doing it twice while submerged might be a bad idea to let ink in where air wants to be. It seems to write well now. Raassurances? Condemnations? Thanks.
  8. SilverPearlVacumatic

    Sheaffer Snorkel Clicking Sound

    Greetings everyone, I have a recently serviced Sheaffer Snorkel, but it does not make the distinctive click sound after extending the snorkel. And after I fill it, it does not allow me to retract the snorkel, the threads do not engage and I cannot rotate the blind-cap. Only then, when I start to pull the touch down tube out again, do I hear a very distinctive click sound. Sometimes, the snorkel extends a bit further. I am not experienced with fountain pen repair. Does anyone have advice? Is this a common problem? Also, I think the spring is grinding away the inside of the barrel. Is this normal? Thanks
  9. ELSpartan44

    Flexible Stub Fs3 Nib Sheaffer Snorkel

    I had been trying to add a flex nib and a stub nib Snorkel to my collection, and I managed to kill two birds with one stone. I was not aware that these were even made (honestly it's just so impractical), and from what I can tell, they are pretty uncommon. If anyone else has more insight on that, please post below. Please ignore the poor handwriting - I've never used a stub nor a flex nib before, so I'm definitely not doing it justice. I saw a couple of posts about flexible stub Snorkels here while researching a bit, but would be interested in seeing any that other people may have.
  10. I won this triumph snorkel for $70 last night on a local auction site. The pen has no GF/GP marking anywhere on its body. So what model the pen would be? Were there golden body Triumph snorkels with no gold content marking whatsoevet and if yes what were these called by sheaffer? The pen is USA made. Thanks in advance. (Sorry for the low quality pics as provided by the seller. Obviously the pen hasn't yet arrived).
  11. My grandfather recently gave me a sheaffer snorkel pen and pencil set and when I tried to fill the pen it didn't work. I have no idea how to repair fountain pens and I'm looking for a reputable place to send the pen for repair. Any recommendations?
  12. Hello, A quick preface: My fascination with pens began with my mother's law office. I would go to work with her, marvel at her beautiful pens, and mischievously play with all the converters I'd find. Now I realize that all those converters were in drawers because it was more convenient to use cartridges, so she cast them aside along with a rather fine collection of antique bottle fillers. Now she's back to the hobby with me, and trying to use her old pens. She cares nothing for the mechanics, so her once magnificent collection now has ruined sacs, dried and plugged feeds, tarnish, damaged nibs, etc. To me, the most beautiful are the sheaffers- I'd like to restore them as a birthday gift. I need help identifying the following pens, the parts I will need, and perhaps where to get these parts. Any help is greatly appreciated. Here's what I know/need to know (left to right) 1. Touchdown filler, seems in okay working order, want to open it and clean it. 2. Vacuum filler, apparently a later model, wouldn't fill w/ water 3. Lever filler, unable to open it, sac audibly shattered into pieces- how can I open this pen? 4. Lever filler, already removed broken sac-what size should I get? 5. Vacuum filler, seems ok, would like to open and clean 6. Snorkel- mechanics work, but sac is compromised, what size do I need? THANK YOU!
  13. Recently, I posted a thread about wanting to dive in to vintage pens. I was not disappointed at the feedback. Many people came through with some very good advice, and my purchasing experience went very well. However, I posted that thread with the intent of buying several pens: an Esterbrook J, a Waterman Phileas, and the Sheaffer Snorkel (I ended up putting the idea of buying the Phileas to the side for a while). I picked up an Esterbrook LJ and a Sheaffer 440 (as requested by someone; I'm very happy with it) several days later without too much fuss. At any rate, I was still left without the Sheaffer Snorkel. Now, to some people, the Snorkel may not be very expensive, but as a high school student who has a limited amount of money at his disposal (I can only make so much as an intern), it's a bit pricey. So, naturally, I want to be cautious and make sure the pen I purchase is exactly what I want it to be before I spend the money. However, through my caution, I feel like I'm restricting myself to a certain extent. I could easily get a nice, restored Snorkel for $60-80 right now, but the pens I am looking at aren't exactly what I want. They either have the wrong nib size/style (Sheaffer fine nibs are a bit too thin for me, so I'm looking to get a medium), are in the wrong color, or have tiny surface damage that puts me off. The wear and tear doesn't affect the pen, of course, but I feel that if I am spending a good chunk of money on a pen, it should be as nice looking as possible. I have a difficult enough time making sure I don't mess up my pens on my own Am I being too unrealistic? Do you think I'm making it much more difficult to find a Snorkel by setting up all of these mental restrictions? tl;dr When making a fairly large purchase, is there such a thing as too much scrutiny? Is it better to spend the extra $20-30 dollars on a pen or wait around until you find the right one instead of getting a slightly cheaper pen that you may not be 100% content with buying? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALSO On a completely unrelated note, where would be a good place to get replacement Esterbrook nibs for vintage models? I usually have a golden rule that I never let other people try to write with my friends, but I felt very bad about saying no in a situation I found myself in yesterday. Of course, as you would expect, the person testing out the pen didn't understand the concept of a Firm Medium nib ... Needless to say, one of the tines are bent (it's technically functional, but it's obvious that there is a break, as this specific side is constantly misaligned and causes a lot of scratch if not periodically moved back in to place), and I'm looking for a new nib. Preferably something with a bit of flex so I can avoid this kind of havoc in the future. Danke, Mike.
  14. What have you done to me, FPN. I've only been using fountain pens for around 8 months or so, but I've fallen so deeply in love with them that I simply cannot revert back to writing with any other type of pen. So, what is the next logical step in my mind? Spend all of my money on fountain pens! The two pens that I own are the Lamy Safari and the Kaweco Sport Classic. While they are both very enjoyable to write with, I've been wanting to expand my collection. Since I have recently begun browsing the FPN, this nagging itch has now become an insatiable desire. I have finally decided that my next purchase is going to be a vintage pen in the lower price range. As easy as it would be to just buy a new pen off of JetPens or something, I feel that vintage pens have a certain charm and look that you will not find on most newer pens <$50. I have been looking at Sheaffer Snorkels, Esterbrook Js, and Waterman Phileases (I saw the thread regarding what the plural of Phileas is, and I'm sticking with this version ) on eBay for the past couple of days, waiting to buy one or two of each and bask in the glory of my success. However, as I am new to buying vintage pens (and the entire eBay auction scene in general), I do have a couple of questions. 1. How much is too much for these pens? As you may have inferred, I try to keep my price range under $50, with a $25 purchase + S&H as an ideal range. However, I see people putting some up for more than double that. Are the cheaper ones simply being sold by people who don't understand the value? I get that the age, condition, model, and packaging all factor in, but some of the highly priced pens don't seem to be much more special than the ones that are much cheaper. ​2. Since I'm focusing more on using the pens for daily writing as opposed to starting a collection of significant value, should I care if something has been restored or if a bladder has been replaced? I've been trying to scope out pens that have are in good condition and have not had any original parts replaced, but there's a part of my brain that keeps saying, "Why care?". 3. Should I be concerned if a pen has not been tested (with water or ink) to see if the filling mechanism is working (this doesn't apply to the Phileas, of course)? I don't have the time or money (translation: I don't want to wait 2 weeks) to replace something if I get a broken part. So many descriptions have "has not been tested/I have not tested it/It's in good condition so I assume it's working", and I feel like I have to purchase something that has been confirmed to be in working order. 4. Are there any other sites where I can get those models at a reasonable price? Preferably older models (which will inevitably cost more money, I suppose). If you actually managed to read that wall of poorly articulated and very non-concise text (written at 1:07 AM, I might add), I commend you . Thanks in advance.

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