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  1. 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 no
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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 mo
  5. 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.
  6. 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 lightin
  7. 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. I
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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

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