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My First Sheaffer And Snorkel (Hopefully Not My Last)


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I'm somewhat new to non-student fountain pens, so I had done a bit of research before hand before picking a 'vintage' pen to go with, and as per the recommendation of two friends of mine (one of which being the one that restored mine) I went with a Sheaffer Snorkel. It's a nice American made pen that's older than either of my parents.

 

The one I got here is a Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral (circa 1953 based on some of the insides), won it for $41 when there was only a minute left and I was already annoyed at being out bidded for all the other snorkels (I wanted to get something like the burgundy red or forest green body, but this is nice :D), and then I had it restored by Sean (Write on Time) to like-new condition.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by the result, a nice lightweight pen that's easy to feel, writes smoothly and just feels classy.

 

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/intro/sheaffer_snorkel_close.jpghttp://static.karlblessing.com/pens/intro/sheaffer_snorkel_full.jpghttp://static.karlblessing.com/pens/intro/sheaffer_snorkel_extend.jpg

 

:P I love it, I keep it with me most of the time when I go out, just wish I could find a nice single-pen case that I can slip it into for some more protection.

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Yes the main difference is that filler system. Glad I could help head you in the Snorkel direction. The Touchdown was my first FP but I am sticking to Snorkels for obvious reasons. Now we both have two! Goulet Pens has a selection of leather single pen sleeves.

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Yes the main difference is that filler system. Glad I could help head you in the Snorkel direction. The Touchdown was my first FP but I am sticking to Snorkels for obvious reasons. Now we both have two! Goulet Pens has a selection of leather single pen sleeves.

 

Yea been looking at those sleeves, I just wish Oberon Designs made pen cases, have always loved their leather products, especially if I can get one with that Hokusai Wave design pressed into it. (They currently don't make pen sleeves).

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Very nice pen! The restorer seems to have done an excellent job on bringing the pen aesthetically back to like new condition. You've photographed it well, too.

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Very nice pen! The restorer seems to have done an excellent job on bringing the pen aesthetically back to like new condition. You've photographed it well, too.

I was surprised as well, only ran me $35 (USD) to have it fully restored (all new seals, sac, etc), cleaned, polished, adjusted with a 1 year warranty on the restoration.

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Hey KBeezie,

Those pictures of your Snorkel are very nice - it looks brand new. I got my first Snorkel about a month ago, a nice Burgundy one (sorry) and use it quite often now. I've always been partial to the Parker Vacumatics for vintage pens, but I have to say that this Snorkel has me looking to get a few more Sheaffers.

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Hey KBeezie,

Those pictures of your Snorkel are very nice - it looks brand new. I got my first Snorkel about a month ago, a nice Burgundy one (sorry) and use it quite often now. I've always been partial to the Parker Vacumatics for vintage pens, but I have to say that this Snorkel has me looking to get a few more Sheaffers.

 

Yea the 'brand new' look was part of the restoration process I paid for. The pen as I got it seemed decent already, but Sean shined it right up.

 

This is his facebook page, and as I understand it $35 is the standard fee he charges to completely restore (clean, replace all seals/sac, align/adjust, polish, remove scratches/chew marks, etc, and return shipping) and provide a 1 year warranty on the restoration.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Write-on-Time-Vintage-Pens-Watches-Restoration-and-Service/208871225809681

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I, too, am new to the sheaffer snorkels, with my first being a mint condition grey - with white dot - one very similar to yours. The only issue was that the sac was no longer usable due to storage conditions - but theres a new one on the way to solve that

I think that your black admiral might even tempt me to another one very soon, it is a very classy pen in black - and a nice find for that price :)

 

Techi.

 

 

(ha ha did not notice the date on this thread, never mind)

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My snorkel suddenly has decided that it doesn't want to fully retract after filling it. I had a similar problem before when the nib was loose - not the case this time. Anyone have any ideas?

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The spring has probably slipped somehow, and is interfering with the sac protector/TD tube interface. Short of taking it apart and then putting it back together, you can try a few cycles of running the probe in and out to see if things will re-align on their own.

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Oh, good heavens. He's got a blog now, too.

 

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The spring has probably slipped somehow, and is interfering with the sac protector/TD tube interface. Short of taking it apart and then putting it back together, you can try a few cycles of running the probe in and out to see if things will re-align on their own.

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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