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Hello all! I know this has been answered on a few other threads, but I could use some more help.

So I bought a Sheaffer vac-fil with a triumph nib and was wondering the best way to go about making it write. The pen is in semi working order, but the piston hasn't been greased in about 50, so it's stiff (don't want to force it) From what I have read, it sounds like the nib unit needs to be removed, so how is the best way to do this (without a ton of fancy equipment)? Also what is all this about "packing material" what is it? does it need to be replaced? Thanks, Alexander

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This is not a good candidate for DIY restoration. The best move is to send the pen to one of the half dozen or so folk that really do those well. RonZ, Sherrell Tyree. Daniel Kirchheimer, Berton Heiserman or one of the other experienced Sheaffer Vacfil experts.

 

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What other threads have answered your question?

 

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No one post has completely answered it, I just have a very vague idea after reading through some threads and websites on pen repair.

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What other threads have answered your question?

 

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What's a ballpark estimate for what you would charge to fix the filling mechanism?

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I already have about $40 into the pen, so wouldn't a repair put it over its actual value?

 

Only you can make that decision but my recommendation is to send it to them what know what they are doing. It will likely cost another $25.00-35.00 plus shipping costs.

 

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Only you can make that decision but my recommendation is to send it to them what know what they are doing. It will likely cost another $25.00-35.00 plus shipping costs.

I would only want the filling system fixed...I quite enjoy the patina that has developed throughout the pen... Would the cost still be the same without a full restoration?

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I would only want the filling system fixed...I quite enjoy the patina that has developed throughout the pen... Would the cost still be the same without a full restoration?

Yup, just be sure to communicate well with the restorer.

 

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Most charge in the neighborhood of $40-$45 plus shipping to restore these. Polishing for me is "added value" and not polishing does not change the final price at all. Depending on the pen, I rarely sell a plunger filler for less than $125 restored. Some go for much more than that depending on the pen and the color. The basic repair though more advanced than a sac replacement, it is not difficult to do, but has many pitfalls that can trip you up or turn a simple repair into something more difficult. Having the proper tools and the experience is in this case, worth quite a bit more than what is charged.

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Most charge in the neighborhood of $40-$45 plus shipping to restore these. Polishing for me is "added value" and not polishing does not change the final price at all. Depending on the pen, I rarely sell a plunger filler for less than $125 restored. Some go for much more than that depending on the pen and the color. The basic repair though more advanced than a sac replacement, it is not difficult to do, but has many pitfalls that can trip you up or turn a simple repair into something more difficult. Having the proper tools and the experience is in this case, worth quite a bit more than what is charged.

 

 

Just to elaborate. The pricing difference between what Ron posts and what I posted are likely simply reflecting the fact that I have not had to get one of my Sheaffer Vacfil pens repaired in over a decade at least. Regardless, even if it doubles your initial investment you will have a pen that writes well, holds a ton of ink, is easy to maintain and will likely not need to be redone during your lifetime.

 

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If the nib is good, then you will have a working Sheaffer vac-fill (or "plunger filler") for about $90, including shipping plus repair plus the initial $40. You will have a better pen than almost any new pen you could find today. (I have three of these pens: one with a decent nib and two without tipping. Eventually, I'll probably have the good one restored. The other two? I don't know.)

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