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Hi all,

I recently came across a no-name BCHR lever filler at an estate sale. It's the first pen I've attempted to restore, and I'm fairly confident on the sac replacement etc. However, the lever is stuck partially inside the barrel. It looks as though the whole lever was pushed in and then shoved backwards (away from the nib). The end that usually is visible is inside the barrel, and the end that's usually inside the barrel is visible, but because it gets wider than the slot, I can't get it out. Any advice? Please?

Thank you!


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The lever is mounted on a ring of spring steel (a retaining ring) that presses

against the interior surface of the barrel. The interior of the barrel has a

groove that the retaining ring fits into. The ring needs to be re-seated into

that groove. Using long-nose pliers, or even forceps to pull the lever into

position is likely to damage the lever.

The hook in your photo is the right idea, but way too large. You need

something that is fine and strong; a dental pick. Or possibly a very small

crochet hook. And great care.

Once the hook has been inserted into the barrel and has engaged the retaining

ring you must start pulling. There will be resistance. A lot of resistance.

The end of the pick which you will be holding can, if you’re not paying

attention, press against the end of the barrel and knock out a chip.

Just to keep it complicated, you might also bend, or even break the retaining

ring. End of game.

This is real grunt work. Not difficult, but fussy.


This assumes that there is no JBar in the barrel.

If there is a JBar, you will need a pair of fine, long nose pliers to remove it.

The process of removing it might even help re-seating the retaining ring.

Again, keep an eye on the front of the barrel so that you don’t chip it.

Or you can just send the whole damn thing to Ron Zorn or Danny, wait three

months and then re-sac it.

In any case, all best with it.

Ain’t pens fun?

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If Danny responds, I would consider sending it to The Write Pen.

Baptiste knew how to make a short job long

For love of it. And yet not waste time either.

Robert Frost

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So I got out what I thought was the lever- and I don't think that's what it was after all. I'm guessing the lever is missing altogether and what I thought was the lever is something else all together.



you can see above what I thought was a lever and turned out not to be as well as the J-bar that I pulled out. Here are all of the parts:


And just because if anyone has any idea who may have made this pen, the nib and pattern:
If anyone has ideas about
-who made the pen
-what I need to do to restore it
-what parts I need
-where I can find them
that would be much appreciated!
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