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Hi all, I've decided to learn to restore vintage pens, and i've got some lower end ones (so i can learn without breaking something priceless) coming in from ebay soon. i'm getting ready to order an assortment of sacs, what sizes would you suggest i get? i was thinking something like: 2x#12, 3x#14, 3x#16, 3x#18, 2x#20. does that sound about right?

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It depends on what size pens you're thinking to fix. I'd go a little heavier on the 16s and 18s, but that's just because I tend to get slightly smaller pens. I believe all of the Esterbrook "J" types take a 16 so if Esties are your thing................

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I use even numbers; 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22

I have used #16 the most, then 14 and 18.

I would think about getting more sacs. If the pens you get are mostly #16, you will run out fast.

BTW, most Esterbrooks use #16.

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Just buy the collector assortment from the Pen Sac Company

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Just buy the collector assortment from the Pen Sac Company

They have a table listing models of pens and the sac size for each. Richard Binder also has a good table on his site. Look for the pens you'll think you'll restore, and buy those sizes.

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I doubt the 12s will be needed.

 

All depends on what one finds.

I have used a few #12s.

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thank you all so much for your input- I'm going to get fewer of the small and large ones, and more of the medium sizes. Thanks again!

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The bell curve peaks at 16, 17 and 18, so your supply should reflect that. A few are 14, an the big pens go to 20 or 21, so it may shift a bit depending on what you tend to buy. The odd numbers are important though. There was a time that I didn't stock them, but I have them all now. They're important especially for the Sheaffer snorkel and TD pens.

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The bell curve peaks at 16, 17 and 18, so your supply should reflect that. A few are 14, an the big pens go to 20 or 21, so it may shift a bit depending on what you tend to buy. The odd numbers are important though. There was a time that I didn't stock them, but I have them all now. They're important especially for the Sheaffer snorkel and TD pens.

 

I'm just starting out and purchasing some inexpensive lots of pens on eBay so i don't break something valuable- i assume if I've gotten completely wrong sizes or screwed something else up horribly, ill just know for next time.

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You do know that the Pen Sac Co. sells a small sac assortment for the amateur repairing their own pens?

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