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I recently purchased a vintage Sailor Pocket pen. It arrived from Japan very dirty and I did a thorough cleanse and even soaked in soapy water. Nearly all visible old ink has been removed, but when I add ink cartridge, the pen will write for a short while and then becomes very dry with no ink. I suspect the feed has dried residual ink. I have looked for some details on disassembling the nib and feed, but find nothing.

 

Can anyone help confirm if the nib is friction fit and can be pulled out through the front or is there some screwed in retainer in the section which must be removed first? Are there any tools or diagrams to help. I don't want to use too much force and damage the pen. It has a nice 18K nib.

 

Thank you.

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If it is a thumbnail nib, I believe it is inserted from the rear of the section.

Disassembly is possible but, difficult.

 

Suggest soaking it in more aggressive solution.

Try ammonia and water or Windex added to water.

Next level is spray bathroom tile cleaner (my favorite) or some other heavy duty cleaner. Basic ingredient is ammonia.

You will not hurt the pen unless you use mineral spirits or acetone.

 

When soaking the section blow out the liquid from the section side. Do this repeatedly. Do it from the nib side too. Put the section in your outh and blow hard. Hold onto the section when blowing so it does not blow away. You should be able to feel the flow of air through the section.

 

You did not say what kind of ink you are using. Assume you are using Sailor cartridges.

 

You can also try inserting thin wire from the rear of the section.

 

Am confident you will clean it out, if that is the problem. Give it time.

stan

Formerly Ryojusen Pens
The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


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Thank you to all for your comments. I have soaked the pen for days in a 10% ammonia and soapy water.

 

following is a photo.

 

 

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To disassemble this pen, you need special tool to unscrew feed retaining out of the section. Then you can move nib and feed out from section end.

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To disassemble this pen, you need special tool to unscrew feed retaining out of the section. Then you can move nib and feed out from section end.

 

For reference

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Thank you. This will be a good weekend project in the near future. I suspect the out diameter of the tool will be identical to a cartridge. I will search the web to see if one is for sale.

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