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Nib Removal On Vintage Platignum Pocket Pen


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Hi folks,

I have a vintage Platignum pocket pen / long-short pen (is there another name I'm forgetting?). I don't know the model.

It's a hard starter, and I'm not sure whether the nib is drying out overnight, or whether the ink isn't flowing well due to crud in the feed. I've given it several soak / flush cycles with Diamine ink removing solution, and when flicking the section with a tissue over the nib (using centripetal force to drive fluid quickly through the feed & nib) tiny dark flecks were left in the tissue, like minute particles of dried ink.

So! I'd really like to remove the nib & feed to give it a really deep clean, but I have no idea how it comes out (if it's user serviceable at all.)

Can anyone advise?

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You need a special tool for removing the feed. You can make one yourself however, time, effort, money, etc. would make the effort prohibitive.

 

Another approach. Use a stronger cleaning solution. Try a solution of Amodex. Amodex is ink removal fluid. Alternately, you can soak your pen in Windex (ammonia based window cleaning solution). If this does not work, get bathroom tile cleaner. Neither will hurt the pen. You should need to give it a good soaking in water after and use a converter to suck and unsuck any loose particles or ink out of the pen.

 

Good luck.

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You need a special tool for removing the feed. You can make one yourself however, time, effort, money, etc. would make the effort prohibitive.

 

Another approach. Use a stronger cleaning solution. Try a solution of Amodex. Amodex is ink removal fluid. Alternately, you can soak your pen in Windex (ammonia based window cleaning solution). If this does not work, get bathroom tile cleaner. Neither will hurt the pen. You should need to give it a good soaking in water after and use a converter to suck and unsuck any loose particles or ink out of the pen.

 

Good luck.

Thank you! I had a feeling nib removal was a non-trivial task. Ill get some ammonia - the post office / grocer near me sells it for 1/5 the price of a bottle of Amodex. Probably far less per ml.

 

I love the fine nib on this pen, so I hope I can get it running properly.

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Just give it time. Be patient.

Probably not used in thirty years. Someone left filled with ink that dried out. Likely Platinum ink. that's good. Could be worse with some of the many inks available today. Dried ink seems to get harder to remove over time.

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Just wondering, and I certainly hope not, could those particles be from the feed disintegrating?

 

If the suggestions by the other members aren't sufficient to dislodge all of the resudie, try using those formulations, and buzz it in an ultrasonic cleaner.

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Just wondering, and I certainly hope not, could those particles be from the feed disintegrating?

 

If the suggestions by the other members aren't sufficient to dislodge all of the resudie, try using those formulations, and buzz it in an ultrasonic cleaner.

That can happen with an ebonite feed, depending upon the nature of the ink used and the environmental conditions exposed to the pen. But in all likelihood it's a plastic feed and particles will be the old dried ink breaking up.

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That can happen with an ebonite feed, depending upon the nature of the ink used and the environmental conditions exposed to the pen. But in all likelihood it's a plastic feed and particles will be the old dried ink breaking up.

It seems to be a plastic feed, I hope its just ink!

 

I also realise I put Platignum not Platinum. Bah!

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Let soak the whole section in water overnight (better to remove section-barrel connector) before you unscrew a feed retainer.

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