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Lady Sheaffer Nib And Feed Alignment ?


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I have a Lady Sheaffer Skripsert clipless pen that I I'm getting working again. It' a paisley black and gold with a triumph like nib that screws on. Somehow when cleaning it, tuning the nib, and making a syringe converter for it, the screw on nib no longer aligns with the feed when it is tight. See attached picture. If I loosen the nib about 1/2 turn, it lines up and the ink flow is ok, but there are still slow starts and skips from time to time.. How are these nibs designed and how I can get the nib and feed aligned when the nib is tight? In another thread, someone said you have to remove a plug in the back but I don't see how and am afraid to force it without knowing the design.
I've also included a picture of the converter I made out of a syringe. I tried gluing a syringe tip into a pilot squeeze converter that comes with the Metropolitans and it worked but there was pressure and it got stuck in barrel. I think this is when the nib and feed got into misalignment. A sheaffer standard converter does not work. A short standard
converter's hole seems a little big and doesn't provide a tight seal. Are there any modern ones that do?

Thanks in advance

Jim Bunch



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With the nib a hair loose, see if you can rotate the feed.


I have a Triumph nib 777 with the same malady -- I have to be careful with the converter to avoid rotating the feed out of alignment.

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I was able to take it fully apart with some help from my wife's hair dryer and a lot of soaking. It's now all aligned and working great. :-)

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I've got essentially the same issue; I have a Lady Sheaffer (not Skripsert) with a Triumph nib into which I installed a (standard squeeze) converter this morning. After installing the converter, I noticed that the feed was misaligned with the nib - rotated a similar degree to the photo above by Jim. I've worked out that this happened while installing the converter since I twisted the converter slightly while inserting it, and the tube that the converter fits over is connected to the feed. After realising this, it was quite easy to just twist it back by hand (after unscrewing and removing the nib/feed unit). However, it looks like this will happen again unless I take particular care not to twist the converter.

I have some specific questions: Is the feed supposed to be that loose within the nib/feed unit? Is the feed just a friction fit within the unit, or instead should it be secured/sealed with something like shellac? Is this a form of deterioration merely to be expected in a pen of this age? Is there something I can or should do to fix this reliably?

Kind Regards,


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