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Knocking Out Waterman's Nib/Feed


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I recently started restoration on a Waterman's 52 in a nice cardinal red, but I have run into a problem I have never faced before. The nib and feed will NOT budge. I was able to remove the section just fine but the nib and feed have not moved a millimeter from my efforts. I have tried heat and grippers to remove by hand and I even used more heat than I am normally comfortable using to remove a nib and feed and it did not budge. I then moved over to my knock out block, I again used an excessive amount of force to knock the nib and feed and it still would not budge. I then tried dripping some mineral oil into the section with a syringe and let it sit for a few hours in an attempt to either lubricate the section or loosen some dried ink, then tried knocking again, still not even budging. I am running out of options here.... Obviously I wouldn't soak the section in plain water but could I try an ammonia solution without damaging the hard rubber? Any info or suggestions help, take care everyone. 

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Heat the section's outside surface but not so long as to transfer much heat to the feed.  Knock  out the feed.

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sounds like you already have a nib block - rest section with nib pointing down in block, drip in ammonia solution from top with eyedropper to remove caked on ink

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2 hours ago, lionelc said:

sounds like you already have a nib block - rest section with nib pointing down in block, drip in ammonia solution from top with eyedropper to remove caked on ink

I am happy to announce that I have gotten it out. I used your method of dripping ammonia into the section continuously then I heated the section and pulled the feed and nib out with rubber grippers, thank you for your help.

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no probs, glad it worked out - i read about the ammonia method on fpn from an old thread quite some time ago when i was having trouble with a vac nib - wealth of knowledge available on this site

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