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Parker 61 Capillary Filler Help


Kyle Y
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Hi everyone! I picked a Parker 61 with a capillary filler yesterday and I was super excited to try it out. However,  I realized that the filler tube itself was loose and inside was totally empty, aside from the long ebonite feed. From the videos I've seen, it seems that there's supposed to be a Teflon coated sheet of wicking material inside that helps wick up the ink. Does anyone know if/how I can either substitute the wick or find a replacement for it?

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This old topic may help....

 

My instinct would be to try other readily available cheap materials:

1) Reusable Teflon baking sheet (easy to cut with scissors), perhaps crumpled and scrunched before rolling into a loose tube to create irregular gaps and spaces between the sheet layers.

2) Horticultural fleece / capillary matting.

3) Anything else that is porous (if it soaks up water then it will soak up ink also), and inert (will not react with ink), and stable (will not break down and shed bits of itself).

4) Something hijacked from another pen - such as the fibre core of a disposable fibre-tip pen (a water-based one of course). Cut to size, unwrapped, etc, to fit.

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I’d probably be inclined to try and find another 61 and substitute the filler unit altogether. Not sure that I know anyone who sells a replacement.

 

Good luck!

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It isn’t Teflon sheet. It is perforated poly something. Would need to go look. 
 

Just buy a pen with a bad barrel and hood and transplant. 
 

stuffing the capillary is no fun. 

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Teflon repels water and so is the opposite of "capillary", so don't use that!  The outside of (some) Parker 61 filler units may have been Teflon coated, but not the insides. 

 

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Hi everyone,

 

Thank you for the advice so far! I didn't have a chance to try capillary matting (although that's a neat idea!) However, I was able to cut a resize a fiber core that was inside a felt tip marker and realigned the feed and now it works like a charm! I'm planning on buying another one for parts, but I think this will do! I'll keep y'all posted :) 

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This is what the capillary material looks like.

 

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