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    Red face Need Help identifying and servicing a Sheaffer

    Hello!

    I've been trying to give service to this Sheaffer but I don't know how to disassemble it, I can only find videos for snorkel
    and other ones that seemed similar to this one, but not at all the same.

    I think the Sheaffer I have in hands right now is an Imperial 727, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Anyone has a clue or could guide me thru this service?

    All comments very much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Need Help identifying and servicing a Sheaffer

    It's a straightforward Sheaffer cartridge/converter filling pen. You can't disassemble anything on the section, so you just have to soak it in warm water with a drop of dish soap added in order to clean out the ink. If it's particularly dirty after soaking it in water you could also soak it in a proprietary pen flush solution.
    Push the converter back into the section and press the bar several times while the nib and feed are under water so that the water flushes through. Then remove the converter and leave the section to soak overnight in clean water.
    Repeatedly flush the converter until the water that comes out of it is clean.
    If you have a rubber ear bulb you can fill that with warm water and push that into the section to flush water through it.
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    Default Re: Need Help identifying and servicing a Sheaffer

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    It's a straightforward Sheaffer cartridge/converter filling pen. You can't disassemble anything on the section, so you just have to soak it in warm water with a drop of dish soap added in order to clean out the ink. If it's particularly dirty after soaking it in water you could also soak it in a proprietary pen flush solution.
    Push the converter back into the section and press the bar several times while the nib and feed are under water so that the water flushes through. Then remove the converter and leave the section to soak overnight in clean water.
    Repeatedly flush the converter until the water that comes out of it is clean.
    If you have a rubber ear bulb you can fill that with warm water and push that into the section to flush water through it.
    Thanks, Chrissy <3

    That first thing is exactly what I've been doing, but it's taking me so long, little dust keeps coming off! So I just thought there was another way hehee I just bought a ultrasonic cleaner to finish this for me, it's been a long ride.
    Also thanks for the rubber ear bulb tip, I'll be looking for one

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    Default Re: Need Help identifying and servicing a Sheaffer

    Imperial and post Imperial sections can be diassembled, but the thin outer shell that the nib is molded into is definitely breakable, so a soak or ultrasonic is the safest way to go!

    If you get a 30-60cc syringe and a used Sheaffer cartridge, you can make an appropriately sized hole opposite the hole pierced by the pen (old Skrip cartridges work better for this than the new style) then stick the modified cartridge on the syringe, then the cart. in the section, then use suction to draw warm water in through the section. You can also expel water this way, but always hold the section with one hand and squeeze the syringe with the other, or else you can shoot the section off of the cartridge with water pressure, potentially damaging the nib! This kit can easily be expanded to cover any brand pen you own and have an empty cartridge from.

    Nice pen by the way! all of mine from that era are exceptionally reliable and smooth writers.
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    Default Re: Need Help identifying and servicing a Sheaffer

    A couple of whizzes in your ultrasonic will do the trick. The rubber ear bulb is something I always use but as awa54 suggests you need a firm grip on the nib end.

    It's much safer to not attempt to disassemble the internal feed out of the section since you can't remove these inlaid nibs without causing serious damage. Especially as it will all easily come clean by flushing.
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    Just to clarify, the *only* reason you might need to remove the feed in this case would be if there's india/sumi ink that has solidified in the capillary channels and won't respond to pen flush or ultrasonic cleaning (at which point you would probably need to have access to the feed so you can manually clean out the capillary channels)... However if there really is need to do so, the section can be disassembled with care. In my experience disassembly to gain access to the feed and more importantly to allow downward movement of the nib tines is required for most nib and ink flow adjustments.

    The reason a large volume vet syringe is even better than a bulb (though bulbs are easier to use) IMO, is that you can cause sustained high-volume flow through the feed and collector buy *sucking* water through the section continuously, this is safer because even at very high pressure (suction) there's no chance to shoot the section off of the cleaning apparatus, which would risk damage to the nib. I've found that cleanouts which normally take 5-10 minutes using a bulb or soak-n-rinse techniques are often done in one or two pulls with a 60cc syringe and warm tap water, without any need for a soak or pen flush.
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