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    Default E. Faber Lever Restoration

    Any experience restoring a vintage lever type A Faber fountain pen? Does the nib section have a friction or screw in fit? Will a #16 sac suffice?
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    I know of vintage pens made by Eberhard Faber, so it will be E. Faber instead of A. Faber.

    For E. Faber pens, these are most likely friction fit (section to barrel).

    TIP: If you're not sure whether it's friction or threaded, is to heat it up, then twist it, don't yank it out. So if the section is really threaded to the barrel, you won't be demolishing it in the process of attempting to restore it.

    As far as the ink sac size, it depends on the diameter of the barrel. If it's about the same as Esterbrook J, then #16 is good.
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Thank you Iíll edit the title to read E. Faber.

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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    Thank you Iíll edit the title to read E. Faber.
    Unfortunately, you can't edit thread titles. You are history now!
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Pen on the way with this nib.
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    I havent got vintage pens only mechanical pencils

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    Quote Originally Posted by strikers View Post
    I havent got vintage pens only mechanical pencils
    Why do you feel the need to make this statement in this thread?

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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strikers View Post
    I havent got vintage pens only mechanical pencils
    Why do you feel the need to make this statement in this thread?
    Because he seems only capable of posting low-quality responses :



    Probably trying to build up post count for an eventual sales/spam thread.

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    KB how on earth did you manage to get all of those together on one post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    KB how on earth did you manage to get all of those together on one post?
    I just clicked his name, and it was under "strikers's Activity", and then screenshot.

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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    There is precious little information on this brand of fountain pen. I did find one resource that said they were considered inferior to Esterbrook and Sheaffer Wasp pens in the 1940's, but no information why is available. Even if you say the plastic was not as good, we know other popular brands like Parker which used less quality plastics on some models.

    My interest in this pen was the 14k gold nib. Why would EF put a gold nib in this pen when the competition was using steel? It will be interesting to test the nib.

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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Which models did Parker use lower quality plastics on?
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    Which models did Parker use lower quality plastics on?
    Deb, the Parker 21 and 61 from what I have read. I have a 21 that I love, but I am careful in twisting when refilling since I have seen cracks on those at auctions.

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    Thank you, Chuck.
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Well it arrived and the sac was pliable believe it or not. I polished and cleaned inside and out. Added some talc and filled with Waterman Serenity Blue.

    I should add that the old 14K nib is smooth and writes as a fine point. These are not built like a tank as the old Esterbrooks from the same 1940's era and what they skimped on in the plastic and metal hardware, they made up with the nib quality. I paid $14 with free shipping.
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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Keep an eye on the sac after a week or so of being inked. The old sacs, despite being pliable can still be on their way out and are more likely to tear or rupture. (maybe order a sac of the same size ahead of time just in case).

    That's a hansome pen all the same

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    Default Re: A. Faber Lever Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by KBeezie View Post
    Keep an eye on the sac after a week or so of being inked. The old sacs, despite being pliable can still be on their way out and are more likely to tear or rupture. (maybe order a sac of the same size ahead of time just in case).

    That's a hansome pen all the same
    Thank you for the insight. I'll keep an eye on any leaks that start. I have a #16 sac on hand. Hopefully more of the members here will be made curious about these old pens if for no reason except the 14k gold nib. That said, I've probably just increased the asking and winning price...LOL!!

    Today I will keep the pen in the Manhattan Portage messenger bag just in case it leaks.
    Last edited by Chuck Naill; April 9th, 2020 at 05:33 AM.

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