Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    36
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 24 Times in 13 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    I have my mothers old fountain pen. It will pull ink into the barrel, it loads by pulling the end of the pen out after you unscrew it. It has a large silver barrel that comes out as you pull. I dont know how to keep the ink in it as it emptys back when you push it back in. I need help please. Thank you.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    82
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked 43 Times in 28 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    Sounds like it's a touchdown filler. It's got a latex sac inside that has likely perished. You can buy replacement sacs, and the touchdowns aren't too hard to repair. Alternately, there are any number of folks that can repair it for a fee.

    Cheers!

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    36
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 24 Times in 13 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    Thank you. I can take a picture or two if i can finger out how, lol. I have never repaired a pen. dont know how to even get the nib or plunger out.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Ron Z's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    Western Pennsylvania
    Posts
    415
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 772 Times in 274 Posts
    Rep Power
    3

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    I think that Chrissy is right; your pen is a touchdown (TD) filler.

    A TD filler is a pneumatic filler, i.e. pressing the tube down compresses the air in the barrel, which squeezes the sac. At the end of the stroke you should hear a little "chiff" as the compressed air is released. As the pressure drops, the sac expands and ink flows into the pen. The pen is now full. If you cycle the TD tube again, ink should be pushed out of the pen. If it doesn't the pen likely needs to be restored, i.e. the sac inside the metal sac guard replaced, nib cleaned, and the 0-ring at the end of the barrel replaced.

    Nice pens, that I like better than their later snorkel siblings.

    Visit Main Street Pens
    A full service pen shop providing professional, thoughtful pen repair....

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Ron Z For This Useful Post:

    Sailor Kenshin (January 10th, 2022)

  6. #5
    Senior Member Sailor Kenshin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Where pigs run free!
    Posts
    3,141
    Thanks
    4,431
    Thanked 2,114 Times in 1,164 Posts
    Rep Power
    14

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    Quote Originally Posted by younricw View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    I think that Chrissy is right; your pen is a touchdown (TD) filler.

    A TD filler is a pneumatic filler, i.e. pressing the tube down compresses the air in the barrel, which squeezes the sac. At the end of the stroke you should hear a little "chiff" as the compressed air is released. As the pressure drops, the sac expands and ink flows into the pen. The pen is now full. If you cycle the TD tube again, ink should be pushed out of the pen. If it doesn't the pen likely needs to be restored, i.e. the sac inside the metal sac guard replaced, nib cleaned, and the 0-ring at the end of the barrel replaced.

    Nice pens, that I like better than their later snorkel siblings.
    Thank you maybe I just need to give it time to fill. It pulls ink in and pushes it out. I will try giving time to fill. How do I get the nib out? Thanks again to all.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    I'm not sure you'd want to get the nib out, especially if it has a conical nib. Hope we can see a picture later.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

  7. #6
    Senior Member Ron Z's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    Western Pennsylvania
    Posts
    415
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 772 Times in 274 Posts
    Rep Power
    3

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    I suppose that I need to clarify.

    You should pull the TD tube back with the nib out of the ink. Then with the nib in the ink, push the TD tube down. Wait 5 seconds or so, then pull the nib. THEN, if you cycle the TD tube, the down stroke should push ink out. You might get a little burp of ink as you pull it up, but the pen would nearly empty on the down stroke.

    Ron

    Visit Main Street Pens
    A full service pen shop providing professional, thoughtful pen repair....

  8. #7
    FPG Donor ♕ Chrissy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    8,761
    Thanks
    4,705
    Thanked 7,876 Times in 3,146 Posts
    Rep Power
    19

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    I think that Chrissy is right; your pen is a touchdown (TD) filler.

    A TD filler is a pneumatic filler, i.e. pressing the tube down compresses the air in the barrel, which squeezes the sac. At the end of the stroke you should hear a little "chiff" as the compressed air is released. As the pressure drops, the sac expands and ink flows into the pen. The pen is now full. If you cycle the TD tube again, ink should be pushed out of the pen. If it doesn't the pen likely needs to be restored, i.e. the sac inside the metal sac guard replaced, nib cleaned, and the 0-ring at the end of the barrel replaced.

    Nice pens, that I like better than their later snorkel siblings.
    Sorry but it wasn't me Ron.
    Regards, Chrissy | My Blog: inkyfountainpens

  9. #8
    Senior Member FredRydr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Carlisle, Pennsylvania USA
    Posts
    4,390
    Thanks
    1,145
    Thanked 5,174 Times in 2,184 Posts
    Rep Power
    15

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    According to Richard'sPens, you have a Sheaffer Craftsman with Touchdown filler, identified by the open nib and narrow "wire" cap band. http://www.richardspens.com/ref/profiles/td_tm.htm

    Also see: https://www.penhero.com/PenGallery/S...hdownGuide.htm

    If you are willing to dig in deeper (with the right tools and patience), see: http://www.richardspens.com/ref/repair/touchdown.htm
    Last edited by FredRydr; January 11th, 2022 at 04:13 AM.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to FredRydr For This Useful Post:

    younricw (January 11th, 2022)

  11. #9
    Senior Member Sailor Kenshin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Where pigs run free!
    Posts
    3,141
    Thanks
    4,431
    Thanked 2,114 Times in 1,164 Posts
    Rep Power
    14

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    Nice color! Congratulations, younricw!

    I always seem to end up with the burgundies.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to Sailor Kenshin For This Useful Post:

    younricw (January 11th, 2022)

  13. #10
    Member OCArt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    57
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 18 Times in 16 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    So wonderful to have your mother's pen. You'll always think of her when you write with it.

  14. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    36
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 24 Times in 13 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Schaeffer from the 40's i think.

    Quote Originally Posted by OCArt View Post
    So wonderful to have your mother's pen. You'll always think of her when you write with it.
    This is true and I took it over to her and she tried it too and then sent it home with me.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to younricw For This Useful Post:

    Sailor Kenshin (January 12th, 2022)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •