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    Default Help please, which Sheaffer do I have?

    Hello, Iím a new Fountain Pen enthusiast and recently got this one from eBay. There wasnít a lot of info from the seller and Iím having trouble finding out what I may have here. I would also like to know if this model could work with a converter (new/old) l. I appreciate any help, thank you.


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    Default Re: Help please, which Sheaffer do I have?

    Ooh, that's a bit of a tough one. It is likely from the late 1960s when they were still making a compact cartridge pen, I just can't seem to find a reference to that particular model. You can certainly use a Sheaffer converter, but they primarily made two kinds: a squeeze filler and a piston filler. The piston, while much more common, is a bit longer and doesn't fit in all the cartridge pens. Both of these converters are becoming very hard to find since Sheaffer has been sold a couple of times recently and I don't know that any are in production.

    You might contact Teri at Peyton Street Pens - she might not only be able to figure out the particular model but might be able to help you with a converter for the pen. If you haven't used it, dropping the nib/section into a glass of water with a drop or two of dish soap overnight, then flushing it out, should get you going. BTW, even if you don't find a converter, you can flush out cartridges with a blunt needle syringe and then fill it with bottled ink; they actually hold more than the converters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Ooh, that's a bit of a tough one. It is likely from the late 1960s when they were still making a compact cartridge pen, I just can't seem to find a reference to that particular model. You can certainly use a Sheaffer converter, but they primarily made two kinds: a squeeze filler and a piston filler. The piston, while much more common, is a bit longer and doesn't fit in all the cartridge pens. Both of these converters are becoming very hard to find since Sheaffer has been sold a couple of times recently and I don't know that any are in production.

    You might contact Teri at Peyton Street Pens - she might not only be able to figure out the particular model but might be able to help you with a converter for the pen. If you haven't used it, dropping the nib/section into a glass of water with a drop or two of dish soap overnight, then flushing it out, should get you going. BTW, even if you don't find a converter, you can flush out cartridges with a blunt needle syringe and then fill it with bottled ink; they actually hold more than the converters!
    Cool! Thanks for your help. Iíll try your suggestion on the nib and cartridge for sure. Iíll also look into Peyton Street Pens as well. Thanks again Jon, I truly appreciate it.


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    I don't know the exact model but one of the twist action converters will fit if you can find one. Pens with this nib type that accept the standard cartridge have a barrel that is wide enough and long enough for a standard twist converter. Twist action converters fit all of these pens that use that cartridge. School pens, No-Nonsense pens, even Lady Sheaffer, etc. If the pen is slimline and only accepts a slimline cartridge then it needs the older press bar or slimline type of converter too.

    I know a Sheaffer expert in Houston and I could send her a copy of the pen to see if she knows the exact model if that's OK.
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    The expert I know has sent me this message:

    This looks like the AC 181 Cartridge Pen.
    It's a nib originally marketed as a Lady Sheaffer nib. I've heard it called the "fingernail nib."
    These pens typically write very well.
    It will accept a twist converter BUT it has to be the old version. They sell for $15 - 20.
    The cheap new Chinese-made converters now on sale look the same but will not fit. They are made for the new line of Sheaffer pens.
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    Default Re: Help please, which Sheaffer do I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    I don't know the exact model but one of the twist action converters will fit if you can find one. Pens with this nib type that accept the standard cartridge have a barrel that is wide enough and long enough for a standard twist converter. Twist action converters fit all of these pens that use that cartridge. School pens, No-Nonsense pens, even Lady Sheaffer, etc. If the pen is slimline and only accepts a slimline cartridge then it needs the older press bar or slimline type of converter too.

    I know a Sheaffer expert in Houston and I could send her a copy of the pen to see if she knows the exact model if that's OK.
    Thanks Chrissy, yes please send pics to your expert! I would appreciate it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    The expert I know has sent me this message:

    This looks like the AC 181 Cartridge Pen.
    It's a nib originally marketed as a Lady Sheaffer nib. I've heard it called the "fingernail nib."
    These pens typically write very well.
    It will accept a twist converter BUT it has to be the old version. They sell for $15 - 20.
    The cheap new Chinese-made converters now on sale look the same but will not fit. They are made for the new line of Sheaffer pens.
    Awesome! Thank you!!


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    Default Re: Help please, which Sheaffer do I have?

    I might have one of these. Like just about all Sheaffers it writes well. If you can't find a converter at a reasonable price just re-fill the carts. Easy enough. Or, if you're in the CONUS, I could send you some Sheaffer cartridges.
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    Default Re: Help please, which Sheaffer do I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I might have one of these. Like just about all Sheaffers it writes well. If you can't find a converter at a reasonable price just re-fill the carts. Easy enough. Or, if you're in the CONUS, I could send you some Sheaffer cartridges.
    Thank you so much! I have an empty cartridge Iím going to try and refill. Iím soaking the nib and feed now. Itís pretty full of gunk in there but I believe itís going to come out and be useable.


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