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    Hello everyone! Im still very new here and to the hobby itself, but I just wanted to share my little collection so far and maybe get any info that anyone may have on some of these. In particular, I have no idea about the Stratford. Im not even sure its complete , there is no sack or converter but there appears to be a button mechanism on top for filling. From left to right they are: Pilot Metro M nib (actually swapped nibs with the pilot Kakuno), Jinhao X450 M nib, Pilot Kakuno M nib, Lamy Vista LH nib, Esterbrook J 2556 Nib, Sheaffer AC 181 with a Fingernail nib, and the Stratford that I have no idea about. Thanks in advance for any feed back or info.


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    I don't know about the Stratford, but I have the same 450, named 'Rogue.' And a Vista. And more than one Metro. Nice collection!

    Any way to get inside the Stratford? If not, how do you know whether it has no sac or converter?
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    Thanks Sailor,

    Here is a pic of the Stratford.


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    The nib end goes in and out too easily. I guess its a friction connection and its just worn.


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    Default Re: My Humble Collectionso far

    The Stratford company was originally Salz Brothers, You can read more about them here and other places:
    http://www.richardspens.com/ref/gloss/S.htm#salz
    You will read that their Stratford pens are not considered high end, but good start on your collection!
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    From my limited knowledge, it does look like a button-filler that needs a sac. I can't recall if these used J-bars or...wait, I think they use pressure bars. Both sac and pressure bar are missing? The metal disc that's exposed when you've taken off the blind cap...does it move at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    From my limited knowledge, it does look like a button-filler that needs a sac. I can't recall if these used J-bars or...wait, I think they use pressure bars. Both sac and pressure bar are missing? The metal disc that's exposed when you've taken off the blind cap...does it move at all?
    Yes, it does seem to go up and down.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyLefty19 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    From my limited knowledge, it does look like a button-filler that needs a sac. I can't recall if these used J-bars or...wait, I think they use pressure bars. Both sac and pressure bar are missing? The metal disc that's exposed when you've taken off the blind cap...does it move at all?
    Yes, it does seem to go up and down.


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    That's a good thing. Inside the barrel, can you see anything that looks like a metal bar in a U-shape?

    http://dirck.delint.ca/beta/?page_id=665

    The above might help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    From my limited knowledge, it does look like a button-filler that needs a sac. I can't recall if these used J-bars or...wait, I think they use pressure bars. Both sac and pressure bar are missing? The metal disc that's exposed when you've taken off the blind cap...does it move at all?
    Yes, it does seem to go up and down.


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    That's a good thing. Inside the barrel, can you see anything that looks like a metal bar in a U-shape?

    http://dirck.delint.ca/beta/?page_id=665

    The above might help.


    I cant see anything in there. It looks like anything thats supposed to be there may be missing. Heres a pic of inside the barrel.



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    Default Re: My Humble Collectionso far

    Your Stratford is a button filler. It needs both a sac and a straight pressure bar. I would have to have the pen in hand to know which one - there are different sizes, and likely will need to be cut to length to fit that specific pen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    Your Stratford is a button filler. It needs both a sac and a straight pressure bar. I would have to have the pen in hand to know which one - there are different sizes, and likely will need to be cut to length to fit that specific pen.
    Thanks for the info! I appreciate it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I don't know about the Stratford, but I have the same 450, named 'Rogue.' And a Vista. And more than one Metro. Nice collection!

    Any way to get inside the Stratford? If not, how do you know whether it has no sac or converter?
    Hey there! Welcome to the forum. Glad to hear you have such an impressive collection of bikes!

    As for the Stratford, it really depends on the model. Depending on the year it was made, you may be able to access the inner components by removing the bottom bracket. However, if you're not comfortable with that, you could also use a magnet to check if there is a converter or sac inside. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyLefty19 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    From my limited knowledge, it does look like a button-filler that needs a sac. I can't recall if these used J-bars or...wait, I think they use pressure bars. Both sac and pressure bar are missing? The metal disc that's exposed when you've taken off the blind cap...does it move at all?
    Yes, it does seem to go up and down.


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    That's a good thing. Inside the barrel, can you see anything that looks like a metal bar in a U-shape?

    http://dirck.delint.ca/beta/?page_id=665

    The above might help.


    I cant see anything in there. It looks like anything thats supposed to be there may be missing. Heres a pic of inside the barrel.



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    I got momentarily confused; Stratford's also a make of bone china I was looking up. 😂
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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