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    How do I size a replacement Sac. I have just acquired an old Underwood lever fill pen that the sac basically just fell out in pieces when I removed the barrel. Everything else looks ok but I was wondering how do I know what type/size sac I need to get to replace the old one? Thanks.


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    Default Re: Another Newbie question

    If the diameter of the nipple is .324 inch, which I think is correct for Underwood, then the sac size is 20.

    Before there was so much help on the Internet the rule of thumb was to try a number of sized sacs, when you find one that fits then the correct size sac is a size smaller, this means that you need to have a good stock of different sized sacs of course.

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    Default Re: Another Newbie question

    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    If the diameter of the nipple is .324 inch, which I think is correct for Underwood, then the sac size is 20.

    Before there was so much help on the Internet the rule of thumb was to try a number of sized sacs, when you find one that fits then the correct size sac is a size smaller, this means that you need to have a good stock of different sized sacs of course.
    Thank you for the info Rob. That makes sense to me about keeping some things on hand. I restore and refurbish vintage Tobacco pipes and have done for several years now, and I try to always have a surplus of certain things on hand.

    If I may ask you, where do most folks get there supplies and what in your opinion would be a good bunch to start with? Thanks again.


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    Default Re: Another Newbie question

    Sacs: https://www.pensacs.com

    Tools: https://pentooling.com

    Supplies and "stuff": https://www.mainstreetpens.com/stuff.htm

    And more supplies and stuff: https://www.vintagepens.com/catill_repair.shtml

    Fountain pen and tobacco pipe restoration supplies: https://www.lbepen.com/shop (best if you make contact with Mark since he knows both pens and pipes)

    There are many more....

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    Default Re: Another Newbie question

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Sacs: https://www.pensacs.com

    Tools: https://pentooling.com

    Supplies and "stuff": https://www.mainstreetpens.com/stuff.htm

    And more supplies and stuff: https://www.vintagepens.com/catill_repair.shtml

    Fountain pen and tobacco pipe restoration supplies: https://www.lbepen.com/shop (best if you make contact with Mark since he knows both pens and pipes)

    There are many more....
    Awesome! Thanks for the info!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyLefty19 View Post
    Awesome! Thanks for the info!
    You'll likely get a lot of good info here, even on this small-ish forum. Pro-tip, though: even if it's a n00b query, a little suggestion in the subject/title will catch people's eyes when they scan new threads. A generic "hey, I got a question" might cause some people to just scroll by. Just my $0.02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyLefty19 View Post
    Awesome! Thanks for the info!
    You'll likely get a lot of good info here, even on this small-ish forum. Pro-tip, though: even if it's a n00b query, a little suggestion in the subject/title will catch people's eyes when they scan new threads. A generic "hey, I got a question" might cause some people to just scroll by. Just my $0.02.
    This makes sense to me! Thank you for the suggestion, I appreciate it.


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    Default Re: Another Newbie question

    Richard Binder's website gives sac sizes for a lot of pens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    Richard Binder's website gives sac sizes for a lot of pens.
    Indeed it does: look here.
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    Default Re: Another Newbie question

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    Richard Binder's website gives sac sizes for a lot of pens.
    Indeed it does: look here.
    Thanks!


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