I wanted to do a follow-up to what happened to my Parker Duofold in Atlanta. I wanted to share a GOOD repair story that happened at the Chicago Pen Show. I bought a low-priced Lady Sheaffer Skripsert on Thursday night on a vendor’s table only to discover that there was a crack in the nib plastic a couple days later. Now, I didn’t look closely enough when I purchased it to discover the crack so I know this was my fault.
I mentioned the crack to someone at the show on Sunday and was told that Ron Zorn at Main Street Pens was the man to see and that he might have parts to fix a Lady Sheaffer Skripsert. Later, he happened to come by the Vanness table while I was working and I mentioned my broken Lady Sheaffer and he told me to come by he table right then. I followed him into the ballroom and was able to watch him disassemble the complicated assembly of the partially hooded nib from the cracked housing. He had a spare housing and even had new-old-stock nibs and housings so I purchased a spare fine nib as well as having him replace the housing for the original nib.
He did the work quickly and talked me through the procedure. He even told me he had a lot of additional parts for Lady Sheaffers and that if I had any others that needed repairs to let him know.
I thought it was interesting to see that the dolphin nose angle of the nib is less severe on the X-Fine nib than on the medium nib. They are both 14K nibs and very smooth.
I thought it would be good to share a repair story with a happy ending.
When I got back to Kansas City, I put a turquoise Sheaffer cartridge in it and was actually quite pleased with the color of the ink. I noticed a little bit a a red halo to it which was a pleasant surprise. I plan to use up the ink and then refill the cartridges because finding a converter to fit the Lady Sheaffers is kind of a challenging. The X-Fine writes beautifully and I love it!
The “new” gold Lady Sheaffer Skripsert came with a little carrying case but I thought I’d show the whole collection together — two Lady Sheaffer Skripserts and the Sheaffer Imperial plus the extra nib unit. Now to find some of those exotic Lady Sheaffer beauties in blue and red!
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Hi Ana. Hurray for a good repair story.
One of the items Richard Binder suggests taking to a pen show is a loupe. These are easy to find in ranges of 10, 20, and 30 power and at least 20mm across for the lens. Many are lighted. I’ve gotten several at Amazon.
They are good for looking closely at the nib and tines, plus whatever else you want to check. Binder especially recommended them for checking vintage pens.
Glad you got a good result.
I wonder how did he disassemble the nib and feed from the cracked housing of your lady sheaffer. Would y you be able to explain please.