W.A. Shaeffer Pen Company
clipper fountain pen with a #4 nib.
this pen was my great grandfather's and the sac had petrified.
before i begin, i must express how easy it is to re-sac a lever fountain pen that is already in a respectable condition. i strongly recommend any owner of a fountain pen with a petrified sac to re-sac their pen and get it back in order. after all tools need to be used.
this is a simple outline of the steps i took:
1. never try to work the lever if the sac is petrified. to test how the nib worked, i first took the pen and dipped in ink for a few seconds.
2. the nib seemed to be in good visual and functional order so i went on cleaning. i separated the parts of the pen: removed the hardened sac that was stuck to the walls of the barrel then soaked in water. i was patient with soaking, flushing with water.
3. when all traces of ink and the old sac were gone from inside the barrel, i let dry and then prepared for the new bladder.
|clipper fountain pen with the last remaining petrified sac still on the section.|
4. after the pen parts were dry i removed the final traces of old sac that was adhered to the
section's sac coupler. after removing the old sac i took a soft core nail buffer to the coupler.
|clipper fountain pen with all the petrified sac removed|
5. i have a number of pens to re-sac, so i purchased a couple sizes of sacs and shellac from Richards pens. Richards pens also has some very good how to's on re-sacing fountain pens.
there are a few other good options for online stores too. i purchased from Richard's out of appreciation for their tutorials and other generous website information.
the sacs come long so i fitted in the barrel, subtracted jut over another 1/8" and cut it straight.
the bladders are quite flexible and easy to stretch over the section's sac coupler.
i applied shellac to the coupler, fitted the sac and then put one more fine bead around the outer seam.
|clipper fountain pen with a new bladder. above the re-sac section is the amount i had to cut off.|
6. it is recommended to let the shellac cure for 30 minutes, i had to go to work so i let it sit for much longer.
7. before reassembly i used the talc from one of the boys old bicycle tires and powdered the outside of the bladder.
|clipper fountain pen assembled and ready for writing.|
8. the pen drank the ink very easily and after a few hours of using there are no signs of leakage.
this was a very very simple process.