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I was sitting here at the workbench pretty much doing a whole lot of nothing a few nights ago. Started looking through the parts bin to see what was around to play with. I happened across some BCHR Waterman 52 bits & had most of what I needed for a complete pen. The problem was the only 52 cap that I had to spare had a nasty crack & a gaping hole where the clip used to be. Were not talking a pair of clean rivet holes, were talking the clip took much material with it when it left for parts unknown.

Didn't have a Waterman nib I wanted to use either so I went to the scrap nibs container & found a 2 tone Sheaffer Feathetouuch #3 that had the tines blown off.
I put everything together in a dry fit to see how it looked. meh, not too bad. The discoloration, crack & hole in the cap were pretty gnarly though. Got to thinking what I could do about them. Usually with a BHR cap lip crack I fill the crack with a good epoxy & slip a cap band on it to hold it closed & stabalize it. Didn't want to do that again. Think man, what to do...Hmmmm....
WHAT...TO DO??

AH HA!

Inspiration struck & I went to the drawer where I keep broken celluloid bits. Caps, barrels etc etc. Found a barrel that just fit over the cap lip, snug but not tight. Broke out the dremmel & cutting disk. Sliced a 1/2" section from the middle. Put it in the poor mans lathe (drill clamped to the desk) & turned the material down so it wasn't so 'bulky'. buffed & polished it down to a thin ring of 1/2" wide celluloid. Went to the epoxy & coated the first 3/8" of the cap lip & slid the new band on. Let it set up for a few hours, came back & gave it a peek..... Yeah this can work. Rawk!!

So then it was off to the sink for a degreasing & deep cleaning of the BHR parts.
Get them back to the bench & give everything a good coat of Syd Syperstiens Pensbury Manor Black Hard Rubber Dye Potion #9. Set them aside to dry/cure.

Turned my attention to the nib. Grabbed a parts 52 barrel, dropped the section with the Sheaffer nib in it & turned to the shaping disk to create another no tipping BB Cursive Italic. (Think Sheaffer No Nonsense Italic nibs with no tipping.) After 30 miutes or so of shaping & smoothing I had one suh-weet writer on my hands. Set everything aside & let it set overnight after the cap & barrel got another treatment from Syd's magic juice. Back to it in the AM for reassembly & a test ride.

Get back to it the next morning & remember I neede to do something about that nasty hole in the cap. Hmm. OH Yeah! Remembered I found an accomadation clip a few days before & dropped in in place. Grabbed the Noodlers Cayenne & got busy!

 I don't think it's too bad for something that crawled out of the parts bin. The next time I do it I'm going to use a brighter colored celluloid & see what sort of difference that makes. I think It will look a lot better when I find a clean clip for it rather than this rusty beat up old thing it's wearing now.













-- Edited by DWL at 23:26, 2008-09-21

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super-franken-waterman hey?? super!!

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The only thing this frankenbeast is missing are a pair of bolts on the sides of the cap. heh.



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