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Hi all,

I recently purchased this Sheaffer Imperial VIII touchdown pen. It still has the price sticker of $17.50 on the cap. Let me start by saying that I've never owned a pen other than lever fill, aerometric or vacumatic. These plungers are very alien to me.

I tried to fill the pen, then expel the ink back into the bottle to see if it was taking any in. It wasn't. I unscrewed the barrel and found a chrome cover with a standard looking ink sac within it. There was a tear in the sac, so I fitted a new one and put it all back together. Still no joy. Obviously there must be some suction needed from the thick rod (plunger thing) at the end of the pen, and it ain't happening with this pen.

When dipped, I found the nib to be a beautifully smooth fine point that just glides across the paper, so I'm keen to get this thing running properly.

With a bit of lateral thinking, I decided to use it as a sort of aerometric without the silver case. I squeezed the ink sac with fingers and filled it - then screwed the barrel back onto the section and voila! However, I would appreciate advice on how to get the touchdown filler working as it should. I presume I'll need some sort of kit and detailed instructions/diagram to do this?

By the way, can anyone help with a possible year this pen may have been made?

I appreciate any advice you may wish to pass on to me about any/all of the above confuse

Anyway, here are the pics. It's a beautiful pen, and can't wait to get it working properly.

All the best,

Gerard.














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Gerard!

Nice find! It's good that you decided to fix it yourself!
The problem is that there is a rubber gasket (O-ring) that goes into the barrel
to give the pen a "seal". It's just as you described! When the ring is still good, they are quite easy to fix!
You can check out Richard's site- richardspens.com
He has a kit on repairing these pens, you can also try a local hobby shop for the size of O-ring you need. I would look at the videos under repairs here as well! I know DWL has something on that here!

Frank

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Frank, this is the only pen I won from that estate auction recently.

Thanks for the advice. I'll have a look around and try to work something out.

Gerard.

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Aussie FP wrote:

Frank, this is the only pen I won from that estate auction recently.

Thanks for the advice. I'll have a look around and try to work something out.

Gerard.



It was a great buy, and it won't take much to make it perfect!
He (Banks) seemed to like maroon/burgundy pens- I got a couple as well,
including a P45 and a Skyline in maroon!

Frank



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