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I'm moving out of my comfort zone and have recently developed a penchant for Sheaffer plunger/touchdown/snorkel type fillers. I just bought this one on the 'bay, which should be on its way to me.

I believe that this pen has had very little, if any, use. I'm not sure I'mexperiencedenough to tell that, but it looks nice anyway. With any luck it should make it Down Under in about 10-14 daysw00t.gif

The pics are from the listing.

Anyone care to put an approximate year of production on this baby for me please?

Thanks. Gerard.








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don't know much about the year... but, congrats! it's a beauty!

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Thanks Peter, I think it looks pretty good too.

I have just done some research and it appears to be a 1949 pen, as it is a Sentinel and not theThin Model 'TM'. I stumbled upon the following web page, which gave me the clues that it was only made in this form for one year.

http://www.vintagepens.com/Sheaffer_Touchdown_Snorkel.shtml



By the way, I got my grey Parker51 out the other week for it's rotation. I fell in love with it all over again. I might move into them after the Sheaffer Era biggrin



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Aussie FP wrote:

By the way, I got my grey Parker51 out the other week for it's rotation. I fell in love with it all over again. I might move into them after the Sheaffer Era biggrin



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That's a Sentinel, but I'm not sure about the year. The Sentinel shows up in Sheaffer's advertising from the early '60s. The pen, by the way, sold for $22.50 at that time.

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Thanks Jonro. You obviously know your stuff.

I'm happy that I paid only a couple of dollars more than it cost back then, given the way some of the older pens have increased in value over the years.

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can we get a review, update or something here?

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can we get a review, update or something here?


It's still 'pending'. It normally takes a couple of weeks for stuff to get from North America to Australia. I'll give you an update as soon as it arrives.


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tomorrow unless Murphy is really my god, it will be here and I can examine them and see what I got. Wearevers are new to me.
Esterbrooks are easier to ID.

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BoBo, it looks like a lot of goodies there. what were you able to use or fix?

aussie, how do you like your sentinel?

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Hi Peter,

I'd love to give you an appreciation of my Sentinel.....but due to the dreaded Swine Flu (I presume), I have not yet received it.

It was coming from Canada, and other expected arrivals from the USA have not arrived either. That was in mid April. One can only assume that mail from the continent of North America is being held up.

Has anyone else found transit times increased from the USA?

Having said that, I have recently received a new pen from the UK, which only took 10 days to get to me. It's a near mint Parker 61 Mark II in the box. The capillary filler is still new, and has never had any liquid near it. The reason I call it 'near mint' rather than 'mint' is the nib looks as though it's been dipped at some time, as there is the faintest ink stain underneath the feed. I'd love to know how these pens write, but I'm not going to fill this baby. It's lasted 45 years as new, so I don't want to spoil it now. I might buy myself a used 61 and see what it's like. I believe they are very good writers.

Apart from that all is well. I'll let you know.

Gerard.




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Hi all,

the Sheaffer has 'touched down' - pardon the pun!

It's every bit as good as it looks in the photos above; however, I'm not entirely sure on the filling procedure with it. I think I'm supposed to unscrew the base and pull/extend the silver tube before placing the nib in the ink. Then, am I supposed to put the nib in the ink and push the tube back in swiftly with one press before screwing in the base again?

I'd appreciate any advice you may be able to give me on how to do this properly.

Thanks.

Gerard.


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Aussie FP wrote:

Hi all,

the Sheaffer has 'touched down' - pardon the pun!

It's every bit as good as it looks in the photos above; however, I'm not entirely sure on the filling procedure with it. I think I'm supposed to unscrew the base and pull/extend the silver tube before placing the nib in the ink. Then, am I supposed to put the nib in the ink and push the tube back in swiftly with one press before screwing in the base again?

I'd appreciate any advice you may be able to give me on how to do this properly.

Thanks.

Gerard.



Gerard!


Yes, you have pretty much described how it works. These pens are made to fill with one "push" in the ink bottle. I will sometimes pull the pump mechanism back after it is in the ink bottle. I don't think it matters either way (as long as the pen is empty!).

You will have to submerge the section into the ink a little. These types of nibs/sections work better with a full bottle. The only issue is you have to clean the "ribbed" section well to get rid of all excess ink!

It is a beautiful pen! Enjoy!

Frank



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hi aussie. i'm glad you like your new toy.

i thought it was a snorkle, in which case one needs to just dip the tube/snorkle in the ink and push the plunger down. after that, just turn the back to pull in the tube and write. you don't even have to wipe anything... and works even with very little ink in the bottle... that's the beauty of the snorkles!!!!!

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Hi PP51

No, it's definitely a touchdown filler. I don't think it's the TM either. I looks like the original size, but then again, I'm no expert on these.

I haven't had the courage to go for a snorkel yet. I've heard they are the hardest to repair. I might get one someday.

Thanks for the advice.



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