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The reason that got me started on fountain pens is I lost the end cap of my Waterman Laureat II. I realized it must have gotten loose somehow and fell out of my bag. I finally found a replacement for it and I really don't want the same thing to happen again. What would you kind folks suggest by way of prevention?

I read elsewhere that teflon tape is not a good idea. Not even a tiny tiny strip? I see plumbers wrapping pipe ends w/ it and I have no intention of doing as the plumbers do, just that a tiny strip, no thicker than a hair and not even long enough to go around the whole barrel once, would be sufficient to keep the end cap on. 

Or is there an alternative to rosin based sealant which I read can be used for barrel and section threads? I have no access to rosin based sealant -- unless I order it online and I've to stop ordering pen-related things for a month I think :p



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Teflon tape is intended for sealing metal pipe threads by filling the gaps between those threads very tightly; adding anything solid between two mating threaded plastic parts risks splitting the outer part (cap or barrel). It also lubricates the threads, easing assembly and disassembly.

Since your sole purpose is to keep the part from unscrewing itself, pretty much anything that is slightly sticky would do the job. A *tiny* amount of, say, maple syrup on the first couple of threads of the male part would probably to the job nicely, won't damage the plastics involved, and is water soluble so it would be easy to remove if necessary.

You wouldn't use it on a section thread or any part that is constantly exposed to ink, but for a decorative part it should work nicely, and as a bonus your pen will smell like breakfast. smile.gif

Anything similar would work: corn syrup, molasses, sorghum ... just be sure that it's water-soluble if it tends to harden.

You can also scrape the male threads against the sticky side of a Post-It note, Scotch tape, or something else with a non-hardening gummy adhesive.

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a small bit of soft wax will work as well.


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Even ear wax. smile.gif

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Ok excellent! I definitely have access to syrups and ear wax biggrin



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what just happened?

 

ear wax/maple syrup....wth....lol



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Hi People,

I am new here - just joined today, so am not sure if this belongs here or not -

I recently had the same thing happen to me on a Waterman Kultur Rollerball pen,

with the exception that this all happened in my jeans pocket! The bottom barrel unscrewed itself in my pocket, but this was like the 3rd or 4th time happening to me. The first three times I recovered the pen bottom. The last time alas I did not as it slipped out of a small hole in the pocket that i was not aware I had along with some small change also. Is this a design flaw with waterman products? Has that ever happened to anyone here? It just as easy could have happened with a cartridge loaded fountain pen too.

If this is not the place for this complaint, please advise. Thanks for hearing my tale of woe - Manny D.



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Not a design flaw, really, as very few good pens are meant to be carried in a pants pocket. Most are intended to be clipped to a shirt or inside coat/jacket pocket where they aren't subject to the stresses and rolling action found in a snug pants pocket. Simply sitting down with it in a jeans pocket can easily snap a pen into two pieces.



-- Edited by Chthulhu on Sunday 7th of August 2011 09:22:00 AM

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manolid1 wrote:

Hi People,

I am new here - just joined today, so am not sure if this belongs here or not -

I recently had the same thing happen to me on a Waterman Kultur Rollerball pen,

with the exception that this all happened in my jeans pocket! The bottom barrel unscrewed itself in my pocket, but this was like the 3rd or 4th time happening to me. The first three times I recovered the pen bottom. The last time alas I did not as it slipped out of a small hole in the pocket that i was not aware I had along with some small change also. Is this a design flaw with waterman products? Has that ever happened to anyone here? It just as easy could have happened with a cartridge loaded fountain pen too.

If this is not the place for this complaint, please advise. Thanks for hearing my tale of woe - Manny D.


 

It does suck to lose the end cap. The wax tip they gave me here really works though and if you find a replacement I suggest doing that to prevent accidents in the future.



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