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I have seen a Waterman's 88 model fountain pen, with "the Jifmatic filling action"  The pen has been on ebay here in the UK.  It looks brand new and is in the original box, with chalk marks plain to see.  It has an 18 carat gold nib, and also a rolled gold cap.  The original price shown is 90/- ie £4-10s-0d, so must have been pre-decimalisation here in the UK, which was 1971.

I have searched here on FPC but have drawn a blank. Does anyone have any knowledge about this model of pen ?



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From Richard Binders site>


Filled in a Jiffy

Manufacturer logoToday’s French Waterman company, which grew out of JiF Waterman when Waterman closed its doors in the U.S.A., has not been slow to “keep up with the Joneses,” if the Joneses were the competition. From the C/F of the 1950s, the company developed a varied selection of pens that used the original C/F cartridge and later, with new models such as the Lady, C/F-compatible converters. The Lady converter also fit a close sibling of the pen shown here, but this pen is Waterman’s Jif Matic. Its cartridge well is filled with a sac and a sac protector. On the side of the sac protector, instead of a squeeze bar, is a flag-like “door” that you lift away from the sac protector. This action operates a pressure bar to squeeze the sac; it’s really an adaptation of William Welty’s vintage Servo filler. And it‘s a nice pen, too, with a delicious Nº 3 fine nib. The pen is 51/4" capped and 57/8" posted, a nice size for people with average hands.



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DWL, Thank you for your reply, and what you have described is the pen I am waiting for.  Should be here on Wednesday.  I have visited Richard Binders site a few weeks back, but forgot about it.  Will visit it again and look at what you have mentioned.

Started off enlarging my Parker pens, as I had 3 of them from years ago. Then started hunting out Sheaffers; followed lately by Waterman pens. I overheard the wife a few weeks back, whilst she was on the 'phone, " Oh, he's collecting pens now.  He's not no more room for bloody cameras."biggrin



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Glad to help out bud. IMHO, Richard has the best pen reference site on the internet. I look at it quite often.

"Started off enlarging my Parker pens, as I had 3 of them from years ago. Then started hunting out Sheaffers; followed lately by Waterman pens. I overheard the wife a few weeks back, whilst she was on the 'phone, " Oh, he's collecting pens now. He's not no more room for bloody cameras."

My wife just eye rolls these days...lol


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DWL, Waterman 88 Jifmatic arrived today and it is absolutely mint.  It has never been used.  It must be about 40 years old. However, the Jifmatic filling mechanism, ie the flap operated by a fingertip, is quite stiff.  Any idea of the best thing to free it ?

I had been thinking on the lines of a drop of very light oil, allowing that some time to rest, then eventually try to move the flap with a bit of gentle persuasion.

I will also post a similar query in the repair section here on FPC.



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I answered in the other thread & will do so again. Most likely the sac has hardened/ossified. Dont force the door/flag or it can break. NO OIL it's bad for the plastics, if you dont feel comfortable doing the restoration job, send it off to a pensmith for some TLC.

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DWL, Thanks for the information and suggestion re the problem. Just got back here today, as yesterday was a busy day with other matters. As I said, I will not be forcing anything, and will not use oil as you suggest.
Thanks.

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