This is one I've been toying with from almost the beginning, but first I wanted to do some posts about the basics before jumping right into some of the more complicated repairs, which most beginners will not face right away. Anyway, I received this little pen for Christmas and I knew it would have a few problems but not this many. Most obvious is the missing ring top tassie (the majority of Salz Peter Pan pens are fitted with them), also prior to taking the pen apart I noticed that the nib and feed were seated incorrectly (the feed was pushed to far into the section). Upon opening the pen and cleaning it out first thing I noticed is the ring that holds the lever it place was corroded and broken. Lifting the lever caused it to crumble and break.
|Salz Bros Peter Pan fountain pen or Mister Stripy. Lever and broken ring seen at bottom left of photo.|
In order to keep this post short and to the point, I'm just going to say I acquired some replacement C-rings or split rings from an acquaintance. None of them were the right size, they were made for Conway Stewart Dinky pens, which happen to be larger than Salz Peter Pan pens. So, after much grumbling and wrecking several rings I was able to reshape one to fit inside this pen.
|Rings, pen, lever and J-bar (what depresses the sac when you lift the lever)|
|Ring slipped through lever|
|Position lever and ring in lever slot like this, stand upward with bottom of lever inside the pen. Press down gently and twist until seated correctly.|
|A large straight pin works well for positioning the ring and pushing in the J-bar|
|J-bar and pen barrel|
|Start pushing in the J-bar with your fingers and finish with the tool of your choice|
While replacing a C-ring you are putting extra pressure on the weakest point in the pen's barrel, which happens to be the groove where the ring fits. Please be careful, use only the amount of force needed and don't rush or else you could break your pen.
Feel free to ask questions.