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Nishimura Vintage Fountain Pens & Writing Equipment Filling Instructions: Lever-Fillers

Lifting the lever compresses the ink sac; after placing the nib in ink, close the lever and count to ten to allow the sac to reinflate completely.

For those few lever-fillers with internal breather tubes (some Skylines, for example), repeating the above procedure for a second time may fill the sac more completely.  If no bubbles appear in the ink, however, the repetition is unnecessary.

Occasionally one will run across two-piece jointed levers; these function just like conventional levers.  An exception is the system used on the Waterman Ink-Vue pens of the late 1930s and early 1940s, which is actually a hybrid using the lever as a pump.  Ink-Vue levers must be operated repeatedly, until bubbles are no longer expelled with each stroke.

Lever-fillers are simple and robust, and generally quite easy to repair.   It is important not to force a stuck lever against an old hardened sac, however, since it then becomes quite easy to do serious damage to the lever, lever box, or barrel.

Click here to see original 1932 Waterman Tip Fill instructions


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