Yesterday I received an English 502 which I would like to use as a daily writer. The only problem with it is that the clip and stud assembly has a bit of movement. Is it possible to tighten this up?
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Posted 01 April 2016 - 12:12 PM
Admittedly, I come late to the "party", but I just read your post about the loose clip on the Waterman #502. It appears there was no response to your question. Did you ever solve your problem? (Assuming that you are still here and reading these posts!) I have the same issue and have seen this problem appear on other Watermans of this clip/stud design that come up for sale on ebay. It would seem that the design itself is begging the problem to occur with eventual use and/or atmospheric changes of humidity and temperature resulting in a loosening of the clip/stud original tight fit inside the cap top. The bottom line is that it is, in my opinion, a poorly conceived design that the smart engineers at LE Waterman should never have made - but apparently they did - and it is we poor sods who are stuck with the problem of somehow fixing it.
Posted 01 April 2016 - 09:31 PM
Sometimes the fixing is a simple rivet that could conceivably be tightened by carefully tapping the end from within the inside of the cap but in other cases it is a bolt & nut type affair which requires a special tool to tighten, assuming that it isn't seized solid as the vast majority will be after several decades soaked in ink.
Posted 04 April 2016 - 01:01 AM
Hi, sorry I haven't been able to respond until today as I was getting 403 errors whenever I tried to visit the site. Stuart, I never did solve the problem, the pen was just put to one side until I decided what to do about it (like 200 others...). Vintage penman, I will have a close look inside the barrel. When you say "special tool" do you mean a spanning screwdriver such as one would use on a Conway Stewart?
Anyway thank you both for your replies.
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