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All That Glitters is Not Gold

20 October 2011 - 05:21 AM

Greg's post (here) on the feed clogged with gold reminded me of this repair. This is a Sheaffer Triumph disassembled for refurbishing of its plunger filling system. Now, I'd seen that lovely iridescent sheen on nibs before and always thought it very pretty (ooh, shiny, Capt'n!), but it never extended into the pen and devoured the insides like this one. The barrel was absolutely packed with this solidified ink. You can see what it did to the rod. I thought it was one of those fancy gold inks, but when I put the chunky golden barrel remnants in water (and from the color on my fingers), the ink was actually PURPLE! (and it took me days to remove all traces of it from my bench! lol)

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I have no idea what the ink was and no way of knowing how long it sat in that pen, but it ate the rod alive. :blink: