How to Remove and Install Levers in Lever-Filling Pens

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When you are repairing a lever-filling pen, you must sometimes remove and replace the lever. In most cases, this is not a difficult task, but there are some techniques that can make it easier. The aim of this article is to teach you some of those “pro tricks.” The first trick to know is that removing the pressure bar first will make an ordinary job easier and an impossible job possible.

Removing and Reinstalling the Pressure Bar

In most pens, the lever is not attached to the pressure bar, but the pressure bar will get in the way when you try to remove the lever in all pens except those whose levers are mounted by pins in the manner of Sheaffer’s original 1908 patent and are also not attached to the pressure bar. This section discusses several — but not all — pressure-bar systems and how to deal with them. Systems not described here should become obvious to you with experience.

Removing and Reinstalling the Lever

Most fountain pens use one of the following two lever fastening schemes:

Waterman pens: Except for some relatively late low-priced models, all of Waterman’s lever-filling pens used a lever that is mounted in a box and pivots on a pin that is part of the lever assembly. These boxed levers are a topic in themselves, and Replacing a Waterman Lever Box Assembly deals with them.


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