Vintage Sheaffer Snorkel Servicing
We have extensive experience of servicing and repairing vintage Sheaffer fountain pens. Generally these are lever fillers or plunger fillers such as the Touchdown or the popular Snorkel model, a variation of the Touchdown
Servicing Sheaffer Touchdowns involves a full strip down to individual component parts, ultrasonic cleaning, replacement of seals in the nib unit and barrel end (required to create a vacuum for filling) and fitting a new ink sac. Once reassembled, we check that the pen is filling properly and check the nib adjusting/smoothing as needed.
From the 1970s, most pens have been converter or cartridge fillers such as the Sheaffer Lady, Imperial, Targa and Prelude models
We now have a limited range of nibs available for the older Sheaffer models
Above: A selection of PFM and Snorkel nibs
Snorkels and Touchdown models require fairly regular servicing as the filling system relies on a latex rubber ink sac and two sets of seals to function. These tend to harden with age, and then the pen fails to fill properly
Sheaffer PFM (Pen for Men) Demonstrator from around 1964 - quite a rarity!