This Eversharp Skyline with the striped cap was one of my first vintage pens. I sold it to a friend, who eventually traded it back to me. That was a year ago. I was happy to have it back; the nib had moderate flex, and had a nimble, springy quality. The sac, though, had expired. And the pressure bar had corroded to the point where it just sprinkled itself out of the barrel when I opened the pen to inspect it. One of our FPN-Philippines gurus cleaned it, but he couldn’t repair it without a replacement pressure bar.
TAO managed to find a donor pen for me at the DC Show, and the donor pen met its fate today.
So the goldish bit is the lever. It’s attached to the pressure bar by a strip of steel which is in turn clamped to the bar. The spring ring helps keep it in place inside the barrel. How did I get it out? With pliers. And every amateur pen repair person’s prayer: God I hope I don’t break anything important.
I removed the lever from my Skyline. (I pulled it through the lever gap, and deformed the spring ring.) Then I used the pliers to push the replacement lever and pressure bar in, shaping the spring ring with my fingers so it would fit the hole of the barrel.
Then I did something stupid.
I released pressure on the pliers at the wrong time. The end of the lever was trapped underneath the plastic. I couldn’t lift it to get enough leverage to grasp the pressure bar with the pliers again. This took me some time to figure out. I managed to depress the entire thing enough to wedge the front part of the lever underneath the plastic as well. So that meant the pliers could finally go around the pressure bar. Yay.
I intend to clean the nib of the donor pen, keep the lever from mine, and who knows? Maybe one day we’ll find another pressure bar and maybe even a cap.
So the dead pen rose again, and the black donor pen will live to fight another day. Stay tuned for the next Eversharp Skyline Zombie Ninja Adventure!