Sleeve filler

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The sleeve filler, also called thumb filler, is one of the many filling systems experimented at the beginning of '900, in particular it was adopted by Holland around 1905 and by Waterman that used it from 1910 to 1915. This loading system is based on the displacement of a sleeve that wraps the barrel of the pen to hide a large opening made on one side of it. Moving the sleeve, which protects the opening, gives direct access to the pressure bar (on which a relief button was usually mounted at the opening), which can be so pressed using the fingertips.

Diagram of a pen with sleeve filler

The presence of the sleeve that wraps around the barrel at the opening, however, makes the size of the body of the pen uneven, which are therefore often unpleasant from an aesthetic point of view. Moreover, the mechanical complexity of the pen and its general fragility are greatly increased, since the pens of that period were made from hard rubber, a material not particularly resistant to mechanical stress. For this reason this filling system had a reduced diffusion and was soon abandoned.

A second version of this filling system, much more sophisticated, was adopted by LeBoeuf in 1930. In this case it didn't have a sleeve, but it was the whole barrel of the pen (made this time in celluloid) that could be unhooked from the nib group, sliding on an inner cylinder made of metal, on which there was lateral opening for the direct pressure on the sac. In this case, a uniform cylindrical shaft was obtained that had no lists, not even for the housing of the lever.

In una forma simile, almeno sul piano estetico, questo sistema di caricamento venne adottato anche dalla Parker per l'aerometric usato nella 51 (che però prevede pressioni multiple per la presenza di uno sfiatatoio), mentre un sistema sostanzialmente identico viene utilizzato ancora oggi da alcuni converter (ad esempio quelli delle stilografiche Pilot di fascia bassa).

Brevetti correlati

  • Brevetto n° US-818803, del 1906-04-24, richiesto il 1905-06-08, di Otto E. Weidlich, Weidlich. Sistema di caricamento.