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Other Sac Fill Systems
There were a number of other systems for compressing and expanding sacs, many of which were devised to evade patent infringement. In general, the principle behind all these is the same as for the lever fill -- you have to do something to mash in the sac, then let it expand with the point down inside the ink supply.

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Crescent Filler
For the crescent filler (Conklin etc.), twist the locking ring around so that the crescent can be pressed into the barrel. Release the crescent, allow the pen to fill, and (important!) twist the locking ring back in place to secure the crescent (unless you want to squirt ink all over your nice stationery).
For the sleeve filler (various brands), move or twist the cover until the sac is exposed. Press on the sac and release with the point inside the ink bottle. Replace the cover.

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Twist Sac Filler
A few pens (mostly European) used a twist sac filler, in which a twist on the back of the barrel would collapse the sac by wringing it; twist the knob, put the point in ink, then return the knob to its original position. Wait a few seconds, then remove and clean up the point.


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  Lever Fill Pen  
The great majority of older (pre-1960) pens you will see will be lever fillers, which have a small lever (usually nickel or gold plated metal) running lengthwise down the side of the barrel. Immerse the point completely in the ink bottle. Using a fingernail, flip the lever out to a 90 angle (or as far as it will go without forcing it) to collapse the sac (this will eject any ink remaining in the sac, so clean the pen first if you're changing colors). Then, flip the lever back in place and leave the point in the ink for a few seconds. Remove the pen and wipe down the point. Typically, no priming is necessary as with a piston fill pen.

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  Parker Vacumatic System  
This was the system used on Vacumatics, 51s, and other Parker pens from the middle of the century. Remove the blind cap from the back of the pen (don't lose it!). Put the point all the way into the ink bottle. Tap the plunger several times; the pen will gradually fill through a breather tube inside the barrel. Replace the blind cap. If the pen does not fill, it may need a new diaphragm, which is a job for a professional. (Note: one advantage of the vacs is that they tend not to eject their ink supply as readily as sac pens should you accidentally press the plunger).