This site is devoted to the understanding and repair of vintage and classic fountain pens. I am no longer offering a repair service; it is my intention to provide the information and tools required for repair and to encourage people to do their own repairs.
Collecting fountain pens and the study of their history is an absorbing activity, but for me nothing quite matches the satisfaction of restoring pens to their original operating condition. Only by handling a pen and using it in the manner originally intended can you recapture an appreciation of the quality of the instrument, and in your imagination, the various people who have written with it over the years.
Pen Repair Books
1. Pen Repair 3rd Edition (Marshall and Oldfield).
The third edition has the same spiral binding and format as the second edition, but with strengthened covers.
There are a few extra pens described and there is more information on repairing ball point pens: the concept of ‘Webnotes’ has been introduced; some piston pen repair techniques have been revised, and there is more information on adhesives and making cork and rubber seals. The section on British pens has been updated, and more tools have been added.
The third edition is £28 ($45) when purchased from the authors. RRP is £30. Post and packing to the UK is £6, to Europe £9 and to the rest of the world £14. The book is due to be bound by 10 December and available shortly afterwards. Please e-mail me to reserve a personally autographed copy (only available from the authors) and I will let you know when delivery can be made.
For sample pages and ordering information, click the Pen Repair Books link.
2. Onoto Pen Repair (Crook, Hull, Marshall and Oldfield)
29 January New tools for removing Parker 51 shells and Parker 61 capillary shells.
18 November. Pen Repair (3) available in 2 weeks.
19 November. More Parkers, Conways and Burnham listed
21 November More Onoto, Sheaffer, Watermans listed
2 December Third edition of Pen Repair - contents pages (click Pen Repair Books)