Includes helpful shopping hints, hints for avoiding "franken'pens," and answers many of the questions that we've been asked by new collectors. Lots of line drawings. It discusses repair and restoration of most pen filling systems and has many hints for cosmetic work to improve pen appearance; shows how to create substitutes for missing parts. The book contains information about major manufacturers in the specified areas--useful for identifying and dating pens. Many color photos with great clarity. Definitely worth owning.
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it. So said Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Jim Marshall, the most prolific author of books on pens that I know of, has yet again revised and repainted his masterpiece here, along with Laurence Oldfield. Immaculately organized to present just about every uncommon and all common pens in their most disassembled states, with instructions on how to get them there, safely. This book is heavily illustrated with hundreds of photos along with the experienced narrative of lifelong pen repair experts. What's more, it's spiral bound, meaning it's not going to roll over and snap shut while you're using both hands for something else besides holding the book open while you're pulling a pen apart - it obediently lays flat on your work surface so your eyes and hands can easily multitask that difficult repair step without loosing your place. The foundation of the book is the same as the Third Edition but parts of it have been refreshed and there are some new parts.
We do not offer repair services ourselves. Some recommendations are listed below:. Daniel Kirchheimer is best known for his top-notch ding removal work on metal pen caps, Parker 51 caps being a particular specialty. He also offers other repair services, including plating. Ron Zorn is one of the most active US fountain pen repairmen. In addition to the usual reconditioning services, he is a specialist in restoration of cracks and other damage to vintage plastics. Rick Horne AKA The Southern Scribe is an experienced repairman and collector who offers everything from basic repairs up to advanced services such as replating and cap band replacement.