Fountain Pens Complete Guide To Repair And Restoration
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Rudolf Nureyev once said, “Everyone has a bad day every day.” That is certainly true of fountain pens. With that in mind, when you’re shopping for a fountain pen, you should not hesitate to buy a pen that is given to you with a poor nib.
When I first started collecting fountain pens, I scoffed at the idea of buying a pen with a poor nib. After all, how could you expect such a pen to write? In hindsight, I was being a bit arrogant and foolish. Many of the fountain pens I’ve acquired in the last few years have had issues with the pen’s nib, and I have learned that some of them were actually quite serviceable.
At the Pen & Ink Society annual conventions, we've enjoyed seeing some great pens offered for sale. Each year we try to find the rarest and most interesting items, and then offer them to Pen & Ink Society members at reduced prices. This year's event took place in September 2011 in St. Louis. Many great pens and tools were at the show. More events are planned in the coming year. If you'd like to get involved, drop us a line!
If you are of a mind to restore pens, I would recommend picking up a copy of The Complete Book of Fountain Pen Repair by Edward C. Timson. He has worked on pens for decades and has a real passion for his work. All the information in this book is good, but if you are looking for the ultimate resource this is the place to go. There is also an excellent bibliography of repair books at the back of the book. I've got the second edition, but I'm sure a new edition is available.
I can't remember where I picked up Danny Danko's Rebuild Ink, but I've been using it ever since. It works! He discusses the limits of the materials in various pens, and gives hints on how to recreate parts that may be missing. It's not the most clear and concise book, but it is packed with great information.
At any rate, here is a list of links to the various aspects of the subject, including pen recommendations, links to repair and restoration articles, and links to guides on buying pens, etc.:
Here are some other helpful resources:
Craigley Fountain Pens has a good history section .
The Fountain Pens Society is a great resource for information.
The Japan Fountain Pen Association and The Kensankaku have lots of information on Japanese fountain pens
The Electrical Fountain Pen Society has a very good website and a good e-mail group .
Looking for something about fountain pens in particular? The major repository of fountain pen lore is the fountain pen website www.fountainpens.com . You can find the fountain pen price guide here . 827ec27edc