Fountain Pen Repair and Restoration Rates
Complete restoration includes disassembly, cleaning, resacing, light buffing to remove surface scratches, and minor nib and flow adjustments.
Each pen is filled and written with before being sent back. No exceptions.
~Prices do not include return shipping~
Partial services are available as noted. If a needed service is not listed please ask!
We do not repair ballpoint pens.
Our queue is closed until June 15, 2018. We will be at the Long Island, Chicago and Triangle (Raleigh) pen shows
and can repair your pens on site, or taken them in to repair in the shop. But with all of the show prep and travel
we're closing the queue so that it doesn't get to be unmanageable!
If additional parts or work are needed,
additional charges may apply.
Only one person will work on your pen - Ron! Pens generally are repaired in the order in which they are received. Some repairs, such as plastic repairs or Sheaffer Vacuum fillers are more involved, and take a little more time. Your pen, and every pen, is given exactly as much time as it takes to repair the pen properly. I like the line in the movie Princess Bride that goes, "You rush a miracle man, you get bad miracles." The same goes for pen repair. Rush pen repairs, and you get bad repairs. That may mean that it takes a little longer, but we think it's worth the wait. Right now turn around is estimated to be at least 16 weeks. Note that this is only an estimate. Actual time will depend on the difficulty of the repairs on your pen, and the pens in the que ahead of them.
|The repair of plastic and celluloid is not an exact
science. In fact, it’s more of an art. We tell clients
that the time needed for the repair of cracks and other related flaws
in pens is open ended.
Keep in mind that in some cases we’re working with plastics that are over 80 years old. There were variations in the formula for the materials supplied from one company to another, and even from one batch to the next. In general we know what the material is and how it responds, but it’s impossible to predict precisely how the material will react every time. In some cases the plastic has decayed to the point where it is very brittle, making it even more difficult to work, and requiring extra steps.
The solvents used need time to completely evaporate out of the repaired area between steps. There can be many steps with some pens; filling the crack, and then blending of the repair into the surrounding area a part of each step. Data from some companies indicates that full strength in a solvent weld is not achieved until a full week has passed, and in that time period the material will shrink to some extent. Extra layers to fill a defect are then required.
What all of this means is that sometimes the repair can be accomplished in a couple of days, sometimes it takes several weeks. I want you to be pleased with the repair, and you do too! Thanks for your patience while I try to do the best repair possible on your pen.
How do we ship?
|Our preferred method of shipping is through the US Postal
Service. We've found it to be quite reliable, and relatively
inexpensive. To destinations in the US, we ship priority mail with insurance and signature
confirmation. To addresses outside of the US, we ship first class mail,
registered. This is a secure way to ship pens to locations
outside the US, and provides a tracking number, which Global Priority
does not. It's cheaper too!
All pens are wrapped in bubble wrap, and are shipped in a cardboard box.
|© 2018 Ron Zorn|