||The pen arrived today so I wanted to drop you a note to
tell you that I am entirely delighted with the
repair/restoration. As you said in your email, the needed
repair to the barrel is completely invisible and the filling
mechanism works superbly. This is the third or fourth pen
I’ve entrusted to your expert hands and you’ve always
exceeded my expectations. Your attention to the details like
the cap alignment with the fill lever are the mark of a true
master craftsman. (Waterman 452 1/2V barrel repair)
||(Pelikan 400NN section transplant)
My pen has arrived, safe and sound. You’ve
done a remarkable job. I really can’t tell the difference
from before other than there’s no crack and my fingers
don’t get inky. I’m extremely happy and very
Sorry it's taken me a few days to let you know how much I'm
enjoying the Triumph with its new EF nib. I was in the
middle of three simultaneous work crises when it arrived,
but I immediately inked it up, and nearly swooned after the
first two words. I've hardly put it down since (I take lots
of notes while I work). You, sir, are the king of
||(re. Namiki Vanishing Point thread replacement)
Ron you are a pen genius. The facets approximate and
line up at just the appropriate torque thread force.
The job is so cleanly done. The old vanishing points
were the best, minus the one design flaw at the joint.
Now this pen is reinforced and I feel confident opening it
to change an ink cart or bottle fill.
||(re. Namiki VP thread replacement)
My faceted Vanishing Point is back home and I am delighted
with the repair. THIS is how Pilot should have made the pen
in the first place. Thank you!
All pf my pens are now back home after having your
expert hand applied in repairing them. I am
thoroughly pleased with your beautiful work. The Black Doric and the two
Sheaffer Triumphs are like new in appearance and
function and are once again on display in my
collection. Thank you
again for your excellent work. Money well spent to
enhance my collection.
you for the world-class restoration of these two
pens. These were my Dad's pens. Their
return, in such great condition, is very special to
me. Prior to retiring, I restored and repaired
smoking pipes for people all over the world. I
would receive their emails of appreciation and be
pleased to have made them happy. However,
receiving these pens and feeling the
emotional/sentimental satisfaction of their newfound
beauty gives me more understanding how my pipe customers
have felt. The circle is complete.
I also read your blogs
and laughed with knowledge at the lengths you go to make
a project work...and then have it break in half.
Been there...many times. :-)
I am glad not only that I found your site, but
also that you state your scheduling boundaries in order
to preserve your sanity.
Best regards and continued success,
Many thanks to you both. My 5 repaired/serviced
vintage Parkers arrived today, looking factory fresh instead
of the tired 80yr olds that they did before. The
transformation is amazing. I can see why Ron gets such
enthusiastic feedback on your website. The packing, which I
suspect might be your department, was equally superb.
Now, which one do I ink first????.... decisions,
Ron – I have had my Skyliner back from
you for a couple of weeks now and I hope you received my
letter of thanks. I am so pleased with the work that you
did that I am writing again. The pen is fabulous. Your
work is beyond any expectation that I had. Thank you so
very much. It was worth every minute of the wait.
||Thank you very much for the wonderful job Ron did on my
Hundred Year fountain pen. The gold and red plactic sparkle.
I was pleasantly surprised at the smooth, easy flow of
ink and I am getting to like the stiff nib and fine
line. The pen sings its own praises to all my pen friends
and when the topic of restoration comes up your names
are first on my list of recommended experts for
quality work and value.
||The pen arrived safely yesterday. I want to take a moment
to thank you for your service.
By profession, I am a college professor
and a writer with an affection for fountain pens. But until
a couple of years ago, all of my pens were modern. As a WWII
buff, I've developed an affection for wartime pens, esp
Sheaffer (my wife's family were once Sheaffer dealers).
This is the third pen I've received from
you (though one came through David Isaacson) and none has
failed to please. I buy a few pens a year, through the
Internet, and I have become resigned to sending them back
once or twice to have the nib adjusted or other defects
fixed. I've learned that the description of a pen's
condition, even from reputable dealers, is often "generous."
In contrast, I have found your prices
to be fair, your descriptions to be accurate and complete,
and your service to be prompt and careful.
So thanks for all of that and best
wishes for every success in the future.
||Just to let you know that the Sheaffer you kindly agreed
to grind to a CI (cursive italic) arrived today. I've
inked it and, as you'd expect, I'm pleased with it: very
pleased indeed. Love it! Thanks again for your patience and
craftsmanship. With best wishes. Yours,Roger
||Nice... very, very nice. And sweet! Sweet and nice...
Thank you so much, Ron, I'm really going to enjoy
||I received the pen - I wish to convey my thanks to Mr.
Zorn for his restoration and to you for the great customer
service - frankly, upon inspecting the pen, I must say the
restoration exceeded my expectations.
| Bill Triplett
|| "The Sheaffer Balance
arrived safely - I just was able to ink it today. I
really like you guy's work. It looks great - are you
sure it's the same pen? Very, very nice.
||Finally got around to inking up my new Sheaffer Balance
and using it. It is a wonderful writer, very smooth,
with some line variation to my untutored
eyes. I ended up putting the De Atramentis
Pine Green ink in it, having been reassured by folks on FPN
that it does not stain. It is a lovely match with the
pen. Thank you again for all of your good
communication, information and help. I love this pen!
||What can I say, but thank you so very much. You held
my hand all along the way, my pens arrived home safe and
sound, and in factory, mint, perfect, stellar and better
than new condition. If this is not a standard
classification, then I just invented one for your
workmanship!! The Pens are beautiful and work
perfectly, unfortunately, my penmanship has not
I consider myself one of many lucky
souls who have had an opportunity to extend a special thanks
for your expertise and unabashed love affair for your craft.
Ron I am certain that my pens are in the same condition now,
as when I received them as gifts from my parents in the
Returning the Parker 51 trashed breather
tube and filler sac was over the top....you are a
|Augastine in Canaca
||The pen has arrived safe and sound. I have
been writing with it for a couple of days and what
a pleasure it is. I don't know how you do it, but
even though the nib is XF, it glides beautifully
across the page and lays down a nice wet line -
perfect. I look forward to our next
|Only to let you know that the pen part arrived safely
yesterday to my p.o. box. After checking the pen I can only
tell you a big thank you !!!! Great work. Quick work.
Integrity. Reasonable shipping and repairing costs !!!!. A
||I would like to thank you for the work you did to my two
Conway Stewart Churchill fountain pens for which you
replaced the ink sacs and corrected ink flow, as well as the
three Conway Stewart ‘58’ nibs on which you corrected the
ink flow. All five of these pens are a pleasure to
use. The ink flow is perfect for my style of
writing. I can leave any one of those pens standing
capped for three or four days only to have them start
writing the moment the nib touches paper. They are now
constant companions that you resurrected from the “I don’t
want to face the problems of this pen” stack of pens that I
| Daniel Kirchheimer
Specialty pen restoration
| Even in a field rich with people of
high standards and integrity, Ron Zorn stands out. Doing
top-quality work is just the beginning; Ron's honesty,
efficiency, and respect for his customers are the
characteristics that place him in the top rank of
professional fountain pen restorers, and I do not bestow
such praise lightly.
| Michelle Smith
|| I just got back my Grandma's
Triumph Tuckaway and I am delighted. It's beautiful
and it writes like a dream, to boot! Thank you so
much. I also love that you included the filling
instructions—this is my first vacuum filler so I was
thinking I would have to Google for them—as well as the
correct lead for the pencil. I'll be seeing Grandma in
a couple of weeks; I can't wait to show her the state her
pen is in now!
| Paul Gilster
|| Let me second David's use of the term
'par excellence' in regard to Ron's work. I learned about
Ron from David at last year's pen show here in Raleigh,
and I've had him restore several pens for me. His work is
impeccable, and what I appreciate the most is that he is
attentive to historical detail. He clearly loves what's
he's doing and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the field.
| Avi A.
|| Just received the pen today.
I feel that I must owe you something for your time and
expertise; for crying out loud, you are one of the
pre-eminent pen restoration experts in the country, and you
not only took this pen, but shlepped it with you other
places to brainstorm with other experts. I really appreciate
your not returning the pen immediately, but viewing it as a
challenge to overcome. That is a true testement to your
caring and passion for your work and your clients.
| Last year you completely
rebuilt a Snorkel I've had since 1958, which hadn't been in
working condition for decades and which I'd been told was
irrepairable. Every time I use it I feel EXTREMELY
grateful to you. Thanks again.
| M. Kreiger
|| HOLLY MOLY! Not only
did the pens arrive TODAY but, geez Ron - I send you four
battered old pens and get four brand new ones
back? You are truly gifted. The green
military clip looks like it's been sitting safely under
cover unused for 60 years. You even managed to
make the brassing on the cap band nearly unnoticeable.
I am simply blown away by the caliber of your work!
| Harry Shubin
|| By far the highlight of the show,
[Washington] though, was the magic performed by Ron Zorn,
who was set up to do on-the-spot repairs Friday and
Saturday.Poor Ron never really got a chance to see the
show, but did a mess of repairs for me, including some
really tricky stuff - a couple of sacs where the sections
were nearly fused to the barrels or the rotting sac had
destroyed the pressure bar inside the barrel, and some 51s
with tricky hood alignment issues, as well as a flow
adjustment on a mis-performing Vac Maxima. By far the most
magical work he did, though, was on the 51 demonstrator.
By the time he
resacced it and reassembled it, it was so crystal clear
that, although I bought it as a user, I suspect I'm going
to have to buy another one for that purpose - this one
went from stained to factory fresh in Ron's hands. And,
anyone who fears for the future of hobby should have seen
Ron's sons discussing the intricacies of various pens and
angling for more allowance so that they could acquire
another pen or two!
| Andy Abrahamson
|| The Swan arrived yesterday. It writes
like a champ now. A wonderful wet flow, and it started
right up this morning after sitting all night in the pen
cup. It's working exactly as it should.
Many thanks for a job well done.
I received my Sheaffer yesterday. Stunning! The way it
feels on paper is like no other pen I have used. And,
the sentimental value is priceless. Thank you so much
for restoring this treasured memory of my dad.