Category Archives: Repair

Zen and the Art of Pen Polishing: Micro-Mesh

For years, I was a staunch anti-polisher.  I never polished pens.  With anything.  No simichrome, no flitz, no polish of any kind.  I figured the pen had lived its life for 50 to near 100 years as is and a … Continue reading

Pen Repair: The Moore Safety Pen

Last November I got my first taste of one of the coolest filling systems ever, the safety pen.  Many are familiar with this filling system in its most common form, the Waterman safety, whereby you turn a knob at the … Continue reading

From the Workbench: Crystallization in Esterbrook Plastic

I had a three ribbed jewel transitional Esterbrook come in this week for a new sac.  This was your regular resac, flush and clean type of repair.  That is until I took the cap off and saw this: Now thankfully I had … Continue reading

Tool Time: The Parker Vacumatic Fitting Block

Let me just start off by saying I love tools.  Really.  One of our family mottos is “Use the right tool for the job”.  This came about after a rigorous twelve month renovation of our house, where we saw literally … Continue reading

Hard Rubber Repair – Taking the Bite Out

Ever try hard rubber repair?  Just the other day I came cross a nice early Esterbrook hard rubber dollar pen.  I don’t know where it came from (I swear, these things breed around here), but it was entirely salable with … Continue reading