FAQs


Order Handling Times

Note that this does not cover restoration times. Restorations are covered below.

Orders are packed and shipped within 2 business days of receiving payment. 

Restoration Rates

Please note that I am not currently taking restorations as of 1 October 2019. Restoration service may become available again after March 2020.

Vacuum-fil, vacumatic, piston filler or Snorkel $60

Most sac pens

  • Lever filler
  • Button filler
  • Touchdown filler
  • Etc.
$50
Any faceted pen
  • Wahl/Eversharp Doric
  • Omas Paragon
  • Etc.
$80

 

Restoration Process

I'll provide a full evaluation of the pen(s) with cost estimate. This estimate may change once I get the pen apart. If so, I will stop work and let you know my revised estimate with your options and my recommendations.

Pen restoration includes full restoration of the filling system with modern synthetic materials that will last decades. I guarantee my filling system restorations for at least 1 year provided you avoid Noodler's ink. I have personal experience that Noodler's inks can melt the latex in vintage filling systems and also permanently stain pens. It is not an ink to be used in vintage fountain pens.

I will buff and polish the barrel and cap to remove shallow marks and scratches. Deep scratches, divots or cracks can often be repaired at an additional cost and I'll provide an estimate if I believe this is necessary. I like to refresh the pen to remove scratches from general use and wear if possible. When finished, the pen will shine though it will still show signs of its age. Your pen may retain some scratches, marks or small divots and that's ok - it's a vintage pen. I will polish the gold and/or chrome plating but I do not replate metal or remove dents from metal caps. I do all buffing and polishing by hand so I remove as little material as possible.

I'll adjust the nib for alignment, flow and smoothness for best writing. There may be additional cost if the nib is bent or needs more work than a simple adjustment.

When the pen is finished and ready to be returned to you I will send you an invoice for the restoration and shipping charges. Upon payment I will carefully pack your pen and ship it home to you. You should receive a message from the system with package tracking information. Please note it often takes a couple of days before the tracking information updates.

Limitations of Liability

There is always a chance that your pen may be broken during restoration. It is unlikely but possible and is almost always due to a weakness or fault in the pen given its age or how it has been handled over the years. I will take utmost care with your pen but I will not be held responsible for breakage that occurs due to pre-existing damage.

All that sounds rather sterile and uncaring. Please don't be put off. I believe it is best if you have a full understanding of the process up front. I will take photos of the restoration and share them with you so that you can see how your pen was transformed.

Shipping Rates

Shipping is not included in pen prices or restoration rates. Rates subject to change with USPS.

Domestic -- Standard via USPS Priority Flat Rate $8

International -- Standard via USPS First Class International Package

  • Canada
$10
  • Rest of the World
$14

Express Shipping -- via USPS

At Cost

 

How Do I...

Fill my vintage Sheaffer fountain pen