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Feb. 4th, 2010 09:57 pm
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Where do you get your fountain pens repaired? I have about 6 that need some lovin' to get going again. I found the Fountain Pen Network's forum with all kinds of tips on how to do it myself, but I don't want to. I'd rather pay an expert to do it right the first time. Is Richard Binder the main man, or are there others?


Anyone else who has a good resource, please chime in here, too!

Date: 2010-02-05 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coyotegoth.livejournal.com
I've heard excellent things from Roadnotes and other about Richard Binder. (It's scary that I know as much as I do about fountain pen repair without ever having owned one; rather like Torchwood, I've learned through osmosis.)

Date: 2010-02-05 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curmudgeon.livejournal.com
Richard Binder is the only person who's ever worked on any of my pens, and I recommend him without reservation. He's also a really nice guy. Just be aware that his wait time right now is about 20 weeks -- he's not a secret! You can find him online at RichardsPens.com

Three other folks who have good reputations but with whom I have no personal experience:

John Mottishaw, Nibs.com

Rick Horne, TheSouthernScribe.com

Rick Propas, ThePENguinPen.com, but he only works on Pelikans and Parkers

Date: 2010-02-07 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sun-set-bravely.livejournal.com
This is awesome! Thank you!!

Date: 2010-02-05 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roadnotes.livejournal.com
The other person I'd recommend is Ron Zorn of Main Street Pens, particularly if you're not having the nib customized. Richard Binder is my first choice, always, but if it's cleaning, polishing, etc., rather than customization, Ron is excellent.

Date: 2010-02-05 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roadnotes.livejournal.com
What are you getting repaired?

Date: 2010-02-07 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sun-set-bravely.livejournal.com
The flow is no good on most of my pens, which are a weird assortment -- two Parker 51s, a Waterford (yes, the crystal company), a Waterman Charleston, a Levenger Samba, an Aurora, and an Inoxcrom. It's likely that some of these aren't really worth fixing, but I do like having them all available and ready to write.

Date: 2010-02-07 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sun-set-bravely.livejournal.com
Ooh, this is great - you made me realize that all I really need is cleaning and general nib straightening/tweaking, nothing more. The bodies of my pens are fine; the flow just sucks on almost all of them.

Date: 2010-02-07 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curmudgeon.livejournal.com
That's a pretty simple adjustment -- if tweaking the nib doesn't work, tweaking the ink feed will. (Which reminds me that my Pelikan needs a little work, most likely to the feed.)


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