Testimonials

We have received many complimentary comments from our customers, here are just a few of the most recent;

6/11/17

Dear Mark I wanted to send you an email to thank you for the work you have done on my pens. The parker 51 Vacumatic pen that I was so upset about the condition, it's mis-aligned blind cap and bent clip from a previous attempt of repair by someone else, is I am delighted now reunited with its matching pencil and safe in its parker leather case.

As I told you it is in a BBC photo of my aunt from the 1950s and I could not be more delighted to have the pen pencil and case from the photo all looking good again. The case was in a poor state so I have un-picked all of the stitching and relined it with new leather and remade it and it now also looks almost new. It took me many hours but to have it complete as in the photo is very pleasing as this set is so special to me I will probably only use at home as I would not want it to get damaged but I am very grateful to you for rescuing this pen. 

 The other two parker 51s also now are nice to use and I will be able to have more pens on rotation for daily use I tend to use a pen for two or three weeks then empty the ink and flush the pen with warm water until the water remains clean I hope this is the best way to keep them in good condition, when in use I keep the pen in a leather case in my jacket pocket also I hope the best way to preserve the condition. 

 The two Vacumatic pens with the striped finish now also work that’s pleasing I hate to have things that don’t work and will use them at home to see how I get on with them and am grateful to have them now in working order. 

 I have a marbled parker Vacumatic pen and pencil the set are very nice looking but the pen does not work I think it will need to be serviced and a new diaphragm and may need the nib sorted out and the pencil has no leads I have ordered some leads I hope the correct size and will try to get it to work but if I can’t will send both to you with a parker 51 pencil with fine rings on the lower part of the barrel that I think works the same way I will see when the leads arrive and let you know what I am sending you before I send them I hope this is ok with you. I have loads of other vintage pens and pencils that I don’t know what to do with as I am finding it difficult to identify them so I will try to sort out the best and send them to you for you to see if they can be fixed if that’s ok with you. 

Thank you again for the pens you have repaired for me it’s much appreciated.

AG

13/10/17

Mark,  Pens received in good order inked and are very fine examples- ref the Vacuumatic I was very pleased with it indeed - I have to say only my 51 Flighter Aerometric sets the bar higher in the feel of nib on paper Regards Rob      

26/7/17

Dear Mark, 

The pen arrived safely today. I am thrilled to bits with the italic type nib replacement - just what I have been searching for for a long time. It is fabulous to write with. Thank you for your fine detail.

Kind regards, Marjorie.

19/07/17

Thank you, Mark, pen has arrived and looks and writes great. Another great job at a very reasonable cost. 

Kind regards, Julio

25/3/17

Hi Mark--- The Swan arrived safely today. Amazing that it was sent out on Monday and flew half way around the world to arrive here on Friday! The Swan is gorgeous and I look forward to using this for many years to come. Thank-you again for a great product and absolutely pleasant transaction! 

All the Best. James

20/3/17

Hi Mark, pen arrived today. I needed a pen with a very fine nib and this fits the bill perfectly. I have to say that at the price this pen is excellent value, the piston filling is solid and I'm sure the pen will last for years but then as you say, it was made for students by Montblanc ! Many thanks as usual.

All the best, Andrew.

2/3/17

Dear Mark, Just a brief note to confirm that I received the Conway Stewart pen yesterday. Many thanks for shipping it so promptly. This is my first Conway Stewart pen. It is truly lovely and writes beautifully. Very smooth and elegant.

Your artistry in restoration is clearly evident.

Kind regards, Dana

24/2/17

Mark, Once again a wonderful job. Your words: 'One of the tines was bent upwards and both were bent to the side – the worst combination and quite tricky to rectify'. However, you succeeded splendidly, restoring the nib of this vintage Caran d'Ache, where other connoisseurs had killed all my hope. It writes perfect and I am truly pleased; thank you very much! 

Saskia, Amsterdam

16/1/17

Hi Mark. I received the pen today. If there is any way I can review your excellent service online, please let me know. The pen is excellent. Your service even more so.

A pleasure doing business with you Mark. Thank you very much.

Kind Regards. Mohammed.

25/10/16

Thanks Mark for a very quick delivery, just arrived and filled it right away with Mont Blanc Royal Blue, the pen, considering it was made in the seventies, wrote from the start with no skips and no problems, quite surprising for an extra fine nib such as this!

I am happy with the writing example I did. I am very pleased with the order, thank you again.

Regards.DS.

19/10/16

Hi Mark,I just received my fountain pen and matching propelling pencil. I am delighted with them! The fountain pen writes beautifully and is bringing back happy memories of my first pen collection. In my youth, I had a number of lever action fountain pens – always my favourite. Unfortunately that was a long time ago and I don’t know what became of them. Hopefully they found their way to someone like you that restored them. I promise to take greater care of these! Many-many thanks.

Malcolm. I ink therefore I am!

14/10/16

Hello, Mark, The two Waterman’s nibs arrived today. I replaced the Warranted nibs of my unknown makers’ eyedropper filler pens with them, and it changed totally their character.The smoothness is incomparable. And it’s very exciting to see how expressive the lines are that the Waterman’s italic and stub nibs produce. It’s like the pens got finally their true lively lives that were hidden so far. I am completely satisfied. Thank you very much for selling them, and for your prompt shipping.

Sincerely,Yoshihisa Hirata (Japan)

13/10/16

Hi Mark, Pen received to-day with thanks. Great job!

Regards,

Carl

9/8/16

Hi Mark, Pen arrived yesterday - but so did the Grandkids! Have been writing with it this morning - the nib is absolutely brilliant for me - smooth and a real pleasure to write with. Thank-you very much, once again, for doing such a great job. That could be all for now - probably! I've picked up two more from e-bay. The Black Aero has cleaned up well and writes superbly, if rather thickly, but I can live with that. My Teal Aero turned out to be a Demi - and it is a real cracker - on the fine side but smooth and wet.

Best regards, Adrian

7/8/16

Hi Mark, All arrived and all fits. Delighted. Thank you for the tips and excellent service.

Heather

7/8/16

Dear Mark, I can't tell you much pleasure it gave me to open the smart red box and find my father's old DP Manifold fountain pen so beautifully restored and working perfectly. I wholeheartedly agree with your handwritten comment, 'What a bargain' for £25. I would happily have paid twice that - indeed, would you like me to send you a supplementary cheque? I suspect you would say "no", but what I will do is spread the word about the splendid service you provide, dropping the news lightly into after-dinner conversations when we have friends round, button-holing other fountain pen users whenever I spot them and, of course, I shall look no further whenever one of my other pens needs attention. Most of all, I feel I'm back in touch that little bit more with a fine man, his neat handwriting and his loving and thoughtful ways. Thank you very much indeed.

Astley

26/7/16

Hi Mark, Just to let you know the Conway Stewart 388 arrived safely today. Many thanks - a lovely little pen, just what I was hoping for! Thanks again.

Huw

24/7/16

Hi Mark, Thank you so much, I'm delighted with my pen, money well spent! I'm on a mission to get some ink now as I've written it out already, all I need now is a day off work...Thanks again!

Best wishes, Julia

15/7/16

Thank you Mark for mending my 53 year old pen! I did my A levels and College exams with it, and married the man who bought me the pen some 40 years later! Every pen has a story!

M M

2/7/16 The pen is superb, and delivers a variety of flex from very fine to BB without any scratchiness because of the excellent nib and feed. Thank you for your excellent service without which I could not have changed my order to something better for me. I feel that I could buy from you in the future - with complete confidence.

Dr S T

2/7/16

Hello, I thought I should write you a quick thank you. The pens came yesterday and are looking great, I honestly hadn't expected the two Onoto's to look so good cleaned up! They write very well too. All in all I'm very happy with the job you did for all three pens and wouldn't hesitate to use you again in the future. Thank you!

Sam 

24/6/16

Hi, Mark, My pen arrived this morning - thank-you very much for sorting it out for me - I'm very pleased with it.I'm sure I'll be in touch again at some point soon!

Regards, Adrian G.

17/6/16

Hello Mark, The pen arrived just now. The shipping is surprisingly rapid. The pen is gorgeous. It produces special visual effects of light reflected on gold filled spiral relief. I cannot stop rotating it to see the twinkle. And it writes very well with a nice flexibility.This will be among my treasures. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, Yoshihisa 

15/6/16

Thank you very much, Mark. Great service as well as great website! 

Best Regards, Maxim.

10/6/16

Dear Mark, Just a quick thank you for my new Parker 51. It is now in daily use and performs very nicely. It is in “as new” condition so far as I can tell. A pleasure to write with.

Kind regards, Ken

19/5/16

Hi! The Sheaffer that I bought from you is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I write a lot and love pen and ink. You simply cannot get a better or more comfortable satisfaction than with writing with this pen. Simply Superb!

Appreciatively, Richard.

18/5/16

Hi Mark, The 51 arrived today. What a beauty, superb nib, now my favourite pen !!!

Many thanks. All the best, Andrew

14/5/16

Hi Mark, The pen arrived safely this morning and I am very happy with the condition and quality which is a steal for me. Thank you for the great personal service and answering all my questions and I wish you well.

Regards, Josef

17/2/16

Hi Mark, hope you are well, thanks for swift delivery of the pen set. Superb as usual !!!! 

Cheers, Wayne

12/12/15

Hi Mark, Just a quick note. Pen just arrived. Many thanks for the fantastic quick service. Pen is wonderful. Genuinely an iconic piece of the 1930's. Will get lots if use. Wishing you well for the up and coming new year. 

17/11/15 - (this one made me laugh!! - MC)

Dear Sir, I have received the pen today. I did a dance around the room after I flushed and inked up the pen. The nib is very nice with the perfect balance of smoothness and feedback. Some curvy side strokes are scratchy and catches paper but I guess it due to my writing angle. I smoothed the sharp corners very very slightly and its now perfect. Thank you for the nice deal and it is exactly as described. Very nice buying experience. 

With best regards, AC, Singapore

5/11/15

Hi Mark, Just to say you've done a fantastic job and I'm delighted with the pens and the new nib!

Thanks very much, Nick

8/6/15

Dear Mark, When I sent my old Sheaffer pen to you I never expected to receive a beautiful pen back. The service was excellent and I cannot thank you enough. More power to your elbow, and I wish you every success in the future. You turned my sows ear into a silk purse, thank you again.

Ann

7/6/15

Hi Mark, Got the Conklin today and my first experience of it is just WOW it really has superflex. It's the kind of nib I've been hoping to find for the longest time. Thanks very much for the excellent service too.

Kind Regards Eva

6/6/15

Hi Mark, What a beautiful repair! Pen has just arrived in the post and it looks fantastic - thanks for doing such a lovely job.

Best wishes, Nigel

19/4/15

Dear Mark, Yesterday I received the ‘51’. Well, what can I say! It is a real beauty! If you order from a picture there is always an uncertainty of how the product looks and works in reality. But the Bordeaux red shaft as well as the golden cap are exactly what I hoped! And it writes so smoothly, just like I want it. Magnificent! I am very, very happy with the pen, also because the ’51’ has a special meaning for me. Fountain pen lovers, like you, know that many pens have stories and meanings. I am not a real collector – an expensive activity! – but I have a few Parkers, all with special meanings. Maybe you like it when I, as a customer of yours, tell you about my pens. I have the following - Parker 75 sterling silver set, fountain pen, ball point and pencil. A great set, from my girlfriend for my birthday in 1972.- Duofold, blue, from my wife for graduating from the university in 1987. Not an original one from before the Second World War, but a remake. But a wonderful pen.- Gold plated Sonnet, from my mother in 2004.- Vacumatic, with the blue diamond, original model, a set with a pencil from 1939. I got it from the daughter of a friend of my grandfather in 1997. The filling system doesn’t work anymore, which is a pity.- And then the 51! I always admired that model from when I saw it for the first time in the sixties. An older friend and neighbour of mine got one, blue, from his parents for graduating from secondary school in 1962. That small point attracts me much. My own parents knew my admiration for just that model and three years later, now exactly fifty years ago, they gave me a 51, a blue/green one, when I graduated from secondary school for myself! About ten years ago I lost the pen! A very sad moment. But a few years later a two years younger brother of mine who knew from the past my love for the 51 offered me the special edition from those years, the blue one!!! Two years later he died. So you can imagine what that 51 meant for me. Last week the pen fell on the ground and broke. You cannot screw the short shaft on the large one anymore, so I cannot use it now. So sad… That’s why I absolutely wanted a substitute. And now I got that beauty from you with a special thing that it was made in … 1965 I read! So this pen is still now very special for me. A rememberance of my friend who showed me the model for the first time, of my dear parents who gave me the first 51, of my beloved brother who offered me the second one and of 50 years graduating from high school in 1965, the year the pen was made!! What more can such a dead thing like a fountain pen mean for someone? You can imagine that I will be very careful with this one and I hope to write with it for many years!

Well, Mark, this was a small story as many fountain pen lovers will have. I hope that my English was good enough for understanding it. With very kind regards and thank you very much for the beautiful Parker 51!!

Hans