The Fine Print

Purchase / Shipping

Payment is via PayPal or cleared personal check. Shipping is additional, usually $4.75 for USPS tracked first class to domestic US addresses for purchases costing less than $100, and $8 for USPS priority mail to domestic US locations for purchases costing $100 or more.  Higher and faster shipping levels and shipping to locations worldwide are available at cost. I will gladly combine shipping for multiple purchases.  The shipping costs listed here reflect the USPS price increases of January, 2019.

The purchaser will be responsible for all duties, tariffs, and customs regulations.  All purchases that are delivered within New York State are subject to New York State and New York City sales tax.

Return / Warranty

Pens may be returned for any reason within 14 days of receipt; 75% of purchase price will be refunded. If there is a defect that was not acknowledged in the sale, 100% will be refunded, including shipping. When there is no such defect the purchaser pays return shipping. The filling systems are warrantied for one year; latex sacs are warrantied for 90 days. Because the pens I work on are 40-100 years old and have use histories that are almost always unknown, the pen’s cosmetic appearance, prior work or defects that I did not create cannot be warrantied. The warranty also expires if any subsequent work is performed by the owner or another restorer. However, my goal is to always satisfy a client, to describe a pen’s known flaws accurately, and to take wear and flaws into pricing consideration. Listings of pens from this website in other media and forums are subject to the Return/Warranty policies listed here.

A couple of definitions


Celluloid is actually a form of plastic, a compound made of camphor and nitrocellulose (gun cotton) that has been available since the 1920s. It proved to be durable and highly water/stain resistant, and became the dominant substance used in forming fountain pens from the early 1930s until 1960. I use the term celluloid because it is widely used in the fountain pen world and to differentiate this form of plastic from others like lucite, polystyrene and other injection molded plastics, and acrylic resins used widely after WWII.


American and Canadian pens are usually described in inches and European and Asian ones in centimeters; pens’ sizes often determined their model designations, so knowing one can often help one learn the other.