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Pen Repair Q&A

Fountain Pen Repairs - Basics

If you need a fountain pen (ballpoint or pencil) repairing, all you need do is send it to us with your contact details and brief note of the problem.  Putting the pen in an old glasses case inside a jiffey bag provides great protection!  Please make sure you include your return postal address for the pen

We check it over and send you a detailed written quote by first class post.  We do not email or phone quotes

You then send us payment information (cheque, card details etc).  We go ahead with the work and then bank the cheque or charge the card when we send your repair back to you

If you are unsure of anything, please email or phone us

Current turnaround time for the repair is around three weeks

Repairs should be sent to:
Battersea Pen Home, PO Box 6128, Epping CM16 4GG
This is a Royal Mail PO Box at the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Epping. We sign for everything on collection

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some detailed answers to questions we are frequently asked.

Are we qualified to repair your pen?

We have been repairing vintage and modern pens for the last twenty-five years

 and are recommended by major manufacturers such as Parker, Waterman and Sheaffer.  We service all our own pens and have repaired over 15,000 customers' pens. These date from as early as the 1890s but most are from the 1930s-1990s.

Over this time, we have accumulated enough experience to know whether or not we can repair a pen.  While most are straightforward, there are a few models where it is definitely better to leave well alone!   If we think that the mechanism is at the end of its life or there is a problem with the condition of the material (hard rubber, casein, celluloid, ABS, various plastics, metal overlays etc), then we will advise you on whether a repair is recommended.

If your pen is less than about 10 years old, it is highly likely that you need to return it direct to the manufacturer's service department.   The pen can be routed to the manufacturer through any authorized high street retailer.

We do not repair modern (post 1960) Montblanc or Pelikan pens.  We also do not repair products by Cross or Rotring.  All these companies have their own service departments whose contact details are on our Useful Links page

Which pens do we repair?

We offer a full repair and refurbishment service for most vintage fountain pens.

We have extensive experience of repairing all vintage pens, particularly the
vintage Parker Duofold range, Parker 17, 21, 25, 41, 45, 51, 61, 75, De La Rue Onoto, Conway Stewart, older Montblanc, older Pelikan,  Mabie Todd (Swan and Blackbird), Sheaffer, Waterman.
 We also have an extensive stock of original spare parts for these makes, particularly for the Parker 51.We work with lever fillers, piston fillers, leverless models, plungers and virtually every kind of filling system We are recommended by Sheaffer UK for Sheaffer vintage pen repairs and by Parker and Waterman for all their obsolete model

What happens when we have sent my pen to you?

On receiving your pen, we will send you a written quotation for the repair work. If you wish to continue with the work, you then send us a cheque or credit card details.  If not, then we will return your pen to you.  Once we have received your cheque (or credit card details), work on your pen will be completed as soon as possible: turnaround time is indicated on our home page.  We only bank your cheque (or charge your card) when we return your pen to you, so please do not be concerned if the cheque doesn't show up on your bank statement immediately.

The repair quote will detail the cost of service, cost of spare parts required (if any) and the cost of return insured postage and packaging.  The repair quote will also give a brief description of your pen's model, age and valuation for insurance replacement purpose.

How much will it cost?

Service/repair prices start from £25 plus return p&p
A basic service for a pen with a rubber sac (eg button filler, lever filler, push-knob filler, Swan Leverless type of pen) is £30-£40 plus any parts which we will specify in our quotation.

A basic service for other filling systems (eg an Onoto piston filler, pneumatic filler, Sheaffer Snorkel/Touchdown, Parker Vacumatic etc) is £40-75.  Additional charges are made for nib straightening and smoothing.
We always return pens using insured mail - the charge for this postage and packing for one pen within the UK is £7.   Within Europe, we use Registered Airmail.

If we think that your pen is not worth repairing, then we will advise you of this. 

How long will it take?

Turnaround time is usually 2-3 weeks

I live in EU - Can I send my pen to you?

Yes - please mail your pen to this address:

Battersea Pen Home
PO Box 6128
CM16 4GG

Use your national mail service and do not use a courier as they are unable to deliver to Royal Mail PO Boxes

I live in the USA or elsewhere outside the EU - Can I send my pen to you?

No -  Due to difficulties with import duties and taxes, we only accept repairs from customers in the European Union.  If you live elsewhere, please ask us for a recommended repairer and we will try to advise you of a repairer within your own country.  There are some suggestions here

How do I send my pen to you?

Make sure it is securely packaged in a padded envelope and use the Royal Mail's Special Delivery Service at the Post Office.  This service is trackable and insured. If you just use 1st or 2nd Class Post, you have absolutely no guarantee that your pen will reach us. Our address is:

Battersea Pen Home
PO Box 6128
CM16 4GG

We operate only by post - you cannot deliver your pen to us personally.

What happens if you can't repair my pen?

We will advise you of the problem and we will pay for the return insured postage.
It therefore doesn't cost you anything if we are unable to repair your pen.

Do we guarantee our work?

Yes, when we service a pen, we expect it to give good, reliable service for a reasonable period of time.  We therefore undertake to re-service free of charge any pen which, for any reason related to the original work, fails to function satisfactorily within twelve months from the service date.

Do we sell spare parts, pencil leads or ink sacs?

Any parts and spares we have available are listed on this website.  We do not have other parts available for sale.