Note: thank you for considering a piece of history the items listed in our shop are mostly vintage, a term difficult to qualify; some items might be recent (1980s) while others can be 60, 80 or even over 100 years old (where possible we give an estimated age). Please feel free to ask for any further information and we will be glad to answer as best we can. Regarding fountain pens, please see below for more information. Collectors will be aware of this, but the rest of the world won't: vintage fountain pens often need some updating to work bladders go bad, bladders get taken out, piston-fillers dry up, etc.For ballpoints, the cartridge will often be dry, which is a simple matter to replace. As this is a hobby, it will take time to list everything; if you are looking for something in particular, message me, we just might have it (tip: favorite our shop and check back frequently). Bringing a vintage fountain pen into your home: you should be able to write with it provided: 1 there is a ink sac in place (they are usually removed because they deteriorate and then stain the barrel); 2 if you are going to re-sac it, be very careful as anything a hundred years old gets brittle.
You have to separate the section (the black piece which the nib and feed go into) from the barrel; 3 if you are lucky, they'll come apart easy - my dad said he does it holding the barrel with one hand with the thumb and index finger of the other try wiggling them apart and sometimes you hear a "crack" sound which can mean you popped the old glue and your next sound will be a shout of joy and success, warning, if you are not very very careful you could crack the barrel (the pen would still be usable once it is re-sacked, with or without a crack); 4 there are several places that sell sacs and sac glue (you will need it) such as ny pen hospital and others; 5 caution, pen collecting can become addictive.