Realizing that because most pens in his book have not been produced in at least a quarter century or more, and that parts are indeed rare, some improvising or even cannibalization may be required. Open minded and inventive, Frank developed repairs using parts and materials that are on sale everywhere. He shows exactly how to simply replace ink sacs or to manufacture a replacement part on advanced tools.
When this book was first published, it was assumed that anyone attempting to repair a vintage fountain pen must own a copy of Da Book. My take is that anyone interested in collecting vintage fountain pens should own a copy. It gives an excellent overview of how pens work and older techniques and technologies.
Produced today as was originally self-published by Mr. Dubiel - Spiral bound 8” X 10½”- 108 pages. Fourth printing Revised 2002.
PERSONALLY, I floundered in my first few years of pen repair until I discovered Da Book. IT BECAME, and STILL IS MY BIBLE. I was one of those individuals fortunate enough to buy a book directly from Frank Dubiel and it was autographed by him. . I still treasure and reference that book constantly. Absolutely a MUST have book.
Fountain Pens – The Complete Guide to Repair and Restoration
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Only $20.00 Each
Affectionately known as “Da Book”. “Complete” is the key word as this book has just about anything and everything you would ever want to know about fountain pens – plus lots of helpful hints. It is indispensable for every fountain pen collector – beginner to the experienced enthusiast. If you repair or collect pens, or maybe you just want to know more about fountain pens and how they work, this book is for you.
It's History --Originally a self published book (first printing 1995) by Frank Dubiel (passed away 12/07/2003), it tells how to effectively repair fountain pens. Mr. Dubiel originally printed them up in his basement. Aside from the lack of its polished appearance, this book is absolutely packed with information. Frank Dubiel was a pioneer who opened the door to a whole generation of pen repairers and set the standard for what was and was not acceptable.
Parker Pen Repair Manual
Book Description: Repairing a fountain pen is not always as simple as it seems. After learning about the parts and mechanical characteristics of Parker pens through the directions in this service manual, one can quite easily remedy most ordinary issues. Clear drawings and simple instructions are provided in this manual.
Size: 5 1/2 X 8 1/2" Illustrations: 110 b/w drawingsPages: 38 Binding: Soft Cover
Only $10.75 Each
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War and Peace it's not, but if you know someone who would like to deepen their satisfaction of vintage fountain pens as a hobby, this handy and informative 24-page booklet just might be the ticket.
Written for the collector who is new to fountain pen repair, Do It Yourself! Replacing vintage fountain pen nibs and sacs using common tools is an easy-to-read and follow guide for replacing nibs and ink sacs on lever and button-filling fountain pens. And, as the title suggests, all work is done with the tools most anyone has around the house, or can easily and readily make from common materials. 25 color photographs explain the subject and walk you through nib and sac replacement. Buy it for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for that fountain pen person you know.
Do It Yourself! includes:
A Lesson Learned -- How the author learned the value of patience and skill ... the HARD way
Vintage Fountain Pens -- The author discusses the most common vintage fountain pens, their similarities, and their differences.
Getting Started-- A detailed treatment on how to open a vintage fountain pen, including what to look for and mistakes to avoid
Replacing the Nib-- Removal of the pen sac and instructions for removing and reinstalling the feed and nib in the section
Replacing an Ink Sac-- How ink sacs (pen sacs) are measured, cut, installed and "dusted"
Do It Yourself - Replacing Vintage Fountain Pen Nib and Ink Sacs Using Common Tools by James D. Sutton EdD
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Replacing "Postal" Nibs -- Postal-type nibs are more challenging. Here's one way to work with them.
Building Your Tool Box -- Just in case you might become a bit more serious about fountain pen repair and restoration, here are some suggestions (with photos) on how to build a collection of both common and special tools.
Sources for Parts & Supplies -- A real BONUS! Here are names, addresses, websites and toll-free phone numbers of shops that sell replacement nibs, pen sacs, "J" and pressure bars, repair tools and books. Other websites of interest to fountain pen enthusiasts are also included.
The Fountain Pens of Esterbrook by Paul Hoban
For all Esterbrook aficionados - a 64-page work outlining the history and writing instruments of the Esterbrook Pen Company, which was founded in 1858 by a transplanted English Quaker, and held the fifth registered trade mark issued by the U.S. Government.
This amazing company actually expanded during the Great Depression (1932-1940), while most pen companies, including the “Big 4” (Parker, Waterman, Sheaffer, and Wahl/Eversharp) experienced greatly reduced sales, and many other pen companies closed altogether. The book contains 4 color plates showing examples of the fountain pen products from the turn of the century thru the 1960’s in actual size, and a reprint of the entire 1939 Esterbrook catalog.
Still the only printed reference work dedicated solely to Esterbrook fount pens.
67 pages, Soft Cover, 8½ X 11 inches. Copyright 1992
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plus $8.95 shipping
The Illustrated Guide to Antique Writing Instruments by Stuart Schneider & George Fishler
This wonderful book has become the standard pocket guide in the field. It is just what collectors need for quick and easy reference. . . and its updated prices make it invaluable. Both handy and beautiful, it shows over 500 pens and pencils in nearly full-size color photos and provides histories of nineteen main manufacturing companies. Concise, helpful information with wach photo includes a guide to the price of each pen and pencil. 556 illustrations
160 pages, Soft Cover, 6 X 9 inches. Copyright 1994 Third Edition
Due to the weight of this book and to reduce shipping cost, it will be shipped MEDIA mail (7 days continental USA - longer to Hawaii & Alaska). PRIORITY mail is available see below.
International shipping will be sent 1st class mail only
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Collecting Fountain Pens – A Primer For Newer Collectors by Joel Hamilton & Sherrell Tyree
A great book for the starting or newer collector. Collecting Fountain Pens includes helpful shopping hints, hints for avoiding “franken pens (a pen with mixed parts), along with answers to many questions asked by newer collectors. As the authors state in their introduction, “We haven’t filled it with beautiful photographs of pens …. Many books do that … Instead, we've filled the handbook with answers to the questions we've been asked by newer collectors, and a few that no one has thought to ask.” It also has a very valuable assessment table of many pen manufacturers and models for practicality and ease of repairability – in other words, when you see that great deal on Ebay – how easy will that pen be to repair? Collecting Fountain Pens makes a GREAT gift.
49 Pages, Spiral Bound, 5½ X 8½ inches. Copyright 2001 Second Edition