Our restoration facilities are stocked with the world's finest specialized tools, parts, and equipment from legendary vendors including Marshall & Oldfield of The Pen Practice in the United Kingdom, Dale Beebe at PENTOOLING, and David Nishimura at Vintage Pens, among others. No endorsement of me by these legends is implied, I just get a lot of my equipment and parts from them. Quite the contrary, I strongly endorse them. They are some of the pioneers in the restoration community and are highly recommended. The quality and service they provide is truly outstanding in every way.
Pen restoration is part art and part science. Our process is very detail-oriented and focused on providing extraordinary quality in our finished product. Those of you who know me know that I'm a perfectionist. Of course this is both a character trait and a character flaw. In pen restoration it's a trait worthy of refinement and improvement at every step.
At the bottom of the page is a video I did of a complete restoration of a Parker Aerometric from start to finish. It's long, but great restorations take a while. Enjoy!
Here's a link to my YouTube channel. I need to get some more videos up but it takes a long time to do them right.
The following video shows a technique of using hot water to disassemble an early model Parker 51. Do not try this at home on any pen.
If you are attempting to work on your own pens do not use hot water on any pen, including early model Parker 51s. Irreversible damage to your pen is likely to occur.
Use "dry heat" only, such as from a hair dryer or heat gun, both with extreme caution. If the dry heat is too hot for your fingers, it's too hot for the pen.
Do not under any circumstance use an open flame (like many old repair manuals and books recommend) or a light bulb to generate heat. Irreversible damage to your pen is likely to occur.
Some vintage pen material is explosively dangerous beyond a certain temperature "flash point", which varies based on pen model and material construction. Once they "flash" they will burn rapidly and explosively. Again, use dry heat only and not hot water on any pen.
I'm not telling you this to discourage you from working on your own pens. I'm telling you what is highly likely to happen if you don't disassemble the pens using the proper techniques.