David Nishimura Vintage Fountain Pens & Writing Equipment Vintage Pens & Pencils FAQ

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Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) are grouped under five different categories, described below. Click on the white-on-black links above to display each category's table of contents.  

  • Basics (essentials for newcomers, including advice on use & care)

  • Collecting (evaluation, strategy, buying & selling)

  • Manufacture (materials & techniques)

  • History (including detailed info on specific types, brands & models)

  • Repair (not just for do-it-yourselfers)

For pen and pencil terminology, see our Glossary. Our Resources page has information on clubs, publications, supplies, and more. There is also a section on Filling Instructions. For specific brands and models, see our Pen Profiles. A selection of articles on pens, writing equipment history, and pen & pencil collecting, is found in the Archive, and yet more is available in our Vintage Pen News blog. For restoration recommendations, see our Repair page.

For questions about the site, our catalog, and us, see About Us

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