The Pensmith
Pen Repair Parts & Tools



This is the working heart of our Myford ML 7B lathe which we use to make various pen parts in both precious and semi-precious metals and for various hard rubber and acrylic components.  In addition, it is used extensively in conjunction with an English Cowells Vertical Mill to make many pen repair tools either for our own use, or for sale. The lathe was made in 1973 by Myford of Nottingham (UK).  It was exported to Australia in that year and remained in its packing crate, unassembled and covered in grease until we purchased it in 2016.  We assembled the lathe in 2017 and found that on assembly, it exceeded factory test specifications and tolerances.  It is a superbly accurate machine and a rarity to find. In 2018 we were lucky enough to find an (Imperial) Myford screw cutting gearbox in the UK, which we have now fitted to the lathe.  Nothing about our lathe is "high-tech" but it is an absolute joy to use on a virtual daily basis.


We often re-design our tools to reflect constant improvements as a result of experience so the final product may vary from the images shown on this page.


SHEAFFER VAC FILL SEAL CAPSULE EXTRACTOR

The only successfull way of extracting seal capsules from Sheaffer Vac Fills after of course, appropriate heating and soaking of the capsule end of the barrel  Made to grip the barrel and with an extractor threaded to the blind cap specifications on the capsule.  $140 + GST



NIB/SECTION CLAMP

Holds nibs and sections for removal and/or re-fitting.  $110 + GST



SHEAFFER VAC FILL SEAL  CUTTERS

Made in all three sizes of piston washer together with 2.0 mm internal diameter cutter.  Made in 7.15 mm, 8.35 mm and 9.95 mm external diameters.  Available as a set of four cutters or one external diameter only with internal diameter cutter.  $80 AUD + GST each for one external and the internal cutter.  Extra external sizes are $45 AUD each + GST.


SHEAFFER VAC FILL INSERT TOOL


Very useful for inserting replacement O-rings or seals in the seal capsule and re-sealing the capsule to avoid glue staining or marking the barrel.  The rod retracts fully inside the insert tube to avoid spreading glue where it is not required.  $90 + GST



PARKER 51 CAP CLUTCH EXTRACTOR

The best of a number of ideas from others and, our own experience.  Extracts the clutch from the cap lip section of the clutch, avoiding the damage caused by attempting to extract the clutch from its base.  $160 + GST



SHEAFFER VAC FILL SEAL CAPSULES

Repair and refurbishment of Sheaffer Vac Fill seal capsules is one of the most difficult repairs that can be undertaken.  To simplify the task, we've manufactured new Vac Fill seal capsules pre-fitted with 'O' Ring.  Simply heat and knock out the old seal capsule and glue in a new one.  Illustrated below is the new capsule (with sealing washer removed) showing the 'O' Ring fitted.  The capsules are correctly threaded for all Sheaffer blind caps.
$30 + GST each



ONOTO SEAL CUTTERS

These cutters are made to order and are made in two different sets, one for cork seals and the other for piston washers.  Piston washers can range in size in size from 8.0 mm to 10.3 mm (according to model).  Most prefer the piston washer size of 8.3 mm external diameter which suits most Onoto 1000, 2000 and 3000 series pens.  A choice of five other sizes is offered in substitution for the 8.3 mm piston washer, for other models.  

The seal cutters are perfectly concentric - the smaller sizes being a snug fit inside the tubes of the larger sizes.The cutters are made from mild steel, sharpened and hardened.  Importantly,  no matter how often the cutters are re-sharpened, the diameter of the cut seal will never change.  
 
$70 AUD + GST for cork cutter set comprising 2.0 mm and 6.0 mm diameter cutters.
$70 AUD + GST for piston washer cutter set comprising 2.5 mm and 8.3 mm diameter cutters.



ONOTO PLUNGER RODS

Plunger rods for Onotos wear out, break, bubble, burst and bend.  The answer - replacement rods made of brass. These brass rods feature a cupped plunger backing integrally turned into the bell shaped, adjustable lower stopper. The rods suit all six different types of Onoto rod used in nine different Onoto models.  They can be easily cut to length. The rods are supplied with plunger backing and lock nuts.

Original threads on Onoto plunger rods use left hand 5BA threads.




WE SUPPLY TWO VERSIONS OF THESE RODS:

1. Rods using the original 5BA left hand threads which suit original thread configurations.  These require no further work or mechanical input save for insertion of the original or replacement copper pins in both the plunger knob and the shut-off mechanism; or

2. A version which does not use original thread configurations and instead, uses 3.0 mm metric right hand threads and a combination of lock nuts and pins to ensure that once adjusted and installed, the rod (and its fittings) will never move. Unless you have the mechanical ability to re-thread the plunger knob (from LH 5BA thread to 3.0 mm metric right hand thread), we strongly recommend that you leave the fitting of these rods to ourselves.  Ideally, our system of fixing the position of Onoto rods requires the drilling of two 1.0 mm holes to fit copper pins in the plunger backing and the plunger knob.  The use of pins ensures that the restoration can be dismantled if servicing is required at a later date. Otherwise, for those who prefer the non-purist method, the plunger backing and knob can be glued into place but obviously, this is irreversible and will (in our humble view), ruin the integrity of the pen.  This version of rod suits pens where the knob or other parts (which depend on the existence of good, left hand threads), are damaged.
Either version is $35 + GST.

PARKER VAC VALVE REMOVAL TOOLS

Available either for Parker 51, Deb and Standard Vacumatics or, Oversize and Maxima models.  Used with section pliers (or a vice) to remove and re-install valves - $45 + GST.  Specify required size when ordering.


PARKER VAC PELLET PUSHER

Enables simple and effective installation of Parker Vac Sacs for all models - $45 + GST



PARKER VAC VALVE KNOCKOUT TOOLS

Removes valves from both Vac and 51 models without damage to valves or nipple pocket - the pair - $45 + GST


ONOTO CORK SEAL TOOL

Enables removal old cork retaining screw and aids in replacement of new cork seals - $55 + GST


PARKER 65 NIB REMOVAL TOOLS

Two versions depending on nib configuration installed.  Enables simple removal of 65 nib units from shell.  Both versions - $55 + GST.  Specify configuration required when ordering.



SHEAFFER O-RING INSERTION TOOLS

The set of three suits Touchdowns, Snorkels and PFM.  Simple fitting of o-rings - $50 + GST the set of three



MONTBLANC PISTON NUT TOOL

Suits 149, 146, 144, 142 and early celluloid models with telescopic pistons - $40 + GST




NIB DEPTH GAUGE

Tests the space available in the inner cap after re-fitting a nib - $35 + GST



ONOTO ROD CLAMP

Used primarily for unscrewing Onoto plunger rods and capable of other uses with some imagination - $35 + GST


GROOVED NIB BLOCK

Made from silver (or mild) steel and featuring a range of milled and polished grooves.  Useful for nib straightening with ball bearings or burnisher - $80 + GST



PELIKAN COLLAR CLAMP

Threaded collars on Pelikan nibs often stay in the section when nibs are removed.  The smallest of proprietary inner cap pullers are too large to grip the collars in the section.  This expanding clamp is small enough to remove any wayward Pelikan collar which is stuck in a section - $35 + GST


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