Pen Repair as a Business
By Eric Hammer
Believe it or not, pen repair is a real business in which
real people make real money every day. It's a rarefied business
to be certain since pens are mostly a throwaway commodity today,
however there are still people who appreciate quality pens and
who will pay to have them repaired.
In essence, pen repair is intended for high end pens such
as Mont Blanc, Schaefer and some high end Parker pens. You will
not be getting calls asking if you can repair a Bic pen purchased
for 99 cents. A big part of pen repair is also working on fountain
pens, which often need replacement pieces put in as parts get
worn from usage.
Again, it's a rarefied business and somewhat difficult to
get into, however it is possible to make money doing it. You'll
need to have a lot patience and the ability to work like a jeweler
since the pens you'll work on repairing will be worth hundreds
or even thousands of dollars. Therefore, there will be no rough
and tumble pen repairs.
How Much Can You Make?
It's difficult to quantify since this is such a rarefied business,
however a typical Schaeffer pen repair service charges between
$25-$50 per pen that they repair so there is definitely money
to be made in this business.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
You'll need a sharp eye to be able to work on pen repair since
you'll often be called upon to restore antique pens to their
former glory without destroying the things that make them unique.
For those wishing to go into business for themselves, you
may want to consider also working on jewelry and or watch repair
as the business of pen repair is not always going to be one that
brings in enough business unless you become known as a world
Qualifications / Requirements
There are formal training programs available in pen repair
for certain types of expensive pens which you can take. In other
cases, it's enough to simply purchase the appropriate manuals
and to learn well how to do pen repair.
Start by reading some books on pen repair. A number of them
are in the resources section below. Then, either contact companies
that do pen repair and find out how to get a job with them or
hang out your shingle and offer your services on your own.
Check out these helpful resources to learn more about pen
The Book of Fountain Pens and Pencils by: Stuart Schneider,
George Fischler and Schneider Stuart , Schiffer Publishing
1994 - An introduction to all kinds of expensive pens that might
require pen repair.
Pens: Repair and Restoration - A company that specializes
in pen repair.
Pen Repair: A Practical Repair Guide for Collectable Pens
and Pencils by: Jim Marshall and Laurence Oldfield, The Pen
and Pencil Gallery, 2008 - While intended primarily for fountain
pen enthusiasts, this book does provide a good grounding in pen
repair for those wishing to do it professionally as well.