Rick Horne, The Southern Scribe, originally from Montgomery AL, is now living in the quaint town of Carrollton GA. Be sure to get my new address.
I've been repairing fountain pens since 1987 as The Southern Scribe. I do the full range of fountain pen repairs ... from basic ones like replacing rubber ink sacs ... to more difficult ones like making replacement parts (grip sections, cap bands), restoring gold or silver trim, and repairing cracked celluloid or ebonite parts.
The Parker, Sheaffer and Waterman pen companies often refer people to me for repairs of their vintage fountain pens that they no longer service.
I fix about 200 pens and pencils per month. I typically work 6 to 9 months out. I enjoy the variety of work. No job is too simple... or too complicated. Check out my fix your pen pages for photos and repair details.
Unfortunately due to shipping and customs issues I no longer accept repair work from outside the USA and Canada.
The Southern Scribe also offers these services:
New fountain pen sales. We are an authorized dealer for several manufacturers of high quality fountain pens.
Vintage pen sales. I buy vintage pens, (either individual pieces or complete collections) restore them, and offer them for sale.
Vintage pen appraisal. If you want to properly insure your collection, or simply know the value of a pen that you inherited, I can help you.
Make custom writing instruments. I do one-of-a-kind fountain pens in vintage styles, and convert certain old fountain pens to roller balls.
A number of people ask if I have repair parts for sale. I do not have any spare parts to sell. If I should get some in the future, I'll mention them on my website.
I didn't start out in the fountain pen repair business. Twenty-five years ago, I lived in England and raced automobiles in Europe. When the time came to stop racing, I began restoring vintage automobile and aircraft engines. That led to auto parts stores, and after a number of years, a chance to sell it all and focus on what I enjoy most.
However, my passion for pens didn't take me entirely away from automobiles. My wife and I enjoy showing our 1925 Pierce-Arrow Series 80 Runabout and our 1930 Pierce Arrow Leatherback Coupe. Check out the Pierce-Arrow Society website for more information.
I would like to recognize and thank two individuals, Dick Johnson and Boris Rice, for helping me as I was getting started. Their knowledge and generosity is much appreciated.
Thanks for visiting my website. I hope that I can help with your pen restoration needs.