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Barnes & NobleAmazonApple BooksNot only do I read books, I also write them. These are the books I have in current publication. All are available as ebooks for multiple device types. Some are also offered as printed books, for the reader who still prefers the aroma and weighty feel of real paper books.

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cover NEW! The Best of the Pen DoctorNow available as a papaerback!
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Are your fountain pens feeling and performing at their best? If they're not, here is the intervention they — and you — need to perk them up and whip them into shape. From a leaking Vacumatic to a Snorkel whose feed has fallen out, from stuck caps to levers that rattle, from blots after filling to nibs that stop writing halfway down the page, the professional tips and techniques in these pages have been written in answer to questions from real people like you, and they can help you reignite the joy of collecting fountain pens and writing with them.

cover Japanese Pocket Pens
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The world’s first publication devoted to Japanese pocket pens!
 
In the early 1960s, the space race and Hideo Shima’s radical new bullet train, perhaps leavened by the futuristic American automotive stylings of Harley Earl, spawned great changes in the Japanese aesthetic, and a new type of fountain pen burst onto the market. Called “pocket pens,” these pens appeared in myriad trim variations under dozens of manufacturers’ names. Their unifying characteristic was an extraordinarily long gripping section mated with a very stubby barrel, a design concept explored before and since by a number of Western manufacturers.
 
This book touches first on the “Big Three,” Sailor, Platinum, and Pilot, in that order, following them with the “rest of the pack,” ordered alphabetically. After the brand-specific chapters, the discussion turns to various features that were, in general, common to many brands (e.g., pens decorated with botanical or similar designs). Appendixes contain several types of information to assist the reader in identifying pocket pens.

cover Personalized Pens: History in Your Hand
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Pen collecting is a wonderful hobby, but when it comes right down to it, isn’t it really about meeting people with whom you share a common interest? Here, in the form of personalized pens, are several very real people with whom I share a common appreciation for pens (and, in some cases, other common interests). All of these people, or the people who loved them, cared enough about their pens to have the pens personalized, forever to be linked to their first owners. This book contains sketches of the lives of 15 people, some of whom did great things and others who did not. All of them were ordinary people, living (mostly) ordinary lives, who happened to own pens on which their names were engraved (or scratched). Each of them has a history that deserves to be preserved and remembered.

cover Fountain Pen Profiles: L. E. & A. A. Waterman
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Lewis Edson Waterman was a life insurance salesman. When his new fountain pen threw a blot and ruined a contract, he was moved to invent a fountain pen that would not throw blots, and that was the beginning of the L. E. Waterman Company. True? Or not? (It's not.) Arthur Allan Waterman worked as a traveling salesman for the L. E. Waterman Company for 12 years and then left to start his own pen company. After that, Lewis Waterman and his son Frank both hated Arthur. (That's true.) In this full color, generously illustrated book are profiles of nine pivotal L. E. Waterman fountain pen models from 1917 to 1957, together with a long look at A. A. Waterman's history and pens. Blend in a dash of litigation and some shady (really?) dealings by partners, and you end up with lots of great information and a lively view of business back in the olden days.

cover Fountain Pen Profiles: Wahl-Eversharp
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The world of fountain pens is a big place, with room for everyone who wants to collect or use them, or both. This book is a look at a small part of that world, a “country,” so to speak, where once upon a time there were created many beautiful and functional pens. That country, the Wahl Company, came into the pen world through violence, in a way, by applying economic pressure to a smaller, weaker country whose resource, the Eversharp pencil, it wanted for its own—and took, in 1916. In this full color, generously illustrated book are profiles of eleven Wahl-Eversharp fountain pen models, from the beginning to the end in 1957, when that covetous country passed into history as it was in turn taken over by a yet bigger, more powerful neighbor.

cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 1: Glossopedia (Fourth Edition)
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The Glossopedia is a compact glossary/mini-encyclopedia of definitions and descriptions for more than 1,600 individual terms, featuring more than 950 full-color illustrations, more than 190 patent citations linked to their respective patent documents at various archives, and extensive cross-references. It’s an indispensable reference.

cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 2: Restoration
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This book is an adjunct to the two excellent existing repair manuals, Marshall/Oldfield and Da Book. It contains material that is often very specific to a particular pen or type of pen, but much of its information can also be applied generally to other pens. Learn what is here, extrapolate from it, and apply your new knowledge to the needs of the pen in your hands at any given moment.

We’re offering a premium full-color perfect-bound paperback through Amazon.com. The inside margin is extra wide so that you can have it punched and put into a 3-ring binder. Or if you’d prefer a larger format that will lie flat on your repair bench, we've arranged with another vendor to supply a special coil-bound edition, as well.


cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 3: Filling Systems
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In this companion book to my RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 2: Restoration, I catalog virtually every filling system I’ve encountered, encompassing most fountain pens from the late 1800s to the present. This volume not only outlines the history of fountain pen filling systems from the early days to the 21st century, it also also gives in-depth directions on how to fill these classic pens yourself. Like a friendly neighbor down the street, I give you a step-by-step for all of them. It's like having a veteran fountain pen expert at your side. Illustrated with patent drawings and never-before-seen full-color pictures that explain the behind-the-scenes story of filling system development, this definitive text will serve generations to come.

cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 4: Learning About Pens
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In my years of collecting and restoring fountain pens, I’ve become pretty well known for my writings on fountain pen history and repair techniques. In this volume, I’m dishing up a goodly serving of information about various aspects of understanding, collecting, and enjoying pens. Beginning collectors and veterans alike will learn something new and exciting about their hobby.

cover 366 Days of World War II
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World War II lasted six years. That’s 2,194 days. What happened in those six years? In this “diary,” I take a different approach to telling the story of the worst conflict humanity has ever experienced. Instead of trying to cover everything, I relate the happenings of just 366 days, the length of a single year. Choosing events great and small from the beginning of the war to its bitter end, I give you a fascinating and sometimes shocking look at things you know from your high-school history and things you may never have heard of. Ebook versions include 6 photos, printed version includes 45 photos.

cover The Curmudgeon’s Dictionary, by Simon Gruff
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This book shouldn’t really be on this page; but since I’ve taken down my other book pages, it has to go here. (I’ve gone around and found all the links to save you the time.)

The author says he took his inspiration from the Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. You don’t have to agree with everything he sticks his voodoo pins into, and he’s somewhat less than politically correct, but he sometimes hits the nail right on the head — and even when he’s wrong, he can be pretty funny.
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